Iceland in January or February. What to wear and what to pack!??
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Oct 21, 2008 6:25 AM Last Post By: iviehoff
Oct 20, 2008 9:36 AM
Iceland in January or February. What to wear and what to pack!??So i dont think I can pass up the great deal of visiting iceland for only 215 dollars from new york in january. I currently live on the beach in Florida and was wondering what kinds of clothing I would need for a normal night. I dont want to buy anything when im in iceland because lord knows I wont be able to to afford it. I have a down jacket and long johns, as well as thermal socks and a sleeping bag. I am also trying to do the trip on a budget and stay at hostels along the way. What am i forgetting to stay warm!?
The main reason I want to visit iceland is for the Northern lights, to see the glaciers, and to enjoy the geothermal spas. Any ideas of where the best places are for these wonderful attractions and the best ways of getting there. There is no limit on time so i do not mind taking buses from place to place. However, if domestic flights are cheap enough (under 100) i will just do that.
Thanks everyone, and if you have any questions about american traveling or south east asia, let me know!!
Nicholas - 22 ,College Grad with time to kill
Oct 20, 2008 9:37 AM
Oct 20, 2008 10:00 AM
Oct 20, 2008 1:22 PM
3Something WARM to put on your head/over ears! Gloves
How do you think it is to see glaceiers when whole landscape (maybe) is covered by snow? Not easy to see what is a glacier and what is simply snow!
" take kayaks through glaciers " ???
Hope that you will get an opportunity to see the Northern Lights.
Re food import: remember the rulke: NO uncooken or dried meat and in addition:
"Travellers may import duty-free up to 3 kg of food, not exceeding the value of ISK 13.000."
Oct 20, 2008 7:06 PM
4I'd bring a balaclava, scarf, stocking cap, definitely wool socks (merino wool, smartwool, etc. less odor). Maybe something waterproof like a raincoat if your down jacket is water proof/resistant. That's probably good but I'd bring extras of socks and gloves depending on how long you're going to stay. Long underwear tops are nice as well.
Oct 21, 2008 6:25 AM
5"wondering what kinds of clothing I would need for a normal night"
There is very little difference between day and night conditions in an Icelandic winter. Temperatures can be a lot colder in New York than in Iceland: Iceland suffers more from unpleasant winds and stuff falling out of the sky, and the latter is often rain even in midwinter. Don't forget that there won't be much daylight during Jan and early Feb.
Probably the only place you can see glaciers from public transport in winter (other than distant glimpses) is on the 3 times a week bus between Vik and Hofn, and they aren't going to be timing the trip to maximise your chances, or stopping and waiting for you to get a good look. Or you might get lucky looking out of an airplane window. The problem is that transport takes you to places where people live, and they tend not to be where the sights are. Also with bus frequencies reckoned as a handful per week outside the immediate area of Reykjavik, going somewhere to be picked up later in the day may not be feasible. You really need your own transport to make the most of the place. But a degree of hitchhiking is likely to be possible, indeed essential in places since the transport system doesn't fully connect up in the winter.
Check out other threads on Northern Lights in Iceland; treat them as a bonus rather than an objective. Realistically they are only going to be available to be seen a few times per month in any given spot, and you might not be looking.
You may think that the air fare is really cheap, but your main costs are going to be accommodation and transport, even with the collapse of the Icelandic currency. You may be accustomed to bus transport being cheap, but in Iceland it isn't.
"I dont mind eating meals out of packaging" - I don't know whether you are thinking of carry-out/take-away meals from restaurants, or pre-packed meals from supermarkets, but you'll find neither especially cheap, since Iceland is not well supplied with low-cost Mexican labour. Self-catering accommodation where you can cook your own simple meal is reasonably common. But the cheapest options may not all be operating in deep off-season.
(3 star Hotel)
From US$121.69 per night
(4 star Hotel)
From US$129.00 per night
(2 star Hotel)
From US$147.51 per night