Raufarhöfn, where it's located

The climate of Raufarhöfn is subarctic, with cold winters and very cool summers, or even a little cold.
The village is located in the extreme north-east of Iceland, a short distance from the Arctic Circle. On the shorter days of the year, around December 20th, the day lasts 2 hours and a quarter. On the longest days, on the other hand, you can watch the midnight sun from June 8th to July 6th. Besides, the white nights, in which the sun sets but it does not become completely dark, occur from May 11th and then until August 3rd, and less clearly already from April 21st and until August 23rd.
The average temperature of the coldest month (January) is of -2.3 °C (28 °F), that of the warmest month (July) is of 8.3 °C (47 °F). Here are the average temperatures.
Raufarhöfn - Average temperatures
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Min (°C)-5-5-5-3046630-3-5
Max (°C)01136911118521
Min (°F)232323273239434337322723
Max (°F)323434374348525246413634

Precipitation amounts to 735 millimeters (28.9 inches) per year: so, it is at an intermediate level. It ranges from 30 mm (1.2 in) in the driest month (May) to 85 mm (3.3 in) in the wettest (October). Here is the average precipitation.
Raufarhöfn - Average precipitation
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Prec.(mm)755565453040506075858075735
Prec.(in)32.22.61.81.21.622.433.33.1328.9
Days151115117791012151516144

The sea temperature ranges between 2 °C (36 °F) and 8 °C (46 °F). So, it is very cold all year round. Here are the average sea temperatures.
Raufarhöfn - Sea temperature
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Temp (°C)332246787543
Temp (°F)373736363943454645413937

Raufarhöfn

Best Time


The best time to visit Raufarhöfn is the summer, from June to August, since it is the mildest season. However, there are often cloudy skies, rain and a bit of cold at night.