Best time to go to Iceland

In July and August, balmy mid-teen temperatures and long, dry days welcome road trips in Iceland. Pack your cosy coat if you're visiting from November. The mercury often dips well below zero and the sun's only up for six hours a day, while intense winds and road-closing snowfalls can make sudden appearances, too.

Passports and Visas

British citizens don’t need a visa to enter Iceland, but must have a valid passport. For the most up-to-date passport and visa information, visit

Don't forget to arrange your travel money and insurance before you go.

Health and safety

You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover you while you’re away. For the latest health and safety information, visit

Further Reading

  • Overview
  • Things To Do
  • Key Facts

    • Capital - Reykjavik
    • Language - Icelandic
    • Timezone - GMT
    • Population - 323,000
    • Currency - ISK:Icelandic Krona
    • Flight Time - 3 hours from Gatwick

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