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The Perfect Packing List For A Week In Iceland

November 7, 2017

What to pack for the Land of Fire and Ice? If you are coming from Canada, such as myself, you won’t find it too cold. During my time there the average temperature was a high of 11 degrees Celsius and a low of 2. With that, if you do not have the proper dress, life can be pretty miserable. Here you will find what I brought with me during my week in Iceland.

My Trip Details

Travel Dates: October
Season: Late Fall

Weather: Cloudy & rainy

OuterwearThe Perfect Packing List For A Week In IcelandWaterproof ShellPackable Puffer

I wore these two items together throughout the whole trip.
It’s easy to layer and strip down when needed. The puffer is a great piece to have on the plane as well; it always gets so cold.

Layering PiecesThe Perfect Packing List For A Week In IcelandT-ShirtFlannel Shirt

I rotated between 4 t-shirts on this trip.
Having an extra shirt made me feel fashionable and worked well having that additional layer.

Sweaters

The Perfect Packing List For A Week In IcelandI always try to bring a carry-on when I travel, this trip was no exception. I was able pack three sweaters for this trip comfortably.
This red sweater is my favourite.

Bottoms

The Perfect Packing List For A Week In Iceland
Stretchy leggings for the plane, indigo blue and black denim for the trip. Do you see the sequenced holes in the plane where the man in entering? I was able to climb up in these jeans; they are a great pair.

FootwearThe Perfect Packing List For A Week In IcelandDanner Mountain Pass Boots

Loved these boots! They are waterproof, kept my feet dry and warm under the constant spray of the massive waterfalls, you can see here.

I was days away from my trip when I discovered these boots, in my haste I didn’t do my proper research for the sizing. I am usually a size 7 US in footwear. I highly encourage you to speak to a representative to determine what size you would be in these boots.
I felt like I could have gone down one size. However, with my thick wool socks, the shoes were a comfortable fit with a small bit of space. The brand also made an appearance in the movie “WILD.”

 

Gear

The Perfect Packing List For A Week In IcelandDuring this trip we rented a car, so the only time we needed to carry a backpack was for our hike. This image is on the way to Glymur. Any bag with waist straps will help distribute the weight of the bars and water you are carrying. There are no washrooms available for use, bring some tissues, hand sanitizer and a ziplock bag to remove your trash.
Toques and gloves are nice to have!

Swimsuit

The Perfect Packing List For A Week In IcelandI have not heard of anyone visiting Iceland and not experiencing a hot spring! Bring your bathing suit and enjoy the natural hot springs and geothermal pools Iceland has to offer. The above photo was taken at Blue Lagoon. Pre-booking is required so make sure you have that item taken care of for your trip.

Medication

If you are prone to a headache, bring your Tylenol. You can only purchase Advil or Tylenol from pharmacies in Iceland. So if people get sick in Hofn, they need to travel 6 hours to Reykjavik to see a doctor.

These are the garments I brought with me to Iceland! I hope this packing list helps you plan your trip. Would love to hear about your experiences in Iceland and if you have questions, I would be happy to answer them!

Thanks for reading,

Michelle

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  • mel November 8, 2017 at 5:16 am

    i absolutely love these pictures! Iceland has been on my list forever and I still need to go – maybe 2018 will be the year, thanks for the packing tips 😉 x

    • MichelleN November 8, 2017 at 7:06 am

      So nice of you to say! Thanks Mel 🙂

  • Josy A November 8, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Michelle these photos are gorgeous! It looks like you had quite overcast weather, but that it was really pretty anyway!

    I went to Iceland in the winter and it was pretty chilly under all that snow. I would LOVE to go back and see the same scenery in summer.

    Those boots look awesome by the way. Yay for being comfortable and being able to go on a good long hike!

    • MichelleN November 8, 2017 at 10:00 am

      Thanks Josy! We had one day of sunlight and it was the most glorious thing ever haha. I would love to see what it would look like in the Summer as well. E-high five for being comfy on a long hike!

  • Prarthana November 8, 2017 at 11:15 am

    First off, the pictures are beautiful !!
    Also, I might be travelling in jan to see the northern lights, so actually this article is a huge help!

    • MichelleN November 8, 2017 at 12:30 pm

      Thanks Prarthana! You will have such a fun time, there was activity one night I was there and I saw them at Grotta Lighthouse in Reykjavik. Don’t forget your tripod for photos!