Iceland

Icelandic climate

Iceland enjoys a much milder climate than its name and location adjacent to the Arctic circle would imply. A branch of the Gulf Stream flows along the southern and the western coast greatly moderating the climate. However, this brings mild Atlantic air in contact with colder Arctic air resulting in a climate that is marked by frequent changes in weather and storminess. Furthermore this leads to more rainfall in the southern and western part than in the northern part of the island.

The summer tourist season is from late May to early September. During the first half of this period the sun stays above the horizon for almost 24 hours and the interplay of light and shadows on mountains, lava fields and glaciers yield an ever changing landscape. However, even during the middle of summer the sky is frequently cloudy or overcast and the sunshine does not warm the air much. Hence, during daytime, the air is usually cool (“refreshing” is the local euphemism) and cold during nighttime. (information from:http://en.vedur.is/weather/climate_in_iceland/).

What to Bring

Clothing

Your guide/scout uniform

T-shirts/long sleeves 6-8 p.                                                                

Warm sweaters (fleece or wool) 1-2 p.                                             

Good trousers 2-3 p. (Preferably something else than jeans)      

Shorts 1-2 p.                                                                                          

Underwear 7-8 p.                                                                           

Long underwear, wool or fleece                                                         

Socks                                                                                                       

Woolen socks

Hiking boots/rubber boots (water resistant)

Sneakers, sandalas

 Cap

Mittens/gloves

Warm jacket

Swim-wear

Rainwear

 Towels

Personal Hygiene:

Toothbrush

Toothpaste

Deodorant

A comb

Razors (if applicable)

Shampoo/conditioner

Soap

Sun lotion

Sleeping:

Sleeping bag

Mattress

Tent (talk to your leader)

Miscellaneous

A scout knife/pocket knife

Sunglasses

Camera

Needle and threat

Stationary – a pen and a book to write in

Crayons, safety pins etc