What’s the weather like in Iceland during the month of March? Let me tell you how it was for my trip to Iceland in March of 2016!
During our 10 day trip to Iceland in March of 2016, the temperatures during the day were often in the mid-forties to low fifties, with one of the nicest days getting into the mid-60s! We were usually comfortable in hiking pants, a long sleeve shirt, light mid-layer, and a jacket on top. Overall, the temperatures weren’t nearly as cold as most people assume when they think about a country with “Ice” in the name. Though temperatures will obviously change year to year, I wouldn’t be worried about cold temperatures in March! It’s generally very moderate, and can even get warm when the sun comes out!
However, despite the relatively moderate temperatures, Iceland is not exactly known for having “nice” weather. The amount of wind they have is incredible. For the first few days we were there, we were constantly battered with winds that here in the Northeast US you only experience during storms strong enough to get a special news broadcast. Our tents wouldn’t even stand up, the poles were about the break in half!
Additionally, the typical Iceland weather is a cloudy, foggy, rainy, and dreary existence. For about half of our trip we were hiking in a constant sideways sprinkle. It rarely poured, but somehow it always managed to be raining just enough to get us all soaked, so I would definitely invest in some nice Goretex rain gear before you plan a trip to Iceland, in March or in any other month, because cloudy/rainy weather is just the norm there.
Don’t let a little fog and rain scare you away from a trip to Iceland in March, though! During the days when it was foggy and rainy, we still had an incredible time hiking and exploring Iceland’s South Coast. The nights we had to camp in tents after a day in the rain were pretty miserable, but the days that we had a nice warm hostel to return to afterword we were totally fine! We used airBnBs throughout our time in Iceland, and saved a ton of money versus traditional hotels, and got to meet some local Icelandic people which was an awesome experience in and of itself. If you want to try Airbnb while you’re in Iceland, feel free to use this $35 coupon.
I can’t forget to mention that for the second half of our 10 days in Iceland, we were blessed with warm, clear, sunny days! Though the rain didn’t stop our adventure in the first half of the week, it was certainly nice to bask in the Icelandic sunlight as we explored Skaftafell National Park and the Snaefellsnes peninsula toward the end of our trip.
So although things will obviously change year to year, don’t worry about the weather holding you back on your trip to Iceland in March. In fact, I wrote in another post (here) about why March is a great time for Visiting Iceland!