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8 Iceland Travel Tips: What to Know

There’s nothing quite like packing the backpack and heading off on a journey to some far-flung and exotic place filled with the promise of adventure. And few places in the world are more far-flung and exotic than Iceland.

Over the last few years Iceland has become one of the top vacation spots for nature lovers looking to experience some of Earth’s most untapped and awe-inspiring natural wonders. Visitors come for the monolithic glaciers and singular hot springs that are only found this near to the top of the world. Time seems to come to a standstill during the summer when visitors can experience the “midnight sun.” And through fall and winter those in Iceland are treated to the natural wonder of the Northern Lights that ignite the evening sky on a regular basis.

But before the Icelandic adventure can begin, it is important to understand the basics of this northern island nation. Those armed with a cursory understanding of Icelandic culture and travel requirements are ensured to have a great time free of hassle.


Other than citizens of Nordic countries, a valid passport is required of all those planning a visit to Iceland. Members of certain European countries such as France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland may enter using an ID card issued by the relevant immigration authorities in their countries. For more information on visa requirements contact the Icelandic immigration service via email at


Icelandic is a Nordic language that has changed little since the days of the settlers. But those English-speakers visiting Iceland are in luck, as most of the populous speaks both Dutch and English, as they were required to learn both languages in school.


The average office schedule in Iceland is 9:00am to 5:00pm. However, most banks operate on a slightly shorter schedule, from 9:15am to 4:00pm. Many supermarkets are open to 11:00pm seven days a week.


Iceland currently has no limit on the amount of foreign currency that can be brought into the country by visitors. There are many currency exchange houses open outside of normal banking hours that can change foreign currency into Iclandic Krona. Also, most establishments in Iceland accept traveler’s checks.


Post offices are ubiquitous in Iceland and are found in every developed community in the nation. Most are open from 8:30am to 4:30pm Mon-Fri. Many post offices in larger cities are also open on Saturdays from 10:00am to 2:00pm.


Iceland’s telephone country code is 354. Thos who want to call outside of Iceland to Europe or America must dial 00 then the country code then the phone number. Fax machines are available at most post offices and Internet cafes throughout the country.


Iceland’s pristine natural environment ensures good health for most of its citizenry. The water is safe to drink as well. Pharmacies and doctors are readily available in Iceland and visitors are not required to get vaccinations before entering the country.


Iceland is generally considered a safe country. Visitors should be conscious of the minor dangers of petty theft and avoid wandering around alone late at night.

These are some of the basics for those who intend to visit Iceland. In the end, Iceland is a fairly safe country that makes it easy for visitors to enter the nation. There are few constricting regulations or bureaucratic hoops to jump through, and this allows tourists to get right down to the main goal of enjoying the country. So by keeping these quick tips and pieces of info in mind, every visitor to Iceland should enjoy an amazing holiday.

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