What to wear on the glacier?

Packing for the Iceland trip can be challenging. You can experience so many weather conditions in one day even in one hour, from very good weather to heavy storm so it´s okay to say that the weather is unpredictable. It´s a common mistake that people leave their rain gear at home but pack their summer clothes, for the Iceland trip it´s better to pack both 😉

On the glacier, we recommend you wear at least 3 layers.

  • Baselayer. Light t-shirt or wool
  • A light sweater-like fleece. Light and warm long outdoor pants like softshell, nylon or cotton
  • Waterproof or windbreaker


  • Waterproof outdoor hiking boots that support your ankle
  • Thin hat to have under the helmet and gloves.

We rent out hiking boots and rain gear for those who need but it´s always more pleasant to wear your own.

What do I need to bring?

You can bring a small backpack with all your stuff in it if you want. We recommend you take some food and snacks along, nothing much just so you have enough energy. It´s not necessary though, for most people it´s enough to eat well before the tour.

We highly recommend you take your sunglasses and sunscreen. Even on a cloudy day because of the high UV and sunlight reflecting off the glacier.

What equipment do you get?


  • We provide crampons without them it would be dangerous, extremely hard or even impossible to walk on the glacier.
  • Ice ax, an extra point on the glacier.
  • Harness and helmet for your security
  • Life west for the boat tour


How cold is it at the glacier?

The temperature on the glacier is usually 3-4 degrees colder than the temperature at our meeting point at Hali Country Hotel. The weather in Iceland can change extremely fast so we always recommend you wear at least 3 layers of clothing and take them off if you get too warm. That´s why we highly recommend layers.

What not to wear on the glacier:

Demin Jeans are not recommended for our trips as they get very heavy, cold and unpleasant to wear when wet.


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