American and Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 90 days beyond the intended return date in order to enter and depart the country. Tourists must also provide proof of return or onward travel. Each traveler is responsible for ensuring that his/her passport is up to date. Citizens of other nationalities should check with respective authorities before departure.
Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately.
Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from your original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed up the replacement process should you lose your passport.
Citizens of the US and Canada may enter Iceland for up to 90 days without a visa. Citizens from other countries may require a valid visa. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Iceland for the most up-to-date visa information.
Cancelation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended as it can safeguard against the expenses associated with in-country medical emergencies, lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Medical facilities in Iceland are comparable to North American facilities. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty medical bill. Insurance can be purchased through us.
We always recommend that you see a doctor or health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. They will best determine your vaccination and medication needs based on your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, planned activities and up-to-the-minute requirement changes. For all vaccinations and health requirements, we also recommend that you consult the World Health Organization (WHO): http://www.who.int or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) http://wwwnc.cdc.gov.
If there are any medical items that are essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items.
Iceland’s climate is influenced by the Gulf Stream, giving it more of a temperate climate. The weather in Iceland can be extremely variable and hard to predict. It is not unusual to be rained on and get sunburnt at the same time. Icelandic winters can be relatively mild for its latitude, with average temperatures ranging from 0 °C to -30 °C depending on which part of the island you’re on. The summer can see temperatures ranging from 10 - 30 °C. From May to the beginning of August, there are nearly 24 hours of sunlight, and the island can also get hit by strong winds and the occasional dust storm in the interior. For up-to-date forecasts, check weather.com.
Electricity in Iceland is provided at 220 volts. Sockets are designed to accept two round prongs (European plugs). Some sockets will take plugs with large prongs only; others will take ones with small prongs. A multi-adaptor with different plug configurations can be very useful. We advise not to bring a hair dryer as it could blow a fuse.
Phone: Roaming charges vary between carriers, but tend to be quite costly. Consult your phone provider prior to departure to discuss overseas rates and international package options. It is also possible to purchase a SIM card locally to avoid international charges when calling numbers within Iceland. (You should check to see that your cell phone is SIM card compatible.)
Internet: Internet cafés and wireless access is available in most urban areas, airports and hotels throughout Iceland.
Generally speaking, we advise bringing 4600Kr-9200Kr per day, per person, for spending money. Be sure to bring lots of small bills for porters, wait staff and housekeeping (not obligatory and based on your satisfaction). The krona is the currency of Iceland and comes in coins and notes, with the notes coming in a variety of colors. Coins come in denominations of Kr100, 50, 10, 5, and 1, and notes in denominations of Kr5,000, 2,000, 1,000, and 500.
We recommend that you get local currency from your bank before you leave home or from a bank machine in-country which is much cheaper than an exchange service at the airport or in tourist areas. Your bank card may work, but Visa or MasterCard are more widely accepted.
Language: Icelandic, English is widely understood
Currency: Icelandic króna
Religion: 80% of the country is Lutheran
Time Zone: UTC (Universal Time Coordinated)
Telephone: Country code for calling you from outside Iceland is 354
Calling North America: Dial 001 and your 10 digit number
Emergency numbers in Iceland: Universal emergency number for Iceland is 112