Iceland gets a ton of tourist buzz during the summer thanks to its lush green landscapes and towering waterfalls, but this island nation is a sight to behold in winter, too. If you choose to visit Iceland in winter, you’ll reap the benefits of potentially spotting breathtaking northern lights, trekking through an ice cave, and seeing frozen waterfalls firsthand. However, packing can be a challenge.
Traveling to Iceland is the most cost effective when you travel from the United States via a low-cost European carrier like IcelandAir or Play, but European airlines often have luggage size restrictions that make checking a bag cost prohibitive. Fortunately, it’s possible to pack for a vacation in Iceland in the winter in just a carry-on! On my recent trip to Iceland in January, I spent a week in the country and brought only a carry-on. Here’s what I brought:
If you end up forgetting anything, don’t worry – Iceland has all the cold weather gear you could possibly need. Make sure to save room in your suitcase for a souvenir or two!
Danielle Cemprola is a freelance writer, marathoner x 52 and world traveler. Danielle and her husband, AJ, love to hike, travel, and eat their way across the planet. She's a self-described carry-on enthusiast who loves challenging herself to pack for any trip, no matter the length or destination, in a carry-on bag. When Danielle's not flying the friendly skies, you're likely to find her working at her day job as an environmental scientist - hey, someone needs to pay for all those plane tickets!