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Iceland Packing List

You heard it here first, I’m heading to Iceland!! I still can’t believe it but it’s happening, I can finally cross it off my bucket list. Best of all, I’m going to be doing all the insane must-do activities: Seeing the Northern Lights, dipping in the Blue Lagoon, glacier hiking, waterfall spotting, learning about the culture/ history belonging to Reykjavík and loads more.



I’m so fortunate enough to be going on this trip funded by my University as part of their International Travel Award scheme. It blows my mind that the University are offering this opportunity to their students (definitely making the tuition fees worthwhile!). I was extremely lucky to have been selected on this trip, there were over 700 applicants and only 40 students hopping on that plane tomorrow!

This is (hopefully) a helpful packing list for those who are planning to visit the country in the Winter months when it’ll be absolutely freezing. The biggest tip we’ve been told is to check the ‘feels like’ temperature, which is usually much much cooler than it actually says. Currently (at the time of writing this) it is 2 degrees celsius, but feels like – 3 degrees celsius. Here’s the forecast for the next 14 days so you can get a feel for the change in weather.

Clothes 

  • Thick coat
  • Jumpers/ Sweatshirts
  • Hoodies
  • Jeans
  • Trousers
  • Long sleeved under layers
  • Tights/ fleece lined leggings/ longjohns.
  • Fluffy socks
  • Walking socks
  • Underwear
  • Swimsuit/shorts (needed for the Blue Lagoon)
  • Waterproof trousers (needed for activities such as glacier walk)
  • Pyjamas

Shoes

  • Suitable walking boots or similar e.g. Timberlands
  • Additional pair of boots
  • Trainers

Accessories

  • Backpack
  • Hand warmers 
  • Water bottle
  • Gloves
  • Hat
  • Scarf / snood
  • Puzzle books
  • Snacks

Toiletries 

  • Shampoo 
  • Conditioner
  • Shower gel
  • Razor
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Cosmetics
  • Moisturisers
  • Tablets
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair straighteners/ curlers
  • Deodorant
  • Perfume/ aftershave

Technology

  • Camera, ideally waterproof e.g. Go Pro
  • Power bank
  • Chargers
  • Headphones
  • Adapters (EU)

Documents 

  • Passport 
  • EHIC/ E11 Card
  • Driving License
  • Bank Cards
  • Travel Insurance
  • Currency (Icelandic Krona)

Ultimately, if you take plenty of under layers and a super thick coat you’ll be prepared for the Icelandic weather!

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