Ultimate Iceland Packing List

Packing for a trip to Iceland can be tricky. The weather is changeable. You might want to go hiking or snorkeling or swimming in a lagoon. It can be overwhelming to think of all the things that you might need. We’ve put together a list of the things that you should bring on any trip to Iceland and lists of what you need in winter versus summer. Use these packing lists then add any special equipment you need for photography or rock climbing or any other adventure and you’re all set.


Any time of year:

Waterproof, windproof warm jacket/coat

Windproof, waterproof rain pants

Waterproof hiking boots

Thermal shirts (for layering)

Fleece jacket or sweater

Warm hat and gloves (it’s chilly even in summer)


Bathing suit

Socks, underwear, pajamas, t-shirts, and pants (all the basics)

Toiletry kit including all your medications that you take regularly or might need on the trip

Toilet paper

Plug Adaptor/Power Converter


Lightweight travel towel

One set of nice clothes for enjoying Reykjavik's nightlife





Tank tops/lightweight t-shirts

Thick hiking socks


If you’re planning to camp in the summer, you’ll need a warm sleeping bag (it can get very cold at night), a windproof/waterproof tent, cooking gear, and hand and toe warmers. You can shop for food and a cooler once you arrive.



Long, warm parka

Fleece-lined leggings/thermals

Wool sweaters

Thermal wool socks, enough to wear for the entire trip

Wool hat and gloves (extra set in case the first set gets wet)

Cleats for walking on ice (cleats like Yaktrax attach easily to your boots)

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