What to Pack for Iceland

Congratulations! You have booked your flights and you are all set to start planning your trip to Iceland. So now you ask yourself, what is the weather like in Iceland? What should you pack for your trip? Well, if you are from Canada, the cold won’t necessarily bother you, but be prepared for strong winds and quite a bit of rain. First thing you should know is the weather can change rapidly. I remember friends telling me that if you are caught in a heavy rain, just wait 7 minutes and you can expect to to stop shortly. Needless to say, you should be prepared for all four seasons while in Iceland.

Keep reading find out more about what to bring on your trip.

What to Pack for Iceland

What to Wear

Packable down jacket
Good to have as you are hiking especially in Fall and Winter.

Waterproof wind breaker 
Protect yourself from the wind, rain and blowing rain.

Waterproof pants
Recommended if you like to get up and personal with waterfalls.

Thermal layers
The key is to layer your clothes that way you can adjust for warmer or colder weather. A thermal base layer will keep you warm beneath your layers.

Layering tees
Stay comfy with some layering tees.

Even in the summer, I recommend you bring at least one to carry on your hikes.

Athletic or fleece lined leggings
Bring along your comfiest pants/leggings. If you are travelling in the fall or winter, be sure your pants are fast drying yet keep you warm.

Waterproof hiking shoes/boots
A must. You will come across many waterfalls, muddy/wet hiking paths, and puddles. Save yourself the worry of getting your socks wet and soggy.

Hiking socks
Grab some fast drying, insulated socks to keep your toes warm.

Knit hat, gloves and scarf
Choose accordingly to weather. Travelling in September, I used full on winter gear to keep me warm.


Camera Gear

High quality camera and/or drone
A camera is an absolute must. Iceland is every photographer’s dream. There is no such thing as a bad angle and you do not want to miss out on capturing some stunning photos while you are here.

ND or polarizing filters
Neutral density filters give you the ability to shoot in long exposures. They are key to giving you that “smooth” water effect when shooting waterfalls or any open water. Polarizing filters are great for enhancing the saturation in your photos.

Tripod and/or gorilla pod
Required or long exposure photography like capturing the Northern Lights.

Backpack with waterproof covering
Keep all your gear and equipment safe in a sealed backpack. Use a waterproof covering to ensure extra protection from the elements.

Microfibre cloths and lens cleaner
Your camera lenses are surely to get splashed/soaked by rain/ocean spray/mist, so keep these on hand to wipe away the water and keep your lenses clean.

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