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If your plan is to visit the puffins this is your last chance as the fly out to sea in the beginning of the month. Mid-August the autumn colours start to appear in nature, the days start to shorten but no need to worry! Berry picking season is starting. Bear in mind that you need landowner’s permission if you want to pick more than you eat on site. The dark August evenings are particularly pleasant as the weather is still warm. It can be rainy so be sure to pack appropriate outerwear.

The weather in Iceland is unpredictable all year around so you must always be prepared for swift changes (sometimes often within a day). Remember to monitor the weather forecast and road conditions closely. Do you need ideas for packing? The trick is layering! Here’s a list of items you should bring regardless of the time of year you’re travelling.

What to pack?


Temp 10.5°C / 50.9F

Average high 14.4°C / 57.92F

Average low 8.4°C / 47.12F

Daylight hours 17

  • Fleece jacket/lightweight wool sweater
  • Light layers (long sleeve tops, soft shells etc.)
  • Rainproof/windproof jacket and pants
  • Sturdy walking shoes with a good tread/grip
  • Sunglasses (during spring/summer it’s bright 24/7 and during winter the sun rises low an reflects from the snow, if there is any).
  • Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Hat (toque/beanie)
  • Thermal underwear (specifically for highland travel/activities)
  • Waterproof hiking boots (specifically for highland travel/activities)
  • Warm socks (specifically for winter and highland travel/activities)
  • Swimsuit
  • Quick-dry towel (for visiting pools and hot springs - towels are available for rent at swimming facilities)
  • Insect repellent/fly nets
  • Eyeshades (some find it hard to sleep when there’s daylight up to 24/7)
  • Sunscreen


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