Clothing & What to Wear
When travelling in Iceland we recommend layers!lightweight woollensa sweater or warm fleecea rainproof coat (and trousers if you have them)Walking shoes or hiking boots are greathat, scarf and mittens (especially in autumn and winter)And always bring a bathing suit, whatever time of the year you visit. A favourite pastime is year-round outdoor swimming in countless geothermally heated pools and lagoons, with a typical temperature of 25-28°C
Make sure you check the weather forecast frequently as the weather is known to change suddenly.
Thanks to the Gulf Stream, Iceland isn’t as cold as it sounds. Temperatures are moderate year-round. Average July temperatures are around 11°C in Reykjavík - the north and east are often the warmest parts in the summer. Snow is not the norm and only settles intermittently in Reykjavík but tends to stay longer in the north.
In the summer, light clothing is often all you need - but always be prepared for both cold and wet weather at all times of the year. The weather can be extremely changeable. Icelanders often say, "If you don't like the weather, just wait 15 minutes." Here you can find out the average weather when you’re visiting.
You can buy a sim card on the Icelandic airplanes, at the airport, downtown in 10/11 supermarket or in Macland on Laugavegur. You can also head to Kringlan shopping mall and there you will have more options.
Sunrise & Sunset
The Icelandic days range between super short and super long, summer visitors who arrive to a bright midnight sky and ask when it gets dark in Iceland are sometimes told "in the middle of August."
The sun barely sets in the summer in Reykjavík and it’s light round-the-clock in the north at the peak of summer. In mid-winter, expect only about four to five hours a day of daylight. Spring and autumn daylight hours are more or less "normal". Check it out here!
Where Can I Change Money?
All banks exchange currency. Online currency converter is available. The banks in Reykjavík are usually closed during weekend. You can also change money at the Tourist information in Aðalstræti 2, in the city center, as well as in some hotels. It’s highly doubtful you’ll be anywhere that doesn’t accept international credit cards. Visa and Mastercard are pretty much accepted everywhere, and most vendors accept Amex. If you want to stay on the safe side and bring some cash then I suggest Icelandic Krona. You won’t often be able to get those outside Iceland so I suggest you visit a bank at the airport after you land in Iceland.
Where can I get my tax-free back?
You can get your tax-free back at Keflavík airport, which is open during departing flights, from 5:30 every morning. If you have tax-refund for an item for less than 5.000 ISK you do not have to show the item, only the receipt. If the tax-refund is more than 5.000 ISK per item, you can not check in that item and need to show it in the tax-refund office after check in.
Road Conditions & Safe Driving in Iceland
The Icelandic Road Administration (ICERA) presents a subset of the Icelandic web pages, in English. The information presented is primarily about road condition, weather and such basic information that can assist the foreign traveller in Iceland. Road condition information is entered in the morning and updated as needed during the day. Weather information is in most cases updated 1-2 times every hour around the clock. "Road conditions and weather"
For all its beauty, our country is not entirely harmless. If you plan on exploring Icelandic nature, be on the safe side and have a look at safetravel.is and learn more about How to drive in Iceland. It might be good to learn how to drive with Elfis :)
During the summer, please be careful driving in the countryside as the sheep's walk freely in Iceland between May and early September each year. Driving off-road in Iceland is illegal and there is a big fine for that sort of activity and causes a big scar on the environment. So please respect nature, drive on marked roads and safe some money.
Here you can check out average prices in Iceland
Icelanders are crazy for free wifi. There is free wifi almost everywhere you go in Reykjavik and in many many places in the country, you will most likely not see any signs advertising that, but that‘s only because we just assume everybody knows about it. If you can‘t find it on your gadget, just ask
Before you pack your curling iron, sleeping light, boombox and other necessities make sure you have the right plug or an adaptor. Iceland has 220 voltage, 50 HZ AC, and standard European (german type) plugs
Service and VAT are invariably included in prices in Iceland and tipping is not required. However, if you are very pleased with the service provided, Icelanders are not offended if they are offered a tip… they love it actually.
Disability / Accessible travel
Visitors with disabilities can make traveling in Iceland fairly easy by planning their vacation in advance and we highly recommend to get assistance from locals. Traveling around the country often involves traversing long distances over rough ground or unpaved paths so make sure to research well before departing. We would say it is necessary to travel with a companion, for although there are many hotels and restaurants accessible to people with disabilities, they do not always provide full assistance. We have a list of our favourite hotels around the island that are accessible and more wheelchair friendly. Larger department stores are generally accessible to wheelchair users. The coastal ferry Baldur is accessible to people with disabilities and so is the ferry Herjólfur. All airlines flying to and from Iceland are equipped to accommodate travelers with disabilities. A few domestic buses equipped for wheelchair users are available for special tours upon request. The taxi company Hreyfill has a few taxis that are specially equipped for wheelchairs and we can help you book. Please let us know if you want us to customize tours and itineraries for you.
Shopping, Eating, Souvenirs & Pools
Once you've confirmed we will e-mail you a list of great thermal pools to visit & places to shop and eat! Thanks to our planner Birna!