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Spring usually arrives in May, but it can still snow even though there is daylight almost around the clock. It is still necessary to keep up with the weather forecast and driving conditions, especially when travelling on mountain roads. In the countryside, lambing season is in full swing so you should bear in mind that sheep can be close to, or on roads near farms. It can be both windy and 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?

Average

Temp 5.9°C / 42.62F

Avarage high 10°C / 50F

Avarage low 3.2°C / 37.76F

  • Insulated jacket
  • Warm layers (wool sweater, down/primaloft jacket, warm socks etc.)
  • Ice cleats/ice grips/anti-slip soles (even if you are only staying in town)
  • Light layers (long sleeve tops, soft shells etc.)
  • Fleece jacket/lightweight wool sweater
  • 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)
  • Eyeshades (some find it hard to sleep when there’s daylight up to 24/7)
  • Sunscreen

 

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