Located in the Atlantic Ocean just below the Arctic Circle, Iceland is a country of wonder. Much more than just freezing temperatures and glaciers, the country has mystical landscapes, magical picturesque towns, diverse wildlife and the stunning northern lights. An unique destination that should be on your travel list.
Why Visit Iceland
Iceland is characterized by its diverse and breathtaking landscapes, with amazing views, glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls, hot springs, lava fields and more. A dream destination for nature lovers and photographers, ideal for a road trip.
Iceland is a paradise for wildlife, with some unique animals that couldn’t be found anywhere else. Whales, seals, reindeers, foxes and specially birds, with some of the largest populations in the world. Unlike other Arctic locations like Alaska or Canada, there are no bears in Iceland!
Icelandic cuisine has a very long history and is among the healthiest in the world, with high quality fresh ingredients. People around the world come to Iceland to try its unique and iconic dishes, such as fermented shark and tasty skyr yoghurt. Skyr, hangikjöt and laufabrauð are a must.
The Northern Lights and the Midnight sun are natural phenomenons that can only occur in territories crossed by the Arctic Circle, being Iceland one of the few locations where they happen. The Aurora Borealis is a natural light display in the Earth’s sky and can be seen in Iceland from September through March. The Midnight sun occurs during the Summer Solstice instead, and is when the sun is visible at midnight in either the Arctic or Antarctic Circle. More reasons to add Iceland to your bucket list.
What to expect
Icelandic is the official language of Iceland. However, 98% of Icelanders speak English fluently as is taught as a second language, so you wouldn’t have any problem getting by if you speak some English. Anyway, locals are very welcoming and they will always try to help you.
In Iceland the standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. That’s the standard voltage in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa; If you are traveling from the US you will need an adaptor.
The official currency is the Icelandic króna. Euros, debit and credit cards are widely used. In larger towns and airports it is easy to withdraw cash directly through ATMs. 1 USD equals 143.92 kronas (as of 2020). Other foreign currencies may be accepted in tourist places but it is recommended to exchange or use your card.
Iceland is one of the safest countries in the world. Crime is almost non-existent. However, travelers should be cautious when it comes to rough driving conditions and extreme weather depending on the area you are visiting.
Iceland is a party to the Schengen Agreement. Visitors from non-Schengen countries who require a visa to visit the Schengen area must apply for a visa before travelling to Iceland. If you are a national of the EU, United States, Canada or Australia, you don’t need one.
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