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What to pack


When travelling to Iceland you should bring along lightweight woolens, a sweater or cardigan, a rainproof (weatherproof) coat and sturdy walking shoes. Travelers who are camping or heading into the interior will need warm underwear and socks, rubber boots and a warm sleeping bag. Here is a sample packing list of items you should bring with you regardless of the time of year you‘re travelling:

  • Fleece jacket/lightweight wool sweater
  • Rainproof/windproof jacket and rain pants
  • Waterproof and sturdy walking shoes with a good tread/grip
  • Gloves, scarve and a hat (toque/beanie)
  • Swimsuit and a towel
  • Thermal underwear
  • Warm socks (specially for winter and highlands travel)
  • Rucksack or small backpack for daily essentials

During summer the nights are bright all over Iceland. In the month of June the sun never fully sets in the north. Bear in mind, however, that the sun at midnight is not as warm as at midday, so bring along a sweater and also prepare for wind and rain because the weather in Iceland is unpredictable the whole year round. You might want to bring eye shades if you find it difficult to sleep with the light of the midnight sun and it´s recommended to bring sunglasses and sunscreen.

Despite what many think, temperatures rarely drop far below freezing during the Winter in Iceland but an insulated jacket is recommended along with ice cleats, ice grips or anti-slip soles to give shoes better traction.