Clothes to take when visiting Iceland

Posted by Admin on 19 Jun 2017

Heading to Iceland? Prepare to be wowed! It’s a fascinating country – a truly intriguing place to visit. It’s not your average holiday destination, so the fact that you’ll need to pack carefully and bring some extras comes with the territory.  

To help you organise your suitcase, we’ve put together a list of what clothes to take when visiting Iceland. 

First, let’s talk about the weather. 

The weather here is not as cold as everyone thinks. It is perhaps milder than you expect. The key thing to remember is that the weather here is unpredictable and changeable. Sometimes you can experience four seasons in a few days. So – you need to be prepared, and your wardrobe needs to be flexible. 

When you pack your bag for #Iceland, you’ll be preparing for beautiful blue skies, as well as lots of other eventualities! #FindAReasonToGo

Packing checklist for summer holiday in Iceland (May to August).

  • Base layers – obviously your normal underwear, combined with t-shirts. 
  • Lightweight jumper or fleece. 
  • Swimwear. 
  • Lightweight trousers – perhaps a design that’s made for the outdoors and is quick drying. 
  • Shorts – similar to your trousers, a design that’s made for the outdoors. 
  • Jacket – waterproof and windproof shell jacket that will work over the top of your fleece or jumper. 
  • Footwear – hiking shoes or trainers that are sturdy enough for uneven ground, water-resistant and have ankle support. 
  • Good quality hiking socks. 
  • Hats and gloves – you will need these if you plan to go out onto the water or climb to any great height. 
  • Smart casual wear for use in the city.

Packing checklist for autumn / winter holiday in Iceland (September to April). 

  • Base layer – thermal or woollen long underwear, including long sleeved top and long john trousers.
  • Swimwear.
  • Woollen jumper of Fleece.
  • Waterproof outdoor trousers.
  • Jacket – a down, waterproof and windproof version, with a cosy hood.
  • Footwear – hiking shoes or trainers that are sturdy enough for uneven ground, water-resistant and have ankle support. Warm woollen socks. 
  • Hats, scarves (or neck gaiter) and gloves. 
  • Smart casual wear for use in the city. 

Other items to pack 

  • Conditioner for your hair – the water has a high mineral content here and can be tricky on your hair if you don’t use conditioner.
  • Good quality sunglasses – summer or winter.
  • Sunscreen – summer or winter.
  • Eye mask for summer – when the daylight lasts for almost as long as the day does.
  • Your camera – extra batteries and memory cards, or the ability to download and store. 
  • Decent day bag – perhaps a backpack for any day trips you do. 


Whatever you do, don’t forget your camera!


Make the most of your trip to Iceland Gray Line Iceland’s assistance

Gray Line Iceland is the sightseeing expert here in Iceland. We run regular sightseeing tours all over the country. We can also pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your accommodation.  You can find out more on our website at:

Tours are a great idea when visiting Iceland – you can let someone else organise the trip, whilst you sit back and enjoy the sights, whilst they share all they have to know about what you’re looking at. Our previous guest Bloomfield17 from the UK, said on TripAdvisor: 

For a first visit to Iceland, tours are a must and Gray Line offer a good variety of tours. All buses have tour guides who speak good English and share knowledge, facts and tales from their own country/heritage. We did five tours in all, including the Northern Lights tour, where the guides and drivers work very hard trying to track the lights down and the Game of Thrones tour. Visits to the various waterfalls and the south coast provide some spectacular views and are well worth a visit. They pick you up and drop you off at your hotel (or very close by). The buses are very clean and comfortable. I left my camera on a bus and they were extremely helpful in helping find it for me.” 

Please do get in touch, as we’d love to help you plan your trip to Iceland. The Gray Line Icelandteam looks forward to welcoming you. 

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