If you plan to visit Iceland in May, this information will help you to know what to expect when traveling during this month. That includes road conditions, what to wear/pack, what makes it worth it to visit during that month, some tips on driving in that time, top activities, and events that happen annually during this month. Praise for the All Things Iceland Podcast Jewells provides the best information about visiting and the local culture in Iceland. Great travel trips—both must know and little-known facts. I did not know where to start when I planned our 9-day ring road trip, and I am really glad I found this podcast. Forget the guidebooks, listen to this podcast instead! Share from the US Book an Iceland Video Trip Planning Call with Me The other is that if you’re interested in getting personalized trip planning advice from me, you can book me for a consultation via this link. Weather During May in Iceland Iceland's weather in May is typically mild, but the variability is something you should always prepare for. The average temperature ranges from 4-10°C (40-50°F). There's a noticeable uptick in the weather around this time, as it transitions from the icy clutches of winter into the softer breezes of spring. Rain is always a possibility in Iceland, so you should expect a few showers during your visit. While it doesn’t normally snow during May, we did have some hail showers last month. Day Light Hours to Expect in Iceland During May One of the most notable features about Iceland in May is the rapid increase in daylight hours. The sun sets late and rises early, so expect almost 24-hour daylight, a phenomenon known as the 'midnight sun'. This extended daylight offers more time for exploration and enjoying the stunning landscapes of Iceland. May 1st – 16 hours and 50 minutes May 15th – 18 hours and 23 minutes May 31st – 20 hours What to Wear in May in Iceland Given the unpredictability of the weather, layering is key when packing for Iceland in May. Start with thermal undergarments, then add a layer of warm clothes, such as a fleece jacket or a wool sweater. Make sure to pack waterproof outer layers, like a good-quality rain jacket and pants. Sturdy, waterproof hiking boots are also essential. Don't forget gloves, a warm hat, and a scarf. On a sunny day, you might even need sunglasses and sunscreen. My Ultimate Packing Checklist is linked in the show notes and will provide you with everything you need to bring. I recommend following the summer list. Just know that it can be a little chilly during the evening in May, especially in the north, so you will need some layers. Road Conditions & Driving in Iceland in May By May, most roads, including the famous Ring Road that circles the country, are usually clear of snow and ice, making it easier to get around. However, highland roads (F-roads) generally remain closed until late June. It's always a good idea to check the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration website for up-to-date information. Driving conditions are typically good in May, but always be cautious, as Icelandic weather can change quickly. Why You Should Visit Iceland in May May is a great time to visit Iceland due to its extended daylight hours, relatively mild weather, and fewer tourists compared to the summer months. The flora begins to bloom, providing stunning backdrops for your photos. Moreover, many migratory birds, including puffins, arrive in Iceland in May, making it a great time for birdwatching. Top Activities to Do in May Whale Watching: May is a great time for whale watching, with a variety of species active in the surrounding seas. Bird Watching: Visit the cliffs of Látrabjarg and Hornbjarg to see puffins and other migratory birds. Hiking: Take advantage of the long days and mild weather to explore Iceland’s beautiful trails. Popular locations include the Skógafoss Waterfall, Þingvellir National Park, and all along the south coast.