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Hafnarfjordur Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland)

Today's Hafnarfjordur sea temperature is 11.4 °C.

Statistics for 19 Aug (1981–2005) – mean: 11.5 °C, range: 9.6 °C to 12.6 °C

The water temperature (11 °C) at Hafnarfjordur is quite cold. If the sun shines as forecast, it should feel warm enough to get away with a good sealed spring wetsuit but you won't overheat in a winter wetsuit, gloves boots and a hood. Effective windchill factor of (13 °C).

Iceland Sea Water Temperature

Map of current Iceland
Surface Water Temperatures
based on measurements from oceanographic satellites
Iceland Water Temperature Anomaly

Map of current Iceland
Sea Water Temperature Anomalies

(compared with long term averages
at this time of year)

(click thumbnails to expand)

Below is a graph of Historical Sea Surface Temperature for Hafnarfjordur. This has been derived from analysis of two decades of oceanographic satellite measurements of nearby open water. We have calculated the average water temperature variation around the year as well as the extremes that have been observed on each date.

Hafnarfjordur Water Temperature Graph

All of the graphs for the surf breaks presented on are on the same scale to enable comparison between locations around the world.

Hafnarfjordur sea water temperatures peak in the range 10 to 13°C (50 to 55°F) on around the 11th of August and are at their coldest on about the 25th of March, in the range 6 to 8°C (43 to 46°F). At its highest in the second week of August, low sea water temperatures at Hafnarfjordur are suited to a 5/4mm or 5/3mm good quality wetsuit with neoprene gloves and 3mm boots. You will need a hood if it's windy or the air is cold. The coldest sea water temperatures at Hafnarfjordur mean that you will need a flexible 6/5/4mm wetsuit or a well fitting 5/4mm wetsuit with gloves and 5mm neoprene booties and a hood to surf here in late March.

Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Hafnarfjordur can vary by several degrees compared with these open water averages. This is especially true after heavy rain, close to river mouths or after long periods of strong offshore winds. Offshore winds cause colder deep water to replace surface water that has been warmed by the sun. Air temperature, wind-chill and sunshine should also be considered before deciding on the kind of wetsuit needed to stay warm when surfing at Hafnarfjordur. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.