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Yes, We Speak English. English is taught as a second language in Iceland and almost every Icelander speaks the language fluently. And more so, most Icelanders speak several other languages including Danish, German, Spanish and French and welcome the opportunity to practice their language skills.
Iceland is a great travel destination for all seasons!
In summer (June to August), a great variety of tours and activities are offered, although we recommend booking summer holidays well in advance due to the limited availability of accommodations in the countryside. Thanks to the extra long daylight hours, travelers can enjoy activities like hiking or even golf late into the evening hours.
After mid-September there are fewer types of tours offered and some of the highland attractions are inaccessible due to the closure of mountain roads. But in return you get lighter traffic on the highway, fewer crowds at popular attractions (which are all mostly open through winter), the beauty of the autumn colors and the possibility of seeing the northern lights (best sightings are December to February).
Reykjavik is also becoming a popular destination for Christmas and New Year’s breaks as Icelanders are well-known for their over-the-top celebrations and unique traditions.
You will need to bring clothing for all types of weather conditions, no matter the time of year. Icelandic weather can be unpredictable, even in summer, so it is good to be prepared and comfortable.
We recommend bringing:
- a good windproof / waterproof jacket and trousers (insulated for winter travel)
- fleece jacket or thick jumper/sweater
- lightweight thermal layers (preferably woollen or synthetic as these fabrics are better at wicking moisture)
- sturdy, comfortable walking or hiking shoes with good grip on the soles
- Thick, comfy socks for hiking boots (preferably woollen, and thicker in winter)
- Hats, gloves and scarves for all seasons
- Swimsuit and a fast-drying towel (pools and hot tubs are open year-round!)
- Sunglasses and sunscreen in summer
- Eye shades may be helpful for sleeping in summer
- A small backpack for hikes or day tours to store water, snacks, extra clothing, etc.
If you forget something, there are several outdoor clothing stores in the Reykjavik area, especially along the main shopping street, Laugavegur. Downtown Reykjavik also has a number of second-hand stores like Red Cross, Salvation Army, etc. The variety store Tiger on Laugavegur is a good option for small, cheap items like umbrellas or sunglasses.
If you are doing one of our Trekking & Hiking, Off the Beaten Path or Horse Riding tours, your travel consultant can recommend more specific items of clothing or gear to bring. Feel free to ask!
Iceland is not considered a warm place by any normal standards, but thankfully the Gulf Stream does have a moderating effect on the temperatures. Average temperatures in July are about 12 degrees centigrade in Reykjavik, and usually a bit warmer in the north and east of Iceland.
And despite the icy name, it doesn’t snow as much in Iceland as you may think, especially in Reykjavik where there is usually little snow to be seen, even in winter. However, there is more snow in the winter in the north and east of Iceland and the West Fjords.
The biggest factor in Icelandic weather is its unpredictability as you never know what is going to happen next, especially in remote wilderness areas like the interior highlands. A beautiful day can suddenly turn windy and rainy (or vice versa), and you might see every type of weather imaginable over a couple of days–especially in late autumn and early spring–so be prepared for anything.
For weather services in English, visit www.vedur.is/english
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