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Facts about Iceland

Quick facts

  • Size: 102.775 km2
  • Population: 329.100
  • Language: Icelandic
  • Currency: Icelandic Króna ISK
  • Capital: Reykjavik (population about 120.000)
  • Time zone: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) all year round

How to get here

The best way to reach Iceland is by air. More and more airlines have scheduled flights to Keflavik International Airport and we have listed few of them below.

  • Icelandair
  • Wow air
  • SAS
  • British Airways
  • EazyJet
  • BlueBird
  • Air Berlin
  • Norwegian Air Shuttle
  • Air Greenland
  • Air Atlandic
  • Air Iceland

You can also sail to Iceland: Norræna

Weather

The climate in Iceland is relatively mild despite its northerly location. The Gulf stream sends us warm currents all year around so along the coast we normally do not have severe low temperatures. The average temperature in Reykjavik is 5°C but during the summer it goes up to 12°C and down to -1°C in January. The annual downpour in the south of Iceland is quite high, or about 3000 mm, while it is about 400 mm annually in the northern part. The weather can change fast in Iceland and the winds can be strong, especially beneath the mountains.

Northern lights

The northern lights are visible during the dark winter months in Iceland, given the right conditions. Skies have to be clear and the activity level has to be high.

What to bring

It depends on the seasons and your plans what you should bring to Iceland but always be sure to bring swimwear as well as rain- and windproofs. Please read the “What to bring” segment for more details about your tour.

How to book

The easiest, fastest and best way is to book and pay through our website. If you are having trouble with your booking, please send us an e-mail at info@adventures.is.

Money

Icelandic Króna (ISK) is our currency and all our prices are given in ISK. Credit cards are widely accepted in Iceland and in Reykjavik and bigger towns you should easily find ATM’s.

Transport in Iceland /how to get around?

From the airport, you can choose to take a bus (see Grayline or Reykjavík Excursion) or a taxi to Reykjavik. If you are planning a self-drive tour, you can choose to pick your rental car up at the airport.

Where to stay? – wherever you like!

Camping, hotels, hostels, guesthouses, cabins, Airbnb – you name it, Iceland has got all kinds of accommodation.

Miscellaneous

Vigdís Finnbogadóttir former president of Iceland was the first women to be elected as head of state in Europe.

Water – The water in Iceland is clear and clean and can be drunk from the tap all around the country, so there is no need to spend a fortune on bottled water. You can even drink from rivers and streams if you like. Just be careful of the meltwater from the glaciers and the hot spring water – as they both taste foul.

Electricity – The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.

Emergency – Dial 112 for police, ambulance or fire emergency. If you need some medical assistance after hours call 1170 or 575 – 0505 for dental emergency.

Lost and found – Dial 444 -1000.

Alcohol – The state has a monopoly in selling alcohol in Iceland. Thus, wine, beer and spirits can only be bought in the state-run Vínbúðin stores and/or at bars and restaurants. It is a good idea to buy alcoholic beverages in the duty-free store at the airport because the prices in Vínbúðin are quite high. You have to be 20 years old to buy and consume alcohol in Iceland.

Smoking – Smoking in public places was banned in 2007 in Iceland. Many restaurants and public places have designated smoking areas in spite of the ban. Cigarettes and tobacco can be bought in many stores, gas stations and kiosks. You have to be 18 years old to buy tobacco in Iceland.

Heating – Iceland has an abundance of hot water because of the geothermal activity. We harness the heat to provide heating for our houses and we also generate electricity from the steam. As the water in most parts of the country is geothermal your shower might smell a bit of sulfur.

Swimming pools – Because all the hot water you can find swimming pools in even the smallest towns in Iceland. Icelanders just love to unwind in the hot tubs after work, families go to the swimming pools to enjoy some quality time, the pool is a popular setting for a first date and some say that this is the Icelandic answer to the Brits “going to the pub”.

Language – Icelandic is a north germanic language and a close relative to the other nordic languages.