What to Pack For Iceland

Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune, but great minds rise above them.
— Washington Irving
Iceland 2018 crew with VoyEdge RX. Photo by: Kevin Walsh

Iceland 2018 crew with VoyEdge RX. Photo by: Kevin Walsh

Hello and welcome back to the VoyEdge RX blog! If this is your first time here, welcome, we are a travel & fitness company that offers group and custom tours which you can find out more about here. If you are here because you are signed up for our Iceland 2019 trip kicking off in just over TWO weeks then let’s hop to it and talk about what to pack.

You can see a bunch of blogs we’ve already written about Iceland here, but for every trip, every year, we like to talk about what to pack, what to bring, and a little bit about what to expect. Let’s talk about the latter here first. Iceland is an awesome country with over 2 million tourists visiting this country each year! Not bad for a country just over 335,000 people in the Northern Atlantic….

As it is, Iceland’s weather can be erm….unpredictable at best. The avg. temp in Fahrenheit for July in Iceland is approximately 50 degrees. Meaning the high is about 55 F and the low is about 46 F. So, expect to wear quite a bit of layers. If you want to dive all in on Iceland’s climate (yes, it rains, snows, blows, and everything else in Iceland year-round) you can read here.

Ice climbing in Iceland….ironic, right?

Ice climbing in Iceland….ironic, right?

In terms of what to pack and what to expect, you will be doing everything from walking tours, to going out in Reykjavik, to ice climbing, ATV’ing through the Golden Circle, snowmobiling, working out and hiking in the Western Fjords and should prepare to have a myriad of outfits, including hiking boots, and quite a few layers. Some of the activity providers have the appropriate equipment, so you can leave your crampons at home, but here is what we generally recommend. Please keep in mind we recommend only taking one suitcase (as small as possible with some room) and one day pack for the excursions etc. Yes, there are places to do laundry as well!

Quick segway (This is Cam) I am notoriously bad at packing advice for you, ladies. Please make your best judgements from what I write in the men’s section and take whatever you feel is necessary. Let’s get to it.

Packing List

For Females:

  • 1-2 wool socks

  • 7-8 regular socks (no ankle socks, unless you must!)

  • Under garments as you deem necessary

  • As many jeans as you deem necessary

  • WOD shorts or leggings

  • 1 pair of WOD shoes

  • Tanks or tops for workouts

  • 3-4 regular out on the town shirts (short or longsleeve)

  • 1-2 long sleeve shirts

  • 1 thermal bottom

  • 1 thermal top

  • 1 pair of mittens or gloves

  • Winter hat

  • 1-2 sweaters

  • 1 Winter coat

  • 1 vest

  • 1 Scarf

  • 1 Rain jacket

  • 1-2 sweatshirt

  • Day pack (hiking)

  • Nalgene bottle

  • Iceland Type C Travel Adapter

  • Snacks

  • Iphone/Android external charger

  • Laptop, if you must

  • Swimsuit for the Blue Lagoon

  • Copies of your passport in case you lose it!

  • Anything else you deem necessary

  • Possibly a hairdryer?

  • Any make-up or additional items/feminine products

For Men:

  • 1-2 wool socks

  • 5-6 regular socks

  • 4-5 underwear

  • 2-3 khakis or jeans

  • 2-3 WOD shorts

  • 1 pair of WOD shoes

  • 1 pair of hiking boots

  • 3-4 t-shirts

  • 1-2 long sleeve shirts

  • 1 thermal top

  • 1 thermal bottom

  • mittens

  • winter hat

  • baseball cap (if that’s you)

  • 1 sweater

  • 1 outershell jacket or winter coat

  • 1 rain jacket

  • 1-2 sweatshirt or vest

  • Nalgene bottle

  • sunglasses

  • Day pack (hiking)

  • Snacks

  • Iphone/Android external charger

  • Laptop, if you must

  • Swim trunks for the Blue Lagoon

  • Copies of your passport in case you lose it!

  • Iceland Type C Travel Adapter

    Anything else you deem necessary

The group from 2018 beneath the massive Skógafoss Waterfall on the Southern Coast of Iceland

The group from 2018 beneath the massive Skógafoss Waterfall on the Southern Coast of Iceland

As you can see in the above photo, everyone has long pants/joggers on with a windbreaker (raincoat) and or a vest. Expect plenty of precipitation during our time in Iceland, and the better gear you have for the inclement weather, the better. When you are wet, you get cold. And I mean, real cold. The more dry you are, the better. There will also be little to no humidity in Iceland, so don’t expect those wet socks to dry out any faster. You should aim to stay dry and I guarantee it will rain when we are in Iceland. How wet you get is ultimately up to you!

Pro Packing Tips: Like I said above, pack 1 suitcase and one day pack. Plan to have your outfits be worn twice throughout the trip to save time and space in your packing efforts. There will be places to do laundry, and you will see the guides rocking the same shirt (after it’s washed, of course) twice on the trip. I like to pack as light as possible and really strive to do this on every trip I take. Unless it is an absolute necessity, don’t take it. That’s usually my motto.

What to Expect for the Day Trips: Some of the tours we will be taking will be long days. Meaning earlier workouts (5 or 6 am) and departures from the hotel at 8 or 8:30 AM, too. That’s what I said to bring a nalgene bottle, snacks, and a day pack for anything else you may want to stash in there (like a good book or a charger). If you have a camelbak, take it! But, really, what you will have on you should be your regular prototypical EDC (every day carry) plus any survival items like food, water, Swiss Army Knife etc.

Again, some of the days will be long (but so worth it) so mentally prepare for it, and know you will have some downtime on a bus but the views you will be taking in will be unlike anything else you’ve ever witness or experienced on this planet. Iceland truly is incredible.

Iceland’s amazing landscape by the one and only, Kevin Walsh

Iceland’s amazing landscape by the one and only, Kevin Walsh

So, again….mentally prepare for some of the longer tours like the Golden Circle, where you’ll be ATV’ing, as well as the Southern Coast tour where we will see both the Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss Waterfalls, as well as go ice climbing (equipment provided). The last day of the tour, we will be venturing to the Snæfelsness area in the Western Fjords, as well, which is the most photographed area in all of Iceland, and for good reason!

But, all in all, long days aren’t too bad when the sun doesn’t set till past midnight….you’ll get plenty of sun (erhmmm, gray?) along the way. With the early workouts and ample time to recover on the bus to our destinations, you’ll catch-up with sleep and recover in no time. Trust me. Also, feel free to bring one ‘Going out’ outfit for heading out into downtown Reykjavik. In my opinion, Reykjavik is nothing much to see, but there are definitely some cool restaurants and cafes/bars to check out. No one comes to Iceland just to hangout in downtown, though…

Getting ready for the Golden Circle in Iceland!

Getting ready for the Golden Circle in Iceland!

For the drop-ins to CrossFit Reykjavik, we’ll keep it short and sweet, but CFR is obviously one of the most renowned boxes in the whole world, with Annie Thorisdottir being one of the co-owners there. All you need to know is this place is HUGE! We have a great relationship with them, and were even the first fitness travel company to show up here, and inspired them to open their own adventure travel company up, but as good as it is, we still need to be respectful every second we are in their space.

That means listening to the coaches when they speak and are demoing, as well as to treat their space with respect, be courteous to locals, and put things back where we got them. If Annie is there, try not to be too starstruck, and please remember to treat this box/gym as if it were your own and you were a coach or owner there. Needless to say, they get a lot of drop-ins every day. Please continue to leave a good, lasting impression on them when you meet the owners, coaches and other staff.

Anyway, with your drop-ins come an included entrance to their hot-tub, showers and more, if you’d like. They also have an open gym you may use. P.S. don’t forget to get a good pic, would ya? Just take it quick because you certainly won’t be the only one waiting to get a photo like this!

In Summary: Remember the acronym KISS? It stands for, ‘Keep it Simple Stupid’ and that is really my mantra when it comes to packing and preparing for a trip. Don’t overthink it! Just remember to take your passport, and a copy of it to store in your luggage, and chances are, if you forget something, Iceland will have a place where you can get it. Now, buckle up and let’s get ready for an epic trip, shall we?

Drop me a comment below on this post, or via email if I forgot something specific, or you have another question ——> cam@voyedgerx.com

See ya out there! Iceland 2018 video is down below for your enjoyment, too.

~ Cam OUT!