Reykjavik Weather August Averages, Iceland
What's the Weather Like in Reykjavik in August
August is the month of the flora and fauna with sunshine and still some warmth.
In August the daily average temperature sits around 11°C. The lowest temperature expected is 8°C and the highest is 13°C. Not exactly tanning weather but definitely a welcomed treat. Still pack layers to wear, especially if you're from a warm country.
There is on average 5 hours of sunshine per day in August making outside activities enjoyable.
In August the sea temperature reaches 11°C. However, there is no need to swim in the sea as the Blue Lagoon is 37-39°C, unless you want to of course.
The days are rapidly getting shorter after the summer solstice but there is still plenty of daylight. August the 1st boasts 17 hours and 51 minutes of daylight. However, on the 31st of August there are just 14 hours 37 minutes of daylight. A rapid decrease of 3 hours 14 minutes over the whole time.
Hotels for Reykjavik in August
4* Hotel Holt is a well-known luxury boutique hotel, decorated with stunning artwork from old Icelandic masters. Book a first class room in central Iceland, there are 42 rooms divided into single, double, junior suites and suites. Always check the offers page on the website and there are sometimes very reasonable deals, bag a Junior Suite with breakfast included, a welcome gift upon arrival and a 3 day pass to Reykjavik museums. Centrally located in a quaint little street, Hotel Holt is has many fabulous reviews on Facebook and TripAdvisor.
Stay close to Reykjavik Zoo and Family Park in Hotel 66; many restaurants, bars and a big 24/7 supermarket is in walking distance. Access to the hotel from the highway is easy and the rooms are affordable here. The 2* hotel is ideal for those on a budget that just want a room for a quick stop over. Conveniently, public transport is nearby and it only takes 10 minutes to get to the centre. The simple hotel has 20 rooms across 2 floors and the proud friendly staff are always willing to help out.
Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natural
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city by staying at Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natural in the green and hilly area, at the edge of the city centre. skjuhlíð hill and Nauthólsvík beach are part of the beautiful surroundings of the hotel. Book yourself into one of their tasteful modern rooms and enjoy the restaurant, comprehensive spa and the amazing service provided. There are a few different rooms, meaning there is something for everyone.
Choose from a queen guest room, twin guest room, triple guest room, queen superior room, twin superior room, king deluxe room or a king junior suite. Lay back and unwind here or take a walk to the beach to watch the sunset.
Restaurants and Bars for Reykjavik in August
Matur og Drytkkur Restaurant
Matur og Drykkur Restaurant serve inspiring, traditional Icelandic cuisine with a modern twist. Traditional recipes are made with local Icelandic ingredients to create mouth wateringly good meals. Visit for a quick lunch, relaxed dinner or a fruity evening cocktail. The Halibut soup with mussels, apples and dried fruit is popular among tourists and locals. On the dinner menu there is always a fish of the day or pick the cod's head cooked in chicken stock with dulse, served with freshly made potato salad.
Kol Restaurant attracts families, friends, couples and groups due to it's range of options on the menu. Customers love the cocktails, seafood, meat and vegetarian options. The kitchen and bar have a tasting menu, three course menu and gourmet menu. Icelandic scallops and beef carpaccio feature as starters and are both yummy options.
Head to Hurra for live music in the evenings. There is always something going on here, so make sure you check online so you don't miss out on any of the great DJs. It's an ideal venue to bring friends and have a fun night out.
Things to Do in Reykjavik in August
The breathtaking Gullfoss Waterfall is located on the beautiful Golden Circle trail, booking a tour is definitely recommended. Find the narrow path that provides close-up views of the massive, two-tiered waterfall. The waterfall looks wonderful in all weather but particularly special when the water freezes into undulating waves of glistening ice. Rainbows at the falls make for spectacular photographs. This is without a doubt one of Reykjavik's must visits.
Culture Night is always held in August and takes place all across Reykjavik; on the streets, squares, in museums, businesses and even in residential gardens. The celebration has become a permanent fixture in the annual calender of events in Reykjavik as it marks the start of the city's cultural year. The main objective of the night is to encourage participants to deliver a diverse and rich offering of cultural events with a taste of something for everyone. Usually, around 100,000 guests attend as it's the most popular festival in Iceland. Some attend to watch the musical performances and others want to see the art exhibitions. Amazingly, all events are free.
Reykjavík Pride is held at the beginning of August for six days; you can't really miss it if you're visiting during the celebration. The colourful event brings thousands of people to the city centre where the gay community are supported by a huge parade. It's actually one of the biggest little Pride Parades in the world. Getting involved in this once in a life time experience will of course be exciting and most definitely memorable.
Reykjadalur Steam Valley
Something a little different to the Blue Lagoon is Reykjadalur Steam Valley. Take a dip in the hot spring, located in the stunning Reykjadalur valley, just 45km away from Reykjavik. Hike your way to the valley filled with hot springs, mud pools and a cool hot river where you can bathe.