One of my most popular posts lately has been about what I packed for our trip to Iceland. I’ve been getting a lot of questions about my packing list and what I wore, so today I thought I’d share some photos of my actual outfits and the activities that I did in them.
Left: Wearing Prada Timeless Sunglasses, Everlane Chunky Wool Beanie, Spiewak Aviation Eskimo Parka, Long Sleeve Black Dress, VS Sport Highrise Knockout Tight, Nike Free RN Athletic Shoes. Right: Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Day 1. Fly to Iceland & begin our drive around Ring Road.
This day begins before we actually arrive to Iceland. We flew from San Francisco the day before on a red-eye (overnight) flight. On the plane I wore my Long Sleeve Black Dress, VS Sport Highrise Knockout Tight, Nike Free RN Athletic Shoes, and used my cape to keep warm.
When we got to the airport after around 20 hours of travel, the cold temperatures were a bit of a wake up call. Before we took the shuttle to our rental we all swapped some of our clothes for warmth. I added my favorite sunglasses, a wool beanie, warm parka, and used my Cuyana cape as a wrap in the car. We didn’t do any major hiking on our first day, but did explore quite a few waterfalls with off-and-on rain showers. I was tempted to change into my boots but was too jet lagged to actually do it.
Top Left: Prada Timeless Sunglasses, Aesop SPF Moisturizer , Everlane Chunky Wool Beanie, Spiewak Aviation Eskimo Parka, J.Crew Chambray Shirt, VS Sport Highrise Knockout Tight, Ugg Cecile Waterproof Boots. / Top Right: Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyons / Bottom Left: Svartifoss Waterfall / Bottom Right: Wearing Prada Timeless Sunglasses, Aesop SPF Moisturizer , Spiewak Aviation Eskimo Parka, J.Crew Chambray Shirt, Waterproof Hiking Pants, Fjallraven Kanken Backpack, Ugg Cecile Waterproof Boots.
Day 2. Hiked to Svartifoss waterfall and back, more easy exploring.
The next morning we started early with a small hike in Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyons and a few hours hiking in Skaftafell National Park. Before we hiked to Svartifoss waterfall I added the waterproof hiking pants as it looked like it was going to rain. We made it back to the car with only seconds to spare before it started pouring (Iceland must love us). Later on we saw the glacier lagoons, and made it to our AirBnB in the town of Höfn a little early.
Left: Wearing Everlane Chunky Wool Beanie, Spiewak Aviation Eskimo Parka, Heidi Merrick Drake Tee, R13 Dark Denim, Fjallraven Kanken Backpack, Ugg Cecile Waterproof Boots. Right: Highway 1 in Southeastern Iceland.
Day 3, lots more coastal driving and exploring.
I wore the same outfit all day today. We made quite a few stops but didn’t do any extensive hiking or anything along those lines. We stayed in a small town in the Eastern Fjords called Neskaupstaður.
Left: “Marshmallow Farm” in Eastern Iceland. / Right: Wearing Prada Timeless Sunglasses, Everlane Chunky Wool Beanie, Cuyana V-Neck Tee, Waffle Sweater (similar at Aritzia), R13 Dark Denim, Ugg Cecile Waterproof Boots.
Day 4, Exploring the Eastern fjords.
Lots of car driving today and not so much hiking. We got to our destination well off the beaten path of Ring Road early and cooked dinner. I wore this outfit all day and it was totally comfortable, although I was not comfortable in the field of Lupin, thinking too much about spiders, ha.
Day 5, Driving, Nature Baths, and Akureyri.
I knew that we’d visit the Myvatn Nature Baths , so I wore my swimsuit under my clothes. Little did I know that you need to change and shower once you get there, oops. Geothermal spa newbie. It was quite warm in this part of Iceland, so I wore my swimsuit under my white tee with leggings and my nike shoes. After the spa experience I changed into proper undergarments and put on my cape in the car. When it was colder I added the parka.
Left: Hvítserkur Rock / Right: Wearing Prada Timeless Sunglasses, Everlane Chunky Wool Beanie, Spiewak Aviation Eskimo Parka, Cuyana V-Neck Tee,Waffle Sweater (similar at Aritzia), R13 Dark Denim, VS Sport Highrise Knockout Tight, Ugg Cecile Waterproof Boots.
Day 6, Driving and stormy coastal exploring.
From Akureyri we drove on along the coastline and made a special trip out to Hvítserkur rock since it looked like a really cool stop. It was very rainy and windy so we piled on some layers before getting out of the car to hike to it. In the photo above I’m on the black sand beach that is near the rock. We stayed in Hvammstangi for the night and didn’t need to wear all of those layers.
Left: Wearing Everlane Chunky Wool Beanie, Spiewak Aviation Eskimo Parka, J.Crew Chambray Shirt, Waffle Sweater (similar at Aritzia), Cuyana Classic Alpaca Cape (doubles as oversize scarf!), VS Sport Highrise Knockout Tight, Ugg Cecile Waterproof Boots. / Right: Rauðfeldsgjá Gorge
Day 7, Driving out to the Snaefellsnes peninsula with very short and easy hikes to expore.
Lots of driving around on muddy gravel roads, small town lunches and very short easy hikes, including to Rauðfeldsgjá Gorge, a huge crack in the side of the mountain.
Left: Puffins during our boat excursion in Reykjavik. / Right: Wearing Prada Timeless Sunglasses, Aesop SPF Moisturizer , Everlane Chunky Wool Beanie, Spiewak Aviation Eskimo Parka, Cuyana V-Neck Tee, Cuyana Classic Alpaca Cape (doubles as oversize scarf!), VS Sport Highrise Knockout Tight, Ugg Cecile Waterproof Boots.
Day 8, Driving from Snaefellsnes, a puffin boat tour in Reykjavik, and ending at our hotel in the Golden Circle.
Woke up early and spent lots of time driving from Snaefellsnes to Reyjavik in order to make our boat tour in time. We made a couple of stops along the way to do some easy exploring, but that was it. We visited the My outfit is listed above and was warm and versatile enough to do everything on our list.
Day 9, Exploring the Golden Circle, light and easy hiking.
These areas were the most crowded places we had been in Iceland so far, my outfit was fine for exploring and everything else we did. Obviously I’d remove my outerwear when we would have meals or be indoors and such.
Left: Wearing a Swimsuit at the Blue Lagoon. / Right: Wearing Spiewak Aviation Eskimo Parka, Long Sleeve Black Dress, VS Sport Highrise Knockout Tight, Nike Free RN Athletic Shoes before exploring Raufarholshellir lava cave.
Day 10, The Blue Lagoon & a lava cave.
Visiting The Blue Lagoon was much more smooth than the nature baths, simply because I was more versed on what to wear. On the way back to our place, we stopped at Raufarholshellir lava cave and I was pretty under dressed for the cooler underground temperatures. Outfit details are above, and aside from being cold in the unplanned lava cave excursion I have no regrets. The next day we flew home and I wore my black vneck, leggings, cape, and nikes.
Some outfit and packing list notes.
Most of the time my outfits were totally fine. There were only a few times where I felt like I may have needed different layers but they were very few and far between, and I was never uncomfortable about it. When we were in cities dining out I wished for more casual shoes, but no one made weird looks or said anything to me about it (maybe because they are pretty polite).
During this trip my favorites were the Ugg Cecile Waterproof Boots, and the Spiewak Aviation Eskimo Parka. The boots have been warm and kept my feet dry through all weather conditions, and the parka has been warm enough with cold and windy conditions as well as when hiking (unzipped).
If we visited again in the Summer, I’d likely ditch the flip flops and windbreakers. If we were staying in a city I’d probably switch my warmer boots for a pair of casual street shoes. It’s been cool enough that I never used the windbreaker and the flip flops were almost useless at the nature baths since you leave them on the side.
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If you want to see all of my posts about Iceland, here is some wanderlust, my packing list, a guide to ring road, Southern Iceland, Hotel Laki, Eastern Iceland, Northern Iceland, Western Iceland, the Golden Circle, Ion Adventure Hotel, the Blue Lagoon, the best instagram photo spots, or you can read them all here.