What to pack for Summer Trip in Iceland


As opposed to our expectations of the weather during summer is not the exact one in Iceland. While visiting Iceland in summer is beautiful, chances of it not been a replica of the summers you are used to can be high.

You have many reasons to visit during this period because the midnight sun is usually very beautiful and the days longer. The environment is full with a beautiful green pasture as the sheep roam the country side. There is so much to do including rafting and whale tours as well as many fun festivals.

The main things you need to think of when packing are the same as those you consider during other seasons of the year. Be prepared always for wind or rain. It is not uncommon to have varying weather patterns in a day. The day can begin as a cool one and warm up at midday. Wear clothes easy for you to take on and off anytime.

Here is a list of what you need to pack.


Weatherproof shell; you will need a jacket that is water and wind resistant and still gives you enough warmth. It’s different from a rain jacket.

Pants and rain jackets: if you are interested in visiting the waterfalls, you can expect that you will get wet at some point. Having this two will come in handy. They can be taken on and off easily depending with the activity.

Hiking Pants: They should be waterproof to avoid wetness if you encounter any wet regions. They should be flexible, comfortable and able to shield you from weather elements.

Packable down vest or jacket: have a jacket or vest that you can add to the layer if you need extra warmth between your shell and base. They are useful because they are easily packed in a tiny bag.

Headband and hat: it’s unfortunate that you still need something that covers your ears and head during summer. It’s not mandatory on all days but there are days that you will need it. When visiting the ocean or the Northern parts of Iceland because they are cooler regions.


Thermal base: You should be safe to be warm and comfortable. It’s advisable that you pack both bottom and top, especially if you will be camping or heading to the interior regions.

Shirt: Unless you never get disturbed by cold, it’s recommended that you pack a long sleeved one. You might have nice days and others not so favorable as far the weather is concerned.

Fleece: It is easy if you need a layer or to wear alone if you do not need a jacket. Especially the moments you do not need to protect yourself from rain and wind.

Jeans: It’s good that you carry jeans to wear when you’re off to dinner or just hanging out.


For your footwear you will require a lot more in Iceland. You will need hiking boots to navigate through rugged terrains. Walking shoes will be comfortable whenever you are having an easy day exploring Iceland. Flip flops to make it easier when getting in and out of the swimming pool and going back to the changing rooms.