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We won't let a bit of bad weather ruin our good times!

Bad weather in Iceland? It happens. But don’t let it ruin your trip!

September 24, 2021

We won't let a bit of bad weather ruin our good times!

Bad weather in Iceland? It happens. But don’t let it ruin your trip!

September 24, 2021

The weather in Iceland can be tricky

One of the main things that have shaped Icelandic culture throughout history is the elements. No matter what they plan, Icelanders always take the weather forecast into account!

Here the weather can change quickly, from nice and sunny to sleet and gale-force winds in a matter of minutes. However, since Iceland has such a short summer each year, we cannot let a bit of bad weather ruin our good times! Here we are always prepared, whatever the weather.

So, what to do if your dream trip to Iceland lands on times of bad weather? It may not be what you envisioned, but rest assured that you will be enjoying the authentic Icelandic experience. If you embrace it you are sure to still have a marvelous time!

Pack the right equipment for your daytrip

To help prepare for your trip, make sure to pack good clothes. The most important layers are your outer shell and the clothes closest to your skin. We always recommend wearing a base layer of wool, silk or synthetic fibre thermals. These materials wick up the moisture from your body and keep you warm even while wet!

Stay away from a base layer of cotton or linen as these will cool you down, and keeping the cold away is your number one priority. Next you need to bring a good water and wind proof outer shell. Do not underestimate the importance of a wind proof jacket. There is always wind in Iceland, so expect to don a fabulous wind-swept hairdo and a windbreaker at all times.

Now accessorise with your hiking boots and beanie, and you are ready to take on whatever Iceland throws at you!

Indoor alternatives when travelling to Iceland

In between braving the various weathers you may want to seek indoor entertainment. We have several excellent museums all around the country, including the Skógar Museum in the south, where you can see old Icelandic dwellings and Eldheimar volcano museum in Vestmannaeyjar.

There is even plenty to do on a rainy day in the capital area! Book into the FlyOver Iceland experience, where you can enjoy aerial views of fantastic Icelandic landscapes from the comfort of your seat. The Wonders of Iceland in Perlan boasts a real ice cave, created with ice and snow from Bláfjöll mountain ridge and is packed full of interactive exhibitions and even a planetarium!

We also highly recommend packing your swimming costume and visiting at least one local outdoor swimming pool, many of which have both hot pots to soak in and a steambath. There is no thing as quintessentially Icelandic as tiptoeing barefoot in ice and snow before steeping yourself in the geothermal water.

REYKJAVIK CITY BLOG

Drinks are on us!

Did you know that Iceland has some of the purest tap water in the world?

We won't let a bit of bad weather ruin our good times!

Bad weather in Iceland? It happens. But don’t let it ruin your trip!

September 24, 2021

We won't let a bit of bad weather ruin our good times!

Bad weather in Iceland? It happens. But don’t let it ruin your trip!

September 24, 2021

The weather in Iceland can be tricky

One of the main things that have shaped Icelandic culture throughout history is the elements. No matter what they plan, Icelanders always take the weather forecast into account!

Here the weather can change quickly, from nice and sunny to sleet and gale-force winds in a matter of minutes. However, since Iceland has such a short summer each year, we cannot let a bit of bad weather ruin our good times! Here we are always prepared, whatever the weather.

So, what to do if your dream trip to Iceland lands on times of bad weather? It may not be what you envisioned, but rest assured that you will be enjoying the authentic Icelandic experience. If you embrace it you are sure to still have a marvelous time!

Pack the right equipment for your daytrip

To help prepare for your trip, make sure to pack good clothes. The most important layers are your outer shell and the clothes closest to your skin. We always recommend wearing a base layer of wool, silk or synthetic fibre thermals. These materials wick up the moisture from your body and keep you warm even while wet!

Stay away from a base layer of cotton or linen as these will cool you down, and keeping the cold away is your number one priority. Next you need to bring a good water and wind proof outer shell. Do not underestimate the importance of a wind proof jacket. There is always wind in Iceland, so expect to don a fabulous wind-swept hairdo and a windbreaker at all times.

Now accessorise with your hiking boots and beanie, and you are ready to take on whatever Iceland throws at you!

Indoor alternatives when travelling to Iceland

In between braving the various weathers you may want to seek indoor entertainment. We have several excellent museums all around the country, including the Skógar Museum in the south, where you can see old Icelandic dwellings and Eldheimar volcano museum in Vestmannaeyjar.

There is even plenty to do on a rainy day in the capital area! Book into the FlyOver Iceland experience, where you can enjoy aerial views of fantastic Icelandic landscapes from the comfort of your seat. The Wonders of Iceland in Perlan boasts a real ice cave, created with ice and snow from Bláfjöll mountain ridge and is packed full of interactive exhibitions and even a planetarium!

We also highly recommend packing your swimming costume and visiting at least one local outdoor swimming pool, many of which have both hot pots to soak in and a steambath. There is no thing as quintessentially Icelandic as tiptoeing barefoot in ice and snow before steeping yourself in the geothermal water.

REYKJAVIK CITY BLOG

Drinks are on us!

Did you know that Iceland has some of the purest tap water in the world?