Iceland Gear

With only 20 days until our trek to Iceland, we’ve started our annual hunt for the perfect travel outfit. With some of our itinerary starting to take shape (snow mobiling, snorkeling and hiking), there are new duds that will be essential to our travel wardrobe.

It’s going to be cold…and I mean C-O-L-D in Iceland. I’m imagining it’s going to be the kind of cold that makes your bones hurt and frankly, I can’t wait! After the 100+ temps in Texas this summer, I say bring it! So, given the frigid temps it’s only natural that I shall require a new coat. I’ve always kind of wanted a Northface jacket but have never really lived anywhere cold enough to justify buying one. Perhaps, this trip can be the justification!

Have you been to Iceland? What should we bring? Help us pack!

5 thoughts on “Iceland Gear

  1. Not iceland, but I grew up in the cold where the temperature went below zero. My advice: Stay away from thick bulky things. They look warm, but you can get better warmth and temperature control by layering. It is critical to have layers if you are going to be physically active, so you can remove them as you heat up from the activity. Otherwise you will soak your clothes with sweat. Once you stop moving, you will be cold and wet (and that can be deadly in a cold environment).

    Add in a few temperature extenders for layering – tights, silk long underwear top, leggings, scarf. If you want, you can then wear a dress or skirt with your boots and still be warm and girly. That way you can deal with different temperatures. While there, buy a beautiful iceland sweater as your souvenier.

    Instead of a big thick jacket, think about bringing a waterproof shell, a fleece jacket, and a down/synthetic sweater/jacket. You’ll be able to wear those items in Texas, but layered up, they’ll work for Iceland too. And the down stuffs down small into its own stuff sack.

    Wear your boots on the plane.

    Other things I might think about bringing that are light and work well: Silk glove liners, silk balaclava, nice warm wool socks. Again, don’t bring thick socks – instead, go with two pairs of thinner ones. That way you can wash and dry them faster.

    1. I just noticed that the flannel shirt is cotton. That’s a bad choice for travel or for outdoors activities. Cotton loses its insulation properties when wet. It’s great if you’re in a cabin by the fire, with access to laundry. But for your purpose, look for a wool one instead, or synthetic.

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