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.
Clothing for a week in Iceland
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.
Long Sleeves for Layering
Again, more clothes for layering. I like these 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.
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.
Perfect for adding on top of my long sleeve shirts and made me feel a bit more fashion forward. Look for one in a solid color, preferably white, to match everything.
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.
Packable Waterproof Coat
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 was Alp-N-Rocks Alpina Jacket.
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.
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.
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!
I only brought one scarf during my trip and used in only on incredibly windy days. I still suggest bringing at least one, especially when visiting in the colder months.
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 ha!). I was in a hot pot or local swimming pool almost every single day.
Also, you will of course need one for the Blue Lagoon - which you can't miss.
Check out my full guide to visiting the Blue Lagoon here!
Other Iceland Packing Essentials
Iceland Travel Book
While you will want to use certain apps in Iceland it helps to have a travel book in the car with you! I always use lonely planet travel guides when I am traveling but have heard great things about Rough Guides and Frommer's are great as well.
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.
It definitely gets sunny in Iceland and with all that white snow or water you are going to need some sunglasses!
A good sturdy (but fashion forward) backpack for hiking around Iceland is definitely a must bring.
Things NOT to pack for Iceland
As I stated above - you don't need them. Jeans take forever to dry out and are bulky. Leave them at home
It is just too windy. Leave the umbrella at home and remember you will get wet.
P.S. I created a super in-depth FREE travel guide for Iceland. Inside the guide are budgeting tips, where to take the best Instagram photos, maps to hidden hot pots, and so much more. I wouldn't go to Iceland without it!
Researching online is great, but for a trip like Iceland I highly recommend bringing a travel book along. Here are my favorites:
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