Thanks Jurga, that was nice of you to respond so fast, and thanks for the information, have a awesome day. I guess a lot depends on what you do and where exactly you go. There are so many amazing places in Iceland, so if you have a week, get out of town and explore. Tap water is absolutely pristine in Iceland and it’s very convenient if you have a reusable water bottle that you can refill during the day. Thermal under ware? As you consider what to wear in Iceland, keep in mind that locals in Reykjavik dress casually but smart. Once tried whale and it’s the worst tasting meat I had in my life :). If you are not sure what camera gear to pack, please check our guide to camera gear for wildlife photography. Your tips were life-changing! There are wonderful opportunities to enjoy the geothermic waters and a sarong will be used for a towel then, or after your showers (otherwise, you need to rent a towel). Winter Coat. This is because I literally live out of a bag and I travel perpetually! Some are made of fleece and are ideal for all kinds of outdoor activities in winter where a regular shawl would just be too cumbersome. Resources for Your Trip: I heard people say that they used them in Iceland, but I have no personal experience and don’t know how well they work. Please check your mailbox to confirm subscription. This way you don't worry about potential slippery paths, you know your feet will stay warm. Hey Jurga love getting all these recent updates…. We are traveling in June with 4 teens. Take a break, wear a hat if that makes you feel better, and just enjoy Iceland. I’ve been buying water resistant pants, long sleeve shirts and breaking in some new hiking shoes. Thank you! Hi Rachel, indeed it’s a good idea to have your accommodations booked up front in Iceland. Summer is a relative term in Iceland, with average July temperatures around just 10–13 °C (50–55 °F). Do you think I need hiking boots or are regular shoes fine (I was thinking sneakers maybe)? I just wanted to say that I found this post very helpful, but I still have a question. As for the Blue Lagoon, there isn’t the best time to go as it’s usually busy any time of the day. And don’t forget gloves, buff and a winter hat – these will come in handy! And so it hardly gets dark in Iceland in the months of May, June, and July. So you’ll need one of each as Iceland is wet often. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. I am currently packing for a 3day trip. Bonus: Considering we were sleeping in the van, the puffy jacket made a nice addition to my pillow which needed an extra fluff. This made packing and keeping warm MUCH easier, this Columbia jacket solved all my needs in Iceland. My son told me he is going to Iceland in 2017. Don’t have a lot of room to pack boots, extra jackets, etc. Hi Sheryl, if you don’t want to pack heavy hiking boots, don’t worry too much. Coffee is often 4.00 and its small. My brother and I are going to Iceland in June for a 10 day self driving tour. Some are very thin and ideal for the summer, some people also use it as a headband to protect against the sun or the wind. This may not work if you’re in a foot of snow though. Your email address will not be published. It stays light 24 hours a day in the Nordics in summer. I know you posted this a while back however I just wanted to say that when I visited Iceland in late October all I wore was fleece lined socks, jeans, a sweater, regular boots, a bomber jacket and hat, scarf and gloves and was perfectly fine without any thermals and minimal layers! If you are serious about exploring Iceland even a little bit, you will need good footwear. - Airbnb is a favorite, here’s an Airbnb DISCOUNT CODE for you.- Hotels.com offers a free night every 10 bookings! Your outer layer has to be wind- and waterproof! What activities will you do? I was desperate to look halfway cute but it’s so hard when you need to bundle up! Even in summer, a thin K-way will probably not be sufficient, so you may want to get one of those 3-in-1 jackets or a waterproof jacket with more insulation. Don’t, not even for one second, think that you don’t need proper gear for going to Iceland. Make sure you have everything waterproof if spending so much time outdoors. This way you can also make use of shorter t-shirts that aren’t long enough to wear with just leggings. Try looking on the TripAdvisor. Wool socks will be the best socks to pack for Iceland. WOW! The most important thing if you go hiking is to wear shoes with a good grip. Do we really need waterproof shoes? We had someone in our group who wore Nike sneakers and they could fit crampons on them. For short day trips and excursions in June you should be fine. You better book in advance as they do sell out. I’m suggesting a backpack because it will be a lot easier to move around and squish into places if you’re road tripping and living out of a van. Her sassy yet informative blog, Where in the World is Nina? I see that there are still tours doing Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon together, which might be a bit better deal price-wise comparing to booking all these elements separately, but since you are already doing the Golden Circle Gourmet tour, I guess you better just book the Blue Lagoon separately. I think it depends on the period and the place. So yeah, good luck with that rolley suitcase. If you really want to enjoy Iceland, you need to dress comfortably and stay dry. As for the pants, you can wear any regular pants in summer, ideally light hiking pants that dry fast, or leggings will do just fine. Because of the psycho weather here, A GoPro is a must-pack for Iceland! Hello, Jurga. Where is a good and cheap place in Reykjavik to get traditional Icelandic food? Rain is … Check this post for cold season clothing and packing suggestions for Iceland as well. A quick-drying microfibre towel is also nice to have when traveling around Iceland. If something isn’t clear, there is usually also telephone number provided of the company that runs the tour, so you can always call and ask where exactly the tour starts or if they pick you up from the hotel, etc. After you book they send you a voucher with all the information in regards to meeting point, etc. Check out my travel resource page for the exact companies I use for everything travel related. If you are extremely lucky, you will have a day or two with temperatures above 20°C (68°F) and maybe even some sunshine. What do you recommend for clothing? I’m going to Iceland in June 21 for a week. Thanks in advance. Plus a hat and gloves (yes, also in July). These are the most important things to pack for traveling during June, July, or August in Iceland. If it rains, they might get wet, really wet, but if you are lucky it will be dry. What To Wear In Iceland In April, May, June, July, August, September, and October. Waterproof pants are not a must if you don’t spend too much time outdoors, but ideally wear pants that dry fast in case you get caught in the rain. Will I still be able to see the whales and will I be able to see the Northern lights? (it’s also the second and third rule). Hi Jurga I am trying not to buy too much clothing for Iceland in July when I am there. Hope this helps. What would be the best clothing to wear? If you wear these leggings and get caught in the rain, it could be pretty miserable. As for the jacket, I really suggest packing a WATERPROOF and WINDPROOF rain jacket for Iceland. Also, ankle support is a good idea too! I guess it’s not such a big deal, certainly not in July, and you can always warm up in the car again. The Icelandic weather always seems to surprise tourists. What do you recommend wearing on a trip like this? You need a good hat in Iceland, no matter the time of year. So if you have to buy shoes specifically just for that one day I wouldn’t do it. Take a look here and you see what I mean: a thin summer buff and a thicker one for colder weather. ***Don’t forget it! 4. Reykjavik, because your comment is on Iceland post? Staying in Reykjavik and partying? Hi Pip, yes, indeed, lucky him! What’s the worse that can happen? 70-200mm or 70-300mm) for your camera. Hi. is all about how to work abroad to live a more adventurous life. As mentioned earlier these are based off my own Iceland summer packing list, and that worked well for the weather I found. Last updated Oct 29, 2020 | Published on Jun 29, 2018 | Iceland, Packing Lists, Travel Tips and Tricks | 14 comments, There’s no room for error when deciding what to pack for Iceland…. I mean, do whatever you want, but if you’re like me, you may want to just bring a backpack. They last ages so don’t be put off by the price, they are worth every cent. Thanks in advance for any help!! Along with boots, a good-quality waterproof coat is worth spending money on. This is held in Akureyri, the Capital of North Iceland. In this article, you can find Iceland clothing advice for summer. I’m sure I’m overthinking everything . From what I see, the sun sets around 10.30pm and rises around 4.30am in Reykjavik in this period. You’ll get a bit wet and maybe a bit cold. You don’t need a lot, you can wear again and again (whatever, it’s not like you’ll be sweating very much), but you do need quality outdoor gear to survive comfortably in Iceland. I don’t know if you’re expecting it to be warm here in Iceland, but I’m just going to tell you that it never gets hot here (keep in mind that Iceland is situated just below the Arctic Circle!). We are leaving to Iceland on August 4 and I was just wondering if it gets dark during the night in August. Good to know that you found this post useful. Maybe worth asking the company if that is not an issue. Given Iceland’s popularity, we get the question of what to pack for Iceland a lot these days. A simple fleece lined or down vest can go a long way in keeping you warm! in Reykjavik as we have 5 nights in all there do people get dressed up i am sure they don’t put there hiking boots on and wet gear in the evening. I think they normally give you a dry container to put your belongings, but in case you want to keep your phone or a camera close to you, it might be useful. The nights in Iceland in June can be cold, or somewhere around 5 degrees C. So if you‘re sleeping in a tent, we recommend bringing a warm sleeping bag and wear warm pyjamas for sleeping. You get an idea. Hi Jane, ski clothing will in principle be much too warm in July. If you don’t plan to do any serious hiking, then just regular walking shoes will do. Thermal underwear is definitely nice to have too, I used mine all the time. In summer, I would go for a T-shirt or a long-sleeved thermal shirt, a sweater or a light fleece, a zip-up sweatshirt or zip-up fleece jacket, and a waterproof jacket. But I really think you might need more layers than an under t-shirt and a flannel shirt. Thank you for your advice! I will be traveling their in late July. If you are planning to visit any of the natural wonders of Iceland, you should opt for waterproof slip-resistant shoes or, ideally, waterproof hiking boots. As we say here in Iceland, there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing! can be used as pj bottoms, to layer under the pants when cold, or to pair with a long sweater to spiff up my appearance if i do decide to go out on the town. You can do quite a lot in 4 days. We will do tours during the day, Golden circle. Rain ponchos are useless in Iceland because of the wind. What is the weather in Dublin in Summer (June, July, August) The summer days grow longer and you can expect more daylight and beautiful late crimson sunsets with moderate to warm temperatures. There are very few mosquitoes, so normally, you don’t really need a mosquito spray. Other situations? Iceland has some of the best drinking water in the world! Good waterproof hiking boots, light hiking pants (+ rain pants), good rain jacket and at least two layers to wear under it if needed. But if it’s dark, the sky is clear, and aurora activity is high, who knows… Here you can find some more info about aurora hunting and photography tips. Or get a quick quote now from World Nomads or Safety Wing (the two I use depending on my trip) Hi Michael, I don’t even know which city you’re referring to. Literally, this jacket saved my life… This Florida girl would be a permanent icicle in Iceland without it. Winter boots might even be too warm, depending on the boots and on the weather of course. You can find more information about these lagoons in this post. A colorful scarf can help that. I will NOT be taking any land tours but wanted to explore the towns on foot. A lot depends on the kind of trip you make, on how much time you spend outdoors, whether you go hiking or not, does it rain, does it snow, or maybe you’re lucky and you get a once-in-10-years heat wave in Iceland in July… I know just one thing – wrong clothing can totally ruin your trip to Iceland and so it’s always better to travel well prepared so that you can enjoy it no matter the weather. For this what are your 100% recommend packing essentials in July. If you want to travel longer you have to, Last updated Oct 29, 2020 | Published on Jun 29, 2018. Below you can find some examples of waterproof hiking shoes that should be suitable for regular sightseeing trips in Iceland in summer. The tours are the same (these companies just organise bookings), but they often have better prices and 24hr free cancelation policy. It depends on so many factors – how you travel (car, public transport, tours), what you have already prepaid or not, are you planning to dine in restaurants 3 times a day, etc. Hi Sabrina, I have only visited the Blue Lagoon and the one in Myvatn. We are going to Reykjavik October 18th for 5 days. I am going to Reykjavík in June for wedding what kind of outfit should I plan on we will also be spending 5 days to explore. We did several hikes and I only took them off to sleep when we stayed in a hotel. For glacier hiking you need to wear hiking boots and they’ll give you crampons to fit over them. I’d say 3 short sleeves, and 5 long sleeves. Some swimming pools rent towels, but they are quite expensive. It comes with an integrated rain cover included. Your list is great for Christmas gifts. I am trying to pack light, so trying to avoid taking a pair of hiking boots/shoes that I won’t wear in the other cities. Don’t buy water! I see the temps there are about 50-55 degrees but that doesn’t account for the wind iff the water. My options are limited. Going on a south coast & lagoon tour, seeing the ice cave & lava tube, and also the golden circle tour. Any other recommendations we can do for short days, maybe the day we get in on the 3rd , we aren’t in until 9:50am so I was afraid to plan the whale watching at 12:15. You’ll see people wearing casual and smarter outfits in the restaurants, I guess depends a bit on the type of restaurant as well. I run Iceland/ Scandinavia group on Facebook and most people seem to say they found it quieter to go in the morning. The feature photo in this post shows the inner layer of the jacket and the photo below shows the outer shell layer. Thank you for sharing. Thanks for any advice. Hello Sheryl, I’m not sure the “best” time but I read generally you should avoid mornings because it will be crowded and you *HAVE* to pre-book their tickets on their website: https://www.bluelagoon.com/day-visit/the-blue-lagoon I hope this helps! Hi Kathleen, here you can find my packing advice for Iceland in winter. We camped along the road. CHECK. Here’s what you need to know about travel insurance. This a a very common question, and some searches in the forum will provide lots of information and opinions on weather and what to wear. What to wear in Iceland depends on when you travel to Iceland. I think NB sneakers will be just fine most of the time. For April I would play it safe and dress really warm, layer up, and – as always – a waterproof layer on top. So when packing for Iceland, make sure to pack a swimsuit, a towel, and also flip-flops with you. Here’s one comparison I found: ‘Secret lagoon somewhat more rustic. MUST BRING - Anti-theft bags that I swear by. haha. I know, weird, why would I put this on a list for what to wear in Iceland? If you don’t see the email right away, please check Promotions and Spam folders. But for us it’s become an essential travel item for all colder destinations and trips where the weather is unpredictable. Hope this helps. Great info! Here are some of the best places not to be missed in Iceland (this includes South coast and Akureyri area mostly). For your essentials on what to pack for Iceland, these will be your basics. We are traveling at the moment. You may want a vest as another layer to keep your core warm instead of too many shirts or an extra sweater or jacket. Hey Kaylee, Good question! Traveling June 3-4 then June 10-11 on way back. This is the travel credit card I use to get lounge access and even FREE flights! Sorry, Ashley, but I really don’t know. People are raving about Perlan (it’s a kind of interactive museum/ ice cave experience in Reykjavik itself) horse riding on the lava fields (there is a tour that starts at 2pm in the summer) and ATV tours (also several departures a day, even one at 5.30PM). Iceland clothing for tourists should be mostly focussed on waterproof outdoor clothing. I’d only take a ski jacket if it’s really light, but I’m sure it will be too warm for hiking. I come from a warm country in Southeast Asia and I am not accustomed to cold weather. If you are planning to go whale-watching or want to see puffins in Iceland, I also recommend packing a good zoom lens (e.g. This post may contain affiliate links, which means that we may receive a small commission, at no cost to you, if you make a purchase through a link. As for the sleeping mask, if you have good curtains that keep the light out, then no, you don’t need it. I used them. He’s off to Iceland for a week in May (lucky thing) and has a very exciting itinerary including glacier hiking! This isn’t a place to bring your cutesy boots that will be “good enough” for warmth but look super cute in pics. Hi Dana, I really don’t know what to say. Waterproof definitely helps in Iceland, or as a minimum water resistant. Thanks! My thoughts are they are waterproof, sturdy, and can be worn throughout the rest of the trip. As for your excursions, ice caves can only be visited in winter. Its pretty simple….I’d really love to pick your brain some more as we will be there for 2 weeks…. Hi we are going to Iceland in 5 weeks time, my biggest worry is how much cash to bring, for a week, we are staying about 45min north from town. IMPORTANT ! Aah yes, trying to predict the weather in Iceland - you are just as likely to guess the numbers in the lottery. I recommend waterproof shoes in any season. Hi, your clothing sounds about right for the colder months in Iceland if you’re lucky not to experience too much rain and wind. Hi Richard, if you mean that you want to download the printable version of the packing list, then you can get it by filling in the form in the article. If there is one thing you don’t want to forget when traveling to Iceland in summer, it’s a good sleeping mask. Hotels have hair dryers but not curling irons. A visit to Iceland in June is certainly not your average summer vacation! All this talk about waterproof shoes and the forecast is for rain while we’re there. When packing for Iceland, you really should take gloves, buff, and warm hat. I’m wondering what people wear out on the town in Reykjavik (e.g. I also have more posts to help on your trip: Boots that are comfortable, lightweight, and water-resistant/proof is not an option, it’s something you NEED. So try to use what you have, or buy shoes that your kids can still use for other purposes/trips. Other nice things to do that time of the year is glacier hiking, puffin watching, also whale watching.
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