About Iceland

Iceland is a country located in Europe.  It was founded on February 1, 1904.

History [Founded on February 1, 1904] • Capital [Reykjavik] • Government [Constitutional Republic] • Currency [Icelandic króna (ISK)] • Language [Icelandic, English] • Religion [Lutheran (official), other Protestant, Roman Catholic, Buddhist] • Electricity [220V, 50Hz (European plug)] • Time Zone [UTC] • Country Code [+354] • Internet TLD [.is] • Emergencies [Dial 112]

Iceland Travel Guide

This local travel guide below will provide you with travel information & tips to plan your trip to Iceland and find the best things to see, do and experience in Iceland even  before you arrive here.

Local Attractions

Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon
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Dettifoss

Dettifoss

Dynjandi

Dynjandi

Geysers

Geysers

Godafoss

Godafoss

Gullfoss

Gullfoss

Hraunfossar

hraunfossar

Hveravellir

Hveravellir

 

Ice Cave

Ice Cave

Jokulsarlon

Jokulsarlon

Kirkjufell Iceland

Kirkjufell Iceland

Selfoss

Selfoss

Seljalandsfoss

Seljalandsfoss

Skogafoss

Skogafoss

Map

Tipping

Hotel –  No tipping expected.
Restaurant – 10% of the bill.
Tour Guide – No tipping expected.
Taxi Driver – No tipping expected.
Spas – No tipping expected.
Hair Dresser – No tipping expected.

Money & Duty Free

Currency

Icelandic krona:  ISK with symbol : kr = 100 aurar
Icelandic krona Notes denominations(kr): 500, 1000, 2000, 5000.
Icelandic krona Coins denominations(kr): 1, 5, 10, 50, 100.

Credit cards

MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club and Visa are widely accepted in hotels, shops and restaurants.  It is advisable to have more smaller US dollar notes for easy spending as locals prefer dollars.

ATM

ATMs are available in many places and accept cards from overseas banks such as MasterCard, Visa, Cirrus, Plus, Maestro.

Travellers cheques

Widely accepted.

Banking hours

Mon to Fri: 0915-1600

Safety Guide

Emergency number

Dail 112

Keep yourself insured

  1. Ensure you buy travel insurance before you come as admitting to local hospitals for tourists will be expensive.

Keep yourself safe

  1. Do not walk alone late at night.
  2. Avoid unlit areas.
  3. Do not leave your drink unattended.
  4. Do not carry a lot of valuables and cash.
  5. Avoid cash counting in public.
  6. Do not accept offer of rides from stranger.

Keep belongings safe

  1. Ensure your cars and accommodation are locked when leaving for other destinations.
  2. Do not leave your wallets, mobile phones, bags, backpacks,  or cameras unattended in public places.
  3. Report lost or stolen possessions to local police stations. Get a report from them if you are claiming travel insurance.

Keeping safe with alcohol

  1. If you drink alcohol in designated ban area could lead to fine or being arrested.
  2. You can be fined for drinking alcohol on public transport, including taxis.
  3. If you drink, take cab back to your accommodation. Best if your friend can accompany.

Keeping your credit cards and identity safe

  1. Do not show your credit card number and PIN that will let people capture with a camera.
  2. Do not bring too many credit cards.
  3. Report lost or stolen credit cards immediately.