Dress Code for Iceland
Iceland definitely isn´t another average holiday destination. Therefor you will need to pack layers of clothes and then hope for the best of weather during your visit to this beautiful island. We have made a list and this site to help you out. But first about the weather…
The Weather in Iceland can be different from one part of the island to another, but why and what to expect? First of all we have to understand that the island is located near the Arctic Circle. It is far north in the Atlantic ocean. But even so the weather is much milder in Iceland then you could expect from its location. Warm currents from south part of the Atlantic (The Gulf Stream) bring up warm ocean that surround the Island and keep it “warm”. Average temperature in Iceland during winter is around 0°C (32 F). However that is near the coastline where most people live, up in the mountains it can both be colder and more wind. Temperature during summer is higher it can be as warm as 25°c (77 F) but usually it is between 10 – 15°C (50 – 59 F). Remember though that in Iceland the weather is often unpredictable. There is a saying in Iceland that the weather changes every 5 minutes…..
Hats & gloves, always good to have them with you on a tour to Iceland, easy to have them in your pocket or a backpack. Swimwear is a must, since there are geothermal pools all over the island. A waterproof and windproof jacket, shell that work fine over the top of your fleece or jumper. You need good shoes, quality hiking shoes is what we always recommend but good trainers are good as well, but of course don’t forget some smarter shoes or more comfy ones for exploring the towns or cities during your stay. Basic layers, your normal undergarments, combined with shirts, good warmer socks and of course casual clothing as well.
Hats & gloves, always good to have them with you on a tour to Iceland, Like in the summer it is easy to have them in your pocket or a backpack. Remember its a bit far to run home to get them when you need them. Maybe a good scarf or a neck gaiter as well. The basic layer Thermal clothes, or woollen underwear, long sleeved top and long johns. Swimwear is a must, since there are geothermal pools all over the island. Wool jumper come handy in the winter visit to Iceland, wool socks and some good waterproof outdoor trousers. We do recommend a good thick jacket or a coat, waterproof and windproof with a good cozy hood. You need good shoes, quality hiking shoes is what we always recommend. Remember some smarter shoes or more comfy ones for exploring the towns or cities during your stay. Spikes for your shoes is a must but you can easily get them all over Iceland
Sunglasses, Even though it’s winter it is an item you don’t want to skip. In the summer it’s a must since the sun stays up all night!
Eye mask for the summer time and sunscreen for both winter and summer time.
A good backpack to carry your water bottle but a water bottle is a must as well since the water is clear and fresh, both from a stream next to your hiking path as in the tap at your hotel room.
Camera of course and your good spirit.