July is one of Iceland’s busiest months for tourism, and for an exceptionally good reason! The beautiful warm weather of July opens up Iceland’s misty landscapes like a bud in spring. There a number of activities you can explore and choose from. Whether you want to get out on a Kayak or a raft, take a helicopter tour between the tectonic plates, chase down geysers, magnificent waterfalls, puffins, whales or majestic mountains. Pack up your gear and lace up your boots to hike and explore Iceland in all its natural glory. Let us highlight some of the incredible things you can do in Iceland during this sweltering summer. We only do our summers the Icelandic way!
The locals in Iceland like to refer to Iceland’s weather in July as “The Sweater Weather.” A warm sweater, warm pants, some hiking shoes, and a jacket should be more than enough to keep you comfortable. The weather is warm, mild and the days are long with ample amount of daylight. This makes Iceland the perfect wilderness to explore during July! July is Iceland’s hottest month with temperatures averaging a nice 51.4°F (10.8°C). Additionally, the twenty hours of daylight should be enough to explore Iceland’s wilderness in all its beauty!
Venturing to Iceland’s South Coast
Iceland boasts a number of attractive tourist hotspots but perhaps the most famous is the South Coast. Venturing south of the Iceland’s capitol, Reykjavík, you will come across Iceland’s iconic natural phenomena! The extra daylight during the summer months will come in super handy as it will provide you with ample time to explore the stunning views. The beautiful weather of July will compliment the black sanded Reynisfjara, the Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss, and the mighty Sólheimajökull Glacier spectacularly! You can also spend some time in solitude and reflection as you gaze out across the Atlantic from the fantastical little town of Vik. Soak in the summer rays, familiarize yourself with the local culture and cuisine. The people are enchanting and super welcoming so you will be sure to have a good time!
Camping and Hiking
The weather of July is especially mid in July. That means that there’s ample time to spend time out in the nature and reconnect with your innermost selves. We spend enough time hunkered down in rooms and bars as it is! It is time to go out, breathe in the fresh air and marvel at the spectacular beauty that Iceland offers. In the month of July Iceland gets around twenty hours of extended daylight, hike a glacier, marvel at the sights of mighty volcanoes, hike towards the natural hot springs along dazzling black beaches, dance under waterfalls and star as the main character in our narrative! Only in Iceland can the beauty be enjoyed by foot!
Caving In Iceland During the Month of July
Iceland’s lava tubes are one of it’s magnificent features! Cave enthusiasts from all over the world travel to gaze upon these spectacular marvels of nature. These tubes, formed by volcanic eruptions many eons ago are a true testament to Iceland’s unique geological landscape. Snow blocks the entryways to these cases for most of the year but during the month of July, the snow clears allowing enthusiasts to embark on their caving adventures! The cleared snow allowing caving lovers to crawl around in this underground kingdom.
Hiking in Iceland During the Month of July
Most of Iceland’s most bedazzling hikes are accessible during the mild summer months. This makes July one of the rarest opportunities to explore Iceland’s most breathtaking views. One hike that we recommend to almost all of our clients is the hike to Glymur waterfall, located just an hour outside of Reykjavik. This tour also gives you a chance to gaze upon the views of the stunning bay and the magnificent mountain scenery making it the most ideal for any lover of nature. So get your backpacks on and your hoods up, and prepare to be absolutely blown away with Iceland’s unique beauty.
Some of our advanced hikers can take on the Thorsmork hike. This valley is said to have bene formed by Thor’s mighty hammer when it crashed against the Earth! This is great news for lovers of lore! You can embark on a fascinating hike whilst also absorbing famous lores and legends of the place. A tour guide will almost accompany you while on this hike and will bring you close to some of Europe’s largest glaciers.
Hit the Magnificent Ring Road and Drive Around
July is a spectacular month to hit the open road. Rent a car and explore to your heart’s content. Iceland is one of the safest tourist destinations, and has something special and different to offer every visitor that feels beckoned in to its open arms. Pick a direction that works for you or take the tried-and-true Ring Road for the definitive Icelandic asphalt experience. You will not be disappointed! We hope you come see our beautiful country and connect with it on an emotional level. The memories you make here will forever become a part of who you are and will hopefully help you accomplish all that you have ever dreamed of. Iceland is not just a place, it’s all our dreams realized. We welcome thee!