What to pack for a trip to Iceland in early Spring

As we travel often, it’s important to us that we budget well. This guide is designed for people like us, who need to save money when they can. Ive put together some information based on research I done before we left and things we found out after we got there.

  • A tent & stove

The campervans and hotels in Iceland can be expensive, the best way to cut down costs for us was to take a tent and two small OEX folding stoves, a set of compact camping pans and plastic utensils. We brought our gas from a petrol station, most should have them in stock and you of course cannot take this with you.


  • A thick sleeping bag

We opted for Laminia -2 sleeping bags in Spring, we still had a fleecy sleeping bag liner and wore thermals to bed on occasion. The weather in Iceland can be very changeable so its always important to prepare


  • A good waterproof jacket & thermals

As mentioned in 2, thermals, thermals, thermals! Layers are important guys!! We experienced sun, snow gails and sandstorms all within the space of a few hours, so be prepared for anything! Umbrellas are not very useful because of the misty type rain and wind.


  • A swimming costume

Okay so now we have headed in the opposite direction but this is equally as important. Iceland has some amazing free thermal pools if you know where to look, and they are a great way to warm up!


  • You can pack some food!

Each passenger can take up to 3KGS of food, but NOT fresh meat or dairy! I believe you can take tinned meat however like hotdogs. Meat is very expensive in Iceland, you are looking at £18 for 8 slices of bacon!


  • A book.

Sometimes, you cant win against the weather and you just need to wait it out, take a book and relax while it passes.


  • Wellingtons (if your not hitchhiking- they are heavy!)

Theres a few places you might not want to dip your feet into the ice cold water on a blustery day, like crossing the mud at Bruarfoss, crossing the river at Seljavallalaug Geothermal Pool or navigating through the cave to reach the back of the waterfall at raiuofeldsgja.


  • A kettle & flask

For a while now we have been travelling with a kettle. I know. Its weird. But its so useful! Whenever we could we used bathrooms to boil the kettle and filled up the flask to make tea to keep warm or for that nights meal. Having a kettle really saved us when we couldn’t be bothered to use the stove. Oh and don’t forget to take your tea bags with you! Sugar and milk is fairly priced in the supermarket, as is bread (around £3 for a 750G unbranded loaf)

As a more extensive look at everything we took with us, check it out below.



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