Although it’s hard to believe packing for Iceland can be a bit tricky, it is. The weather’s unpredictable and that means you should pack a few extra items for unexpected conditions. Although we visited in winter, we experienced a bit of the other three seasons too…and in one day!! Layering is the best way to prepare for the unexpected. Exploring Iceland on a road trip also means you probably won’t find a convenience store or rest stop for miles, so its best to carry some extra essentials. Drum roll, please…
LAY ON THE LAYERS
You will need a waterproof parka or a heavy coat. It’ll be cold and wet so don’t cut corners, invest in a good one. Luckily, I bought this on Amazon for under $100. Another good one is The North Face Down Parka.
WATERPROOF JACKET: Since you’ll likely spend time soaking in gorgeous waterfalls, expect to get wet. It may be windy too so don’t count on an umbrella to help you much. I got a jacket last minute at Marshalls for under $100. Im sure you’ve seen instagram pictures with people wearing yellow rain coats and while it may look nice, it’s almost $200 for basic yellow so get one in advance.
JEANS AND/OR LEGGINGS: Snow pants are a great purchase but I would also recommend bringing jeans and leggings. I wore my leggings under my jeans on extra cold days. Keep some in your backpack and change in case you visit a waterfall or it suddenly rains.
THERMAL: Want to know my secret to staying warm? Columbia’s thermal underwear line. Their innovative collection will keep you warm on outdoor excursions. Depending on the temperature, I’d wear it solo or layered with a jacket or sweater.
SHOES TO PACK
BOOTS OR HIKING SHOES: I packed these water-resistant leather boots but I only used them during city walks because I felt more comfortable wearing them there. They worked great and kept my feet dry and warm.
SNOW BOOTS: For my winter trip, I bought these fabulous Sorel Boots. I used these touring ice caves, walking the snow, hiking…you name it. Your toes will thank you! If they’re out of your price range, don’t despair…you can find these dupes onamazon.
SOCKS: Bombas socks are the perfect socks to wear in Iceland. They’re made of high-grade merino wool. This material will help regulate body temperature, transport sweat away as vapor, and cancel out odors. You will want to get a few pairs of warm wool instead of socks regular layering socks because they trap moisture and could make your feet colder. Plus for every pair of Bombas socks you buy, they donate a pair to someone in need. Check their webpage for more info.