After travelling to Iceland in June, I had a magical 10 days driving around Iceland’s Ring Road. Plus 2 days exploring Iceland’s capital Reykjavik.
Iceland is a unique country to visit and planning for your trip is really important to make the most of your time there.
All the necessary Things you need to know about Planning a Trip to Iceland in June
Here are all the necessary things you need to know about planning a trip to Iceland in June. This Iceland guide includes everything, from things to do in Iceland, what to wear in Iceland in June, hiring a campervan, driving the Ring Road to ensure you make the most of your time in this beautiful country.
Table of Contents
- 1 Planning a Trip to Iceland in June
- 1.1 Driving around Iceland in June
- 1.2 Best Things to Do in Iceland IN June
- 1.3 What to Wear in Iceland in June?
- 1.4 What else do you need to take on your Iceland trip?
- 1.5 Visiting Iceland – What is the weather like in June?
- 1.6 Planning a Trip to Iceland in June – More Top tips
- 1.7 Useful Books for your Iceland trip*
Planning a Trip to Iceland in June
Driving around Iceland in June
For my trip to Iceland and to make the most of seeing the country I hired a campervan to drive around the entire Ring Road. June is one of the best months to do this. Why? Because, it’s coming into peak summer season but it’s still quieter, so not as many people around. The weather conditions are better for driving. Although the weather can still change, it’s no-where near as severe as the winter months.
Road trips in Iceland are a popular way of exploring this beautiful country. Now you might have heard about all the stunning scenery but this doesn’t mean you can stop in the middle of the road to take photos. There are plenty of places you can pull over.
When you are planning your route, be sure to research rest points on the way and remember not to stop until you arrive!
Do you need any Driving Experience?
In June, the roads are clear (no snow and ice!) But if you’re visiting in winter then think about your experience driving in icy and snowy conditions. A 4WD is an essential vehicle but you still need to be confident driving in difficult conditions.
It’s important to keep a close eye on the weather, even though as I mentioned June is a better month to be driving around.
Save these two websites for your Iceland trip:
Read more of my tips for Driving in Iceland (including how not to get a speeding ticket!)
Best Things to Do in Iceland IN June
For me driving around the Ring Road was the best way to explore Iceland, but there are some must-see things to do on your Iceland trip!
Visit the Puffins in Iceland
The puffins are only in Iceland for a short period of time, they arrive in May and leave in August so June is one of the best times to see them on a drive. You can read about my expereince seeing puffins in Iceland here, included top tips and where to see them
Hiking a Glacier in Iceland
Another summer activity, due to weather conditions you can only hike on the glacier between March to November. But June is a great time to do the hike as the weather has a better chance of being lovely and sunny, which means gorgeous photos! For all the important questions and answers about hiking a glacier, you can read my experience on the glacier.
Explore the city of Reykjavik
A perfect way to start or end your Iceland trip, explore the beautiful city of Reykjavik with plenty of places to visit and free things to do on your visit.
What to Wear in Iceland in June?
Even in the summer months, the weather can be cold, wet and windy! I hope I’m not putting you off because Iceland is awesome. But you just need to remember to pack and wear the right clothes.
Waterproof gear is essential all year round because there are amazing waterfalls that you can walk behind. So if you don’t want to get wet then pop your waterproof jacket and trousers on!
It’s best to have plenty of warm layers, as depending which part of Iceland you are, the wind can be pretty cold!
Good boots or shoes
I opted for my hiking boots, perfect for exploring Iceland, hiking and generally keeping my feet warm too.
For my full list on what I packed for my Iceland trip read my summer packing list for Iceland
What else do you need to take on your Iceland trip?
Treat yourself to a good camera
Iceland has some amazing scenery to see so buy yourself a camera so you can capture some of those beautiful shots. You know like the photos you see in National Geographic!! I would recommend that you buy one in plenty of time to give yourself some practice beforehand
And a tripod
Another piece of camera equipment. Iceland has some beautiful waterfalls that you can take some amazing photos with a tripod (you know the ones with a blur effect). And in winter a tripod is an essential item for taking those stunning Northern Lights photos.
Visiting Iceland – What is the weather like in June?
The Famous Iceland Weather
In Iceland, they have a saying, “if you don’t like the weather then wait 5 minutes”. Literally, wind and rain can appear from nowhere and disappear just as quickly. Make sure you are prepared for all weather conditions. There is so much to see outdoors in this country that you don’t want to cut your stay short by wearing the wrong clothes.
As you can see from the photo above, I was lovely and warm in my t-shirt on this particular hike. But other days I was glad to have my warm clothes to put on!
During your time in Iceland, you can experience extreme gusts of wind. It’s good to remember if you have rented a vehicle then these gusts can be strong enough to damage car doors so something to factor in when taking out insurance for your trip.
I used this great website during my time in Iceland to check on the weather each day – Iceland Met Office
Planning a Trip to Iceland in June – More Top tips
Before you enter any pools or spas (such as the Blue Lagoon). You must have a naked shower. The Icelandic people take hygiene very seriously. But don’t worry the changing rooms are separate for men and women. And there are private cubicles too.
Don’t walk on the moss
Although the soft appearance might look very tempting to walk on, please don’t. The moss can take hundreds of years to grow back. So your footprints could be there for a very long time. The Icelandic people even love moss so much they put it on their houses. How cute is this house!
Can you drink the water?
The water in Iceland is some of the freshest water in the world. You might notice a slight smell, but seriously there’s nothing wrong with it.
Top Tip – Remember to pack your water bottle – 1. To save money and 2. To save using plastic bottles!
Spending money on your Iceland trip
In Iceland, you can buy everything on a card (Debit and/or Credit). Cash is still accepted but you can go the entire trip without using any. I even bought Fish and Chips from a food stand in Reykjavík and paid on my card.
Top Tip – Make sure you take a Credit Card with zero transaction fees
Is Iceland Expensive?
Yes, travelling is expensive in Iceland. Accommodation and food costs are high. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun. If you are worried about how much it will cost then go shopping and take a packed lunch with you each day instead of eating out.
And for a real way to save money think about drinking less (or no) alcohol as this is pretty expensive. I also took my own tea bags and Sigg Hot & Cold flask so I could have hot drinks on the go!
Check out my top budget saving tips for Iceland here
Are you planning a trip to Iceland? Is there anything else that you would like to know before you go? Ask me any questions in the comments or send me a message on Facebook
For more Iceland Tips and Inspiration read all my Iceland Posts here!