Below you’ll find all the articles on Iceland that I’ve written so far. One for each day I’ve spent there.
ICELAND TRAVEL BASICS
CURRENCY | Icelandic króna (Check out xe.com for the most up-to-date currency conversion–they have a mobile app too!)
TIME ZONE | The entire country of Iceland is in the Greenwich Mean Time time zone – the original, the one and only.
VISA / PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS | If you’re planning to spend less than 90 days in Iceland/the Schengen area, you can get by using just your U.S. passport–no Visa required. (Except for all those hot dogs you’re planning on buying, ba-dum-tshh!) However, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date you leave the Schengen area.
LANGUAGE(S) SPOKEN | Icelandic is the main language spoken in Iceland. And good luck with that.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO LOOK OUT FOR? | As with almost all of Europe, pick-pockets are probably your biggest safety concern. HOWEVER Iceland is famous for being one of the safest countries in the entire world. I mean, they leave their babies on the sidewalk while they go sip coffee. Really.
Obviously, always take standard safety precautions (don’t wander alone at night, stick to major streets and pathways, don’t flash your wads of cash you baller you). For more information on Iceland safety concerns, see this page and always pick up travel insurance before you go.
WHERE TO STAY IN ICELAND
The capital city of Reykjavik is worth the visit alone, but though Iceland is isolated, it’s packing tourism possibility out the wazoo. After you decide where in Iceland you’ll be visiting,
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RECOMMENDED ICELAND TOURS
➤ INTREPID TRAVEL | If planning an entire trip sounds overwhelming, popular tour company Intrepid offers multi-day tours of Iceland that hit all the hot (and cold) spots and beyond. Intrepid tours includes all accommodation, some meals, and your own personal, knowledgable Iceland travel guide.
➤ VIATOR TOURS | If you’re just looking for day tours to various attractions in Iceland, Viator is my go-to tour company. They’ve got tours for sightseeing in Reykjavik, day trips around the island, photography workshops, Northern Lights, and every single thing in between. Their tours include pickup and dropoff as well as your very own local tour guides.
ICELAND PACKING ESSENTIALS
➤ ICELAND GUIDEBOOK | I’m a big believer in travel guidebooks – they’re great for historical and background information, practical information like phone numbers, addresses, and opening and closing times, as well as restaurant recommendations and pretty pictures ’cause Iceland is just GORGEOUS! Consider them your portable Iceland travel guide.
Rough Guides and Rick Steves are my favorite go-to brands but Lonely Planet has their own loyal following as well. And if you’re interested in a little extra challenge, check out this Icelandic phrasebook to try your hand at speaking the local language. Again, good luck.