What to Wear For Iceland In July: Tips From An Icelander (2024)

Wondering what to wear for Iceland in July?

Totally understandable!  

The summer in Iceland is great but you never know what to expect. 

In this post, I’ll quickly go over what to wear for Iceland in June so you can make the most of your adventure in Iceland!

So let’s jump into it!

What to wear for Iceland in July

I’m from Iceland and even I don’t know how the summer is going to be.

What I can tell you, is that anything can happen!

The temperature in Iceland in June is around 9C° (48 F°) and the average high temperatures to be 15° (57 F°)

So…not that high!

And it fluctuates rapidly…and depends on where you are on our little island!

Another thing to note is that we Icelanders don’t factor in windchill (god knows why!). So even though it says that it’s 15C° (48 F°), it could feel a lot colder!

So!

This packing list for the summer in Iceland is a general packing list of what are the essential things to bring to Iceland in the summer

So what should you wear?

Iceland packing list for July

Socks

The socks have to dry fast!

You’ll be going to waterfalls and beaches so you can expect your feet to get a little wet.

And if not, just general sweating over the course of the day. 

You don’t want wet feet!

Outdoor pants

Water-resistant outdoor pants are a must when you’re in Iceland.

You want them to protect you from rain, waterfalls, and the wind.

They also protect you from the wind and help seal in the heat. And you can rent them from us (wink wink).

I like to wear as few layers underneath the outdoor pants. 

Sweat pants

Sweat pants are nice since you’ll be spending a few hours in a car. 

As long as you keep them dry, they’re a good choice!

Thermals

Thermals are one of the most important things to have when coming to Iceland.

Whether that’s June or December!

They are thin but keep you warm and they dry quickly!

I personally only wear thermals underneath my outdoor pants when I go out exploring. 

Jeans

Jeans are a-ok. 

Though I don’t like to wear them while I hike.

But make sure to keep them dry!

Hiking boots

A good pair of hiking boots are one of the most important things you can wear in Iceland.

Our boots are Gore-tex and light. They provide good ankle support and a good grip.

Rent the clothes you need to save a bit of money and get the right gear for your trip!

Here are some additional tips should you want them!

Hoodie

A hoodie is a good thing to have. Thick but not thick.

Again, just make sure to keep it dry.

Thick sweater

Similar to the hoodie, good to have as an extra layer should you need it.

There’s no real difference between the two, so just go with what you have!

T-shirt

Sometimes, there are days when you don’t want to be wearing a thick hoodie or sweater. 

That’s a t-shirt day.

If you’re wearing good shoes, a waterproof outer layer, and it isn’t too cold out, that’s a t-shirt day.

Waterproof outer layer

This is THE most important item on your packing list.

The outer layer must be able to protect you from the rain, wind, and cold. 

And the best item for that is a fitted raincoat. 

Completely waterproof but also fitted on the inside to keep you warm.

Even if you’re on a food walk, you want to be wearing good clothing!

Windbreaker

Windbreakers are a solid item of clothing for Iceland.

The main issue is of course that they’re not waterproof. 

This is why we always recommend the fitted raincoat.

But in general, a windbreaker is a great choice!

Beanie

Even in July, your ears need protection! 

Gloves

The fingers deserve some protection as well!

Waterproof gloves are nice to have, but not necessary.

Sunscreen

Yes! Sunscreen in Iceland.

Our sun is quite strong, even though we might not see it all that often!

So it’s smart to bring sunscreen with you just in case.

Sunglasses 

Believe me, when you’re driving with the sun in your eyes, you’ll want a pair of sunglasses!

And that goes double when it’s setting.

The issue with Iceland in July is that the sun is setting for HOURS!

Fly net

You can buy this all over Iceland and there’s a reason for it!

If you plan on going north, bring a fly net!

Trust me on that one!

Daylight in Iceland in July

There’s a bunch of daylight in July.

You can expect almost endless days at the beginning of the month but we’ll start to get dark between 01 am – 4 am.

This means that you’ll have plenty of time to explore Iceland. 

And if you’re looking for some great tips for your day trips to the south coast, golden circle, or Snæfellsnes peninsula, check out our blog posts! 

End

That’s it!

If you follow my advice on what to wear for Iceland in July, you’ll be ready for whatever Iceland will throw your way!

Check out our selection right here!

And if you want a bit more detail about Iceland in the summer, check out our post!

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