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Iceland Climate-Clothing

Last updated on January 4th, 2017 at 12:37 am

Iceland Climate-Clothing!

The climate of Iceland is usually much warmer than other Nordic countries. Particularly the southern and western areas are much milder than northern and easterly areas.

(However, this brings mild Atlantic air in contact with colder Arctic air resulting in a climate that is marked by frequent changes in weather and storminess. Furthermore this leads to more rainfall in the southern and western part than in the northern part of the island.)

The summer tourist season is from late May to early September. During the first half of this period the sun stays above the horizon for almost 24 hours and the interplay of light and shadows on mountains, lava fields and glaciers yield an ever changing landscape.

However, even during the middle of summer the sky is frequently cloudy or overcast and the sunshine does not warm the air much. Hence, during daytime, the air is usually cool (“refreshing” is the local euphemism) and cold during night time. Despite it being summer Iceland rarely sees many sunny days.

What do you know about Iceland Climate-Clothing

The first day of summer in Iceland 18 of April to end September (it is depend on whether patent) and Arctic Ocean current)

Iceland enjoys a cool temperate maritime climate thanks to the Gulf Stream, but the weather is known to change quickly and often. Icelanders have a saying: “there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.” No matter the season, visitors should always have wind and water resistant outerwear as well as extra thermal layers on hand before heading out on excursions.

As for winter, Iceland is not all covered by ice and snow as its name would suggest. In fact, outside of the higher altitudes or parts of North Iceland, snowfall rarely stays on the ground longer than a few days. Rain is more common, with October being the wettest month. Also, the cool northerly winds can be strong at times so we recommend an insulated or down jacket for winter visits.

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Iceland Climate-Clothing Essentials

Layers, layers, layers! The best advice we can give is to come prepared for all types of weather. If you want to see how the Icelanders themselves dress for the ever-changing conditions, check out Icelandic outdoor clothing brand 66°north before you travel https://

All travellers should bring or organised an extreme weather jacket or lightweight woollen sweater and a rainproof (waterproof) coat and trousers. Sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots with good traction are also a must, especially for gravel trails and slippery paths near waterfalls.

Travellers who are heading into the interior highlands will need thermal underwear, warm socks and waterproof boots.

Gloves, scarves and hats are also ideal to have year-round, any specific activities such as whale watching tours or boat tours at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. And don’t forget your swimsuit! Iceland’s outdoor thermal swimming pools, some of them are free, and hot tubs are popular in all seasons