Pack with confidence and avoid baggage fees - clothing tips and packing checklists for your vacation

What to Wear in Iceland

General Packing Tips

  • Iceland is close to the Arctic Circle so it is going to be cool whatever time of year you visit.
  • Reykjavík is the capital city where more than half of Iceland's population lives. Despite being a relatively small capital city, Reykjavík has a reputation for partying with its nightclubs and bars.
  • Remember to pack your swimwear as swimming is a popular activity all year round; most towns and villages have outdoor or indoor swimming pools filled with water from natural hot springs.
  • It is really an active visitors' destination with an enormous choice of outdoor activities. Dress in really warm layers with waterproof outer layers, and strong waterproof boots.
  • A lightweight day sack will come in handy to carry your sightseeing essentials.
  • This is a great place in the Fall; September and October and winter; November, December, January and February to see the Aurora Borealis so remember your camera.
  • Everything is expensive so make sure you pack everything you think you will need.

Clothing Tips for Women

  • Take a pair of dark, well-fitting jeans, dark polo neck sweater and coat and you'll fit right in; and maybe a smart dress for smarter restaurants.
  • A pashmina is a versatile piece that will dress up any outfit.

Clothing Tips for Men

  • There are no specific things to bring to your attention, check out our packing list for our suggested capsule wardrobe.

Pack for the Weather

  • It is cool in summer and freezing in winter. However, the weather is very changeable and you really should pack for all weather what ever time of year you plan on visiting.
  • From the end of October to the end of March don't expect the temperature to get above zero centigrade - so pack lovely warm layers, a thick jacket, gloves, hat, warm scarf and warm waterproof boots.
  • The winter months November, December, January and February are freezing cold and, as well as layers, you need to pack a thick coat, gloves, hat and warm scarf, as well as really good boots with soft rubber soles. It's important that you get soft rubber soles because even medium soles get really hard in the freezing cold. Make sure too that they have large spaces between the tracks, or the snow will get stuck in them and make them very slippery.
  • For extra warmth pack some long thermal underwear - you'll be grateful you did.


Last updated 12 January 2015.

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