Enjoying Iceland in the rain

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You should never rule out the chance of rain hitting your holiday parade in Iceland, even during the season of the midnight sun, but it doesn't mean that you can't have a fabulous time. Unless there's a severe weather warning advising you to stay indoors, the rain shouldn't really stop you from enjoying Iceland or visiting any of the outdoor attractions you came to see. In fact, the mood generated when it rains not only adds a thrilling atmospheric quality to the scenery, but it also brings out the pleasant aroma of distinctive Icelandic vegetation such as aspen, birch and angelica.

Whatever the weather

Locals don't let the rain stop them from indulging in any outdoor activities or adventures here in Iceland and the simple explanation is that they make sure they dress for the weather. In fact, one of their favourite sayings on the weather goes something like this: “there’s no such thing as bad weather in Iceland, only bad clothing.” So if you want to enjoy
your summer trip to Iceland, whatever the weather, here's what to bring:

  • thermals
  • extra socks
  • long and short sleeved t-shirts
  • a fleece jacket
  • a wind and waterproof shell
  • waterproof walking shoes
  • waterproof hiking pants
  • buff & gloves
  • swimsuit (visiting any of the many outdoor geothermal pools in Iceland is especially thrilling in the rain - there’s something magical about relaxing in a hot pool with cool raindrops falling on your head)
  • and a positive mental attitudeAverage temperatures during the summer range from 10-13°C (50-55°F) but can go up to 20-25°C (68-77°F) on warmer days. For more information and weather updates in Iceland visit www.vedur.is

Lisa Shannen