Packing Guide: Iceland in the Summer

Iceland in the summer has very unpredictable weather. While it is definitely going to be warmer than visiting in the winter months you still need to remember to pack warm clothes and layers. Below is exactly what I brought to Iceland when I went in June 2017 and a perfect packing list to get you on your way.

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Best Clothing for a week in Iceland

Base Layer

I wore these every day! I good base layer is essential for staying warm and dry in Iceland. Look for something that is thin so you won't feel bulky and wicks away moisture. 

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Long Sleeve Thermal for Layering

Again, more clothes for layering. I like my thermals to be form fitting so I can add them under looser sweaters. I brought one in white, one in black, one in red, one in teal. Simple but great for an added layer. Also you can wear these to get great photos but look like you are in different outfits.

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wool Sweaters

Try to find something wool, it will keep you the warmest. I brought two of these, one in white and one in grey. Both of mine were also turtlenecks.

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Down vest

A vest, especially one made of down feathers, is perfect for adding on top of my long sleeve shirts. I also like that they made me feel a bit more fashion forward. Look for one in a solid color, preferably white, to match everything. 

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Heavy Waterproof Overcoat

Between small rain showers and mist from waterfalls you will get wet in Iceland. I brought both a light overcoat that was waterproof and a heavy one. I definitely recommend the heavy one!! Don't think you will be fine because it is summer. Iceland gets COLD. Especially at night when the wind kicks up. I recommend something with a hood and a fur lining around the trim. Also look for a coat that goes past your butt.
The exact coat I wore in Iceland was Uniqlo's Coat in Red. 

Fleece Leggings

Packable Waterproof Coat

I actually only brought fleece lined leggings with me and it worked out fine! On super cold days I wore my base layer and two pairs of fleece leggings. I didn't bring jeans because of how wet Iceland is. Jeans take forever to dry and just aren't necessary.

There are days, and hikes, when you will want something lighter. I packed a lightweight down jacket. It rolls up to take up almost no space but will protect you from wind and water. 
The exact jacket I wore in Iceland:
Alp-N-Rocks Alpina Jacket.

Wool Socks

Incredibly essential you will want to bring a good amount of socks. I wore them when I slept at night and all throughout the day. For my 10 days in Iceland I brought 4 pairs. They definitely stunk near the end but was enough for the trip.

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Warm Gloves

Look for gloves that will resist getting wet! Just one less thing you have to dry out after a visit to a waterfall or a sudden rain storm. You should also try and pack ones that have touchscreen abilities so you can take photos without taking your gloves off.

Scarf

Knit Caps

I only brought one scarf during my trip and used in only on incredibly windy days. I still suggest bringing at least one, it is something you should have to option of wearing.

Keeping your head warm is key when in Iceland. I brought two different caps, one in white and one in red. Also they look really cute in pictures!

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Duck Boots

Duck boots are the perfect shoe for your entire trip to Iceland. They are fashion forward and waterproof making them a great addition to anything the weather throws at you. I suggest the Sperry brand duck boot since they are long lasting and durable.

Rubber Flip Flops

Cheap rubber slides were perfect for showering in Iceland and quickly running to hot pots. I also used them every night for quick trips to the bathroom while camping in Iceland.

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Swimsuit

Even though it is cold in Iceland don't forget a swimsuit!! I brought two to Iceland and although sufficient I should have brought more—for pictures… don’t judge. I was in a hot pot or local swimming pool almost every single day. 
But you need to pack at least one, especially if you plan on visiting the Blue Lagoon. Which you can't miss.

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Other Iceland Packing Essentials

Backpack or Day Pack

Towel

If you are going to be camping especially make sure you pack a towel for showering. But even if you aren't you are going to want one for spontaneous hot pot trips and the Blue Lagoon. I suggest a microfiber towel since it is quick drying.

You’ll also want a pretty big bag if you plan on walking around all day. I use a Hershel day bag (the large one on the left) to carry all my stuff while I travel (including camera equipment). If you don’t think you need something that big I suggest the Hershel backpack.

Sunglasses

It definitely gets sunny in Iceland and with all that white snow or water you are going to need some sunglasses!

Sunscreen

Iceland can get up to 20+ hours of sunlight in the summer. Protect yourself! I really encorage you to use natural sunscreen for your body. It helps to protect the environment.

My go to every day face sunscreen is EltaMD. It keeps my skin protected and also ensures I don’t break out while traveling.

Things NOT to pack for Iceland

  • Jeans: As I stated above, you don't need them. Jeans take forever to dry out and are bulky. Leave them at home.

  • Umbrella: It is just too windy. Leave the umbrella at home and remember (and accept) you will get wet.

More Travel Tips For Iceland

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Final Thoughts

One last thing... even though researching ahead of time is great, I definitely recommend bringing a travel guide for Iceland along with you. Here are some of the best travel guide books I recommend...

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