Jul 21, 2016

Pack for Iceland in the Summer

Travel Light - Pack for Iceland in the Summer. 20 items, 10 outfits, 1 carry-on.

1. Prada Timeless Sunglasses / 2. Aesop SPF Moisturizer / 3. Everlane Chunky Wool Beanie / 4. Spiewak Aviation Eskimo Parka / 5. Swimsuit / 6. Cuyana Scoop White Tee / 7. Cuyana V-Neck Tee / 8. Heidi Merrick Drake Tee / 9. J.Crew Chambray Shirt / 10. Waffle Sweater (similar at Aritzia) / 11. Cuyana Classic Alpaca Cape (doubles as oversize scarf!) / 12. K-Way Windbreaker Jacket / 13. Long Sleeve Black Dress / 14. R13 Dark Denim / 15. VS Sport Highrise Knockout Tight / 16. Waterproof Hiking Pants / 17. Fjallraven Kanken Backpack / 18. Ugg Cecile Waterproof Boots / 19. Nike Free RN Athletic Shoes / 20. Havianas Slim Flip Flops (optional)

Our big Summer trip this year is to Iceland, so I thought I’d take this Travel Light post to share my packing list. I packed everything on this list for our trip, plus a few extras like quick-dry travel towels, lightweight gloves, and snacks.

During this trip my favorites have definitely been 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).

Travel Lighter
Ditch the flip flops and sneakers and bring a pair of street shoes if you’ll be in town more often. You don’t need hiking boots there and in town people dress much more fashionable. If I left anything at home on this trip it would be the flip flops, and the windbreaker. It’s been cool enough that I haven’t used the windbreaker and the flip flops were near useless at the nature baths.

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Have you been to Iceland in the Summer? What were your must-haves for the trip?


Just got back from Iceland. Followed your packing list to the letter. It was absolutely perfect. The best were the Ugg rainboots. They were comfortable and right for every day. Thank you.

That’s so great to hear! I’m glad you had a nice trip. 🙂

Hi- love this post, we are going this summer. Can you tell me what waterproof pants you wore? Can’t find a link for that’! Thank you!

They are #16 under the main image. Here: http://bit.ly/29OfSzV

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I am going to Iceland this summer. I have a pair of winter Sorel boots. Do you think they are similar to the boots you have chosen? Also, did you wear the boots on the hikes in Iceland or just for around town? I am wondering how they were for comfort. We plan to do 2 to 3 mile hikes. I don’t think I could wear the Sorel for that long and I am afraid they will be too warm. I wear them here (Southern California) when I go to the mountains in winter (with snow).

I wore these boots for all hikes. My feet never got too warm but they were never cold either. I wore them when we hiked to Svartifoss which is a 2-3 mile hike depending on where you park, and while the trail is paved and considered “easy”, the first part of it is a 40m ascent up the side of a mountain.

I ended up buying these boots. I thought they were fine for the city. I did switch out the tennis shoes for trail runners. I could alternate the boots and runners when we hiked.

We are going to Europe for 3 weeks, and planning to pack in a RyanAir sized carry-on + personal item. Your Travel Light series is really useful and inspirational. Would you consider posting a male version for some of your trips?

I’ve thought about it a few times, but my readership is 95%+ female so I’m not sure if it would be helpful. I did share my method, which works for any age or gender here: http://hejdoll.com/travel-light-method/ Happy travels!

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Hello, I’m packing for a trip to Iceland in the Spring and I was wondering- do you feel like a big jacket and weatherproof boots are necessary? Or would I be okay with a packable puffer and normal boots? Thank you!

I felt like in some areas a big jacket was necessary in the Summer. If you layer up right you should be ok. Boots will depend on where you are going and how much it is raining.

Hi Jessica,
Going to Iceland in June and found this post from 2016.
Did you use the waterproof hiking pants much and did they fit true to size?

Hi Denise! It still very much applies! 🙂 I did use them for the one longer hike that we did (to Skogafoss), otherwise I was fine in my leggings and jeans.

Love the pieces you picked for your summer trip. Can you please do another post (or just a list of links) for pieces you’d pack for Iceland in the winter? Thanks in advance!

Hi Ilana, Sure! It’s been on my mind a lot as I’m dying to go back. I’ll get one up soon. 🙂

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Love the post! I tried to click on the swimsuit link but it says the webpage is invalid. Where is it from?

Oh, weird. It worked for me. The swimsuit is the Nina Halter by Onia, right here: http://bit.ly/2bcQ7dp

This is a beautiful post! Love the black Nike’s! I would love to visit Iceland one day 🙂

Xo, Brianne

I can’t wait to hear more about your trip! I have been looking into a trip to for the last few weeks – it looks amazing! XO

Anna || A Lily Love Affair

Hi Jessica- I’m ready to Iceland in about a month and was wondering how warm of a jacket you’d recommend?

Love this series! It’s one of my favorites when planning a trip.

Hi Shaina, that’s exciting! The jacket I took was perfect for everything. You can find it here: http://bit.ly/29Ohx8l It’s the same as on the list up there. I didn’t end up using my windbreaker at all.

cute! i love the alpaca throw option.


Bless you! This is a great list. Can’t wait to hear about your trip!

Thanks, Ellen! I hope you read my notes on it! I feel like I’d switch a couple of things out like the flip flops/athletic shoes. I’ve barely worn them and they are space hogs. Have a great time on your trip!

I hope you enjoy your big summer trip! I would really love to visit the blue lagoons in Iceland they look so nice!

Abigail Alice x

I’ve always wanted to visit Iceland you’ve created a wonderful packing list!


New reader here! I’ve been loving your blog, and I’m finding the travel light series especially inspiring. Keep up the great work!

Thank you for the kind words, and for being a new reader! 🙂

Love this! Thanks for the great outfit ideas.


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