Iceland’s April Weather, Temperature & Length of Days

Magazine Iceland’s April Weather, Temperature & Length of Days

April is another great time to visit Iceland. The temperatures are rising, the days are getting nice and long and the landscape is just starting to get green as all that sunlight works its magic on our flora and fauna. Plus there are a lots fun happenings in Reykjavik and elsewhere including: Reykjavik Shorts and Docs - a short film festival, the Icelandic Horse  Festival, the Orkugangan Ski Marathon, the Isafjordur Rock Festival and, maybe most importantly, Iceland’s First day of Summer. To top it all off, you can still get “off season” travel deals. Now that we got you interested, here’s what you can expect from the weather and length of days.


In April, the amount of daylight you will get is substantial. Sunrise on April 1st in Iceland is at 6:46 AM and sunset is at 8:19 PM; that’s 13 hours and 32 minutes of daylight.  By the end of April the length of day increases to 16 hours and 44 minutes, that’s a gain of 3 hours and 12 minutes in one month! This is because Iceland, which is at a high latitude, is gaining an average 6 minutes and 30 seconds of daylight every day.


The month of April is characterized by continually rising temperatures - peaking into what we might even consider warm. As for the temperatures, you can expect the average low to be approximately -1.1 degrees Celsius (30 F), increasing to approximately 2.8 degrees Celsius (37 F) by the end of the month. The average high temperatures are 4.4 degrees Celsius (40 F), rising to 7 degrees Celsius (45 F) by the end of the month.  It’s even possible for the barometer to get into the low 50’s F on a good day.  Doesn’t sound too warm, but this is Iceland after all!


The average April rainfall in Reykjavik is approximately 58 mm (2.3 inches) in April, down substantially from March.  This precipitation will most likely come in the form of rain, but snow is still possible.  Statistically, you can expect approximately half the month of April to have some precipitation.

We recommend bringing lots of layers and some good waterproof shoes so you can enjoy whatever weather Iceland throws at you. We hope you enjoy your time in Iceland and highly recommend exploring our beautiful countryside if time permits. To serve you, we offer 6 hotel locations outside the capital region including, Akureyri, Egilsstadir (Icelandair Hotel Herad), Keflavik, Fludir (icelandair Hotel Fludir), and Borgarnes (Icelandair Hotel Hamar).  Cheers!


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