What to pack for a trip to Iceland in winter

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What to pack for a trip to Iceland in winter

You're visiting Iceland between November and March? Congratulations! Iceland has fairy-tale winters with the Northern Lights, festivals and lots of fun things to do in the snow. First up, the good news. Iceland winters fall below freezing and, with the wind chill, it can get very cold, but the weather is milder than most people think. Clothing in Iceland is fairly expensive, so if you don't have a big budget, it's better to be prepared and bring what you need.

Here's a list of what to bring:

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Swimwear. I bet a bikini wasn't top of the list when you were thinking about Iceland in winter, right? However bathing outdoors is a Viking tradition and relaxing in a hot spring is one of the most beautiful things you can do in Iceland. The famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa is only 12 minutes from Keflavik International Airport and features mineral-rich water set amongst volcanic rubble.

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Clothes you can layer. As the weather in Iceland is very changeable, layering is key. If you'll be hiking or spending a lot of time outside, thermal underwear is a must. Remember, it's better to be too warm and have to take something off, then be too cold!

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Wool socks (known as Ullarsokkar in Iceland). When it's icy outside and your feet get wet, you're at risk of developing hypothermia, so good socks are essential. Try this list from Bustle for 14 of the best winter socks - https://www.bustle.com/p/the-14-best-socks-for-winter-that-keep-your-feet-warm-dry-29000

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Waterproof shoes are a must. Please don't pack sneakers and expect them to keep your feet warm and dry in the snow and ice. Sorel, Kamik and Columbia all have some great options.

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A waterproof winter coat. Companies such as The North Face, Patagonia and Canada Goose all make quality jackets and parkas that will protect you from the elements.

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Waterproof pants. Jeans are fine for going out to restaurants etc., but if you'll be outside in the weather, you'll need something waterproof.

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Wool sweaters. If you do want to splurge on an Icelandic souvenir, a traditional wool sweater might do the trick. They're very fashionable, even with the coolest locals, will keep you warm and toasty, and will last for many a winter.

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Hats (woolen beanies are best) and gloves. You'll never know when you might need them, so keep them in your pocket if possible.

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Lip balm. The winds can be harsh, so your lips will need protecting.

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Sunglasses. Polarized ones are great because the sun still shines in winter and will reflect from the snow and ice.

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A few dressy items (that you can layer with warm things) if you'll be going out in Reykjavik. On the whole Iceland is pretty casual, but there are many fashion-conscious people in the capital, so if you like to dress up, you'll fit right in.


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