Traveling in the winter and summer can be quite different. Even though it’s not super hot in the summer in Iceland, you will definitely not need a parka in during the months May to August. But in the winter on the other hand, you will need to make sure to pack gloves, hat and a warm jacket. It’s not just the temperature that gets to you, but it’s usually the combination of wind, rain/snow/sleet and temperature that really gets cold. On the other hand, in the summer you will want to make sure to bring a sleeping mask as it is bright almost 24/7.
Here is a list of important things you need to pack:
- Backpack to store your daily gear
- Reusable water bottle - remember Iceland has some of the worlds best tap water and in many rivers you can drink the water as well
- Hiking boots (ideally waterproof to some degree)
- Waterproof jacket such as a gore-tex jacket or waxed cotton
- Layers of short- and long-sleeved shirts and sweaters
- Long underwear (winter)
- Warm sweater. If you forgot to bring one - consider buying an Icelandic sweater. It's usefull all year round!
- Hiking pants
- Gloves, hats
- Swimsuit + towel
- Parka (mostly from November to March). For the remainder of the year windproof jacket and layers is typically enough.
- Sleeping mask (mostly if you’re traveling in the mid summer with midnight sun)
- Camera gear
- Drone (for Instagram savvy travellers)
- Tripod (if you want to photograph the Northern Lights)
- Sleeping bag and pillow (for campers)