If you are planning a July trip to Iceland, then get excited my friends, because today I have the most comprehensive guide for planning your July trip to this beautiful country.
Hey Team Iceland, and welcome back to my channel. My name is Jeannie and I am your tour guide for all things Iceland planning. Before we get into this video, it’s time to give a little Instagram love. So, today I want to give a shout out to Andrea who tagged me in a video showing me her granddaughter quoting one of my YouTube videos, and my heart just melted. So, this is the most amazing thing to see that people are finding the videos helpful, and then people are quoting the videos. I mean, the coolest thing ever! So, thank you so much Andrea for sharing and make sure to tell your granddaughter hi for me!
Today, I’m excited to talk to you about July planning for your trip to Iceland, including daylight hours, weather, sightseeing, and all of the things. So, let’s get into it.
Daylight hours in July
All right, so first and foremost, like we talk about every month, daylight hours are the most important thing when you’re planning any trip to Iceland. July is a pretty special month because we’re still pretty much at the peak of daylight hours. So, just coming off the summer solstice in June, you can expect around 19 hours of daylight in July. As you can tell, there’s still plenty and plenty of daylight hours for exploring. This is important you guys, because as a contrast to some of the winter months, you have so much more free time and so much more time to pack things into your itinerary. So, July is such a wonderful month in terms of that, which brings me to my pro tip.
Do not under any circumstances forget a sleep mask for your July trip to Iceland. This is by far going to be your biggest lifesaver for getting any sleep in July. 19 hours means that the sun is still out at 10:00 PM. And I’m talking like, it feels like it’s still seven o’clock. So, I’m telling you, you’re going to want to have a sleep mask with you so you can at least get some sleep and feel like a normal night.
Weather in Iceland
Moving on to the weather in Iceland in July. Average temperatures will be between nine up to 14 degrees Celsius or 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s so funny, because a lot of places around the world, July is like one of the hottest summer months, right? Not in Iceland my friends. July is not warm. Don’t be coming to Iceland in July thinking that you’re going to get this summer vacation. As you’ve heard me say in videos before, there are two seasons in Iceland, winter and winter light. So, July is still winter light. With this being said, July is actually one of the warmest and driest months of the year. So, there’ll be times where there’s plenty and plenty of sun. And actually, if there’s not a lot of wind then it can feel quite warm. I’ve got to be careful when I use that word. You always still need to be prepared for high winds and misty rains as well, so I can’t promise that the weather will be perfect even if it’s July.
And, if you guys are wondering what you should bring in your suitcase for your summer trip, then make sure to check out my summer packing video + free packing list!
Sightseeing around the country
Now, in terms of sightseeing for July, the good news is that all of Iceland is open and available for you to travel to, including Reykjavik, Golden Circle, Ring Road, Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Westfjords and the Highlands! Every area is accessible, available, and with obviously the right equipment and vehicle, able to travel to. Yay. We love, love, love, love, looooove July. I’m seriously in love with July in Iceland. It’s so unique. It’s so beautiful. You have lush green landscapes. You have flowers blooming. You have animals roaming all about. It is literally like the peak, most beautiful time to be in Iceland.
Obviously, the con of this is that everyone knows that July is great in Iceland. So, you’re going to be able to expect more crowds, higher prices on rentals and accommodations, busier roads, you know the standard.
Driving + road conditions
Speaking of roads, driving in July in Iceland is also easy! The roads are clear. They’re accessible. You can easily get to all parts of the country. And, usually, unless you’re traveling in the Highland roads or the F-roads, which we’ve just talked about in a recent video, you can use a two-wheel drive for traveling to Iceland in the summer. Obviously, if you’re traveling into the Highlands, Landmannalaugar or Thórsmörk, then you definitely need four-wheel drive, but usually you’re going to be good in the summer with two-wheel drive.
Events + Festivals
Last up, are the events and festivals that happen in July. This is a really big month in terms of music festivals. A lot of small little towns will have their own little version of some sort of festival, whether it’s music, art, or both, but the main ones that I wanted to talk about
- LungA – This is a festival that happens in Seyðisfjörður in east Iceland, and it features art and music and it takes place in one of the most scenic fjords in Iceland.
- Bræðslan – This one takes place in an old herring factory in Borgarfjörður Eystri, and it features folk and Indie rock music. Such a fun thing to experience.
Okay friends, now that you are experts on how to plan your July trip to Iceland, if you’re still struggling on how to put together an itinerary, then make sure to check out my Ring Road ebook and map. It covers literally everything that you would need to know on how to plan a trip to Iceland, as well as a digital map that can get you to some of the coolest places around the country!
Thanks so much for hanging out with me today, friends. I’ll see you next Wednesday for another Iceland video. And until then, happy planning.
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