Iceland takes Covid restrictions very seriously. Be sure you do as much as you can to ensure you comply with the most up-to-date entry requirements before you depart. I thought I had, but when I got to the Reykjavik airport, I lacked a barcode to get through a Covid screening. I knew I had not received it and while I was close to tears searching for it (trouble getting a phone/WiFi connection), the airport staff gently retrieved it for me. It turns out I had indeed received the code, but it came into my email while I was on the plane. On the other hand, the testing facility for the return trip to the U.S. was well-staffed, fast and efficient — I had results within an hour!
Iceland will probably be colder than you think it will be — and possibly much, much colder. And let’s throw in rain, snow and wind for that extra touch of “who knows what to expect?” I cannot speak for summer weather from personal experience, but when I asked a local guide about the Einar Jonsson sculpture park, “Do people come and sit and picnic here in the summer?” Her reply was, “Well…really no, it’s too windy for us to do that.”
So repeat after me: Your new mantra is hats, layers, boots and socks. Hats, layers, boots and socks. (And yes, I did go out and buy a new thicker cozy IceWear hoodie as the one I had packed was a bit of a fail – any excuse to shop, right?)
Oh – and your Covid face mask also keeps your face warm!