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Your Ultimate Guide to Iceland in July

Everything you need to know about travelling to Iceland in July

|May 8, 2024
As part of my Event and Business Management degree, I decided to move to Iceland to join the marketing department at Arctic Adventures. I love exploring, photography and going on new adventures.

July is the warmest month in Iceland, so it's an ideal month to visit. Here are some fun ideas on what to do when visiting this wonderful country in July!


While the rest of the world suffers from the summer heat, Iceland’s temperature in July is perfect for exploring. Vegetation flourishes, and roads open up this month. With so many reasons to visit Iceland in July, you have no excuse not to go on an adventure of your own.

Here’s our ultimate guide to Iceland in July. From weather conditions to possible road trips, this guide covers everything you need to know about the warmest month.

IS IT WORTH VISITING ICELAND IN JULY?

The answer is - definitely yes! Visiting Iceland in July is probably one of the best decisions you can make. The weather is nicer, the landscape is covered in greenery, and nature is full of life! If you want to experience Icelandic summer fully, we advise you to take part in one of the hiking or trekking tours.

Panoramic view of beautiful geothermal landscape with woman standing on mountain top near Askja crater lake, South Iceland.

Summer hike in Iceland's Westfjords

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE VISITING ICELAND IN JULY

WEATHER IN ICELAND IN JULY

The average daytime temperature in July is 55 °F (13 °C), but it can reach up to 68 °F (20°C). While not exactly tropical, the mild weather and abundant daylight allow you to make the most out of the Icelandic summer. That being said, Iceland’s weather is known to be unpredictable, so make sure you are prepared for any curveball the island may throw at you.

Woman in sweater, standing admiring mountain view in Iceland, surrounded by green bushes.

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CAN YOU SEE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS IN ICELAND IN JULY

It’s just unlikely. The northern lights can only be viewed when it is very dark outside, whereas July is one of the lightest times of the year. That being said, you’ll leave with a great excuse to come back to Iceland in the winter!

WHAT TO PACK FOR ICELAND IN JULY

Even though the sun is out, that doesn’t mean you can forego your layers. Make sure to pack these essentials for your trip to Iceland in July:

Female tourist with bandana and red gillet,taking in views on a hike at Landmanloer Park in Iceland.

Packing for Iceland trip in July

  • Breathable tops
  • Durable trousers
  • Sweaters
  • Thermals
  • Gloves
  • Scarves 
  • Swimwear
  • Hiking boots
  • Thick socks
  • Sunglasses
  • Eye mask for sleeping 
  • Shorts – hey, it’s still summer!

TOP THINGS TO DO IN ICELAND IN JULY

Icelandic summer only picks up speed in July. It’s the busiest month of the year and one with the best activities. Below, we compiled some of the best ones. Think of it as your very own to-do list. A list of activities you must complete if you want to make July the most memorable month of the year.

CAVING IN ICELAND IN JULY

Iceland’s lava tube caves are among its most unique features, formed by volcanic eruptions many eons ago. Snow blocks the entryways for much of the year, but in July, you’re in luck. Crawl and climb your way around this underground world.

HIKING IN ICELAND IN JULY

Many of Iceland’s best hikes are only accessible during the summer months, making July a rare opportunity to see some of the island’s most breathtaking views. 

One must-do July hike is Glymur Waterfall, just an hour outside of Reykjavik. This tour combines Iceland’s second-tallest waterfall with stunning bay and mountain scenery, making it ideal for any adventurer.

Glymur waterfall canyon in Iceland on summers day.

Surroundings near Glymur Waterfall in Iceland

More advanced hikers can embark on the Thorsmork hike. According to popular lore, this valley is said to have been formed by the crash of Thor’s mighty hammer against the Earth. Guides will bring you up close to some of Europe’s largest glaciers. 

If you want to see as many of Iceland’s natural wonders as possible, you can’t do better than the Landmannalaugar 3-day hike. Nestled deep in the Icelandic wilderness, Landmannalaugar boasts valleys, mountains, lava fields, and volcanoes.

Female tourist with sunglasses, looking out at scenic view in Landmannalaugar, Iceland.

Mountains in Landmannalaugar, Iceland

Iceland has a few camping rules in order to protect its natural habitat, so make sure to read up before you head out.

DRIVING THE RING ROAD

Gigantic glaciers, spectacular waterfalls, and rustic villages are just a few of the reasons why Iceland’s Ring Road is called one of the world’s best road trips. July is one of the best times of year to embark on this legendary journey. Plan your own road trip carefully, or join a tour to ensure that you don’t miss anything along the way. 

Grey Toyota Land Cruiser Prado parked infront of mountain in scenic Iceland countryside.

SELF-DRIVE TOUR IN JULY

For the independent adventurer, July is the best time for an exciting self-drive tour, who’s fun never stops. From glaciers to geysers to lagoons, customize your tour to feature your top destinations. Then leave the rest of the planning to us, rental car included. All that’s left to do is shift into gear and drive.

CAMPING IN ICELAND IN JULY

Long daylight hours make July one of the best times of year to go camping in Iceland. Settle to sleep under the midnight sun, surrounded by mountains, waterfalls, and even natural hot springs

Camping is one of the most affordable options for touring Iceland, making July a great choice for thrifty travelers. You can camp almost everywhere. Although, it’s best to camp in designated places for both safety and location.

Camping site with multi colored tents set up in green field on summer's evening.

Camping site with beautiful green field

BEST THINGS TO SEE IN ICELAND IN JULY

The roads open up, ice melts, and tourists start flocking to Iceland in July. It’s the month of adventures and picture-taking. To help you fill up your phone or camera with photos, we compiled a list of must-see locations.

PUFFINS

Can you say zzrrrrr? No, it’s not Icelandic slang – it’s the chainsaw-like noise that puffins in Iceland make. 

Sixty percent of the world’s puffin population resides in Iceland in the summer. During puffin season, tourists have a 100% chance of sighting the seabirds. Don’t forget your camera — these little guys love to pose, and they’ve been practicing all winter.

Puffin resting on edge of green cliff, in summer in Iceland.

Puffin

MAGNIFICENT WHALES

At last, you have the chance to cross “whale watching” off your bucket list! Your chances of spotting these mighty beasts are at their highest in July when more whales have migrated north to Icelandic waters. Set out on a whale-watching tour, and your chances of seeing the gentle giants are essentially guaranteed.

Whale tail splashing out of the ocean, with a beautiful orange sunset with seagulls flying in the sky.

Whale watching in Iceland

THRIHNUKAGIGUR CRATER

Descend nearly 400 feet (120 meters) into the center of the earth. Thrihnukagigur crater allows you to explore the inside of the volcano tour and visit the only accessible magma chamber in the world. Thrihnukagigur crater is only accessible during the summer season, so make sure to stop by this July.

Close up view of a crater cave in Iceland.

WESTFJORDS

Visit one of the most unique peninsulas in Iceland. The Westfjords have everything you want - birds, rocks, and beautiful waterfalls. In July, the roads will be more accessible, and the waterfalls will be safer to visit.

Start from the capital of the Westfjords, Ísafjörður. It’s the biggest and the cultural center of the peninsula. You’ll find food, accommodations, and fun activities there.

If you’re not afraid of water, visit Dynjandi Waterfall - the biggest in Westfjords. In July, the location is easily accessible, and you won’t slip on the rocks (since the water won’t freeze up).

Finish up your Westfjords journey and take a walk on Rauðasandur Beach. Located on the peninsula's south coast, it’s a red sand beach perfect for an evening stroll. The Rauðasandur festival takes place on the first weekend of July.

Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall with tourists standing around the edge admiring.

SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA

Mountains, black sand beach, and a national park - the Snæfellsnes peninsula has it all. Located on the west side of Iceland, south of the Westjords, the peninsula is the perfect spot for an adventurous spirit

The Kirkjufell mountain is as picturesque as it comes. Nicknamed the “Church Mountain,” you will pray to see it again on your next Icelandic vacation.

One of the most famous stratovolcanoes in the world, the Snæfellsjökull is packed full of beauty. The glacier of the same name is only accessible during the summer seasons.

Tired of Reykjavik? Visit Arnarstapi - a small town on the peninsula's southern edge. You can sleep, eat, and relax in one of the most beautiful towns in Iceland. There’s even a campsite near it.

Snaefellsness peninsula landscape.

WHAT TO DO AROUND REYKJAVIK IN JULY?

July is the perfect month to explore Reykjavik. Find the activity that suits your wishes and try to see as much of the city as possible. To save you some time, you can find some interesting activities below.

CLASSIC GOLDEN CIRCLE TOUR

Our Golden Circle tour will take you from Reykjavik to Iceland’s most beautiful sights. In just one circle, you’ll form golden memories that will stay with you forever. You’ll see Þingvellir National Park, the town of Hveragerði, and look at the eye of the world (Kerið crater).

LAVA TUNNEL

Just 30 minutes from Reykjavik, you’ll see one of the most unique sights in the world - the Raufarhólshellir lava tunnel. With our guided tour, you’ll see it up close,learn a thing or two about its history, and take some jaw-dropping photos.

GLACIER ICE CAVE TOUR

Don’t miss out on the ice cave experience - visit the inside of a glacier in July. Imagine yourself surrounded by thick walls of ice. It’s an experience like no other. Depart from Reykjavik and spend the next 3 to 4 hours learning about and exploring the Langjökull glacier.

Tourist in red jacket and safety hat in ice cave in Iceland.

EVENTS AND FESTIVALS IN ICELAND IN JULY

You can’t have July without events and festivals. The month allows people to celebrate without getting cold or tired. The events listed below invite (for a price) tourists and locals alike to celebrate Icelandic music.

REYKHOLT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

This classical music festival is one of Iceland’s most unique cultural events. Hosted in the charming village of Reykholt, the chamber music festival has occurred on the last weekend of July for over 20 years. The Chamber Music Festival features some of Iceland’s greatest musical talents.

SIGLUFJÖRÐUR FOLK FESTIVAL

If you like your festivals with some authentic Icelandic flavor, look no further than the Siglufjörður Folk Festival. Held at the beginning of July, this folk music festival features Icelandic and Scandinavian traditional music. Submerge yourself in Icelandic folk tradition while surrounded by the dramatic mountain peaks of Northern Iceland.

BRÆÐSLAN

There’s probably no cooler place to be in July than at the Bræðslan music festival. The festival is held during the last weekend of July in the village of Borgafjörður Eystri, pop. 110. Of Monsters and Men have performed at Bræðslan, along with other indie artists. 

That’s just a taste of the wide-ranging cultural events happening in Iceland in July. Check out our guide to festivals and events in Iceland.

Close up view of man sitting, singing  playing wooden guitar, with fairy lights in the background.

TOURS TO DO IN ICELAND IN JULY

Planning a vacation can be a headache for any tourist. So why not let us do it instead? Below, we listed some of the more popular tours for your July vacation. Tell us what you want, and we’ll try to make it as fun-filled as possible.

CANYON RAFTING IN ICELAND IN JULY

Drifting below the mighty Gullfoss waterfall, this canyon rafting tour lets you appreciate nature from a new angle. This tour is appropriate for all experience levels, so don’t be intimidated if you’re a first-time kayaker.

What about river rafting in Iceland in July? River rafting is less challenging in summer because the water is warmer and the daylight is longer. But don't underestimate Icelandic weather and wear suitable clothing for this activity.

Small group tour rafting in North Iceland.

Small group guided rafting tour in Iceland

3-DAY SUMMER PACKAGE

The ultimate summer tour includes all the best that July in Iceland has to offer. Hike glaciers, bop in the Blue Lagoon, relax in natural hot springs, go whale watching, and see all of that stunning scenery. This is a summer-only opportunity for the traveler who wants to get the most out of Iceland in July.

Geysir Strokkur eruption in Iceland

INTO THE BLUE – SNORKELING IN ICELAND IN JULY

Imagine yourself snorkeling between continental plates, exploring a tectonic crack in the earth’s surface. Then imagine that crack lit up by the July northern sun, creating a stained glass window illusion called “The Cathedral.” 

The unique Silfra Fissure snorkeling is accessible all months of the year, but July is perhaps the most breathtaking. The same is the case with our Silfra scuba diving tour, which is accessible all year round but best enjoyed in the summer.

Two divers in deep blue waters of Silfra Thingvellir in Iceland.

Small group diving in Silfra Fissure between two continental plates, Iceland

KAYAKING IN ICELAND IN JULY

Summer is the kayaking season in Iceland. We offer affordable sea kayak tours for every experience level and time constraint. With so many options to choose from, you are destined for an unforgettable day on the water.

Tourist in sunglasses and hat on red kayak in Jokulsaron Glacier Lagoon.

kayaking tour in Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, South Iceland

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ICELAND IN JULY - FAQ

HOW HOT IS JULY NIGHT IN ICELAND?

July nights in Iceland can be as warm as 14°C (57°F) and as low as 9°C (48°F). Although, the temperature can change depending on the situation.

IS ICELAND EXPENSIVE IN JULY?

Summer is Iceland's busiest season. July is the warmest month of the year, making it expensive. For this reason, product, transport, accommodation, and other prices might be higher in July than in June or August.

IS JULY A GOOD TIME TO VISIT REYKJAVIK?

July is the perfect month for a vacation in Iceland. While it is the busiest season, meaning the number of tourists skyrockets, the greenery and warm weather alone are enough to offset the negatives. It’s the perfect month for a hike in nature and a stroll around the capital city of Reykjavik.

DOES IT GET DARK IN REYKJAVIK IN JULY?

Like June, July also sees the midnight sun setting in. It’s a phenomenon where the sun hovers near the horizon, creating a twilight effect. This means you get longer days and shorter nights. So, in Reykjavik, the streets will be illuminated by the hovering sun. It's a perfect chance to get some photos.

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