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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.

Average

Temp -1°C / 30.2F

Avarage high 2°C / 35.6F

Avarage low -4°C / 24.8F

Precipitation 71mm/day

Snow days 13

Daylight hours 8

What to expect

In February, daylight increases rapidly. During midwinter, all weathers can be expected. Drivers also need to keep in mind that the sun is low in the sky so driving conditions can be challenging and change swiftly. Warm and waterproof outerwear is essential. Austurland is home to reindeer and drivers should be on the lookout for them as they often keep to the lowlands during winter. Northern lights often appear at night.

What to pack

  • 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)
  • 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)

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