If you travel to Iceland in the winter it’s going to be cold. There’s no way around that. It can vary between decent temperatures where you can get by with just a jacket to you needing the full gear on. We were lucky to arrive early in November when the temperature was still warm enough on some days. If you are curious about what to wear in Iceland in winter read on.
HEAT RETAINING LEGGINGS + UNDER-SHIRT |
The best advice I can give you when looking at what to wear in Iceland in winter is to invest in some heat retaining leggings and undershirt. Those two were what I wore everyday (no time for washing, oops!) under my sweaters and jeans, and even under my regular leggings on some days. They really made a difference on rainy and windy days and helped me stay as warm as possible during our hikes.
GLOVES WITH DIGITAL TOUCH |
Gloves with digital touch are awesome, lightweight, and you can still use your iphone without taking them off. Winning! My fingers were nice and toasty all trip long and I wouldn’t be able to get my hands out of my pockets if i didn’t have these on.
DOWN JACKET + VEST|
The obvious one here is of course a jacket. Invest in a great puffer jacket that you can wear for years to come, besides this trip. I bought mine 7 years ago and I still wear it to this day when i travel to freezing locations. A puffer vest is also wonderful for days when you can get by with just wearing a chunky sweater and layering it with a vest.
HATS + SCARFS |
It get’s so windy on some days with rain too. Imagine rain & wind blasting at you all day. You’ll need to protect your ears and most of your face. I suggest a warm knit hat and a big scarf you can wrap all around your neck and tuck your face into it when necessary.
I packed several sweaters, come to think of it I only packed sweaters. Big chunky sweaters, it’s the best and necessary for this type of weather.
SWIM SUIT |
A cute swim suit for dipping into all the amazing hot springs you will encounter everywhere! At most places if you forget your bathing suit, you’ll be able to rent one for about $10. A a good option to have in case you forget it one day on your trip.
Last but not least, get some cozy waterproof boots with traction. These will be the best thing to have on besides the heat retaining leggings. When visiting waterfalls and such during the winter it can get slippery. The traction on the boot will help with not slipping everywhere and it will keep your toesies warm. I’d say it is my #1 thing to add to your what to wear in Iceland in winter list.