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Grænadyngja on Reykjanes Peninsula

How to dress in Iceland

Iceland has a cold oceanic climate in its costal regions and a tundra climate up in the inland highlands.  The southerly lowlands of the island average around 0 °C (32 °F) in winter, while the Highlands of Iceland tend to average around −10 °C (14 °F). The average July temperatures are around 10–13 °C (50–55 °F) with warm summer days reaching 20–25 °C (68–77 °F).

Weather in Iceland can change abruptly and change greatly from place to place so be prepared to pull layers on and off throughout the day. We have a saying in Iceland if you don’t like the weather just wait a minute.

  1. Layers,Layers,Layers. Use many thin, warm layers rather than a few thick layers.
  2. Dress for the appropriate activity level.
  3. Wear winter socks. Preferably wool or synthetic substitute.
  4. Use a good quality coat, parka, or jacket.
  5. Wear a base layer. A “base layer” is long johns, union suit, long underwear, or whatever can provide a warm, light base to your winter gear. Merino wool products are recognised as one of the best base layers available.
  6. Wear a hat.
  7. Wear gloves or mittens.
  8. Hand warmers can be useful.
  9. Wear more than one layer on your legs. Oddly, some people will wear five layers on their torso, and only one layer on the legs.
  10. Keep dry. Being wet will cause chill to set in more quickly than if you’re dry. Have waterproof or at least water resistant outer layers.