What to Wear in Iceland

with Handy Iceland Packing List

Iceland is unlike any other destination you'll be travelling to because of not only the out-of-this-world scenery but with that, how dynamic, ever-changing, and unique the weather is. As a result, it's so important to know what to wear in Iceland or you'll be totally caught off guard.

As you go through this list, keep in mind that the more complete Iceland packing list is below. In this section, we're spotlighting clothing that you should pay attention to.


What to wear in the summer

You're going to hear this a lot but layers are truly your best friend. When you get active, you'll be able to wear a t-shirt but when temperatures drop, you'll be able to slip on additional layers to stay warm.

What to wear in the winter

As you would've seen from the breakdown of the seasons, you'll know that Iceland doesn't often drop below freezing but you'll be faced with rain, snow, and cool winds that'll make it feel colder than you think.

What to wear in the shoulder season

Between winter and summer is a short shoulder season that brings in more volatile and changing weather conditions. In many ways, you need to be extra prepared during this time of the year when it comes to what to wear in Iceland.


There's what to wear in Iceland and then there's everything else that accompanies the inner and outer wear. This packing list is less focused on the seasons and more on the gear you need to think about that applies all-year-round.

Swimsuit and towel

Swimsuits have been mentioned a number of times and so hopefully you got the message that you should pack one for your trip. As you might've read from our 8 day Iceland itinerary, you'll know that we visited 3 different hot springs (Blue Lagoon, Secret Lagoon, and Seljavallalaug Pool).

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