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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 6°C / 42.8F

Average high 8°C / 46.4F

Average low 3°C / 37.4F

Precipitation 93mm/day

Snow days 7

Daylight hours 13

What to expect

The autumn colours are at their absolute best in September, so it is the ideal time to enjoy them. Keep in mind that the weather can change quickly so it is important to keep up with the weather forecast and driving conditions. In September, farmers round up their sheep from the highlands so keep an eye out for herds of sheep. It can be both windy and rainy so be sure to pack appropriate outerwear. Autumn equinox is on the 22nd or 23rd of September.

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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