Best time to go to Reykjavik

Reykjavik’s a strong contender for Europe’s chilliest city break – temperatures in winter can plummet to as low as -10°C – although the average is closer to freezing. You’ll have to brave the cold if you fancy clapping eyes on the Northern Lights, though, so be sure to shove your biggest coat in your suitcase. As for summer, don’t expect balmy temps – average daily highs are between 10 and 15 degrees. The midnight sun’s what pulls in the punters at this time of year – it makes late-night sightseeing possible.

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

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