Monday, January 30, 2023


Iceland isn’t as chilly because the identify might suggest, nevertheless it shouldn’t be mistaken for a tropical paradise both! We regularly get confused questions on what to put on in an Icelandic summer season. So we created this publish that will help you plan earlier than coming to Iceland.

Icelandic summertime is taken into account to be from early Might via August, with it’s by no means ending days giving ample daylight and a lift of vitality. It will possibly show to be fairly tough to pack for Iceland, no matter time of 12 months it’s, as you may simply expertise all 4 seasons throughout the span of in the future. And the forecast is just not all that correct quite a lot of days upfront.

First issues first: What are the temperatures like?

Iceland is a temperate local weather. This implies gentle winters and reasonable summers with loads of fluctuation in climate varieties. Temperatures normally hover round 10-13°C (50-60F), with the uncommon event the place temperatures attain low twenties. Early Might and late August can expertise fairly chilly nights sometimes so don’t assume the midnight solar means midnight warmth.

Summers should not as moist as springtime, nevertheless it positively can rain. A significant temperature issue is the windchill, fact be informed Iceland will be fairly windy. Nonetheless with slightly little bit of luck, you may expertise the nice and cozy, nonetheless summer season days and witness the complete nation come alive!

Skógafoss Waterfall In The Midnight Sun | Hidden Iceland | Photo by Tom Archer
Skógafoss Waterfall In The Midnight Solar | Hidden Iceland | Photograph by Tom Archer

What to put on within the Icelandic summer season?

Icelandic manufacturers equivalent to 66 North have been ready for the Icelandic summer season with us since 1926 with their good, top quality outside put on. Their apparel retains you heat and dry be it for an informal stroll within the metropolis or mountaineering on a glacier in pouring rain. Our guides put on 66 North whereas guiding all 12 months round because it’s a model that we belief and love. Buy groceries (tax free for guests!) once you arrive to maintain you ready for no matter form of climate Iceland throws at you! Different manufacturers equivalent to Patagonia provide a terrific collection of sustainable, outside clothes that’ll final you for a lifetime. T-shirts made out of plastic bottles? Signal me up.

Take note concerning the actions you’ll do whereas in Iceland when packing. In case you are sticking to Reykjavik and the image taking you’ll get away with most outfits. However, should you plan on spending most of your time exterior the town exploring the superb sights, mountaineering on glaciers or strolling behind waterfalls there are a number of necessities that must be introduced alongside. Let’s speak via them.

Falljökull Glacier Hike | Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon 2 day tour | Hidden Iceland | Photo by EJS Creative
Falljökull Glacier Hike | Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon 2 day tour | Hidden Iceland | Photograph by EJS Inventive

When it rains, it pours

Summers are spared from the worst of the storms however we do get days the place it may be fairly blustery and moist. The reward and curse of Icelandic climate is that you simply by no means get a full week of excellent climate. However you by no means get a full week of dangerous climate both. This implies waterproof pants and waterproof jackets are important objects. All different layers are quasi non-compulsory besides that impermeable high layer.

Because of the wind, umbrellas are relegated to getting used for comedic impact solely. Don’t convey one! What you want is a very good, waterproof jacket. The important thing to holding heat, is holding dry and so we suggest jackets alongside the traces of this Laugarvegur jacket or Snæfell to maintain you good and dry. As for good pants, go for one thing alongside the traces of these pants. Denim or cotton don’t work very properly as these materials get moist after which chilly in a short time!

In case you are coming with Hidden Iceland on one in all our glacier excursions then you may rent waterproof gear from 66 North from us!

The three layer methodology

A lightweight merino t-shirt or one other kind of skinny base layers will be good in addition to a great fleece mid layer. A hotter outer layer of primaloft or mild down jacket can also be good to maintain you heat within the evenings and on the colder summer season days.

Private Ice Climbing Tour | Hidden Iceland
Personal Ice Climbing Tour | Hidden Iceland

Stroll the road

Can’t stress this level sufficient. There may be nothing worse than spending the day in chilly, moist sneakers! Be sure to pack a sturdy, waterproof mountaineering boot should you’ll be doing a glacier hike. If you happen to don’t have one, you may rent them from us! For exploring Iceland normally you’d have to go for considerably of a water-proof strolling shoe to comfortably hike via the rugged terrain.

Glacier Gear | Hidden Iceland | Photo by Mark Hoey
Glacier Gear | Hidden Iceland | Photograph by Mark Hoey

Moreover, ensure you don’t overlook hat and gloves (or mittens), a washing swimsuit to wash in all of the scorching swimming pools and a again pack to retailer all the things in!

In case you are becoming a member of one in all our excursions you may rent waterproof pants, jackets and sneakers from us! Be sure 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 twenty-something Reykjavík-dweller, mom, designer and freelance journalist who loves getting misplaced in nature, espresso and simple Sunday mornings.

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