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How to Dress for Icelandic Winter

16. October, 2018

Winter weather in Iceland can be cold and unforgiving. As a traveler you may only have a limited time to spend seeing the country. If you follow our guide and dress properly you are less likely to have to sit a day out or cut your day trip short because you are not properly dressed for the weather. Below is a head to toe guide on how to dress for winter weather in Iceland. You will need to be prepared for wind, rain, snow and slippery conditions.

Head and Neck

  • A hat for your head
  • A buff of balaclava for keeping your face warm
  • A scarf or buff for your neck

Upper Body

  • A base layer (wool or synthetic – no cotton!)
  • A mid layer (fleece, wool, down or synthetic)
  • A waterproof outer layer – GoreTex recommended

Lower Body

  • A base layer (wool or synthetic – no cotton!)
  • A mid layer (fleece, wool, down or synthetic)
  • A waterproof outer layer – GoreTex recommended

Feet

  • Warm socks (no cotton!)
  • Warm waterproof boots
  • Micro spikes (for slippery areas)

 

Hint: Leave the umbrella at home! Its often too windy to use them and it usually rains sideways in any case.

Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue, Tourist Information Center, Bankastræti 2, 101 Reykjavík Iceland safetravel@safetravel.is +354 570-5929 Disclaimer