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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.


Temp 8.5°C / 47.3F

Average high 11°C / 51.8F

Average low 6°C / 42.8F

Precipitation 58mm/day

Daylight hours 17

What to expect

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.

What to pack

  • Létt lög af fötum (síðermaboli, létta jakka o.þ.h.)
  • Fleece jacket/lightweight wool sweater
  • Rainproof/windproof jacket and pants
  • Sturdy walking shoes with a good tread/grip
  • Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Hat (toque/beanie)
  • Skordýrafælur/flugnanet
  • Augnhlíf/svefngrímu
  • 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).
  • 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)
  • Sólavörn

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