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Iceland is currently enjoying its time in the spotlight as one of the trendiest vacation destinations on the planet, and for good reason: there’s a unique landscape of natural beauty to explore, Reykjavik is a colorful city full of delicious food and surprisingly great shopping, and the culture is just all around great.

If you’re planning a trip to Iceland, you’re going to want to go during the summer season. It’s the high season (read: packed with tourists), but it’s worth it. Iceland’s summer, which goes from late April until about late August, is warmer, with longer days — at the peak of summer, the country can see up to 21 hours of daylight. The only downside is that you can’t get a glimpse of the Northern Lights, since the sky never gets dark enough. Still, it might be worth missing that show if it means you won’t freeze your ass off.

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That said, the weather in Iceland can be unpredictable even in the summertime, meaning packing can be a challenge. I visited Iceland at the beginning of their summer this past year, and found myself packing both a snow jacket and a pair of shorts. I basically had no idea what to bring with me, and ended up majorly over-packing for a quick trip. I’ll save you the same trouble, and tell you a few things you should absolutely bring with you when going to Iceland in the summer.