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Summer Arrives in Iceland’s Capital at Last

The Icelandic summer is unpredictable and this year, it finally arrived in Reykjavík on Thursday, June 20, when locals and tourists alike could enjoy the warm rays of the sun and light breeze.

The city was buzzing and cafés, restaurants and other such establishments were packed with people enjoying the first day of summer at outdoor tables.

Cafe Paris. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

“We couldn’t ask for more,” Emil Þór Sigurðsson, an employee of Café Paris by the Austurvöllur square, told

The summer solstice was at 05:04 am in the morning of June 21, and to celebrate the midsummer, a busy program is scheduled for the weekend in all parts of the country.

In the small coastal village of Eyrarbakki on Iceland’s southern shore, cultural events are scheduled for the weekend with a history walk and open house on Saturday, June 22.

Eyrarbakki. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

At the old turf farm Laufás in Eyjafjörður fjord, North Iceland, traditional Icelandic dances will be performed. Other events include an introduction to Icelandic handicraft and the spring jobs of old.

“It’ll be a lot of fun,” Hólmfríður Erlingsdóttir, the appropriator of the Laufás museum, told

Today, June 21, summery weather continued across the country with temperature ranging from 6-15°C (43-59°F). The southeastern corner is expected to be the warmest part of the country.

On Saturday and Sunday (June 22-23), temperatures are expected to range from 10-15°C (50-59°F), and on Sunday showers may occur.


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