What To Wear For Iceland In June: Tips From An Icelander (2024)

Wondering what to wear for Iceland in June?

Well, I don’t blame you. 

The summer in Iceland is beautiful but not very consistent, you never know how it’s going to go.

Which is why you have to be prepared for everything.

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 June

I’ve lived in Iceland almost my entire life and even I don’t know how the summer is going to be.

What I can tell you, is that you have to be prepared for everything!

The temperature in Iceland in June is around 5.5C° (42 F°) and the average high temperatures to be 12.8° (55 F°)

So as you can see, it’s not that high and 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. So even though it says that it’s 5.5C° (42 F°), it could feel a lot colder!

So!

This packing list for the summer in Iceland is a general packing list of what I believe are the most important things you should be wearing while you travel in Iceland.

So what should you wear?

Iceland packing list for June

Socks

You want socks that dry fast. 

You’ll be walking around 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. This is why you’ll want to be wearing socks that dry quickly to prevent wet feet.

Outdoor pants

Water-resistant outdoor pants are essential while you’re in Iceland.

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

They are instrumental in sealing in the heat and making sure that you enjoy your day trip.

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

Joggers

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

Good to have underneath your outdoor pants since they help keep your legs warm…just make sure to keep them dry!

Thermals

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

Whether that’s June or December!

A thin layer that keeps you warm and dries fast! What more could you want!

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

Jeans

You can wear jeans no problem. 

Though I would recommend not wearing them while hiking. 

Also, make sure to keep them dry, they’re not going to do you any favors once they’re wet.

Hiking boots

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

Make sure that they are waterproof and offer a decent grip. 

You’ll be around a lot of spraying water, and that’s not to mention the rain.

And wet feet are a surefire way of ruining your day.

Check out our Gore-tex hiking boots that are ideal for Iceland!

Hoodie

A hoodie is nice to have underneath your outer layer.

Again, just make sure to keep it dry.

Thick sweater

This plays the same part as the hoodie, to keep you warm underneath the outer layer. 

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

T-shirt

Sometimes, it’s not too cold out, but not too warm either.

There are days when you don’t want to be wearing a thick hoodie or sweater underneath your outer layer. 

That’s a t-shirt day.

As long as you’re wearing good shoes, a waterproof outer layer, and it isn’t too cold out, a T-shirt is my go-to item of clothing in the summer. 

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. 

One of the best items we’ve found for the weather in Iceland is the fitted raincoat. 

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

Windbreaker

Windbreakers are a great 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 over the windbreaker.

But in general, a windbreaker is a great choice!

Beanie

Gotta protect those ears! Even in June

Gloves

The fingers deserve some protection as well!

You won’t need super thick gloves, thin/medium is enough.

And if they’re waterproof, that’s a plus!

Sunscreen

Sunscreen…in Iceland! What is going on!

Well, even though there are days when you wonder if we ever get direct sunlight, our sun is actually quite strong.

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

No need to buy it specifically for Iceland, but if you have it, bring it!

Sunglasses 

It’s not nice to drive with the sun in your eyes.

And that goes double when it’s setting.

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

Fly net

If you’re going to be camping or traveling up north, then a fly net is going to make your life so much better.

Trust me on that one!

End

That’s it!

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

Check out our selection right here!

And if you’re looking for some suggestions on where to go, check out the Westfjords!

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