I'm heading to Iceland, Norway and Sweden for a few weeks in November and being from Queensland, Australia I'm not entirely sure what I should be packing in terms of keeping warm and not dying of cold when I'm outside.
I've read some blogs which recommend getting some thermals, proper gloves (e.g. by Northface or similar), windbreakers, and staying completely away from denim. I was just wondering if there are any other essentials you guys can think of??? And is it better off to buy while I'm there instead of bringing it all over, or even if it's possible to hire?
I'll be in the Alps prior to Iceland so I'm hoping to be at least a little bit ready for the crazy cold weather, but still pretty nervous seeing as QLD winters are basically summer in comparison.
Much of the time it may not be cold, wet or windy, and may not be extreme at all. It all depends just where you are and what you're doing.
I'd take layers so you can layer up if needed.
If you're out in the cold and wet for a long time, the obvious is having a waterproof exterior, but also think about what you're wearing on the interior layers. Waterproofs keep the rain out but you also sweat from the inside so you want to get that moisture away from the skin - cotton is bad as it soaks and stays wet, so ideally have a polypropylene inner layer which will wick moisture away.
Don't buy in Scandinavia, it's very expensive. Either buy at home or are you passing through anywhere cheap en route to the alps?
The other bit people forget is covering your head well. As well as a hat maybe a neckwarmer, or a balaclava.
In sixteen trips to Scandinavia I've needed to layer up for the weather about three times, so don't worry overly about this. :-)
There's a saying in Iceland, if you don't like the weather, wait five minutes. The weather is unpredictable so you should bring a fleece jacket, thermals and water pants if you plan on doing excursions that involve snow. Otherwise, jeans are fine, maybe wear stockings under them for warmth or thermals if you're comfortable. Sweaters on top of shirts, e.g. layers are key because you can be cold one minute and warm the next. If you plan on spending alot of time in the elements, you should definitely wear a parka, sweater, hat, gloves, scarf, water pants, thermal socks and winter hiking boots. Enjoy your visit to my favorite country! Bless (thats goodbye in Icelandic).