Quick facts about the weather and daylight in February
Average temperature: 0.29°C / 32.52°F
Average hours of sunlight: 57
Average of lowest and highest recorded temperature in February: Low -9.88°C / 14,22°F – High 7.81°C / 46.06°F
Length of day on February 1st: 7 hours and 8 minutes
A friend of mine once said that the best thing about February in Iceland is how short it is. The country is still in full on winter mode and harsh winter storms are still quite common. I actually like February for many different reasons, one of which my birthday. So maybe I’m a bit biased when I say it’s not that terrible.
Although the locals will probably ask you why on earth you would want to visit Iceland in February I, on the other hand, think it’s a great month to visit if you want to experience a real Nordic winter. There’s just something about the darkness, the harsh weather and the atmosphere that makes it different from most of which you are probably used to from home. But to really experience what I’m talking about you have to go out of the city and off the main tourist trails.
A good thing about traveling to Reykjavík in February are all the events that take place in the city during this month. The city is finally out of its Christmas hangover phase and the winter lights festival reminds us that the darkness also has its perks: pretty lights. February is also considered one of the best months of the year to gaze at the Northern Lights so that’s a definite plus.
Because of all the events and festivals, Reykjavík attracts quite a few visitors in February which makes the city busier than you would think. Outside of the city things happen at a much slower pace and better deals can be found.
For inspiration, check out this post about visiting the north of Iceland in February.
Annual events and festivals in February worth checking out.
Winter Lights Festival: A festival to celebrate the winter and the days getting longer after a period of darkness in abundance. During this festival all kinds of fun events take place all over the city center
Rainbow Reykjavík: A small and friendly winter pride festival organized by the nice folks at Pink Iceland. More intimate than Reykjavík pride in August, which means more chances to meet new friends!
Stockfish Film Festival: This not-for-profit film festival screens up and coming art house films in the world and offers Q&A sessions with international filmmakers and more. Small and friendly and lots of fun.
Reykjavík Bar Summit: A festival where bars and bartenders from all over the world come and compete to determine who is the best.
Tours you might want to consider in February
Northern Lights Tours: Like January, February is a good time for the northern lights If you want to try something different from the normal bus tours you might want to check out the Northern Lights Boat Tour from Reykjavík or this tour that combines a hunt for the Northern Lights and a lobster feast. Speaking of food and the northern lights, the Golden Circle and Magical nights tour combines both with the main sights on the Golden Circle with a bonus dip in Fontana spa. Definitely worth considering.
Ice cave tours: February should be good for the ice cave tours since it ‘s one of the colder months. If you are going to drive around the south coast yourself I recommend this ice cave tour that starts at Hali in Suðursveit. If you are not renting a car I think this 2-day south shore trip including an ice cave tour is a great option and good value for money.
This post is part of a series about the best time to visit Iceland where we go through things to consider before visiting Iceland for each month of the year. All the weather related statistics come from the Icelandic Met Office but the rest is based on our feelings and experience.