Packing guide for winter in iceland

Winter in Iceland sounds a little scary and freezing, but don't freak out just yet, Iceland doesn't get as cold as you think it would based on it's location right outside of the arctic circle. To put this into perspective, New York City is usually colder in the winter than Iceland is!  But, this doesn't mean you don't need to bundle!  Remember, this also depends on what part of the county you will be in.

If you are traveling to Iceland between Nov - March, the temperature will most likely be around 20 F - 40 F.

before you pack!

Be sure to know what size luggage you can bring on the flight, for check-in bags and carry-on bags. You can find this information from your airlines.

Based on what your itinerary looks like, may change this list slightly.  Be aware what activities you plan to do and be sure to include items that you may need for those activities!


must pack!

  • Waterproof Winter Jacket
    • keep the hood attached, it will be useful
  • Waterproof Winter Boots
    • these are the ones I own and would recommend
  • Hats - knitted
    • some locations get very windy so you will want your ears covered
  • Scarves
    • wool is great, but really anything super warm is good
  • Gloves
    • everyday use, with tech fingers
  • Waterproof Winter Gloves
    • like ones you use to play in the snow
  • Bathing Suit
    • to use in the hot springs
  • Sweaters
    • wool & knit are best
  • Thermals
    • these are perfect to wear under sweaters to stay warm
  • Lined Leggings
    • great for layering under jeans for added warmth
  • Reusable Water Bottle
    • use this to fill up with tap water or even stream water
  • Sunglasses
    • the snow reflects the sun so these became very useful, esp. when driving
  • Towel
    • for the hot springs, after snow activities, etc.
  • Outlet Converter 
    • I would recommend buying a universal one if you don't already own one

you may also want!

  • Backpack
    • to throw extra layers, snacks, drinks, and whatever you may need for the day
  • Hiking Shoes
    • depending on your itinerary, you may need these
  • Slippers
    • mine got a lot of use around our apartment, the floor was pretty cold
  • Large Ziploc Bags
    • depending if you have a dryer in your apartment/hotel or not, these will be useful to put your wet bathing suits, hats, gloves, etc.


  • Socks
    • tall socks are a must
  • Jeans
    • make sure to bring a pair or two that you have room to wear your lined leggings under
  • T-shirts
    • simple and perfect for an added layer
  • Long sleeve tops
    • another perfect item to layer
  • Everyday boots
    • for walking around the town or city
  • Snacks
    • great for day trips and northern light hunting nights

Don't forget to get some money converted before you go!
Iceland's currency is called the Icelandic Krona.

Click HERE for a full printable packing checklist!

Did you find this list helpful? Is there anything you would add to this list? Let me know in the comments below!



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  • #1

    best essay writing service (Sunday, 30 July 2017 11:45)

    The three principle things to recall amid your Iceland travel is: water/wind confirmation, layers, and solace. The climate in Iceland changes constantly, and once in a while you can encounter each of the four seasons in one day! What's more, on the grounds that there are so few trees, Iceland has this thing called sideways rain. It's when there is typical rain yet the breeze is high to the point that the rain seems to come at you sideways. I would recommend a hood on everything, you never know when you will require an additional layer!