Welcome to Part Three of The Exploring Yogini’s guide to backpacking Iceland!
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Winter Packing List for Backpacking Iceland
- World Traveler carry-on
- Hydration reservoir
Osprey 1.5L Hydraulics LT Reservoir
- 2 long sleeve shirts
- 1 zip up sweater
- Two pairs of leggings
- 8 ExOficcio Quick-drying Undies
ExOfficio Women’s Give-N-Go Lacy Lu Low Rise Bikini,Black,Large
- 1 Bra
- 1 swimsuit (for the geothermal pools)
- 1 pair of PJs
- 3 pairs of wool or Alpaca Fur socks
Tey-Art Alpaca Socks 2-pack (M 5-9, Black)
- 1 pair of snowpants
White Sierra Women’s Snow Queen Insulated Snowpant (Black, Large)
- 1 long underwear top
Minus33 Merino Wool Women’s Ossipee Midweight Crew, Black, Medium
- 2 pair of long underwear bottoms
Minus33 Merino Wool Women’s Kenai Expedition Bottom, Black, Medium
- 1 winter coat
Rab Positron Jacket – Women’s Graphene / Peony L/14
- Travel pillow
Cabeau Evolution Memory Foam Travel Neck Pillow – The Best Travel Pillow with 360 Head, Neck and Chin Support, Black
- 1 hat
- 1 scarf
- 1 pair of mittens
- travel adapter
- travel towel
MyQuest Microfiber Towel, Medium 30x60in Bath Size With Case – Premium Grade For Sports, Yoga, Hiking, Travel – Hassle Free – Dark Blue
- contacts + contact solution/shampoo etc.
Magnesium (to help with sleep)
wet wipes & hand sanitizer
- 1lb of Almonds
- Kind Bars
- Tripod- great for waterfall & northern lights photos
AmazonBasics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod with Bag
- Camera- with an adjustable shutter speed so that you can take photos of the Northern Lights
- External Battery
Anker PowerCore 10000, One of the Smallest and Lightest 10000mAh External Batteries, Ultra-Compact, High-speed Charging Technology Power Bank for iPhone, Samsung Galaxy and More
Kindle Paperwhite E-reader – Black, 6″ High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers
What I Was Happy I brought:
- I originally debated between winter boots & my hiking boots. In the end, I chose my warm and sturdy winter boots. I was thankful for my winter boots because their had been a huge snowstorm the day before we arrived. My ankles & feet were dry despite walking in piles of snow!
Our tripod and DSLR camera captured stunning waterfall shots and the Northern Lights. Capturing mother nature with such detail was only possible with adequate equipment. To read about capturing the Northern Lights click here. To learn how to photograph waterfalls with a long shutter speed wander over here.
If I Could Travel Back In Time:
- I would have wiped off the condensation on our lens while taking photos of the Northern Lights. The foggy lens resulted in our photos being blurry. I believe the constant movement between the warm tour bus & the freezing night is the culprit of the condensation.
If you’re questioning whether you should backpack Iceland, the answer is always “Yes!” It’s full of adventure, stunning views, & endearing Icelandic tales. You don’t need a ton of time to visit, it’s easy accessible by most airports in the United States. If planned effectively, you wont require an excess of money. All you need is adequate preparation and a spirit of adventure!
I hope that this 3 part guide to backpacking Iceland has inspired you to make your dream to Iceland a reality!
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