In April most Icelanders are ready to say goodbye to the winter season but it is somewhat in between spring and winter and the weather is constantly changing from being cold and then warmer.

Sometimes it is still snowing in the beginning of the month and you can still expect snow storms and icy roads, especially in the North and other remote areas, in the end of April the spring is usually here.

The average temperature is around 2.9°C (37,2°F), the average sunshine is 140 hours and the average precipitation is 58 mm.

As the days are getting longer with more daylight the Northern Lights are not appearing as often, but there is still a slight change to see the them in the beginning of the month (until April 15th).

April is usually a slow month in Iceland and there are not many tourists around compering to the high seasons.

Driving in Iceland in April

Renting a car is one of the most popular way to get around in Iceland. In April the winter is almost over and the main roads are usually accessible, but of course this is Iceland so you need to be prepared for bad weather including blizzards and ice or snow on the road.

It is important to always check road and weather conditions before heading out on the road. If you are thinking about renting a car we recommend renting a 4WD car and only if you are confident driving in cold weather conditions.

In April the most remote areas in the Westfjords, North and East are still impassable and the mountain roads are closed. The main roads are well maintained in April and the most popular tourist destinations around Reykjavík are accessible including the Golden Circle, the South Coast as well as Snæfellsnes peninsula in the West and the North part of Iceland.

If you are not comfortable driving multiple bus tours and private tours are available in April.

If you decide to drive in Iceland here you will find useful tips and more extensive information.

What to wear

The spring in Iceland is usually warmer than the winter but it is still cold, the average temperature during the spring is around 3°C (37,4°F), but with the wind it feels colder.

April is usually warmer than the winter months but you can still expect cold weather, snow and occasionally storms. The weather is also very unpredictable and changes very fast from being sunny to raining and even snow blizzards.

So we recommend that you bring layers of clothes with you especially good rain gear, hiking shoes and warm base layer.

  • Hiking boots - If you are planning on only staying in Reykjavík then sneakers might be enough but if you will be travelling around the country and staying outside you need good hiking shoes that will keep you warm.
  • Base layer - warm layers under the clothes might be the best thing you bring to Iceland. We recommend wearing long wool or thermal underwear, you can buy it in outdoor clothing stores in Iceland.
  • Fleece or wool - The Icelandic wool sweater or fleece is a must. The Icelandic wool sweater can be bought all over the country in local stores.
  • Parka or water and windproof jacket - You want to wear the parka on cold days but it might also rain during the winter so a water and windproof jacket over the wool/fleece sweater is essential.
  • Water and windproof pants - It is windy in Iceland and it rains so bring the pants.
  • Hats, gloves and warm socks - Bring at least two sets of everything a lighter pair and a thick one as well.
  • Swimsuit - You are going to want to relax in our warm swimming pools or hot springs after a long day outside