Iceland enjoys a much milder climate than its name and location adjacent to the Arctic Circle
would imply. A branch of the Gulf Stream flows along the southern and the western coast
greatly moderating the climate. However, this brings mild Atlantic air in contact with colder
Arctic air resulting in a climate that is marked by frequent changes in weather and storminess.
Furthermore this leads to more rainfall in the southern and western part than in the northern
part of the island.
The main summer tourist season is from late May to early September. During the first half of
this period the sun stays above the horizon for almost 24 hours and the interplay of light and
shadows on mountains, lava fields and glaciers yield an ever changing landscape. However, even
during the middle of summer the sky is frequently cloudy or overcast and the sunshine does not
warm the air