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Iceland Packing List

Don’t get left out in the cold! Use this packing list so you are fully prepared on what to wear in Iceland the land of fire and ice. Click the following link to learn more about outdoor adventure and transformative travel: www.thepetiteadventurer.com

You’ve decided you are going to go to Iceland and maybe you’ve even booked your flight and accommodations. Congratulations! You’ve made it to the next phase of trip planning. If you’re still hashing out your travel plans, no worries! I highly recommend exploring Iceland by campervan because it is a wonderful way to see the country at your own pace. If you’re interested in learning more, I’ve also created an itinerary complete with Google Map locations. This packing guide will help you prepare for what to wear in Iceland and will also fit nicely in a carry on sized suitcase. Being able to fit your belongings into a carry on will come in handy if you happen to be flying on a budget airline (many of them charge exorbitant fees for each piece).

 

Seasons and temperature

Despite having the name “Iceland”, this country isn’t as cold as you might think! During the winter, the southerly lowland temperature hovers around 32 °F, and at 14 °F in the highlands. During the summer, temperatures can average 50–55 °F in the southern part of the island. Most people visit Iceland between May – September as the weather is most favorable during these months, many festivals take place, interior mountain roads are open, and the hours of daylight are long. There is a small exception though, in northern Iceland near Akureyri. According to Lonely Planet, the best time to visit that region is between June and September and then December through March. If you are considering visiting during the low season, it is important to consider the closure of certain mountain roads (due to inclement weather) and limited hours of daylight. 

**For more on Icelandic climate information, read this article.

Who is this packing list for?

This is a packing list for the type of traveler who will be traipsing through Iceland to check out waterfalls, fjords, glaciers, plans on doing a bit of hiking, and also wants to spend some time in the main city of Reykjavik. Keep in mind the items on this list should be able to fit into a carry on sized suitcase as long as you wear some of the bulky items (boots, jackets, and scarves) on the plane.

Don’t get left out in the cold! Use this packing list so you are fully prepared on what to wear in Iceland the land of fire and ice. Click the following link to learn more about outdoor adventure and transformative travel: www.thepetiteadventurer.com
Look at how these bright colors stand out against the subdued colors of the Icelandic landscape. Here I am walking with Kaleigh of KK Travels and Eats and Kristi of Travel Love Fashion.

Pro tip: For photos that will really pop, wear bright colors (red and yellow works great) to stand out against the dark landscape (black sand beaches, lava rocks, etc.).

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Travel Necessities

Electronics

Don’t get left out in the cold! Use this packing list so you are fully prepared on what to wear in Iceland the land of fire and ice. Click the following link to learn more about outdoor adventure and transformative travel: www.thepetiteadventurer.com
Did you know that 60% of the Icelandic population lives in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik? Pictured here: Todd, Kristi, me, and Kaleigh

Clothing

You should pack lightweight layers clothing that you can put on and off depending on the situation. Always keep your rain jacket handy because you never know when it might sprinkle.

Toiletries (travel-friendly)

Miscellaneous

 

Don’t get left out in the cold! Use this packing list so you are fully prepared on what to wear in Iceland the land of fire and ice. Click the following link to learn more about outdoor adventure and transformative travel: www.thepetiteadventurer.com
Having the right kind of outdoor footwear will make your experience so much better. Certain areas can be quite muddy, so make sure you have good tread and waterproofing features if possible.

 

Printable packing list (print PDF)

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