Intermediate - Pro
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
With 5000 km of coastline to explore, Iceland presents a rare opportunity to surf virgin territory in Europe, yet most Icelandic surfers only ride around Reykjanes peninsula, close to Reykjavik in the southwest. The Reykjanes peninsula is covered in old lava flows, so most of the waves break over volcanic reef or basalt rocks, sharp substances that take their toll on booties. American army troops started surfing in the ‘80s followed by local Icelanders in the early ‘90s. The local surf community is not very big as it is difficult to learn surfing in heavy conditions. All the Reykjanes spots are manageable with a normal car but a 4 WD will prove very helpful if traveling north of the Snaefellsness peninsula or down south to Vik and beyond.
Low pressure systems spawned in Baffin Bay, wind up south of Greenland, before sending groundswells slamming into Reykjanes peninsula, the first stop on the transatlantic swell highway. These swells can be giant and very powerful, building suddenly and they are often accompanied by raw winds and stormy conditions. Winter is the most consistent swell season with excellent wave regularly hitting all sides of the Reykjanes. The problem in mid-winter is getting the right conditions to conspire in the very short span of daylight. Strong winds, chilling temperatures, snow storms and large tidal fluctuations are just some of the variables. September to November can be good months, with manageable air and water temperatures, and frequent low pressures. May-August sees plenty of summer flat spells in the southwest and could be a good time to explore the east and the north coasts for arctic wind swells