Iceland weather

Our guide to the weather in Iceland during December


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December is the perfect time of year to visit the land of fire and ice. Expect a festive wonderland with friendly hospitality, hot springs, and night skies ablaze with the Northern Lights. We've looked at the most up-to-date weather data for Iceland, covering the last 12 years up to 2021, plus we've asked our team of travel bloggers for their first-hand experiences in order to answer the most frequently asked questions about Iceland weather in December.

How cold is it in Iceland during December?

December is typically the coldest month in Iceland. And when we say cold, we mean it. The temperature tops out at around 1℃ during the day, falling away to -2℃ at night. The UV index will be low at this time of year, so not something to worry about. However, if you're going to be outside for long periods it's always a good idea to apply a small amount of sunscreen to exposed skin.

Does it snow in Iceland during December?

Yes, although it doesn't snow as much as you might expect. It's worth checking the local forecast a few days before you leave home so that you can pack appropriate footwear and clothing.

Does it rain in Iceland during December?

On average, there will be 9 rainy days during the month, amounting to 28.0mm in total. That's much drier than we see in England during August, and therefore not something to be concerned about. Of course, some of that rain will actually fall as sleet, snow, and possibly freezing rain. There's a small chance that you'll catch a thunderstorm during your trip.

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Books inspired by Iceland

Our hand-picked selection of books to get you in the mood to travel

Cover image for The Little Book of Tourists in Iceland
The Little Book of Tourists in Iceland

Alda Sigmundsdottir

The perfect book to read before visiting Iceland. It explains the enormous boom in tourism and its impacts; tips and hints for navigating the challenges and cultural differences; and - most interesting of all - what Icelanders think about tourism and the tourists who visit them.

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The Almost Nearly Perfect People

Michael Booth

A well-written and humorous book giving an insight into Scandinavia, its people and the enviably simpler Nordic ways and culture. It covers five countries including Iceland and will have you wanting to move to one of them!

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The Little Book of the Icelanders

Alda Sigmundsdottir

An insight into the unique Icelandic people with all their quirks. Covers naming conventions, how hot tubs are the equivalent of British pubs, why Icelanders hate commitment, dating and family, and the shower police at swimming pools.

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Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland

Sarah Moss

A brilliantly-written memoir of a British woman who moved to Reykjavik with her family to teach at the University just after the economic crash. It’s a fascinating look at Icelandic culture as she struggles to fit into the close-knit society.

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I Remember You

Yrsa Sigurdardottir

A ghost story set in the Westfjords in the town of Ísafjörður and a remote village in Hornstrandir with two separate but slowly merging storylines. Atmospheric, creepy, and immensely enjoyable!

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Fish Can Sing

Halldor Laxness

A humorous coming-of-age novel by Iceland's most revered author. It's about orphan Alfgrimur who spent his childhood in a simple turf cottage with an elderly fisherman and a stream of eccentric house guests. A fascinating insight into a period of extreme change for all Icelanders in the 20th Century.

Iceland Blog posts

From the UK's most popular travel bloggers


22nd April 2020 by ScribbleStu

Visiting Iceland’s Blue Lagoon

Iceland’s impressive, luminous Blue Lagoon is one of the country’s top tourist attractions and features on countless bucket lists. But for many who get to visit, it becomes one of those decisive “loved it or hated it” places. I’ve been contemplating it’s “Marmite effect” on the public....


3rd May 2020 by PommieTravels

5 Things to See and Do in Iceland

As the name suggests, Iceland is a land full of ice formations. However, cold should not deter you, since Iceland is warmer than the United Kingdom during winter. There are a couple of reasons why you should visit Iceland. The place is characterised by nature wonders ranging from springs, the northern lights, and fantastic coastal views. There is no doubt that Iceland should top your travel bucket list. The country is rich in outstanding culture and unique natural beauty, waiting to be...


9th March 2020 by ScribbleStu

So how expensive is Iceland, really?

The short is answer is: very. But don’t let that put you off going. I’ve just come back from the land of fire and ice and here are my top tips for making the most of your stay, and your money. Iceland’s a fascinating place filled with breathtaking once-in-a-lifetime scenery and natural wonders. With a limited amount of time in the country you’ll want to make the most of it. So don’t wait until you’re there to find out how close your accommodation is to stuff, or whether a particular...


19th December 2019 by PommieTravels

5 reasons to make Iceland your next holiday destination

Don’t let the name fool you, there’s more to Iceland than icy landscapes and glaciers. Iceland is one of those islands that has it all – volcanoes, glaciers, oceans and coastlines, mountains, and countrysides. Not only is Iceland quickly becoming one of the most visited destinations in the world, it’s been a long standing favorite for classic Hollywood blockbusters (does Game of Thrones and Star Wars ring a bell?)....


30th October 2019 by PommieTravels

Travel to Iceland: the most beautiful places in the country

Iceland is a unique destination that offers a unique nature with geothermal pools, epic geysers, and breathtaking volcanoes. Iceland is a country of extremes, where massive glaciers coexist with the hottest volcanic springs. Iceland has many regions that are special in their own way offering local and international travelers diverse activities – from driving an ATV across the black sand beaches to relaxing in one of the many hot springs. If you are a hiker, enjoy hikes for all levels and...


10th August 2019 by PommieTravels

How to drive safely in Iceland

Many visitors to Iceland, undertake a road trip. This is a great way to see the country as your transportation is in your control. You can decide how long to stay in a particular place and whether to stop at all. Iceland is unlike any country on earth. The land has been formed by millions of years of volcanic activity and thanks to its Arctic Circle location which makes the winter incredibly cold, the result is the formation of wild waterfalls, geological landscapes, volcanos, and glaciers....


15th January 2021 by John

Discover Iceland

Holiday Extras are doing a good series of YouTube destination guides. This one covers Iceland. From the black sand beaches of Vik, to the stunning waterfalls of Gullfoss and Seljalandsfoss. Or maybe the artistic culture of Reykjavik is more your thing?! Either way, there’s a landscape for everyone on this enchanting island....

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