Scandinavia in June is truly beautiful, and it is a favorite month of many travelers. June warms the region up nicely, bringing summer weather and thus, countless outdoor events. Summer attractions are open, and Scandinavia's parks and gardens are never prettier. Mild weather lets you take a swim in the sea, and if you prefer skinny-dipping, nudism is an option in Scandinavia. But be aware that as the summer begins, travel prices may climb.
June offers travelers a big warm-up in a relatively short time, but it might get a little windy along the coast. Average daily temperatures this month range from 52 to 68 F in Scandinavia's southern half, and 46 to 60 F in Iceland and extreme northern parts of Sweden and Norway. Average precipitation for June is around 2 inches.
Light coats are handy for travel during early and mid-summer in Scandinavia. Mornings and nights can still be a little windy in some parts, and it is generally advisable to bring along a comfortable sweater and a cardigan or two (or one or two light jackets) to layer clothing. Travelers with a destination in Iceland need to bring warmer clothing. Furthermore, weatherproof raincoats and windbreakers, regardless of the season, are always a good idea for travelers to Scandinavia. Tough and comfortable shoes are also essential for your vacation if you enjoy outdoor activities.
National Holidays in June
Holidays can affect your travel through business and government office closures. Here are the national holidays in Scandinavia for June:
- June 5: Independence Day (Constitution Day), Denmark
- June 6: Independence Day (National Flag Day), Sweden
- June 17: National Independence Day, Iceland
Annual events, include rock shows, festivals, summer solstice events, celebrations full of history, and even a nighttime marathon. Organizers can pull the latter off due to the fact that in some areas the sun doesn't completely set, and in others, it may set for only a couple of hours. You'll find outdoor celebrations such as bonfires throughout Scandinavia on solstice eve and other local events from June 20–25 or so.
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The Stockholm Marathon in 2018 is the 40th annual, and this year the course has fewer steep climbs. The first start is at noon. Visitors can watch the runners throughout the city.
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Festival of the Sea (Various Locations, Iceland)
The Festival of the Sea or Viking Festival in Víðistaðatún park in Hafnarfjörður, Iceland, is the largest such celebration in the country. It typically takes place around the second Sunday of the month and lasts for several days. Different sources have different dates, so check before you go.
June 2–3, 2018: Look for the Festival of the Sea celebration in Reykjavík on Fisherman's Day, which is the first Sunday in June.
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