Useful information : When to go, Getting around...
When to go
Summer is without doubt the best time to explore Iceland: the inland roads are open, scores of local fetes and festivals take place in the towns and villages, the temperatures are “warmest” and you will be able to make the most of the spectacular sight of the midnight sun! You will not of course only see the sun, because weather on the island changes quickly…
Make sure you pack waterproof and windproof clothing, particularly if you plan on going walking and get ready to whip out your camera at any moment to capture the rainbows in the sky! br/>The “mid” season (1st fortnight of June and month of September) are less crowded with tourists. Autumn, winter and spring and the low seasons are also when you can see the northern lights (September to March), more than adequate reward for the snow, cold and short days! Pop music aficionados will want to attend the legendary Iceland Airwaves Festival held in November at Reykjavik. Other notable festive occasions are Christmas, the winter solstice (Þorrablót), Shrove Tuesday and a beer festival: all of which will keep you occupied when it is dark 20 hours a day!
Formalities and useful addresses
No visa required for stays less than 90 days.
Passport should be valid for length of stay.
Embassy of Iceland – 2A Hans St - London SW1X 0JE - [TEL] (0207) 259 3999 - www.iceland.is/iceland-abroad/uk
Embassy of Iceland – 2900 K St NW #509 - Washington, DC 20007 - [TEL] (202) 265 6653 - http://www.iceland.is/iceland-abroad/us/wdc
Iceland Tourism Board – www.visiticeland.com
Money and budget
Banks are open Mon-Fri from 9am to 4pm. There are no exchange offices in Reykjavík except in the airport: you can change money in the banks of the town centre.
Icelanders tend to use their credit card for everything, from a coffee to a hotel night. If you choose to emulate them, be mindful of the commission fees linked to purchases made in a foreign country.
The cost of living in Iceland is expensive...
1 museum ticket: Kr 500/1 500 (£3/9 ).
1 meal in a cafe: Kr 500 (£15).
1 meal in a restaurant: from KR 3 500 (£22).
1 night in a boarding house: from Kr 11 000/18 000 (£70/110).
1 double room in a hotel: Kr 20 000/40 000 (£125/255).
Health and safety
European Emergency Number: [TEL] 112
220 V current. Plug featuring 2 round pins.
American travellers will need an adaptor.
December 24 afternoon to December 26
December 31 and January 1.
From Maundy Thursday to Easter Monday.
Third Thursday of April or first Thursday after April 18 - Summer festival
June 17 – Independence DayAugust 1 or 2 - Commerce Day
Accommodation is not cheap in Iceland, which explains why camping is both the cheapest and most widespread way to stay in Iceland. Bungalows and chalets are also an option. There are many Inns and B&Bs(gistiheimilið) in both the capital and the villages around the island. The last option is a farm holiday (ferðaþjónusta bænda), which may well provide the most authentic glimpse of the Icelandic way of life.
Post offices are open Mon-Fri 9am-4pm. Some in the capital are open on Saturdays.
Keflavík International Airport – www.kefairport.is
A car remains the best way to explore the island. Don't forget that some roads are closed during the low-season.