What to Pack for a Trip to Iceland
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What do you wear in Iceland? The question alone makes me want to grab a sweater and some fuzzy socks! In the weeks (OK months) leading up to our fall Iceland vacation, I pored over endless packing lists, weather reports, Instagram photos and jacket reviews to try to nail down exactly what I would and would not need.
And it was challenging, since I’d see some pictures of people bundled up in heavy parkas and earmuffs and others with just a flannel shirt and some cute boots. A pretty drastic difference!
Here's the thing, Iceland is not as frigid as it sounds. The temperature in the lowlands stays fairly mild throughout the year, topping out in the 50s in summer and mainly dipping below freezing only in winter (which, admittedly, is a very long season in Iceland). It can feel drastically colder or warmer, though, depending on factors like whether the sun is out, how close you are to the coast, how windy it is, whether it’s raining, whether you're standing in two feet of ice-cold water (yep, that happened), etc. And since all of these variables can change within a day, or even a few minutes, you always need to be prepared to shed and add layers accordingly. It was almost like a game every time we got out of the car to guess which jacket/gloves/hat/scarf combo I would need for each site (I was usually wrong and cold … or hot).
We visited in October and were blessed with scarce rain and several sunny days, which is not always the norm for what's typically considered "early winter." The items on this packing list should have you covered pretty well whatever time of year you visit, though. Read on for what was in my suitcase on our Iceland vacation.