Iceland Saga 2013: What to Bring

16 07 2013

Packing List, in no particular order

These boots were made for hiking.

These boots were made for hiking.

One good pair of waterproof hiking boots

One other pair of walking shoes for when your waterproof boots get wet

Windbreaker jacket with removable fleece liner (I’m not much of a namedropper, but we were more than happy with the ones we got from L.L. Bean.  They kept us dry and warm in spite of the strong cold winds and drizzling rain.)

A good windbreaker makes all the difference!

A good windbreaker makes all the difference!

Lots of cash to exchange at Landsbankin (no service charge!)

Thermals, tops and bottoms

Good camera with a zoom lens (and the knowledge to use it, of which I was not as well equipped).  Sorry, a point-and-shoot just won’t cut it.

Although it's possible, it's hard to catch a puffin with a point-and-shoot.

Although it’s possible, it’s hard to catch a puffin with a point-and-shoot.

Energy

8-gig card for camera, when 1000 pictures are just not enough

Snacks to exchange for sheep bones in suitcase

Who could pass up these treasures?

Who could pass up these treasures?

Qt/gal ziploc bags for treasures

2-3 pairs of jeans

No high heels/dress clothes/shorts

Bathing suit, really!  In addition to numerous hot pots around, each village has their own public, heated pool.

Warm scarf

Toboggan hat

3-4 long sleeve shirts

Cash (see above)

iPod/iPad with wifi and camera and e-books and travel apps (especially bird and plant guide for Iceland)

Cell phone with international calling capabilities

Voltage adapters for European voltage

Extra battery for camera

Sunscreen/sunglasses for those rare sunny days on the glaciers

GPS (if your rental car doesn’t come with one)

Good hand lotion and chapstick

Chapstick also comes in handy for showing scale.

Chapstick also comes in handy for showing scale.

Backpack for airplane carry-on and then for hiking

Hat with midge net

Walking stick, maybe

Several pairs of wool socks

Heightened sense of curiosity and wonder.

Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon

Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon

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17 07 2013
Kathryn Fenner

ahh, a hat with a net! Of course! You would be otherwise covered. Here in Germany, it is fairly hot, low 80s, so bugs are more of a problem to combat!

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