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Making sense of the 12 seasons of Icelandic weather

By Staff

  • Pretty much sums it up! Iceland does not have 4 seasons like most normal countries. Photo/Iceland Magazine

In the past few days the weather here in Iceland has shifted violently from winter to beautiful spring, back to violent winter storms with snow, then back to spring which looks like summer, only to revert back to winter. Don't worry: This is totally normal! Wild weather changes are the norm, rather than the exception in Iceland: You never know what you will get.

The old joke is that if you don't like the weather in Iceland, just wait five minutes and it'll have changed. It's not a joke!

To help our readers make sense of the Icelandic weather we at Iceland Magazine put together this handy little chart to identify the season. Note that there is no way to say how long each season is, when it starts or when it ends, and they are not all equally long. Second summer, for example, tends to be just one or two week long. Moreover, the seasons refuse to obey even this very lax schedule: Second summer, for example, can pop up unexpectedly anytime in September or even October, fighting with the Second mudseason: But that's the beauty of it! The excitement and surprise. 

We are currently (early April) experiencing the drawn-out late winter, early spring season, with some parts of Iceland, especially the North currently experiencing third winter while South Iceland is still in the middle of Mudseason.

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12 seasons of Iceland

The 12 seasons of Iceland Photo/Iceland Magazine



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