Reykjavik Weather February Averages, Iceland
What's the Weather Like in Reykjavik in February
In February you will experience real Nordic winter conditions as the city is finally out of its Christmas hangover phase. The winter lights festival reminds tourists and locals to appreciate the darkness. A bonus of the darkness is the Northen Lightsappearing more clearly.
In February the daily average temperature sits around 0°C. Don't let this put you off visiting as the weather shouldn't stop you getting involved in the range of activities available. The lowest temperature expected is -2°C and the highest is 2°C. The temperatures are mitigated by the relatively warm gulf stream; Iceland would be much colder without this.
There is on average 2 hours of sunshine per day in February. It can be lacking in daylight but by the end of the month there will be around 7-10 hours of daylight. Lack of daylight isn't actually all that bad as it means more chance of seeing the Northern Lights and enjoying the winter light festival.
In February the sea temperature is at its coldest, measuring around 5°C. There is no need to swim in the sea as the wonderful Blue Lagoon is the place to relax, with its warm water at around 37-39°C.
Snow can come as early as September and linger till May in Iceland, so expect lots of snow in February. The winter road closures can make access to some areas difficult so plan your journeys beforehand. Check the weather before you head out as snow storms have previously happened in February.
February can be a wet month in Reykjavik, there will be on average 40mm of rainfall and 16 rainy days. Remember your raincoat so you don't get soaked in a down pour. Precipitation comes in all forms in February, depending on temperature, there may be rain, snow or sleet.
Prepare for windy days as it can be fairly windy in February, but not enough to get blown away though.
The day length is approximately 7 hours and 6 minutes in February and by the end of the month it will be getting a lot lighter, therefore the days will be longer.
Hotels for Reykjavik in February
Canopy by Hilton
Canopy by Hilton is located in Reykjavik City Centre, it's set across six connected houses and joins a neighborhood rich with history, colour and life. Here you will pay a high price for a room but it will be worth every penny. The stylish, comfortable suites are tastefully decorated with shades of ocean and volcanic rock, providing a relaxing atmosphere.
Choose from a queen room (cheapest), twin premium room, king junior suite, king one bedroom suite or a loft suite (most expensive). Rooms provide lots of space, TVs, mini-refrigerators, WiFi and stunning local artwork decorates the walls. Advantages of this hotel are the bike hire, artisanal breakfast (can be delivered to your room), the lovely Geiri Smart Restaurant (award-winning chefs) and a fitness room.
For those traveling on a budget, Loft Hostel is the place to book bargain accommodation and still be located in the centre of Reykjavik. The large top floor balcony boasts some sensational views of the city; you can people watch here or catch the Northern Lights if you're lucky. If you're traveling to meet new people and not over spend, this is the place for you.
Dormitories and rooms are both on offer, you can share in a 4, 6 or 8 dorm or for more privacy double/twin or double deluxe rooms are available. The cafe/bar is wonderful for socialising and another bonus is the events held at Loft, check them out here and plan in advance for your stay.
Oddsson is another well-priced option for explorers in Reykjavik. The quirky hostel provides bunks, hostel rooms, hotel rooms and suites. Choose to share a bathroom or pay for your own. The Oddsson cafe is a place to snack, drink, meet others and relax with sea views. Tourists will love the selection of beers and arty decor at Oddsson. For those who enjoy singing and a good laugh, book the sound proof karaoke room.
Restaurants and Bars for Reykjavik in February
Snaps Bistro is ideal for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just to have a glass of something with friends. The menu is based on Scandinavian cuisine and they serve a fabulous brunch, oysters, mussels, bar snacks, open sandwiches, cheese boards, desserts and a range of wine. The buzzy atmosphere attracts friends, couples, families and just about anyone that enjoys eating out.
For all the coffee lovers out there, Reykjavik Roasters serve a refreshing cup of the good stuff. The beans are carefully roasted and brewed to perfection, making the coffee taste amazing. They're imported from a range of different countries and every cup is presented beautifully. Don't be afraid to ask the knowledgeable, friendly staff any questions when visiting. If you'd like a memory of the cool coffee shop there are souvenirs for sale; pick up a new kettle or some trendy brewing equipment.
Iceland isn't known for its seafood but it can actually be very fresh and tasty. Fiskfelagid prove this with their well prepared season based seafood menu. The cod and trout are cooked and seasoned to most peoples liking and for those that prefer meat; the lamb is glazed and accompanied with an array of impressive, healthy sides. This restaurant is suitable for both lunch and dinner and the popular 'champagne with dessert' is a winning extra.
Things to Do in Reykjavik in February
You cannot visit Reykjavik without visiting the Blue Lagoon. The unique wonder of nature is becoming more and more popular among tourists. It's the magical geothermal water and natural ingredients (mineral salt, silica, blue green algae) that balance and relax body and soul. The lagoon silica mud gently cleanses and exfoliate the skin too.
On arrival collect towels, bath robes and slippers. Bracelets are provided for ordering refreshments when you're in the lagoon. Lockers available. In water massages can also be booked, they're expensive but completely worth it for a treat.
Horse Riding day tours
There are a range of companies that do Icelandic Horse Riding day tours, book with Extreme Iceland for the horse riding and lava tour, you will experience two activities in one. The Icelandic horses are calm and friendly, so the tour is suitable for kids as well as adults. All tours are perfect for beginners or experienced riders. Trot through the lava fields on a stunning path with views of the green hillsides.
Food and Fun Festival
The Food and Fun Festival is a culinary circus, bringing together top chefs from both sides of the Atlantic and Reykjavik's best restaurants. The festival is usually held in February. Together the chefs prepare a menu with Icelandic ingredients to impress the guests. Anybody can attend.
Winter Lights Festival
The annual Winter Lights Festival is unmissable if you're in Reykjavik in February. The festival celebrates the winter world and the growing light after a long period of darkness. A beautiful installation will light up the city. Tourists and locals will love the mixture of art and industry, environment and history, sports and culture. Luckily, all the events are free of charge.