Clothes for Iceland
What to wear in Iceland is an important question to ask before you arrive. The weather conditions here in Iceland are sporadic, for that reason, not every garment is going to keep you safe from the elements. Because of this, we wanted to tell you a bit about the clothes you’ll be wearing, their history and how they are handled.
The story of Didricksons
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 made 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 on cold nights. Though Sweden and Iceland do not share the same climate, their clothes happen to be ideal for Icelandic weather conditions. It rains a lot on our little island and the wind is always present, which is why Didricksons is such a good choice for people traveling in Iceland.
Even though we chose Didriksons because they make quality clothing that fit Iceland perfectly, what was also important to us is that Didriksons has never used real fur, leather, or down in their clothes. Additionally, to achieve the long-lasting quality of their clothes they use sustainable materials and dyeing processes and PFC-free impregnation treatments.
We hear at IcelandCover use paper bags when delivering our clothes. On top of this, once we take the items 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 feels 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. The bottles they use are made out of 100% recycled plastic and they have an aggressive plan for 2023 that includes;
• 90% of all single-use plastic they buy is made from recycled plastic by the end of 2023.
• Ensure 99% of all single-use plastic they buy is recyclable by the end of 2023.
I hope this quick blog informed you a little bit more about the products we use, how we handle them and what to wear in Iceland.
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