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What to Pack for Iceland in the Summer

Planning to visit Iceland in the summer months and want to know what sort of clothes you’re going to need for the summer weather? Look no further! We’ve got you covered at Polar Front Adventure Company. Below is a list of items that would help make your trip enjoyable because you will be prepared for whatever comes your way.

Waterproof Hiking Shoes:

Let’s start at the base - your feet. Cold, wet feet add up to a miserable experience, and we don’t want that for you. By investing in a good, waterproof pair of slip-resistant hiking shoes, you are going to reap the rewards of having a great day with warm, dry feet. Get what we’re saying? (1) Waterproof. (2) Slip-resistant. (3) No worries. Easy peasy!

Hiking and Rain Pants:

Just like we mentioned in our “Packing for Iceland in Winter” write-up, Iceland is not the best place for jeans. Even in the summer months, we recommend hiking pants, not jeans. And, remember our mention of keeping some rain pants in your bag with you? Yeah, that’s still a good idea in the summer months in Iceland as well. Waterproof is still important.


The weather is unpredictable in Iceland in any season, but it really is hard to predict in the summer. The best way to pack for Iceland is to plan for layers. Some long sleeves, some short sleeves, some thinner items, some thicker items, and so on. Plan to add and remove layers according to where you are and what you are doing, but remember waterproof, waterproof, waterproof.


The natural springs of Iceland are a top destination in the summer, just as they are in the winter. Don’t forget to bring your swimsuit!

Sleep Mask:

Iceland’s summer days go on forever, meaning it is daylight for more hours than usual. If you want to go to sleep at your regular sleep time, you might need a sleep mask to help trick your mind into thinking it is dark outside.

Sun Protectant:

Because Iceland is so far North on the Arctic Circle, it is closer to the sun, and using sunscreen to protect yourself is really important. Some of the worst sunburns we’ve seen were obtained on cold days because the constant breeze kept the recipients from feeling the warmth of their burning skin until it was too late. Take care of yourself and lather up.

These are some suggestions to point you in the right direction, but we’re happy to answer specific questions you may have about packing for your trip to Iceland at anytime.

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