Because of Iceland’s location(it lies in the path of the North Atlantic Current), it is expected for locals and tourists alike to prepare themselves for cold and chilly days. In winter, Iceland’s temperature could go as low as -39.7 degrees C. Summer in Iceland is still considered a bit cold, with a temperature between 10-13 degrees C (it could go higher though at 25 degrees C).
Whether you’re staying in Iceland for good or just here for a couple of days, you should take note of the climate and these 10 protective clothing items to bring when you’re out and about in Iceland. These are the essential clothes that you shouldn’t forget once you leave your home, hotel or hostel:
1. Basic Tops
The weather in Iceland can be quite unpredictable. This is why you have to bring with you some basic tops to survive on those warmer seasons. Make sure to bring tops that could also protect you from the harsh cold wind.
A huge and thick fleece sweater could keep you warm on colder days. Bringing along this clothing piece is a good decision as it becomes handy on days when additional warmth is needed (Iceland can be really cold especially those who are not used to cold climate).
3. Wool Underwear
When in Iceland, it’s pretty helpful to have wool underwear. Contrary to what most people believe, wool underwear can be worn regardless of the season. It can be worn on winter and on summer.
When choosing wool underwear, make sure that you opt for one that is thin enough to be worn underneath but still provides the needed warmth without causing you feeling constricted or hot.
4. Woolen Socks
These woolen socks are generally called ullarsokkar in Iceland. Because it can get cold even during summer, wearing or bringing along woolen socks is a smart move. These are among of the essential clothing pieces during winter as they provide both comfort and warmth.
Lopapeysur or Icelandic wool sweaters are common clothing pieces in the country. In fact, people wear them in almost every occasion regardless of the climate. Because wool is among its basic products, it’s easy to find these wool sweaters. They’re great for keeping you warm during cold season but not thick enough to make you feel hot on warmer days.
Protect your hands from extreme temperature by bringing a pair with you. Gloves could vary in thickness and material. Make sure to choose a pair that has the right thickness for both Iceland’s cold and warm climates.
Scarves in Iceland are worn more as a protection against the harsh weather rather than as a fashion statement. Just like gloves, you could easily find and spot woolen scarves in Iceland.
Preparation is always the key. One way to protect your head from the unpredictable weather in Iceland is to bring along a hat with you.
A high-quality parka will be your best buddy when heading out in Iceland. It keeps you warm and at the same time, protects you from the rain. When choosing a parka, make sure that you opt for one that holds rain water well.
10. Woolen trench/overcoat
It really can get cold in Iceland so make sure to bring along with you your woolen trench/overcoat. If you have a nice woolen trench or overcoat, you can have this as an alternative to your bulky jacket as it serves the same purpose (not to mention it’s more fashionable). Bring this along with your waterproof boots and you’re all set for an Iceland exploration.