Embarking on a new adventure can be stressful. Especially when you’re setting off to a country you’ve never been to before. Wondering what clothes and items to bring to Iceland? What weather to expect? To answer all your questions and help you make your adventure stress-free, we’ve prepared this handy Iceland packing list!
Here we’ll tell you what to pack for Iceland, whether it’s winter or summer, and any tour specific items you might need to bring on your trip.
Your passport travel documents should be at the top of any packing list, since without them you won’t be able to get in the country. Also, don’t forget to buy travel insurance or check if you’re covered by your credit card company. Don’t forget to bring any medication you might need while you’re away.
A quick but essential packing for Iceland checklist before you step out the door:
The average temperature in Reykjavik during the summer is 54°F (12°C), though it can drop as low as 44°F (7°C) or rise as high as 77°F (25°C).
With so much temperature fluctuation, it’s difficult to decide what to pack and what to leave at home. Here are some essential items that should be in your bag:
Winter, as expected, can get pretty cold! The average temperature in Reykjavik during the winter is around 33-35°F (1-2°C).
Thanks to mild ocean breezes, it never gets too much to handle. It can fluctuate between 14°F ( -10°C) and 50°F (+10°C). If you decide to travel to Iceland during the winter, be prepared for snowstorms, hail, and strong winds.
Here’s a list of a few necessary items for the winter in Iceland:
Regardless of the season, there are a few items that will come in handy.
Multi-day hiking tours in Iceland travel essentials:
For diving at Silfra Fissure:
For some of the tour-specific items above, you can rent them when you book your tour. Check the tour page for details.
Here’s a list of items available for rent:
We recommend to use a three-layer structure when you dress up:
Avoid hard-shelled luggage as it is easier to load and transport soft-sided luggage like backpacks and duffel bags. If you’re on a tour that will transport your luggage for you, then the overall weight should not exceed 15 kg.
We advise taking a smaller day pack (15-30L) for items you might need to access quickly, like a water bottle, wallet, lunch, etc.