The weather conditions here in Iceland are sporadic, for that reason, not every garment is going to keep you safe from the elements. So we wanted to tell you a bit about the clothes you’ll be wearing, their history and how they are handled.
We buy clothes from a Swedish brand called Didriksons. The brand goes as far back as 1913. Having lost relatives at sea due to bad clothing, the couple Hanna and Julius decided to create their own garments, to help prevent such deaths. Originally the clothes were meant for fishermen at sea, but word spread quickly and today, Didriksons is one of the biggest outdoor brands in Sweden.
The clothing they created is meant to be extremely water resilient and keep you warm in the cold nights. It’s ideal for Icelandic weather conditions.
Even though we chose Didriksons because they make quality clothing that fit Iceland perfectly, what was also important to us is that none of the Didriksons clothes use real fur, leather or down.
The focus on rain is very important to us here in Iceland. Since it can rain a lot and come at you from every angle due to the winds.
We use paper bags when delivering our clothes and once we take them out of their packaging, we never again use plastic to cover them. To clean the clothes between rentals we use NikWax, which is specially made for outdoor equipment. NikWax does not use PFC’s in their products and feeling that the law does not go far enough in banning certain chemicals. They developed a stricter list of no-no ingredients. You can see their list here.
We hope this quick blog informed you a little bit more about the products we use and how we handle them. We are taking every step we can to reduce our carbon footprint and if you have any suggestions on how we could go further. Please send us an email!