A neck warmer provides a more snug fit than a traditional scarf, making it a much cosier alternative. The grey, chunky knit one that appears in our video is from Roxy.
The majority of the body’s heat escapes from the head and the feet, so you’ll need to keep these parts well insulated. This knitted bobble hat from Obey will keep your head nice and warm.
Ideally, the coat you take to Iceland should be either a ski jacket or one that’s filled with insulating down, as these are best-equipped to protect you from the cold. Fleeces are made from synthetic fibres that can stop the warmth generated by your body from escaping, so this makes a good mid-layer. Our favourite is The North Face fleece, which is super-soft and snuggly. And, you should also wear a thermal top as a base layer. These are designed to fit tight to the skin, retaining the heat while letting your skin breathe.
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For your bottom half, you’ll need legwear that’s seriously warm, so you can leave your jeans at home. This is especially important for when you’re out hoping to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. Ski trousers – aka salopettes – are perfect. For double the warmth, throw on a thick pair of leggings underneath.
Your feet will need to be properly wrapped up, as well. Along with your regular socks, pack a good few pairs of thermal socks – we’d recommend two pairs for each day, one for the daytime and one for going out in the evening.
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It’ll come as no surprise that there’s plenty of ice around in Iceland. That’s why grippy footwear is essential for when you’re out and about. Snow boots, like the ones featured in our video will come in especially handy during the visits to the waterfalls and geysers included within the Golden Circle tour, as these are particular hotspots for slippery surfaces.
Regular knitted gloves might keep your mitts warm in the UK, but they won’t cut it in Iceland. You’ll need a decent pair of ski gloves, instead.
From cloud-touching volcanoes to black-sand beaches, Iceland’s packed with Instagram-worthy scenery. It’s just too cold to go completely glove-less. But if you wear a pair of touchscreen gloves you’ll be able to snap, filter and post as you go. In-between Instagramming, you can slip on your super-thick ski gloves over the top, for extra warmth.
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Cold and windy weather can leave your face feeling dry and sensitive. Hydrate your skin after a day exposed to the elements, by using an intense moisturising cream. Skyn Pure Cloud Cream contains Icelandic glacial water and six essential minerals, designed to reverse the damage caused by exposure to harsh conditions.
Avoid chapped lips by layering them with lip balm.
Swapping between cold outdoor and heated indoor environments can leave your hair dry and frizzy. Help to keep your locks in tip-top condition during your holiday by lathering up with a moisturising shampoo and conditioner. We’ve featured TIGI S-Factor products in our video, which repair dry hair and protect it from future damage.
If you fancy warming up with a dip in the bath-like waters of Iceland’s Blue Lagoon – who wouldn’t? – make sure you include your swimwear and a towel in your case. The temperatures in this steaming outdoor pool hover at a toasty 37 degrees. And, it comes with a swim-up bar and a face mask station, too.
You don’t need to set foot outside to get into the Blue Lagoon. There’s an adjoining indoor pool with a doorway that links it to the outside. However, you might want some footwear that you can easily throw on for the short walk from the changing rooms to the water.
Filled with milky-blue thermal water, and surrounded by Iceland’s textbook lunar-like scenery, the Blue Lagoon is unlike any other pool you will have swum in before. So no trip here is complete without a selfie. Get yourself a waterproof case and you won’t need to fret about drowning your phone. You can upload it straight to Facebook, too, courtesy of the free Wi-Fi.
For plug sockets in Iceland, you’ll need the same type of adaptor as you’d require elsewhere in Europe, like this one.
Although daylight hours are limited during Iceland’s winter, it’s still a good idea to take some polarised sunglasses. Snow reflects much more light than normal ground so, when the sun is out, it can be very bright indeed.
Find out more about our holidays to Iceland, which all include transfers to your hotel, a Northern Lights tour, and a Golden Circle tour.
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Author: Sarah Robinson
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