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.
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.