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What to pack for Iceland in Winter

Iceland is a place like no other. Which means you’ll have to be prepared for your adventure to come! When I started packing for my trip I decided to take all the winter clothes I own plus my ski outfit. I thought this was going to be enough, but of course It wasn’t. I had to go to an outlet in Iceland and buy additional winter pieces to survive the cold! haha

Let me put it this way, Iceland is SO COLD that five layers of sweaters wasn’t good enough to be completely warm. It’s SO COLD that even if you wear two pairs of gloves, your fingers will still feel like they are frozen. I’m not kidding.

Here’s a list of all the things you must bring to your trip to Iceland:

1. Ski Gear. Bring all the ski gear you own even if you think you might not need it. Trust me, you will need it. I wore my ski outfit everyday during my stay in Iceland! On the first day I wore impermeable pants, a North Face jacket, cotton underlines and hiking boots. (It wasn’t enough.)

At the end of the day, the tour guide told us “If you felt cold today, you are going to freeze tomorrow!”. I truly hate the cold and I didn’t go all the way to Iceland to have a miserable time just because I wasn’t prepared enough… So naturally, I bought all the winter gear I needed. My advice? Try to cover your skin as much as you can. If your eyes are the only part of your body exposed, then you are on the right track haha



2. Refillable coffee mug. All the must-see and top things to do in Iceland are hours away from each other. Yes, ROADTRIP! haha Every time I stopped in a gas station or rest area, I bought either a coffee or a hot chocolate to warm up. Drinking a hot coffee in a foam cup without a lit is very challenging. Of course, I spilled coffee on me multiple times!

3. Travel-size hand lotion. I recommend this 100%! Keep this with you at all times. Because of the cold, your skin (specially your hands) is going to get dry very rapidly (and painfully).

4. Multiple Lip Balms. At least bring three lip balms and keep one of them with you at all times. Nobody wants pictures with a red dry lip! haha

5. Bathing suit. The Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland’s main tourist destinations. I recommend bringing a one-piece bathing suit. After all, you are still in Iceland. And Yes, the water is very hot (Jacuzzi like). Oh, and don’t forget a plastic bag to put your wet bathing suit!

6. Flashlight. Let me put it this way… The sun comes out at 11 AM and sets at 4PM. So basically you’ll wake up while its still dark out haha Why is the flashlight important? Because some hotel’s rooms in Iceland are located apart from the main building. 3 out of the 4 hotels I attended were like this.

7. The right footwear. If you are a UGS boots owner, do not take them to Iceland. If you wear them you’ll probably slip on ice and break a leg (Literally). Not the ideal situation when on vacation! It was very funny to see people on the street falling, but it’s not so funny when it happens to you haha

Iceland's Packing List

What to pack for Iceland in Winter:

  • 1 Winter Coat
  • 2 Winter Jackets
  • Ski Gear, such as waterproof ski pants and jacket
  • Hats, Gloves, Scarves etc.
  • 1 The North Face Raincoat
  • Hiking Boots
  • 2 Jeans
  • Leggings
  • 4 Sweaters
  • Pajamas
  • 4 pairs of socks
  • Underwear
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Voltage Adapters (220 Volts)
  • Umbrella
  • Toiletries
  • Shampoo, conditioner & soap
  • Sunscreen
  • Moisturizer
  • Tissues
  • Travel Journal

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