Visiting Iceland

 

Iceland is easily accessible by air or sea from continental Europe, Great Britain and North America. 
The country's extensive road system means that domestic travel is also very efficient.

The roads are of a very high standard and are clearly marked with route numbers and directions.
The general speed limit is 90 km/hr on dual carriageways and outside urban areas,
and 30 to 80 km/hr in urban areas. Seat belts are compulsory and motorists must have their headlights turned on at all times.

Nearly all towns and villages are connected by a good transport system. All routes are characterised by frequent and efficient services.

Domestic flights depart from Reykjavik City Airport -- International flights depart from Keflavik International Airport, located about 40 minutes away from Reykjavik.

The currency is the Icelandic Krona (ISK). One Krona consists of 100 aurar.  Click here for current rate

All major credit cards are accepted at banks, retail shops, hotels, restaurants, gas stations etc.
Personal
cheques drawn on foreign banks are very rarely accepted, but travellers' cheques may be cashed at banks and in selected department stores.

Banking hours are from 9:15 am to 4:00 pm on weekdays. Banks at major airports and shopping centres may be open longer. Different opening hours may apply in suburban areas and provincial towns.

ATM’s are located in all banks and at major shopping centers and malls.

Post offices are normally open from 09:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Normal shopping hours are from 09:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday thru Friday, but most supermarkets and larger shopping centres are open longer.
Some shops and stores in the metro area are open until 11:00 pm and some may be open 24 hours a day.

Small shops close at 2:00 pm on Saturdays, except in the down town area of Reykjavik, when they are open until 5:00 pm on the first Saturday of each month. Most larger shops, supermarkets and shopping centres are open every Sunday. The opening hours may vary, but they are usually from 10:00/11:00 am until 3:00 pm  -- these times may vary.

Florists and bakeries keep additional opening hours, including Sundays. Gas or petrol stations, which often include a small mini mart, are open until 22.00 pm or later, and some are open 24-hours a day. 

Self-service gas stations are available 24/7.

In downtown Reykjavik and surrounding areas (as well as in the larger towns), speciality stores, boutiques and department stores can be easily accessed and found. Boutique arts and craft shops are often located on the smaller side streets.

Tax-free shopping is available in most shops. VAT in Iceland is 25%, but can be reclaimed if minimum amount, which can vary between shops, is spent in a single shop.
Visitors leaving Iceland with purchased items, must pay the full sales tax, but may reclaim the tax refund at customs on departure. If the goods are mailed or shipped by the retailer to the visitor's home address, the minimum price limit does not always apply and the list price minus VAT is payable.

All of the larger towns offer a varied selection of dining experiences, with an increasingly wide choice of ethnic restaurants to choose from. There are a number of excellent dining choices to suit just about everyone’s palate -- restaurants renowned and respected for their excellent cuisine and fine service.

Most restaurants offer a reasonably priced lunch menu special.

All the major towns offer a wide range of accommodations, ranging from luxury hotel suites to the simple ‘no frills’ youth hostels. Advance booking is advised, particularly during the summer months, when your visit may coincide with major conferences, cultural events and/or other important occasions.

Tipping is not the norm, unless a special service has been provided.

At the personal- and sometimes business level, Icelanders have an informal approach to life -- although conventions may and do exist. Appointments are easily made with considerable flexibility and with little formality. This extends to the public sector and administration as well.

Hotel staff can advise and help you with anything from where to find Internet access, secretarial help, translations, copying and other routine services. All hotels and post offices have fax service. Hotels also offer fully furnished offices for meetings and conferences, which can be rented for short periods of time.

Police, fire, ambulance and other emergency services can be reached by calling 112 from any telephone - no coins needed. Emergency medical and dental services are available in most towns, as well as access to 24-hour drug stores.

Reykjavik and its neighboring areas have a lot to offer in the way of attractions and leisure activities all year round.

By clicking the links below, you will get a quick overview on particular subjects, provided by various associations.

Angling in Iceland
Aquaculture in Iceland
Energy Independency
Federation of Icelandic Fish Processing Plants
Iceland - Discoveries the Entire Year
Icelandic Agriculture
Icelandic financial system
Icelandic Industry
Museums in Iceland
The fishery industry, Responsible fisheries