Friday, 15 September 2017

Getting Prepared For Iceland With Millets

On a recent trip to Iceland, we decided to hike a glacier! Yes, not something you do every day but a once in a lifetime opportunity.


We needed to get kitted out for the trip in the appropriate gear and Millets online kindly decided to help with providing clothes for my twenty-year-old son in return for an honest review. 



Now Iceland is known for its changeable weather so although we were travelling there in August we needed clothes that could cope with rain and the wind without being too bulky. This is where the clothes brand Peter Storm came in. The coat we chose for the trip was the Peter Storm Men's insulated storm jacket.  


The Peter Storm Men's insulated storm jacket has simple styling without any fuss. Now my son doesn't like much colour, preferring black or navy clothes without much detailing so this was the perfect jacket for him. The inside has soft polyester wadding to help insulate the body, whilst the shell outer fabric is waterproof protecting you from a rain shower or heavier storm. As well as two outer pockets there is a useful inside pocket too to stash away your valuables like your mobile phone or wallet.

Around the back of the neck is a roll away hood that isn't flimsy giving you good rain protection whilst being small enough to hide away when not in use.

Now another item of clothing my son was given to try out were the North Face men's Hedgehog Hike cross terrain boot. These waterproof boots with a GORE-TEX®  breathable outer membrane have solid ankle support for hiking difficult terrain. The mid sole is moulded for stress and impact resistance and the Vibram® rubber sole unit gives you a reliable grip on wet surfaces.

So all kitted out we drove to our destination in the South of Iceland. Our trip started off in the Icelandic Mountain Guides hut at the Svinsfellsjokull glacier. This is the glacier where they filmed Interstellar, the science fiction film with Matthew McConaughey. One of the main reasons my son wanted to visit!

Here we were given crampons to fit over our boots to help adhere to the ice, an ice pick and a harness. We then took a short drive to the glacier, had our safety briefing from Helkar our guide, and off we went. You can read more about our glacier trip on Svinsfellsjokull in my post here.


Over the course of our two and a half hour hike, the weather was not kind to us, being drizzly and with light winds, but the coat and boots lived up to their waterproof claim.  


The boots were incredibly sturdy and with the crampons provided gave the extra grip making these possibly the perfect boots to hike a glacier. The coat was warm without being too bulky when hiking, and really helped to keep my son cosy in the wind. 


My son was impressed with both items and would highly recommend them. giving the boots 9 out of 10 and the jacket 9 out of 10 too. High praise indeed! 

My opinion is that the jacket is a very versatile jacket, perfect for a range of weather conditions and an excellent choice whether you are hiking a glacier or going for a walk in the British weather. The boots are incredibly sturdy, waterproof and the perfect boots for walking or hiking, especially on the slippery and difficult terrain. We also visited a number of waterfalls in Iceland and the boots provided great grip on the wet and muddy ground.



If you want to find out more about these products, you can check out the North Face items on Millets online and the Peter Storm jacket from a selection of coats and jackets from Millets online too. 

The North Face boots are currently £140 and the Peter Storm jacket £27 from £90 in the sale, both from Millets online, a bargain I think you will agree! Whilst you are here, don't forget to check out Millets online on Facebook: @milletsonlinefans, Twitter: @millets_online and Instagram: @milletsonline. 

If you want to read more about Iceland check out my posts on Why You Will Love Iceland and 10 Money Saving Tips For A Trip To Iceland. Also check out our Iceland videos from the travel vlog/blog I write with my husband Fly Drive Explore.

Tell me, have you ever been to Iceland? What do you think of the boots and coat?
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23 comments

  1. I love Millets, they really are perfect for planning adventures. The trip looks amazing and so does the kit, I especially like the look of the boots, perect for winter anywhere.

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  2. I love Millets, I worked there for 2.5 years and it was one of the best jobs I've had! I really want to go to Iceland.

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  3. Iceland is on my bucket list, it sounds amazing. Millets really does have everything you need for a hike :)
    ♥ Fran - frannymac.com xx

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  4. This sounds like you had a real adventure! Some stunning photos captured here also! I may have to put Iceland on my travel list!

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  5. They look like the perfect jacket and boots for glacier hiking! Love your photos too. Kaz x

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  6. It sounds like you got the perfect items to help you son on your hike and what a bargain that jacket is right now in the sale.

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  7. Firstly Millets are awesome, secondly, Iceland! What an exciting trip you have ahead of you!

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  8. Peter Storm is an excellent make of outdoor clothing. I love their jackets even for the British weather.

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  9. Millets is such a great place to buy this kind of thing. That jacket looks fab and I hope you had an amazing adventure

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  10. Iceland looks like an amazing place to visit. These items from millets are perfect

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  11. Iceland is top of my bucket list and I am desperate to visit (without kids so I can do this sort of thing) - looks like Millets kitted you out well

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  12. We went to Iceland last January and it was incredible, but the coldest I have ever been. Suitable clothing is a must!

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  13. I've never been to Iceland but I really want to go and I know I'll need clothes for all weather, and I bet it will be super cold as I want to go over NY time x

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  14. Wow I would love to visit Iceland one day. It sounds like such an adventure that you had! :)

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  15. The hike boots will definitely come in handy for the rocky terrain. I would love to go to Iceland.

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  16. Recently purchased some shoes for camping but wow Iceland fantastic pictures

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  17. I trekked across Iceland in 2011 for BHF and was one of the best experiences of my life. I'd love to go back!

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  18. oh my, that hike looks amazing! millets is an amazing brand! I've got a few things from them but I wish I did bring it with me :(

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  19. I would love to hike a glacier! The only place I hiked using snow crampons was Chile, when I tried to conquer an active volcano.

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  20. The hike sounds an amazing adventure. I would love the boots for myself. It's so hard to find comfortable boots that are actually waterproof.

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  21. I've never actually heard of Millets but I may have to check them out

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  22. Wow hiking a glacier must be an amazing experience! I used to buy my Duke of Edinburgh stuff from Millets, great for outdoors stuff :)

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  23. I recently bought a Peter Storm jacket in the sales, well worth it!

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