Packing list Iceland: What to pack for Iceland in summer?

Packing list Iceland: What to pack for Iceland in summer?

Packing list Iceland: What to pack for Iceland in summer?

Great! You’re planning to visit Iceland in the summer. Summer in Iceland is a beautiful period with countless active waterfalls, blooming lupine flowers and chance on a beautiful sunny stay on your route through Iceland. In summer, the country doesn’t really match his name since it isn’t as cold as you might think. You don’t necessarily have to pack winter boots and loads of extra layers of clothing like you should in winter. But we do recommend you to take at least 2 layers to wear per day. Read about the full packing list for Iceland. 

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Iceland weather in summer

In Iceland, the weather can change very quickly. One moment you can be on a hike with freezing winds and around the corner, you could be sitting in your t-shirt enjoying a lunch in the sun at a waterfall. Just expect to experience sun, rain, some snow, and wind, a lot of wind.

The summer period in Iceland runs from April until September. In the middle around July, the temperature ranges from 8–15 celsius. If you’re lucky, you’ll experience some great warm summer days with 20–25 degrees!

Also see: 2-week Iceland itinerary

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Pack layers

Expect to bring every kind of clothing, no matter what the season is. The most important things to add to your Iceland packing list are; layers! Pack extra shirts, vest, socks, underwear.

Having layers is a perfect way to keep yourself warm and once the sun appears, you can remove your big sweater and might even end your day chilling in your t-shirt on the camping in Iceland. Such a great feeling! :)

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Packing list Iceland

Now, what should you actually all pack for Iceland in summer? This list is based on personal experiences of a 12 day trip through Iceland and also depends on the activities you are planning to do.

Tip: Plan to visit many hot springs. A warm bath in Iceland is the absolute best feeling. Read about all the hot springs in Iceland.

Packing list Iceland summer

  • Wind & rainproof jacket
  • 2 or 3 warm jumpers
  • 5 t-shirts
  • A set of thermals (for hiking)
  • A warm hat
  • Swimwear (to dip in the Hot Springs)
  • Towel (for hot springs)
  • Good weatherproof boots
  • Loads of warm socks
  • Gloves
  • Power adapter (Euro plug, type C/F)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen (The sun in Iceland is super strong and can be dangerous. Even if you are used to the sun!)
  • Toiletries
  • Passport
  • Travel insurance (WorldNomads)
  • International driver license
  • Driver license
  • Offline music like Spotify (to sing along during long beautiful drives)
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Camping in Iceland

The best way to see Iceland is camping. Expect to bring more items that will keep you warm or that make your journey easier. Camping is well organized in Iceland, loads of campsites available with showers and toilets. We recommend you to add these items to your packing list for Iceland.

  • Take food (Groceries in Iceland are expensive! We took peanut butter, protein shakes, energy bars, etc)
  • Wear layers during the night
  • Warm sleeping bag
  • Eye mask
  • 3 x extra towels (for showering)
  • Clothespins
  • Earplugs

During the summer in Iceland, it doesn’t get dark at night. Take clothespins to hang extra towels in front of your car window and create darkness for a good night rest.

Read more about camping in Iceland

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Photographing in Iceland

Iceland is the absolute dream for every photographer, amateur or not. The next corner is even more picturesque as the one you just came from. Taking photos in Iceland sometimes has to be done in challenging conditions.

Always take a handful of cleaning cloths with you so you clean your lens from the fog or mist from the waterfall.

Read about the 11 things you must do in Iceland

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Backpack vs suitcase

Taking a backpack or suitcase depends on the kind of trip you’re planning to do. Are you driving around in a big car or campervan? Take a suitcase that would fit in your car. Or if you are planning to hitchhike or rent a small, simply choose for a backpack to be flexible with space.

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  • Manon | Flip Flop Wanderers

    This was such a great, comprehensive list guys! I would love to visit Iceland someday :)

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