Welcome to Iceland, the unique and adventurous playground of boiling mud pools and stunning waterfalls, of spurting geysers and vast glaciers, of Erik the Red and Leif the Lucky, of Björk and Bobby Fisher.
We invite you to explore our raw, dramatic landscapes born from volcanic eruptions and carved out by the never-ending battle between fire and ice. We invite you to relax in one of our 170 geothermal pools while feeling firsthand the awe aspiring power of the planet. Take in the incredible contrasts of nature’s colors and breathtaking scenarios from Myvatn to Vik and come visit us in our traditional stone and turf houses. Taste a spoonful of skyr or a piece of dried haddock and feel like a real Icelander.
All this with the utmost respect for the fine balance and purity of unspoiled nature that nests within every creature of this wonderful wilderness and wildlife, man and beast alike: Take only pictures, leave only footsteps.
The mightiest forces that nature can muster will forever challenge your perception of beauty. They will transform our magical country before you visit us again. You will come again, because once you have set foot on our constantly changing soil, you will realize that Iceland is not only closer than you think, but far different than you ever imagined.
We look forward to seeing You!
Did you know
Iceland is among the 10 best destinations worldwide for whale watching
Beer was banned in Iceland until 1989
The Stryta in Eyjafjordur is the only geothermal cone in the world you can scuba dive to
Most of us do not have a family name or surname, and in the phone book we are listed alphabetically by first name
We have no military, navy, or air force – but we do have an aggressive coast guard!
The puffin needs to see the ocean to take flight
Iceland is the least densely populated country in Europe
We believe in elves and dwarves (in a sort of myth-way)
Reykjavik is warmer than most European capital cities in the winter time
There are no mosquitoes in Iceland
Our language, Icelandic, is very similar to old Norwegian of about 1,000 years
We drink more Coca-Cola per capita than any other nation
We run on nearly 100% sustainable green energy
Our parliament was formed in 930 AD, making it the oldest parliament in the world
A salmon river is running right through Reykjavik
All education is free of charge
We have 13 Santa Clauses
It is possible to have a one foot in America and the other foot in Europe at the same time, in between there is a deep crevice.
Practical information about Iceland
"If you don’t like the weather right now, just wait five minutes," people sometimes say in Iceland. This is an indication of the strong variability of the Icelandic climate, where one may occasionally experience the four seasons over a day. Iceland enjoys a much milder climate than its name and location adjacent to the Arctic Circle would imply. July is normally the warmest month with an average temperature of around 10-13° C. The Icelandic winter is relatively mild, with January as the coldest month. The average temperature is around 0° C.
Reykjavik has a well organized public transportation system formed of buses. The buses in Reykjavik are operating from 6 to 23 every day, with special bus services covering the night and early hours during the weekends.
Local wi-fi network are very widespread in Reykjavik thus many Internet cafes and Hotspots (Wi-Fi) can be found.
The Icelandic currency is the Króna (ISK). Many shops etc. do accept foreign currency in cash – at an unfavourable exchange rate for you. It is advisable to pay with Icelandic krónur or by credit card, most shops and restaurants accept major credit cards. Icelandic bank opening hours are generally from 09:15 to 16:00, Mondays to Fridays. Banks are closed during weekends and public holidays. Currency exchange offices offer longer opening hours than banks and stays open on Saturdays and Sundays/public holidays. ATMs, found at practically all bank-branches, accept all major credit cards.
For the best shopping experience in Reykjavík we recommend you hit the downtown area of the city which is where most of the shops and boutiques are concentrated. Whether you are looking to get a gift or souvenir, something unique from one of our many talented designers or even a midnight snack, the city centre is well supplied with brand names, obscure fashion shops, quality art studios and convenience stores.
If you are a not a resident of Iceland, you can claim a Value Added Tax (VAT) refund. VAT can be refunded at the airport upon presenting a completed VAT refund form. In order to achieve the VAT refund, a minimum purchase of 4,000 ISK per shop is required.
For more information please go to: http://www.visiticeland.com