Reykjavik Weather May Averages, Iceland
What's the Weather Like in Reykjavik in May
There is on average 6 hours of sunshine per day in May making outside activities very enjoyable.
In May the sea temperature remains at 7°C. However, there is no need to swim in the sea as the wonderful, warm Blue Lagoon (37-39°C) is the ideal place to relax.
Snow can come as early as September and linger till May in Iceland, so expect snow in May but not too much of it as it's the end of the snowy season.
The approximate day length is 16 hours and 21 minutes.
Hotels for Reykjavik in May
City Centre Hotel
The 3* City Centre Hotel is located in the heart of Reykjavik, an ideal location for travelers. Just a few minutes away are bars, restaurants and clubs. The accommodation claim to be the best 3* hotel in Reykjavik and can definitely be complimented for their exceptional service, quality and value. Standing on six floors, the hotel has 30 rooms containing modern and classic amenities; free high speed WiFi, hair dryer, mini-bar, telephone, LCD TV and coffee/tea.
All rooms have bathrooms with showers or hot tubs. Book a Superior room for magnificent views of parliament square and some have balconies, perfect for warmish May weather. They also have extra amenities such as, slippers, robes and Nespresso machines; for those who would like a more luxurious stay. The hotel have a downloadable app for detailed information and directions.
Galaxy Pod Hostel
For something a little different book a funky pod at Galaxy Pod Hostel. Make yourself feel at home in the futuristic pod space where you will be comfortable, have privacy, lockers and a smart TV. There are stores and restaurants across the street from the hostel as it's ideally located in the heart of Reykjavik. Close to a bus stop for those who want to venture further out.
The sharing options are a 4 or 8 person dorm, a 6 person female sharing dorm or a 24 bed dormitory. Inside the pods are memory foam mattresses, two fans for air circulation, secure lockers, electrical plugs, reading light, mirror, shelf, curtains and fire extinguishers. Make use of the self-service kitchen, bar, lounge area and flexible check-in at reception (open 7am - 11pm). Laundry service and towels are on offer for a fee.
Stay Apartments Bolholt Hotel
Stay Apartments Bolholt Hotel offers self-catering studios, just 15 minutes walk from Reykjavik city centre. If you love peering out the window and admiring the views, this could be the perfect accommodation for you; the bedrooms have stunning views of the mountains. The apartments have well equipped kitchens, private bathrooms with showers and comfy seating areas.
Leisure options have a lounge with sofas, pool table and darts. Computers available for guest use too. Free parking on site. Shopaholics will love Kringlan Shopping Centre which is only 10 minutes walk away. Even closer is Laugardalur Park with a botanical garden, zoo and swimming pool.
Restaurants and Bars for Reykjavik in May
Baejarins Beztu Pylsur
Visiting a stand for a famous Icelandic hotdog is a must in Reykjavik. Baejarins Beztu Pylsur make the yummiest sausages. The simple stall has become popular among tourists and has always been a magnet for locals. Treat yourself to the best hotdog in Reykjavik and warm up quickly. Make sure you have the special brown sauce added on top for a taste sensation. The stand is close to the centre.
Icelandic Street Food
Icelandic Street Food is the first fast food concept in Iceland with traditional Icelandic food. All visitors will get to fully experience home made Icelandic food without having to spend a fortune for fine dining. Indulge in the gorgeous pancakes and delicious cakes. The family owned business make you feel welcome and it isn't just the food and staff you will appreciate, but the whole experience in itself.
The shellfish soup is healthy and very popular among locals or try the warming 'fishermans favourite' consisting of cod, potatoes, onions and hollandaise sauce; served with warm rye bread and creamy butter. If you've had a cold day full of adventurers in Reykjavik, this is the perfect place to end the day with scrumptious food.
Fish & Chips Vagninn
If all you fancy is some fresh seafood then Fish & Chips Vagninn located at the harbour is your place. It's at the Vesturbugt, the westernmost part of the main harbour. The family run stall opens up in Spring when the weather starts getting warmer, making May the best month to go. The owners catch and process the fish so you know what you're getting is very fresh.
Things to Do in Reykjavik in May
The main landmark in Reykjavik is Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral, its tower can be seen from almost everywhere in the city. It's a parish church and national sanctuary. Samúelsson who designed the building in 1937 was inspired by the shapes created when lava cools into basalt rock, he therefore modelled the building on this. Standing at 15m and weighing 25 tons, the huge holy space is pretty unmissable and definitely worth visiting on your trip. It's actually one of the most visited places in Iceland and luckily free to go inside (a small fee for tower access).
Tjörnin lake is one of Iceland's most loved and iconic inner-city features. Most visitors to the city pass along its shore, as it is situated in the city centre next to the Reykjavik City Hall and several museums. If you have kids it's fun to feed the ducks here and for anyone that appreciates the beauty of nature it's a stunning feature of Reykjavik to visit.
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.