Lónsöræfi backpacking tour

-Equipment list for In the Shadow of Vatnajökull - IMG49

For your own wellbeing and safety we strongly suggest following the advice of our equipment list, this includes having good quality rain-gear, tops and bottoms! Also respect that cotton clothing is not appropriate for any strenuous outdoor activity – this includes jeans and t-shirts. Modern outdoor clothing is by far more comfortable and will greatly improve your experience. 

Boots and Clothing:

  • Sturdy Hiking Boots – preferably waterproof with ankle support. 
  • Long sleeve shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic. 
  • T-shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic. 
  • Light wool or fleece sweater (2nd layer).
  • Trousers – Strong and light material that dries quickly e.g. soft-shell. 
  • Jacket with a good hood – windproof, waterproof and breathable. 
  • Rain trousers – windproof, waterproof and breathable. Please note that full raingear is mandatory in Iceland. 
  • Light Gloves – Wool or synthetic (polypropylene / polyester). 
  • Socks – Wool or synthetic. Two or three pairs. 
  • Warm hat – Wool or synthetic. 

Other gear:

  • Backpack – (woman size: 40-60 liters - man size 50-75 liters) – you will need about 5 - 10L free space for fresh foods and bred each tour carries to the huts. 
  • River shoes – Walking sandals or old running shoes with a good grip are a good choice, along with a pair of warm socks or neoprene socks. Open sandals or flip-flops will not do the job. 
  • Towel – light weight and packable. 
  • Camera, spare batteries and a memory card or films. 
  • Sunglasses & sun protection. 
  • Water container – thermos flask or water bottle 0,5 – 1L. 
  • Headlamp for reading and getting around the hut. 
  • Personal first aid kit – including blister care. 
  • Prescription medication and other personal health items. 
  • Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, earplugs and etc.
  • Change of clothes for wearing in the huts. 
  • Dry-bags for electronics and extra clothing. 
  • Liner bag – sleeping bags are in the huts (IMG 49 only).

Optional gear:

  • Walking pole(s).
  • Gaiters
  • Neoprene socks – highly recommended for river crossings. 
  • Pen knife. 
  • Sun/rain Hat or a Cap. Shorts
  • Thermal mat (for lunch breaks). 
  • Puffy jacket (e.g. Primaloft or down).
  • Camera, spare batteries and a memory card or films.
  • Slippers for indoor use. 
  • Heart-warming spirits.

Should you have any questions regarding this equipment list or the equipment on our tours feel free to contact incoming@mountainguides.is.