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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 3.5°C / 38.3F

Average high 6°C / 42.8F

Average low 1°C / 33.8F

Precipitation 107mm/day

Snow days 7

Daylight hours 10

What to expect

October marks the start of the Northern Lights season in Iceland and so warm clothing (and a good camera) is now no longer optional as it can get cold. Drivers should keep in mind that as the days shorten the sun is low in the sky so driving conditions can be challenging. Please monitor the weather forecast closely as the conditions can change rapidly. Icelanders welcome The First Day of Winter at the end of October.

What to pack

  • Insulated jacket
  • Warm layers (wool sweater, down/primaloft jacket, warm socks etc.)
  • Létt lög af fötum (síðermaboli, létta jakka o.þ.h.)
  • 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
  • Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Hat (toque/beanie)
  • 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)

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