Iceland Packing List: What to Wear in Iceland
Wondering what to wear in Iceland? The question alone makes me want to grab a sweater and some fuzzy socks! In the weeks leading up to our trip, I pored over endless Iceland packing lists, weather reports, Instagram photos and jacket reviews to try to nail down exactly what Iceland clothing 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 skimming along on a glacial lagoon, 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 Iceland packing list should have you covered pretty well, though, whether you're visiting Iceland in December or July. Read on for what to wear in Iceland.
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