In the first post, the question was: did I freeze my ass off? Let me break this down for you in terms of needs:
- Insulated boots are completely necessary. So glad I purchased some!! Everyone wears them and you will freeze if you don’t have them. I also suggest that you make sure the boots have a good grip and are waterproof. The streets can be slippery. One more thing in regards to footwear: the tour I was on provided crampons for trekking around the super icy places (Geysir, Golden Circle). If you are going on your own you will definitely need to bring them with you.
- Thermal layers were necessary for tours outside of Reykjavik. While it is still cold in the city, you didn’t necessarily need extra layers because you have the opportunity to go inside if you get too cold.
- A hat that covers your ears is necessary. I’m sure this is not news to people who live in places where it snows regularly, but it is especially true in Iceland because of the wind. I ended up buying a cute hat in Reykjavik that did the trick.
The good news is if you get to Reykjavik and you can’t stop shivering there are sweaters/hats/mittens to purchase EVERYWHERE. But be warned, Icelandic wool sweaters start at about $100 each. Bottom line: I was cold even with all my layers on some of the outdoor tours but I did NOT freeze my ass off! Hope this helps with your packing strategy!