My brother and I compiled the following list of helpful tips if you are planning on going to Iceland in the winter:
Coastal areas in Iceland tend to be windy, gales are common, especially in winter, but thunderstorms are extremely rare.”
1. Synthetic or wool shirts, long underwear, sweaters, and socks
2. Outer shell that is wind/water proof
3. Wind proof hat or balaclava and gortex boots (especially if you are planning on doing any hiking or outdoor activities)
4. Wind and waterproof gloves. I also brought prettier wool gloves for walking around town.
5. 4wd vehicle with extra gas can and GPS. Most car rental firms offer this as an option. Really only needed if you are going to explore outside the city.
7. Bathing suit and shower sandals
8. Windproof lighter
9. Credit is widely accepted (even in taxi’s) so no need to bring a lot of cash.
10. Girl’s might want to bring tights for going out in the evening.
11. Take a towel from your hotel with you to any of the thermal pools, otherwise you’ll be charged extra to rent a towel.
12. Earmuffs are not essential, but I sure as hell wished I had brought some with me.
13. Make sure to try the local yogurt, Skyr. It’s delicious and can be found at any supermarket or gas station.
Local resources and entertainment:
2. Go to Veganmont for relatively cheap eats and a pleasant atmosphere, and make sure to have a drink at KaffiBarinn: the best bar in Reykjavik in our humble opinion.
3. We stayed at Hotel Fron. It was right in the center of all of the bars and restaurants and the room was really clean and comfortable. The best part of the hotel is the adjoining restaurant/bar, Santa Maria’s. The food is cheap and good, and the staff is unbelievably friendly.
This is us in our everyday walking-around-the-city clothing. And I can tell you that I am still freezing and if you had accidentally touched his hand it might have turned into stone and cracked from being exposed to the cold. I kid I kid. But did I mention how effing cold it was?
Hope this helps!