North Iceland, Iceland: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to North Iceland, Iceland? If you're planning to go to North Iceland, this is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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About your travel guide

Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.


When to go to North Iceland, Iceland

Based on the climate and weather in North Iceland, the best time to go is June. See below for details.

Important essentials for North Iceland, Iceland

Here are some general tips on what to wear in North Iceland, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

COVID-19 ESSENTIALS FOR 2022


  • Travel insurance that includes COVID-19 coverage

    Cases are climbing again, and areas are returning to lockdown. If you or a companion get COVID-19, you may be stuck with no way home -- but travel insurance can protect you. Learn more about COVID-19 and travel insurance

  • (U.S. Residents) Telehealth COVID-19 test for entry to U.S.

    U.S. residents still need a certified COVID-19 test to return home, but it can now be via Zoom. Learn more


  • Touchless thermometer

    A touchless thermometer is important to have.


  • Travel disinfecting wipes

    Use these to sanitize plane and hotel surfaces.


  • Hand sanitizer

    This hand sanitizer is an excellent plane-friendly choice.


  • A vaccine card protector

    Vaccine cards may get worn. An unreadable vaccination card can cause severe consequences. This vaccine card protector helps avoid that.


  • N95 masks

    These N95 masks provide the best level of COVID protection available.


  • Kids' KN95 masks

    N95 masks don't exist for kids. These are a good alternative (and can also be used by adults if N95 masks are not available).

General health necessities


  • Emergency water purifier

    Some areas may have potentially unsafe tap water, so it's useful to bring an emergency water purifier like this one.


  • Travel first aid kit

    This one is a good choice.


  • Emergency motion sickness relief

Don't forget these

What to wear/what to pack for North Iceland, Iceland by month

Already know when you're traveling?

January

January here is freezing. Temperatures average in the low 30s F (single digits C) during the day. It rains or snows regularly.

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February

February in North Iceland is frosty. The rain/snow can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 30s F (single digits C).

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March

If you go to North Iceland in March, you will notice that it is freezing. Expect it to rain or snow a bit less than half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 30s F (single digits C).

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April

If you visit North Iceland during April, you are likely to see that it can be very chilly. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 40s F (single digits C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 30s F (single digits below 0 C). Humidity is generally between 70 and 80% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain or snow/sleet about half of the time.

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May

If you vacation in North Iceland during May, you will probably see that it is cold. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 40s F (single digits C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 30s F (single digits C). Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

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June

June in North Iceland is pretty cool. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 40s F (single digits C). But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 60% to 70% range on average.

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July

If you vacation in North Iceland during July, you will probably see that it can be chilly. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 40s F (single digits C). Humidity is generally between 70 and 80% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

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August

August here is crisp. Temperatures average in the 50s F (low 10s C) during the day. It rains about two thirds of the time.

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September

September in North Iceland is pretty cool. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 40s F (single digits C) to high 40s F (single digits C), although night temperatures can dip into the low 30s F (single digits C).

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October

If you vacation in North Iceland during October, you may see that it is pretty cool. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 40s F (single digits C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 30s F (single digits C). Humidity is generally between 70 and 80% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain or snow/sleet about two thirds of the time.

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November

November in North Iceland is freezing. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C). But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 80% to 90% range on average.

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December

Traveling to North Iceland in December, you will notice that it is very cold. Expect it to rain or snow regularly. Daytime temperatures are in the low 30s F (single digits C).

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Activities for North Iceland, Iceland

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for North Iceland.

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