What To Pack For A Trip To Iceland For Females

What To Pack For A Trip To Iceland For Females

Going on a trip to Iceland and have no idea what to pack?  I’ve put together this guide for female travelers on what to pack for a trip to Iceland! 

Spoiler Alert: The theme is ‘Layers on layers on layers”

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The weather in Iceland can be extremely unpredictable and change drastically in the span of the day, so packing for your trip can be intimidating.  I went to Iceland for 12 days in mid-May.  Use this packing list as a guide and plan to edit it to add more warm layers if you are going in the dead of Winter. 

Time of Year: Mid – End of May

Activities: Sight-Seeing in Reykjavik / Hiking / Hot Springs


Item Overview – What To Pack For A Trip To Iceland For Females

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Overview of items in ‘What to Pack for a Trip to Iceland for Females’.  Scroll down for details on each item (click photo for where to buy).

Essentials

These are the must-pack clothing items for any time of year in Iceland.  Don’t forget:

  • Packable Down (or Synthetic)
  • Gore-Tex Rain Coat
  • Down Vest
  • Hiking Boots
  • Hat/Gloves/Scarf
  • Thermal Socks
  • Bikini (hello, hot springs!)

Outerwear

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Street art in Reykjavik

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1.      Packable Down (or Synthetic) Jacket

Super light and easy to pack but surprisingly warm (coming from a girl who is perpetually cold).  Pair your packable down/synthetic with a wind/waterproof Gore-Tex shell and you’d be surprised at how warm you can be.  Patagonia is not cheap but they offer a lifetime warranty if you can spring for the investment.

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2.     Wind/Waterproof Gore-Tex Jacket

This is the most necessary piece on this list.  It rains a lot in Iceland.  It’s also windy AF because the island has hardly any trees.  It’s all about layering!

Put your down jacket and vest on under this and you’ll be warm enough for hiking, will stay dry while getting up close and personal with waterfalls, but still be functional without the bulk.  I love this jacket because of all of the drawstrings that actually keep the water out.  You can draw the waist in, tighten the hood in two places, tighten the wrists up and there’s a high neck so when it’s raining sideways you’re safe…the water is NOT getting in.  The hood also folds into the neck for a different look.

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3.      Down Vest

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4.      Fleece Lined Hat

Cute hats are essential in Iceland if you want to stay warm (and look chic).  Fleece-lined are the best because the wind can still get through the spaces in the knit.

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5.      Warm Gloves

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6.      Scarf

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7.      Rain Pants (optional, but if you’re hiking – trust me, these are a necessary evil)

I realize how absolutely lame these feel.  They give you an instant mom-butt (no diss to the moms out there) but they are necessary my friend!  Weather changes quickly in Iceland.  Rainstorms come in suddenly and shelter is few and far between.  Tourists often need to be rescued after hiking without being dressed properly and becoming hypothermic, don’t risk it!  You want to still be able to take in all Iceland has to offer no matter the weather, and you can almost count on sh*tty weather.  I got my pants for $20 from Sail.  See below for modeling demo (lol).

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Owning the fact that I’m wearing super cool rain pants.

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  • Winter Trip?  Bring a heavy warm coat as well.

Shoes

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Me rocking my hiking boots in the black sand of Hvitserkur Beach on the Vatsnes Peninsula (NW Iceland)

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8. Waterproof Hiking Boots

These La Sportiva boots from MEC are lightweight and comfortable, and also not completely hideous (important, amiright?).

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9. Warm Boots for Everyday

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10. City Heels (optional)

If you’re spending time in Reykjavik, bring some cute comfortable booties to wear out at night.  You probably won’t expect this (I know I didn’t), but Fridays and Saturdays in Reykjavik are LIVE.  There’s a big nightlife scene, the bars stay open late and you can drink on the street.  The main streets are cobblestone so a low block heel or wedge are the most practical.  The overall style in Reykjavik is pretty laid back so you could skip on the heels if you want to save room in your suitcase.

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  •  Winter Trip?  Pack tall waterproof boots in case of snow/rain.

Clothing

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Getting friendly with some Icelandic ponies.

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 11. Thermal / Fleece Lined Leggings

Thank me later…specifically when your booty is nice and toasty 🙂  Get $25 off by clicking this link.

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12. Knit Sweater

Two birds, one stone: Fashion / Function.  You could also wait and purchase an Icelandic wool sweater as a souvenir once you’re there.  They are super warm (but itchy af, which is why I passed) and they come with a hefty price tag.

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13. Flannel Shirt

Flannel shirts are a perfect layering item and flannels look awesome under a vest.

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14. Denim Shirt

Because this always looks cute.  10 friendship points to you if you wear it with your dark jeans, Canadian Tuxedo style #queen.

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15. Fleece Lined Hoodie

This fleece lined hoodie is super cozy and has pockets to keep your hands warm.  Looks great under a vest. The buttons and cowl neck add a little flava.  See below 🙂

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My favourite place in Iceland, Fjadrargljufur Canyon (No, I didn’t just fall onto my keyboard – that’s actually what it’s called)

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16. Layering / Thermal Shirts
Get $25 off by clicking this link.

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17. Bikini

There are hot springs and geothermal pools in every small town around the country.  There are hot spring rivers close to Reykjavik, and hidden hot spring-fed pools in the middle of the mountains.  Do NOT forget a bikini!  See below for reference 🙂

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At what I call ‘The Hot Tub River’ AKA Rekjadalur Hot Spring
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Cold drinks at the Blue Lagoon

Accessories and Extras

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Looking for seals.  Spoiler: we didn’t find any 😦

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18. Versatile Backpack / Bag

Get a bag that is big enough to fit things that would normally be in your purse, and your camera gear.  If you’re anything like me, you’re going to take a million pictures so space for your camera is essential.  Aim for a waterproof bag in case you get caught in rain or snow (read: you will).

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19. Quick Dry Towel

This will come in handy for those hot springs that require a hike because it’s light and can squish into your bag.

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20. Adapter

In Iceland the power sockets are of type F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.  Bring an adapter with you to charge your camera, phone and computer.


In Review

  1. Packable Down (or Synthetic) Jacket
  2.  Wind/Waterproof Gore-Tex Jacket
  3. Down Vest
  4. Fleece Lined Hat
  5. Warm Gloves
  6. Scarf
  7. Rain Pants (optional – mandatory if hiking)
  8. Waterproof Hiking Boots
  9. Warm Boots for everyday wear
  10. Bootie Heels for the City (optional)
  11. Thermal / Fleece Lined Leggings
  12. Knit Sweater
  13. Flannel Shirt
  14. Denim Shirt
  15. Fleece Lined Hoodie
  16. Layering / Thermal Shirts
  17. Bikini
  18. Versatile Bag / Backpack
  19. Quick Dry Towel
  20. Adapter

For Winter Trips add: Heavier Winter Coat + Tall Waterproof Winter Boots



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6 thoughts on “What To Pack For A Trip To Iceland For Females

  1. This is great! I’ve been wanting to go to Iceland for a really long time and it’s one of the places that we’ve been considering for our honeymoon. Love the pictures, make me even more keen! 🙂

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    1. Thank you! You should definitely go for your honeymoon! I’ll be posting some more Iceland recommendations soon but if you have any questions about highlights let me know I can email you as well :). Thanks for your kind comments!

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      1. You’re very welcome, I’m still doing my research for honeymoon locations and hopefully you’ll be helping me write my post? 🙂 x

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