Right now the wind is calm in Winter Wonderland. The stars are bright and our spirits are high in the highlands of Iceland. We sometimes do not call our country Iceland but Niceland.
Camping or backpacking in the snow appeals to anyone who enjoys the beauty and peacefulness of a pristine winter wonderland. There are no bugs or crowds, and who doesn’t enjoy playing in the snow? So you might be surprised at how comfortable it can be.
Here’s a look at how to get started.
First of all winter outings offer different challenges than summer camping. You must be prepared for more severe weather and shorter daylight hours by having extra gear and additional skills. Especially relevant make a plan before you leave home.
- Don’t go alone.
- Study maps and research the area.
- Talk to people who have been there and can give you pointers.
- Check the weather forecast..
- Check the local road and trail conditions.
- Recognize and avoid avalanche areas.
- Leave a trip plan.
- Make sure everyone in the group has the same plans, expectations, turnaround times and goals.
- Check a winter equipment list
Most snow trekking is greatly enhanced by winter or mountaineering boots that are waterproof and insulating.
Tip: Warm up socks and boot insoles by them in the sleeping bag next to you.
The simple rule of winter camping is to stay dry and warm. Choose clothing layers that wick moisture, dry quickly, insulate and are waterproof and breathable. By adjusting these layers, you can regulate the amount of warmth you need. The 3 basic layers:
Key Winter Accessories
- Hats: You lose a significant percentage of your body heat through the top of your head.
- Gloves and mittens: Another must.
- Gaiters: A must for deep snow, they help keep snow and water out of your boots. They even add a bit of warmth. Be sure to use a waterproof/breathable model designed for winter use.
- Goggles and glasses: Always protect your eyes from sun and wind. There are different lens tints for various weather conditions.
- Socks: Wear a thin, snug layer next to your skin and a second layer over it, both made of merino wool or a synthetic fabric. An extra-thick sock will not keep your feet warm if it makes your boots too tight. Take extras.
Come winter tour with us. We are Photo Tours in Iceland. The Photography Tour Operator.