What To Pack For The Land Of Fire & Ice

The Ship Ahoy group’s 2022 Landlocked Event in Iceland is fast approaching. In preparation for our trip to this nordic gem in the northwest, here’s All Aboard Ship Ahoy’s packing guide to help you stay warm in the land of fire and ice.

Before we begin, here are a few things you should know:

  1. During all seasons, the weather in Iceland can change quite rapidly; it is possible that you may experience all four seasons in one day.
  2. November marks the beginning of Iceland’s winter season. Temperatures during this month range between 8°C and 1°C (46°F and 33°F).
  3. Due to the mass deforestation caused by the Norse settlers from 800AD, trees are scarce in the country, which can cause the rain to fall horizontally.

It is essential that before you travel to Iceland, you invest in suitable clothing that will keep you dry and warm as you explore the country. Layering your clothes is ideal as it will allow you to modify your attire to suit the range of temperatures you may experience during the day.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

UNDER LAYERS:
Long-Sleeved Thermals
Leggings / Fleece Lined Leggings
Wool Sweater / Cardigan
Thick Socks
Long Sleeve Shirts

OUTERWEAR:
Windproof & Waterproof Jacket
Windproof & Waterproof Gloves
Windproof &/or Waterproof Trousers
Sunglasses
Warm Hat / Headband
Scarf
 
FOOTWEAR:
Good Grip Waterproof Walking Shoes / Good Grip Waterproof Trainers
Crampons (available to purchase online)
Crampons are grips that can be attached to your shoes, providing good traction when walking on pavements, ice, gravel and around waterfalls.
 
OTHER ITEMS:
Two Pin EU Standard Plug
Swimsuit (for the Spa)
Sunscreen
Medication
In Iceland, you cannot purchase medication such as ibuprofen and paracetamol over the counter. Please don’t forget to bring yours.
 
WHAT YOU WON’T NEED:
Cash
Iceland is virtually a cashless society. Credit and debit cards are widely used, even for the smallest of purchases. Should you need to, please remember to give your bank notice before travelling.
For the complete printable packing list, please click HERE.
 
Happy Packing!
 
Sources:
NY Times, Icelandic Times, Nordic Visitor, GOV.UK, The Travelling Professor, Iceland With A View & Moxtai.
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