To say that I did not pack well for Iceland would be an understatement. I was traveling Europe for nearly 3 months and Iceland was my first stop. I didn't want to bring all of these layers and big coats and then have to carry them around with me the rest of the trip. And, man, did I come to regret that decision!
When the sun is out, its really quite nice. I was taking off layers. But for the most part, Iceland is windy and cold ya'll. The weather is all over the place and changes rapidly. This is why I think layering is your best bet. Any given day in Iceland can go from sunny to wind storm to snow storm all in a matter of a few hours. For the most part, the weather was not bad in terms of storms or anything like that while I was there in August and then again in October, but, at times, it was quite cold, wet, and windy.
The BIGGEST tips I have are to bring a waterproof jacket, a wind jacket, and good boots to climb around. The waterproof layers aren't just for rain. What I didn't factor into my adventure wardrobe is that the waterfalls are huge and with the arctic winds, all of that water mists the air yards and yards away. Because it is cold, you want to stay as dry as possible. You might even consider wearing jeans, but throwing a waterproof layer over it like this one.
A wind breaker is also super important because man oh man do those gusts really blow. For example, two girls were returning their rental car in line in front of me, and they were fighting with the rental company over car insurance. You see, the girls stopped at a gas station on the Ring Road. The passenger opened her car door and a massive gust of wind took the door off the hinges and the door flew backwards parallel with the car. So yeah, bring a good jacket!
Here are my recommendations for what to bring for your IcelandIC adventure:
GOOD BOOTS AND COMFY JEANS:
LAYERS, LAYERS, LAYERS:
4. H&M Long Green Trench $29 On sale!
9. Madewell Tassle Sweater 50% off
WARM (AND STILL CUTE) ACCESSORIES AND THERMALS:
2. Rag and Bone Striped Gloves $32 On Sale!
6. Hunter Warm Socks $35 On Sale!
7. Hunter Knee-High Thermal Socks $19 On Sale!
8. Heattech Knitted Gloves $6 On Sale!