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What to Pack for Iceland in the Winter

Visiting Iceland is high on many traveler’s bucket lists of destinations because of its amazing sights like the Northern Lights, Ice Caves, Hot Springs, and more. Planning a trip for the winter months increases the likelihood of seeing unforgettable and amazing things, but an important consideration for traveling to Iceland between November and March is what to pack in your suitcase to keep warm in below freezing temperatures. Don’t worry, Polar Front Adventure has got you covered!

The Right Jacket/Coat:

You knew already that you would be packing a warm coat for your winter trip to Iceland, but we do have some suggestions on the type of coat or jacket that will keep you warm and dry during your excursions.

Us Icelanders really go for a down jacket, which basically just means that the jacket is insulated with soft and warm feathers. The fluffiness of the feathers creates air pockets that trap warm air and maintain heat that keeps the wearer warm and toasty.

Long Underwear:

Layering is one of the best ways to keep warm, and that means a good base in Iceland’s winter is important. If you haven’t heard of merino wool, look it up. The stuff is amazing! It is, however, also a little expensive. Whatever brand or material you choose for your base layer, just remember that you get what you pay for, and you’re traveling to temperatures below zero.

And, you’re free to reach out to us if you have any specific questions about anything.

Waterproof Winter Pants:

You are not going to need jeans in Iceland in the winter. They will get wet, you will get cold, and you will be miserable. Some sort of warm, waterproof pant is going to be your best bet. Think in the line of ski pants with your one or two layers of long underwear underneath them. You’ll need something sturdy and substantial for exploring the sights. If you’re spending time in town, you can likely get by with a pant less bulky than a ski pant, but you might want to keep some rain pants rolled up inside your bag to slip on should the weather suddenly change on you.

Waterproof Winter Boots:

Are you sensing a theme here? Waterproof, waterproof, waterproof. Some good boots will serve you well when exploring the landscape of Iceland in winter. Keep those feet warm and dry, and you’ll feel warmer everywhere else. Adding some wool socks under those boots isn’t a bad idea, either. In fact, pack an extra pair in your bag for the day. We’ve seen many a traveler fall victim to waves when checking out the beaches of Iceland in winter. We stuff the boots with newspaper to dry them out quickly, but the socks are more difficult to dry quickly.

The Right Accessories:

Some of the battle with cold in Iceland is strictly wind-related. The right accessories can help fight the strong winds. Hats and scarves that keep the head, neck, and ears warm are a great addition, and gloves for fingers are good, too. You know how cold natured you are and how much wind blocking you will need.


I know, this one sounds a little crazy, but you’re gonna need a swimsuit for the hot springs of Iceland. It’s totally worth the few cold minutes of walking to the water to get in and enjoy some of Iceland’s best amenities. Don’t forget the swimsuits!

This list should help point you in the right direction, but if you have any specific questions for us, don’t hesitate to reach out! We at Polar Front Adventure Company want your adventure in Iceland to be the best trip possible, and, if you’re not properly prepared, it won’t be. We’re happy to help!

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