If you’re thinking of going to Iceland and have no idea where to start, this is your go-to spot for all the information you’ll need. Check out all the valuable information in this Iceland travel guide and prepare for your amazing trip.
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Location and geography
This gorgeous island is located at what most of us call “almost the North Pole”. This makes it one of the countries where there’s either too much or too little daylight, and it’s rarely just right. The country has a varied climate during the year, which makes it great to visit for all sorts of activities, but most people would describe it as “it’s cold as hell”.
There are so many things you can do in Iceland, and some of them can only be done here. You can go to black sand beaches, you can hike a volcano, can visit waterfalls and geysers, can go glacier climbing, snorkel between tectonic plates, or soak in a hot spring every day. What’s not to love about this country?
Currency & costs
The official currency in Iceland is the Icelandic Krona, but you will mostly pay by card wherever you go. In all honesty, we have not even seen a Krona bill, this is how much you can pay by card across the country.
The costs can vary based on a series of factors: where are you staying (big-name hotels or local inns), what activities you do, and what type of amenities you want to enjoy. A big expense will be the accommodation, but everything else can be found at very decent prices, and most natural beauties are actually free to visit.
Visa & customs
Almost everyone that arrives in Iceland can get a visa on arrival, thus making it an easy destination to get to. You will, of course, need to look into your specific situation, as visa requirements often depend on your citizenship.
The Icelandic people are some of the nicest ones you will ever know. They’re kind and generous and will help you if you need it, no matter the situation. Still, you have to be aware of some annoying things tourists do often that can make them not like you.
As tourism has boomed in the country, there has also been an increase in behaviors that affect the environment. So, do the bare minimum and listen to what the people will tell you. Don’t litter, don’t stop in the middle of the road to take pictures, don’t feed the animals, don’t drive on F roads without a 4×4 car, and don’t damage the environment in any way. Basically, be a decent human being.
Useful resources for your trip to Iceland
While you will find more helpful resources in my packing list for Iceland, I want to point out a few very helpful ones here as well. You can also download my pdf packing list so you have it ready to go.
Iceland Travel Guide – blog posts
I have created an eBook where you can get all this information, and more, in one single place, and you’re able to take it with you there as well. But apart from that, you can read below everything you need to know before traveling to Iceland. Enjoy your trip!
Want to have a helpful resource to make your planning efforts not only easier but also more enjoyable? Check out my Iceland Travel Guide!