Many people struggle to know what to pack for winter in Iceland, this article gives you all the information you need to know so you don’t get caught short when you arrive!

Iceland is notorious for its temperamental weather and we can experience all four seasons in a matter of hours, so it pays to be prepared! This article will ensure you know exactly what to pack for winter in Iceland!

Whilst the sudden rains followed by blazing sun and then heavy snow mean you’ll never be bored, it does make knowing what to pack pretty hard!

A lot of people who visit Iceland have either packed for weather more suited to the North Pole or not packed enough to cope with rain and snow. To help you get it right, we thought it was time to put together a little guide of what we recommend chucking in your suitcase.

One thing that is worth noting, however, is that Midgard Base Camp has everything you need in our on-site store so you will never have to worry about not having access to the correct gear. If you forget anything at all it’s very easy to rent or buy when you get here. Our expert team can also advise on what would suit you best based on your itinerary!

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Warm & Waterproof Clothing

Even if you don’t pack anything else at all (which we definitely wouldn’t recommend), making sure you have a quality jacket is a must. Get one that’s waterproof and will keep you nice and snug when temperatures drop below freezing. Even if you go in summer, chances are you’re going to experience very cold weather at some point, so don’t forget this essential! It’s also a good idea to pack waterproof trousers too!

Good Quality Boots

You’re not going to regret investing in a pair of high-quality boots for your trip. BUT if you buy a budget pair your feet definitely won’t thank you! Get a pair of boots that are going to stand the test of time and keep your toes warm and dry. If you want to be really kind to your feet, bring two pairs so that if one is damp you have a back-up.

One tip (for those who are investing in new boots) is to break in the boots before getting to Iceland.

Why? Because this will help prevent blistering and sore feet that are inevitable if you’re walking for long periods in new shoes! You will thank us when you’re trekking!

Fleece Lined Clothing & Thermals

When the temperature drops below 0, fleece lined clothing is an absolute lifesaver. Leggings and jumpers filled with the fluffy stuff will keep out the Iceland chill and you’ll also be super comfortable! You don’t have to spend a fortune on this gear, so bring a few options to keep you going.

Along the same line as fleece-lined clothing, thermals are going to become your best friend in Iceland. Buy full sets of leggings, tops, socks, gloves and hats to keep yourself nice and toasty! These are great to wear beneath other clothes. It’s also easy to remove these layers when the temperature thaws a little and warms up!

Layering is essential, you can always take things off and leave them in the superjeep or your bag if you get too warm!

Small Backpack

It’s also worth bringing a small backpack to store supplies and layers during hikes and trips out. After all, you won’t want to lug your big bag around with you and you certainly won’t want to be without a few snacks and extra-layers to throw off and on during trips!

Swimming Costume

This might seem completely at odds with all our advice so far. But don’t worry – we’re not mad!

There are a whole load of public swimming pools and hot springs in Iceland that you have to try out when you come here, so be sure to bring your swimming costume! It may seem a bit weird on the same list as thermals and hiking boots, but the pools are warm and it’s an amazing experience to bathe in the warm waters as snow settles on your head!

You’ll regret it if you don’t!

P.s. A travel towel is also useful to have post-swim or after a rainy hike.

Iceland local activities

If you need any help with what you should and shouldn’t pack, or would like any more advice for your Iceland planning, then please ask our team. It’s what we’re here for and we’re always more than happy to help!

Want to check the weather before you come to Iceland? Visit for reliable information. Whilst Vedur is the place to go for information on the northern lights!