Being known as the coldest country, the weather in Iceland is surprisingly warm during summers. July is the warmest and brightest month of the year. Iceland is a beautiful country full of natural attractions that are mostly accessible in summers instead of winter, which makes it a more popular tourist destination. With longer days and more time of sunshine, you are provided with an endless list of activities and places to visit during summers. The month of July gives you endless opportunities to enjoy every bit of Iceland, which includes camping, glacier excursions, road trips, hiking, watching midnight sun, puffins watching, enjoying natural pools, exploring hidden gems and much more.
Moreover, Iceland in July comes with great excitement in people. The people of Iceland in summer celebrates the first day of summers during the mid-April. This incredible festival comes with colorful parades, loud greetings from Icelanders ‘happy summers’ and a public holiday.
Iceland’s weather during July
July is the warmest month in Iceland that comes with the least variation. The average weather during this season lies between 15° C to 20°C. This month comes with the brightest days when people prefer to spend their day outside lying under the sunshine. With longer daylight hours, people prefer to go on long road trips, camping, hiking, and much more.
Iceland in summer doesn’t require you to pack any parkas or snow boots, but bringing a light jacket would be preferable as the weather gets a bit colder in the evening. Carrying your sunglasses is a must, as the sun shines all day long. Shoes are always better as you are going to spend the whole day outside in the bright daylight, if you also plan for a hiking tour, do not forget to pack your hiking boots. Moreover, regardless of the season, in which you are visiting Iceland offers caving and glacier tours the whole year, so if you wish to go on the icy heights or explore the undergrounds make sure you pack your gloves and hats to keep yourself warm during the tour.
A basic packing list for summer travel in Iceland:
- Long pants
- Light jackets
- Bathing suits
- Hiking boots
- Windproof jacket
- Mid-layers (wool, sweater, fleece),
- Lip balm
- Thick socks
- Pair of gloves
- Base layer (thermals or wool underwear).
What to do in Iceland in July :
Go ATV Safari mountain tour: If you are an adventure lover, then this tour is surely for you. Just grab the driving seat of the ATV bike and bike fast through the mountain tracks and beautiful valleys of Iceland. This tour enables you to explore the untouched nature of Iceland all by yourself. Exploring Iceland on this powerful ATV bike would surely give you an experience of adrenaline rush.
Whale watching: The whale watching season in Iceland begins from early April. Husavik in Iceland is widely popular by the name of whale watching capital of Europe. People visit here from across the world to watch beautiful whales. Apart from the special breed of horses, Iceland also consists of 20 different species of whales that hands around throughout the year. Moreover, you can also spot some beautiful white-beaked dolphins and very pretty puffins while whale-watching tours. However, because of the commercial whaling for whale meat in Iceland, it is turning into an unpopular activity, but you can still visit Husavik to watch these beautiful species of whales.
Paragliding over the mountains: Iceland in July offers a must-try adventurous activity for Risk takers. If you wish to challenge yourself, try paragliding over the mountains and overcome your fear. It takes only 30 minutes to reach the place from Reykjavik city. Expert paragliding instructors will be available to take care of you. Moreover, you will be provided with all the necessary instructions and equipment before taking off the tandem flight. No need to worry, as you will be accompanied by a guide throughout your way. Iceland in summer is the perfect time to take a flight in the air.
The Golden Circle and the south coast of Iceland: Iceland is the place that can offer you the most heavenly sights that you will remember lifelong. Exploring its fascinating nature is the best part of visiting Iceland. The country is full of natural attractions in its every corner. There are two such natural gems close to the city Reykjavik. The golden circle and the south coast in Iceland are the two most amazing places that have plenty of beautiful gems including geysers, majestic waterfalls, stunning black sand beaches, admirable national parks, and much more. These two places in Iceland are a must-visit.
Be careful of the sheep while driving in July, they roam freely in summers and have the capacity to ignore traffic rules.