Backpacking and trekking mean that the traveler is carrying all the equipment on his back, such as sleeping bag, food, cooking equipment and the like. Thus it is important to pack as lightly as possible without leaving any necessities behind.

The accommodation can either be in huts or in tents. Note that when staying in huts in Iceland, you will need to bring your own sleeping bag and food.

Please note that the list below is not final as the equipment necessarily depends on your personal needs, length of the trip, weather and the time of the year.


  • Backpack, not too big
  • Sleeping bag, light and warm
  • Backpack cover
  • Tent and mattress
  • Hiking poles
  • Compass, map and GPS
  • Head lamp
  • Repair kit, needle and thread, scissors, string and clips
  • Sunglasses/ski goggles
  • Crampons, if needed
  • Money

Cosmetics/Medical Products

  • Second skin, band-aid, elastic bandage
  • Painkillers
  • Toilet paper, wipes, and small plastic bags for the used paper
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Soap/shampoo
  • Small towel
  • Sun protection and lip balm
  • Earplugs

Food and Cooking Utensils

  • Stove, gas and cooking pot
  • Matches
  • Dish and cup
  • Cutlery
  • Thermos and water bottle
  • Pocket knife


  • Good hiking shoes
  • Shoes for crossing rivers/Slippers for indoors
  • Two pairs of soft hiking socks
  • Cap, mittens and buff around the neck
  • Extra underpants
  • Underwear, wool or fleece
  • Sweater, wool, fleece or similar
  • Hiking pants
  • Shorts
  • Wind- and waterproof protective clothes
  • Leggings


  • Freeze dried food
  • Noodles or pasta in bags
  • Oatmeal
  • Bread and wafers
  • Crispbread and biscuits
  • Dried fruit, chocolate and peanuts
  • Cocoa, tee and/or coffee
  • Soups
  • Spices, e.g. salt and pepper