Iceland

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.

Travel Information

Electricity

Electrical sockets (outlets) in Iceland  are one of the two European standard electrical socket types: The “Type C” Europlug and the “Type E” and “Type…

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Banking

CurrencyIcelandic krona (ISK; symbol kr) = 100 aurar. Notes are in denominations of kr5,000, 2,000, 1,000 and 500. Coins are in denominations of kr100,…

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Cuisine

Icelandic water is safe to drink and there is no need to buy bottled water. There are no specific food or drink risks in the country.Icelandic cuisine…

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Climate

Iceland’s climate is tempered by the Gulf Stream. Summers are mild and winters rather cold. The colourful Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) are best seen…

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Transport

Air Iceland (www.airiceland.is) and Eagle Air (www.eagleair.is) run domestic services to all major airports within Iceland from Reykjavík’s city airport,…

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Dress

Lightweights in warmer months, with extra woollens for walking and the cooler evenings. Medium- to heavyweights are advised in winter. Waterproofing is…

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Regions

Akureyri

Akureyri in northern Iceland is as pretty as a picture, with scenery that includes wilderness areas, lava fields, ice caves, steaming hot springs and volcanic peaks….

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Drangsnes

Resting at the mouth of the Steingrímsfjorour fjord, the small town of Drangsnes is located in the western part of Iceland. This charming fishing village is…

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Egilsstadir

Egilsstadir is known as East Iceland’s capital and an optimal destination from which to take day trips to the numerous attractions in the eastern districts –…

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Golden Circle Iceland

The Golden Circle is a popular 300-kilometre circuit in southwest Iceland that takes in three main attractions: Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall and the Geysir Geothermal…

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Höfn

Set on a scenic peninsula in southeast Iceland, the town of Hofn, meaning ‘harbour’, serves as the capital of the region. It provides an excellent stopover…

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Hrifunesvegur

Hrifunes Vegur is a remote, wild destination in southern Iceland. Vast open spaces of bright green grasslands nourished by glacial streams lead down to the river…

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Husavik

Husavik has become known as Iceland’s main whale watching destination, due to the various species of whales that frequently enter the bay. Visit the Húsavík Whale…

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Hveragerdi

Hveragerdi is an enthralling town set in a geothermal area in southern Iceland roughly 45 kilometres east of Reykjavik. The village is often referred to as…

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Ísafjörður

Located in northwest Iceland, the town of Ísafjörður lies in the spectacularly scenic Westfjords region. This old trading-post town serves as an excellent base for visitors…

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Kerlingarfjöll

Located at the foot of the Hofsjokull glacier in Iceland’s highland interior region, the Kerlingarfjöll mountain range reaches 1,477 metres at its highest point. Set in…

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Mývatn

Set in northern Iceland and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country, Mývatn is a eutrophic lake in a geothermal valley. Here, boiling…

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Reykjavik

Located on a bay, presided over by mighty mount Esja, Iceland’s sprawling capital city stands in stark contrast to the quiet fishing villages and minute hamlets…

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Stykkishólmur

Set in western Iceland along the country’s spectacular coast, Stykkishólmur is a town resting close to the northern tip of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, an area rich…

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Thingvellir National Park

Thingvellir (Þingvellir) is an expansive lava field lying on the banks of the largest natural lake in Iceland – Pingvallavatn. It is situated directly on the…

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Vík í Mýrdal

Resting at the base of the magnificent Mýrdalsjökull glacier the remote village of Vik, also known as Vík í Mýrdal rests on Iceland’s exquisite southern coast….

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West Iceland

Spreading northwards of Reykjavik, West Iceland or Vesturland is a beautiful region where nature takes centre stage. Decorated with volcanoes, hot springs, plunging cliffs, undulating green…

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Westfjords

Iceland’s Westfjords or West Fjords is situated in the north-west of the island. It is a large peninsula in the Denmark Strait, facing the east coast…

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