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What to Pack for the Seasons


When traveling 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 traveling:

  • Fleece jacket/lightweight wool sweater
  • Rainproof/windproof jacket and rain pants
  • Waterproof and sturdy walking shoes with a good tread/grip
  • Gloves, scarf, and a hat (toque/beanie)
  • Swimsuit and a towel
  • Thermal underwear
  • Warm socks (especially 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.  

To get even better information regarding packing and when you are visiting North Iceland we recommend that you take a look at the information provided here
Information about the month you are traveling