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Packing for Icelandic winter, what to deliver?


If you’re making ready for a go to to Iceland throughout winter put together for an expertise of a lifetime! There’s something magical about experiencing Icelandic winter. Racing in opposition to the few hours of daylight, staying as much as hunt for Northern Lights, strolling within the freshly fallen snow and exploring the frozen sights.

Iceland certain doesn’t fall asleep in the course of the winter season, somewhat it comes alive as soon as once more. With winter is simply across the nook together with it’s swift change in climate it’s time to mud off the winter coat. The winds get stronger, air turns into colder and precipitation transits from rain to snow, however with the crisp and nonetheless winter days that occur in between you neglect all concerning the frost bites in your nostril.

Glacier Rivers | Winter Lights photo tour with Tom Archer & Wahyu Mahendra | Hidden Iceland | Photo by Tom Archer

Winter temperatures

Iceland follows the outdated Norse calendar consisting solely of two seasons; 26 weeks of winter and 26 weeks of summer season. The custom goes that on the primary day of winter the retailers on Skólavörðustígur, the road main as much as Hallgrímskirkja church, serve Icelandic meat soup, totally free.  What an exquisite begin of the chilly days forward! The primary day of winter is on October twenty seventh and it’s final day is on April 18th, with the primary day of summer season being a nationwide vacation! Who cares if it’s doubtless snowing on the primary day of summer season?

Icelandic winters are pretty gentle and solely barely colder than different western European international locations. Temperatures in Reykjavík can drop right down to -10°C with highs reaching 10°C (14°F – 50°F), common temperatures hover across the 0°C mark.

Typically, fairly a little bit of snowfall could be anticipated in the course of the winter instances and the wind could be anticipated to throw a spanner within the works, so at all times be ready for the ever changeable climate and hold updated with climate forecast and street situations!

What can we put on in the course of the chilly Icelandic winters?

Our group of guides put on 66 North or Patagonia whereas guiding all 12 months spherical as these are manufacturers that we belief and love. You possibly can buy groceries (tax free for guests!) while you arrive to maintain you ready for no matter form of climate Icelandic winter throws at you. Although keep in mind, even with a tax discount it could nonetheless be cheaper to buy every thing earlier than you come.

Have you ever heard of the saying there’s no such factor as dangerous climate, solely dangerous garments? Phrases to stay by when travelling to a colder local weather! Earlier than packing your luggage be certain your winter wardrobe is full. Let’s discuss via it.

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Three-layer methodology

The important thing to staying heat is staying dry, that is the place the three layer methodology involves good practise.

The internal layer. Ideally certainly one of wool (merino is good) or polyester is to be worn immediately involved to your pores and skin. These form of materials breath effectively and handle to wick the moisture away.
The center layer. Often consists of a wool or fleece layer to maintain you heat. Wool and fleece carry out finest as additionally they hold heat even when they handle to get moist. This layer insulates the warmth and maximises the heat.
The outer layer. A jacket or a big wool sweater. You want the opposite layer to be immune to water and to guard you from the wind. So if in case your prime layer isn’t that waterproof then a shell or rain jacket is one other essential layer. A very good Goretex outer shell that’s nonetheless breathable is what we wish to go for. When you have a water-proof winter jacket then that is good!

If you’re becoming a member of a Hidden Iceland tour then you may rent waterproof pants and jackets that are nice for conserving you dry whereas in Iceland. These are waterproofs and never thought-about a heat layer, so be certain to have further layers under too.

Hat, gloves and buff (scarf)

Half the battle in winter is conserving your pores and skin coated and staying dry. The quantity of layers is then as much as private desire. I believe the file we’ve seen on our prospects is 7. We often make do with 3 so long as our outer layer is waterproof although. That is simply as essential for you arms, face and head. It doesn’t get so chilly that safety is required for security typically however having a comfortable hat and waterproof gloves will certainly hold your happiness ranges excessive when mountaineering on a glacier. On a windier day having a buff or scarf to cowl your face a bit of is at all times good too.

And sneakers!

Absolute important for Iceland’s rugged terrain. I can’t stress this level sufficient, there’s nothing worse than exploring the spectacular sights in Iceland with chilly and moist ft! Put on an excellent, sturdy and waterproof shoe that ideally goes above your ankle.

This could hold you heat for even the coldest winter blizzards that Iceland can throw your manner.

If you’re becoming a member of us for a tour then you may lease some nice waterproof boots from us which can be good for adventurous hikes.

Winter actions

Visiting Iceland within the midst of winter gives a big selection of spectacular tour choices with actions solely obtainable (and visual) throughout winter. Winter is the most effective time to see the northern lights dancing throughout the night time skies and it’s additionally the time of 12 months the place the ice caves are accessible.

Expertise the 2 in our Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Ice Cave Discovery 2 Day Tour the place we journey all the south coast of Iceland over the span of two days. We’ll go to the true highlights alongside the best way wearing winter uniform; Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, the black seaside of Reynisfjara and the gorge with the unimaginable identify, Fjaðrárgljúfur. After coming into our lodging for the night time and having a style of the native produce of their restaurant we’ll placed on our warmest garments and check out discover the northern lights if the forecast is beneficial. Usually we will see them from proper exterior the guesthouse.

After resting simple over night time we set sails for a go to to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon the place the ice bergs peacefully float about and wash up on the black seashores of the Diamond Seaside. We then meet our companions from Native Information of Vatnajökull and collectively we go to a distant a part of the glacier of their wonderful tremendous jeeps, so we will entry one of many extra secluded ice caves within the area. From the jeeps we hike throughout the astonishingly lovely blue ice to achieve the ice caves. The hike is spectacular and effectively value it, getting us to see probably the most wonderful blues and textures throughout the ice caves. That is at all times a spotlight of any journey to Iceland!

Have a learn via our 4 day winter stopover itinerary for an additional learn on winter excursions that we provide.

If you’re becoming a member of certainly one of our excursions you may rent waterproof pants, jackets and mountaineering boots from us! Ensure to take action within the reserving course of, if not then simply get in contact!

Dagný Björg Stefánsdóttir | CEO, Sales Manager, Co - Owner | Hidden Iceland

Hello I’m Dagný Björg, a Reykjavík-dweller, mom and designer who grew up within the distant West Fjords and spent her summers tenting along with her household throughout the unimaginable nation that’s Iceland.

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