Travel Q&A

Iceland has been dubbed the Land of the Midnight Sun and indeed around Midsummer’s Eve the sun is visible all day round. The flipside of the coin is the darkest day during winter solstice when the sun is only visible for two and a half hours. This natural phenomenon, however, is what creates the unique and beautiful light in Iceland. Artists and photographers are enthralled by it and strive to capture its variations in miscellaneous ways. The Gulf Stream passes along the coast of Iceland ensuring cool temperate climates. The summers are cool and winters fairly mild. July is the warmest month and January the coolest. For further information on the weather browse: http://en.vedur.is.

Do I need a VISA to come to Iceland?
A passport valid at least three months beyond intended stay, is required for visitors to Iceland. Travel between countries participating in the Schengen cooperation is allowed without formal passport control including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Germany. For additional information on passport and visa requirements see Icelandic Directorate of Immigration website

Here you can find information about visas to Iceland: http://utl.is/index.php/en/visas

How can I get from the international airport to Reykjavík?
Probably the best and easiest way is to take the Flybus, from the airport to Reykjavík. The drive takes about 45 minutes. You can book the flybus on our homepage – http://travel.worldscoutmoot.is/flybus/

Taxi from the airport to Reykjavík would cost from 16.000 – 20.000 ISK

Where can I camp in Iceland?
If you are planning to camp in Iceland we highly recommend that you stay at all times at camp sites. Our nature is exceptionally fragile and if we treat it with care, it will remain a source of fun and wonderment for ourselves and countless generations to come. Here you can see information about camping in Iceland. http://www.ust.is/einstaklingar/frettir/frett/2016/06/30/May-I-camp-anywhere-/

I´m going to bring food with me to Iceland, what am I allowed to bring?
You can see information about travelling to Iceland and what you can bring with you on the homepage of the Directorate of Customs: https://www.tollur.is/english/individuals/customs/traveling-to-iceland/

 

How much does the food cost?
In a supermarket
Milk (1 l) – 140 ISK
Bread – 285 ISK
Hot Dog – 694 ISK
Butter (400 gr) –469 ISK
Cheese  – 1.000 ISK
Coca Cola ½ l– 145 ISK

In Café/Restaurants
Coffe – from 400 ISK
Soup of the day – from 900 ISK
Meal, inexpensive restaurant – 2.000 ISK
Hamburger and fries – from 1.500 ISK
Pizza – from 2.000 ISK

Where can I exchange money?
The Icelandic monetary unit is the krona (plural kronur), which is abbreviated Kr or ISK. Money can easily be exchanged at the airport, bank and currency exchanges. All major credit cards are accepted and can be used to pay for virtually anything – except the public buses. Electron, Maestro and debit cards are accepted by merchants almost everywhere. ATM/Bank machines are found in most banks and many other locations throughout the country. Look for the Hradbanki sign.

What about public Transportation?
Extensive bus services are available in the capital area. Tickets can be purchased at the local bus station or from the driver with exact change. There is no rail or subway system in Iceland. You can find the schedules and maps for the citybus, buses in and around the capital area.   http://www.straeto.is/english/plan-your-journey/schedules-and-maps

How much does a rental car cost ?
It depends on which car rental you use, the extras you book etc…
But one day for small car can cost from 17.450 ISK.

Where is the tourist office in Reykjavik ?
There are many privately owned tourist offices in the city centre of Reykjavík.
The Official Tourist Information Centre for Reykjavík is located at:
Aðalstræti 2
101 Reykjavík
Opening hours daily are: 08:00-20:00

What about tips?
In Iceland gratuity is always included in the bill therefore tipping is not required. This applies to everything: restaurants, taxis, cafés, room service and more.

Practical information

Time Zone
Iceland is on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) throughout the year, and does not adjust to daylight saving time.

Electricity
The electric current in Iceland is 220 volts; 50 Hz AC. Icelandic electrical plugs are of the rounded, European two-pin type.

Calling from Iceland
The international code for calling Iceland from abroad is 354. There are no area codes in Iceland. To call internationally from Iceland, first dial 00 followed by the country code and telephone number.

Cell Phone Systems
The following mobile systems can be used in Iceland: GSM900 and 1800, 2G, 3G and UMTS 4G. Pre-paid cards are available at petrol stations around the country.

Internet Access
Iceland is a tech-savvy country with internet access available almost everywhere. Hotels and Guesthouses generally offer internet access and Wi-Fi free of charge. There are internet cafes in the larger towns and cities. Internet websites for businesses and organizations in Iceland end in the suffix ‘.is’.

Business, Banking & Shopping Hours
Office hours are generally from Monday to Friday  9:00 to 17:00  Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9:15 to 16:00. General Post Office hours are Monday to Friday 09:00–16:30. Shopping hours are Monday to Friday 9:00 to 18:00; Sat from 10:00 /11:00 to 14:00/18:00. Some food stores are open until 23:00 seven days a week or even 24 hours in the larger towns. Shopping malls, souvenir and bookshops in the city center are open on weekends.

Medical Attention / Emergencies
There are medical centers or hospital in all major cities and towns in Iceland. The 24-hour emergency phone number in Iceland is 112. Pharmacies are called ‘Apotek’ and are open during normal business hours. See also www.safetravel.is.