Pre Iceland Winter Backpacking List

In less than 8 hours now, I head to Iceland. I have nothing more than a rough plan of what I’m doing. Basically, my plan is to fly into Keflavík and hitchhike from there to Reykjavík and then follow the ring road around the country counter-clockwise. It’ll be 832 miles, and I have 10 days to get back to KEF to fly home.

The weather doesn’t look like it’s going to be the greatest while I’m there. reports say rain/snow almost every day with temps ranging from 45F to 30F at night. Not the coldest, but not warm either. I’m trying to sleep outdoors as many nights as possible in my hammock, but weather dependent, I’ll have the option to stay in hostels.

Here will be a list of the gear I’m bringing with me and I’ll make a secondary list of what I wish I had and what I didn’t need once I return.



  • Upper Body
    • 2x Patagonia Capilene 3 Midweight LS Baselayer Shirts
    • Columbia Heavyweight II Stretch LS Baselayer Shirt
    • Patagonia R2 Fleece Jacket
    • Rab Xenon X Hooded Synthetic Insulated Jacket
    • Columbia Rain Tech II Jacket
    • North Face Verto Jacket
  • Lower Body
    • 3x Exofficio Give-N-Go Boxers
    • Patagonia Capilene 4 Baselayer
    • Patagonia Capilene 3 Baselayer
    • Columbia Heavyweight II Stretch Baselayer
    • Patagonia R1 Pants
    • Columbia Silver Ridge Pants
    • Marmot Precip Full Zip Rain Pants
    • Nike Shorts (Swimming Use)
    • 3x Smartwool Midweight Hiking Socks
    • 3x Wigwam Thermal Sock Liners
    • Wigwam Ice Socks
    • Kamik Nationplus Winter Boots
  • Misc.
    • Patagonia Powder Town Beanie
    • Buff Balaclava
    • Moutain Hardwear Polartec Powerstretch Gloves
    • Outdoor Research Meteor Mitts With Liners


  • Osprey Farpoint 40L Backpack
  • REI Lumen Sleeping Bag
  • ENO Deluxe Hammock With Long Straps
  • PackTowl Large
  • 2x Nalgene 32oz Widemouth
  • Outdoor Research Nalgene Parka
  • Smart Water Bottle For Filtering
  • Sawyer Mini
  • International Travel Maps Iceland


  • iPhone 6
  • Nikon D3100
  • 5x En-EL 14 Batteries
  • Goal Zero Nomad 7 Solar Panel
  • Mefoto Roadtrip Tripod
  • International Travel Adapter
  • Black Diamond Spot Headlamp
  • Into Circuit 11200 mAh Power Bank
  • Apple Lightning To SD Card Adapter
  • 2x Sony 64GB UHS-1 Class 10 94mb/s
  • 2x Sony 32GB UHS-1 Class 10 94mb/s
  • 2x Sandisk 8GB UHS-1 Class10 30 mb/s
  • Optech 18″ Rain Sleeve