No matter how much you hear about the awe-inspiring natural phenomena on this island on the edge of the Arctic circle, nothing can prepare you for the jaw-dropping spectacle that is Iceland. Dubbed “the Land of Fire and Ice”, this small island nation is characterised by contrasts and contradictions. It is a place where steaming geysers burst forth from icy glaciers, where molten hot lava spews out of icy snow-capped peaks, where the astonishing aurora borealis blaze across the night sky and where continuously dark winters are offset by summer’s magnificent midnight sun. With the exception of Reykjavik, the country’s population centres are small, with diminutive towns, fishing villages, farms and minute hamlets clustered along the coastal fringes. The interior, meanwhile, remains totally uninhabited. What the Icelanders lack in numbers, they certainly make up for in warmth, quirkiness, and boundless creativity. Add to this, one of the highest standards of living on earth and you have, quite simply, one of the world’s most intriguing destinations.

Banking and Currency


Local currency: Icelandic Krona 
Symbol: kr 
ISO code: ISK 
Subunit: Aurar 
Banknotes: kr500, kr1000, kr2000, kr5000, kr10000 
Coins: 1, 5, 10, 50, 100, 500 kr 


Card Transactions: Yes 
ATMs: Yes 
Mastercard: Yes 
Visa: Yes 
American Express: Yes 
Diner’s club: Yes 

Banking Hours: 
Weekdays: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 
Weekends: Closed 
Public Holidays: Yes 
Foreign exchange services: Yes 

Travel, Transport and Getting Around


Main airlines: Icelandair 
International Airports: Keflavík International Airport 
Domestic Airports: Reykjavík Airport, Akureyri Airport 


Driving on the: Right 
Tar roads: Yes 
Gravel roads: Yes 
Valid International Driver's License needed: Yes 
Car hire available: Yes 
Taxis: Yes 
E-hailing services: Yes 


Inter-city bus services: Yes 
Local city bus networks: Yes 


Railway system: No 
Subway System: No 


Ferries: Yes 
Water taxis: Yes 
Leisure cruises: Yes 

Food, Drink and Cuisine Advice

Food and water safety: 

Can you drink the tap water: Yes 
Fresh fruit and veg: Yes 
Ice: Yes 
Meat: Yes 
Street food: Limited 

Local cuisine: 

Icelandic cuisine is known for its seafood, lamb, and dairy products. Traditional dishes include fermented shark (hákarl), lamb soup (kjötsúpa), and skyr (a type of yogurt). Notable local drinks include Brennivín (a type of schnapps) and Icelandic craft beer. 
Tipping: Not customary 

Climate and Weather

Annual rainfall: Varies across regions 
Average temperature: 1-10°C 


Average highs: 10-15°C 
Average lows: 5-10°C 


Average highs: -1 to 4°C 
Average lows: -5 to 0°C 

Best time to visit: 

The best time to visit Iceland is during the summer months (June to August) when the weather is mild, and outdoor activities like hiking and sightseeing are popular. 

Clothing and Dress Recommendations

Spring and Summer 

Cool, light, breathable and comfortable: Yes 
Lightweight warm clothes: Yes 

Winter and Autumn 

Jerseys, cardigans, sweaters, jackets: Recommended 
Heavyweight clothing and boots: Yes 


Umbrella and raincoat: Yes 
Warm gloves, hat and scarf: Yes 
Swimming costume (bathing suit): Yes 
Hat, sunglasses and sunblock: Yes 
Walking shoes: Yes 
Casual: Yes 
Smart-casual attire: Yes 

Internet Availability

Internet cafes: Limited 
Accommodation options: Yes 
Restaurants: Yes 
Cafes: Yes 
Shopping malls: Limited 
Public parks: Yes 
Libraries: Yes 

Electricity and Plug Standards

Plug Type: Type C, Type F 
Voltage (V): 230V 
Frequency Hertz (Hz): 50Hz 

*Travel plug adapter and voltage converter might be necessary depending on your appliances. 

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