Welcome to your Iceland Packing List!
Iceland is a phenomenal country, filled with stunning, out-of-this-world settings & boundless natural beauty. From watching the Northern Lights to relaxing at the otherworldly Blue Lagoon ~ Iceland is truly a magical country! But it’s also very COLD, & very WINDY….so, if you’re not appropriately dressed, you’re in for one heck of a cold vacation! To fully enjoy Iceland, it’s essential to pack the proper gear. So, on that note, welcome to your official Iceland Packing List!
My Trip Details
Travel Dates: October to November 2016
Length of Stay: Four Weeks
Weather: Average temperature was in the 40’s Fahrenheit. When dressed properly, I rarely felt cold ~ though, it was almost ALWAYS windy in Iceland! VERY windy!
Iceland Packing List!
What to Pack ~ The “Essentials”
1) Heavy Coat with Fur Collar ~ This will be your biggest investment, but it’s the one thing you need most. Since high temps in Iceland are around 52 degrees, bring a heavy coat no matter when you visit. But in winter ~ it’s an absolute must. I wore my heavy, fur-lined, hooded jacket every single day.
2) Waterproof Jacket ~ I encountered rain every day of my trip. Most days it rained sideways, like my first morning at the Blue Lagoon. A warm, waterproof jacket is essential in Iceland, preferably with a hood.
3) Photo-Ready Swimsuit ~ Why bring a swimsuit to Iceland? Because there are hot springs ALL over the country! Aside from the world-famous Blue Lagoon, there are countless nature baths all over Iceland. Nothing feels better after exploring in the wet & cold ~ I suggest packing at least two swim suits.
4) Sorel Fur-Lined Winter Boots ~ My Sorel boots were hands-down my favorite item of the trip….I wore the heck out of them! Sorels are made for Iceland: they’re thick & waterproof, keeping your feet & legs warm while traipsing through puddles. And they’re slip-resistant ~ which is important, because many paths in Iceland are very slippery. And finally, they’re super photogenic ~ I took many great shots with them.
Scarves, Flannels, & Jeans!
5) Warm, Colorful Scarf ~ A warm scarf wrapped around your neck will make you feel 100% warmer, especially with the crazy Icelandic wind. And color will add some “pop” to your photos. Pack two to three scarves.
6) Black Leggings/Black Fleece Liners ~ I brought two pairs of black spandex leggings: a thicker pair to wear alone, and a thin pair to wear under jeans. These were my go-to pants, which I wore nearly every day. Bring one to two pairs.
7) Plaid or Flannel Shirt ~ This is a no-brainer. You need to layer in Iceland ~ so bring a few of your favorite flannels & fleeces. Depending on the length of your stay, bring 2-5 of your favorite long-sleeve shirts. You’ll wear them every day.
8) Dark, Comfortable Jeans ~ Don’t bring your skinniest pair of jeans. Comfort trumps fashion in Iceland. You’ll want jeans or pants that you can hike in & be comfortable sitting for long drives in. Bring one to two pairs of comfy jeans/pants.
Electronics & Accessories
9) Waterproof Camera ~ Whether you’re at the Blue Lagoon, snorkeling the Silfra fissure, or just braving the Icelandic rain ~ you’ll need a waterproof camera. The weather on a normal day may ruin your phone. The Go Pro, with its waterproof case, is ideal for Icelandic photography.
10) Water Bottle ~ Iceland has some of the best tap water in the world. And since bottled water will run you about $5 a pop, I highly suggest bringing your own water bottle! The Hydro Flask is so well-insulated, it will keep your hot beverages nice & toasty while you’re out searching for the Northern Lights.
11) Thick Wool Socks ~ If your feet are warm, your whole body will feel warm. If your feet are cold & wet, your whole body will feel cold & wet. Pack at least 4-5 pairs of thick, wool socks on your Iceland packing list.
12) Cute Boots ~ You can’t wear heavy boots all the time. Bring one pair of “cute” winter boots, that will look good in photos but still give you traction on slippery surfaces.
Books & Entertainment…
13) Good Books ~ Iceland isn’t exactly the nightlife capital of the world, though Reykjavik is very fun & lively. But Iceland is a great place to get cozy, put on your favorite PJ’s, & curl up with a good book. Since everything is expensive in Iceland, bring your own reading material ~ unless you want to spend $25-40 per book!
14) Iceland Guide Book ~ I don’t bring guide books to every country I visit, but I’d suggest bringing one to Iceland. If you lose Wi-Fi while in the countryside, having a good map is extremely helpful. And if you end up somewhere unexpected, you’ll be able to look up hotels, hikes, & restaurants. So much good stuff in Iceland is hidden: a good guide book will help you find it.
15) Good Tunes ~ Every road trip needs a good playlist! Check out my “Perfect Iceland Playlist” here ~ with artists like Miguel, Sia, & The Weeknd. Iceland is a moody, introspective place, & requires a playlist to match…
That completes your Iceland packing list! Gloves, hats, & mittens are all things to pack at your discretion. Just think “warm” ~ & you’ll be good! Have you been to Iceland? What items are on your essential Iceland packing list? Let me know below!
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