Quick facts about the weather and daylight in May
Average temperature: 6,49°C / 43.68°F
Average hours of sunlight: 198.53
Average of lowest and highest recorded temperature in May: Low -2.20°C / 28.04°F – High 14.56°C / 58.21°F
Length of day on May 1st: 16 hours and 21 minute
I must admit that May is one of my favorite months in Reykjavík. It has the most sun on average, the least rain and not as much wind as the winter months. It’s not high season so there are not as many tourists around as in the summer but you can feel it getting busier – especially towards the end of the month. You’ll still have incredibly beautiful long sunsets and you can take advantage of the increased daylight on long road trips out of the city.
The only downside to traveling in May is the fact that the flora hasn’t really woken yet and everything can look a little bit dull. It isn’t until the end of the month or the beginning of June that you will see the lush scenery you see in photos in all the tourist brochures but this varies of course between year and on each day, for that matter (things will look more dull in the rain, more beautiful when it’s sunny). If you are traveling outside of the southwest corner, to the north or the Westfjords, for example, the spring and summer arrive even later there as the photos from this trip I did to Akureyri at the end of May once will show you.
I also did a road trip around Iceland in the middle of may once that you might want to check out.
One thing to keep in mind though is that even though we are all very happy that the weather is getting nice in May it still may feel a bit cool to you if warm springs and early summers is the norm where you come from. So make sure you pack for that.
From mid-May you can expect high-season prices and you will run into more difficulties finding accommodation in problem areas like the south coast.
Annual events and festivals in May worth checking out.
Raflost: Festival of Electronic Arst and media
Reykjavík Art Festival: A big biannual celebration that attracts amazing international artist and guests from all over the world
Tours you might want to consider in May
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.