Where is it?
Iceland is a North Atlantic island. It lies about 800 km northwest of Scotland and 970 km west of Norway, and its northern coast is just below the Arctic Circle. From London, Reykjavík is the same distance as Athens.
How far is Iceland?
Not far at all! Frequent flights operate to Iceland from main cities in Europe and North America and many gateways are served daily. Flight times to Europe are two to four hours. Most flights connect at Iceland’s Keflavík International Airport (45 km from Reykjavík) to give good stopover opportunities for transatlantic travelers.
How cold does it get?
Thow the name indicates otherwise 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 only settles intermittetly in Reykjavík but tends to stay longer in the north.
How should I dress?
Always be prepared for both cold and wet weather at all times of the year. The weather can be extremely changeable.
What are the people like?
Scandinavian, friendly, Helpfull, sophisticated, attractive, honest and very modern.
Do Icelanders speak English?
Most Icelanders do.
What are the accommodation and food like?
see restaurants and hotels
How is the daylight in Iceland?
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".
What kind of money do they use in Iceland?
The Icelandic króna (ISK). All major currencies can be exchanged at the airport, banks and currency exchanges. Visa and MasterCard are accepted almost universally, and ATMs are easy to find.
What is there to see besides nature?
Nature is obviously a big part of the Icelandic experience - but it´s by no means the only part. Reykjavík is one of the liveliest, safest, most sophisticated and modern cities there is, and its nightlife and cultural activities have earned an exciting reputation. Other towns such as Akureyri in the north are worth visiting in their right too. For those who want to see both city and nature, the wilds begin just outside urban communities and a wide range of sightseeing tours are on offer from most of them.
Can I plug my modem?
Generally, yes, jack are standard. As you should do anywhere, though, always ask a hotel it it´s safe to plug a normal modem into your room phone jack. By the way, Icelanders have the highest rate of computer use in the world.
What about the electricity?
Icelandic electrical standards are European (50Hz, 240 volts) so many North American electrical devices will require converts. Plugs are generally two-pin, so devices brought in from the UK and North America will require adapters.
Will my mobile phone work in Iceland?
Most European cell phones work on Iceland’s GSM network; North American ones use a different standard. But you can rent cell phones in Iceland. Iceland now has the highest rate of cell phones use in the world. Mobiles work in towns and on virtually all main travel routes.