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Information on individual services is accessible on the Travel Guide, the Angling Guide, the Hunting Guide, and Organized Tours Guide. This website is tailor made for planning a trip to and around Iceland. All hotels, guesthouses, youth hostels, cottages, farm-and-sleeping-bag accommodations, restaurants, snack bars, camping sites, tourist information centres, banks, attractions, airports, airlines, scheduled busses, filling stations, horse rentals, golf courses, boat trips, ferries, snowmobiling, jet-skiing, swimming pools, car- and bus rentals, museums and galleries in the different parts of the country are easily accessible there.

Iceland enjoys an ever-increasing popularity the whole year round, and if you are planning a trip here during the summer months (June, July, August), you should make the necessary reservations for transport (flights and ferry), accommodations, and special events. The Travel Guide takes care of that for you.

Transportation to and from the International Airport
The least expensive means of transport is the Fly Bus operated for departures and arrivals of each flight. Taxis stand in line in front of the arrival terminal. Comprehensive information on scheduled transportation is available in the Travel Guide.

Without the Gulf Stream, the whole country would be covered with a sheet of ice. The average temperature of the warmest month is about 12°C (54°F) and of the coldest month about 0°C (32°F). It is usually considerably colder in the mountains and extreme North. The weather can change very abruptly and sometimes you can experience all weather conditions during the same day. Although we highly recommend that you bring warm, wind-, and waterproof clothes, we also suggest lighter clothes for nice weather.

Traffic rulesDriving in Iceland is on the right-hand side of the road. A switchover from left-hand driving took place in 1968. Road signals follow the international pattern.

Time:   GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) is a constant in Iceland the whole year round.

Petrol Stations
Petrol stations in Reykjavik are open Monday through Saturday 07,30 – 23,30, Sundays 10,00 – 23,30. Some stations in Reykjavik are open around the clock.  Self service, credit card stations are operated all around the country. Outside Reykjavik, the opening hours are variable, often until 23,30.  Hydrogen fuel

Accommodations, Restaurants, Culture, Shopping etc.
Consult the Travel Guide Pages.

The emergency telephone number in Iceland is 112.

Banks / Exchange
Foreign currencies are changeable in all banks. Banks in Iceland are generally open on weekdays from 09,15 – 16,00. Exchange banks are operated in the airport terminal duty free area and in the arrival area of the airport and the car ferry Norrona in Seydisfiord.

Credit and Debit Cards
All major credit cards are commonly accepted.  Debit cards are widely accepted.

There is a great variety of radio stations to choose from, and a few television domestic channels. Many hotels and accommodations also offer satellite connections. An amazingly great number of newspapers are published in Iceland and foreign newspapers are available newspaper stands and bookstores.

Tax Free Shopping
Purchase amount must be Ikr 5.000. - or more (VAT 24,5% included) on one sales slip. The refund is approx. 15% of the total amount. Shops offering tax-free conditions are clearly marked.

Medical Services
Citizens of Scandinavia must show valid medical insurance and passport in case of a medical emergency. Citizens of EEA countries must have the E-111 form, or they will be charged in full. The medical services in Iceland rank among the best in the world and are rendered all over the country. Inoculations are not required, except for those who arrive from areas infested with infectious diseases such as cholera, small pox, yellow fever etc.

The Icelandic Currency
One krona is the monetary unit. Coin denominations are: 1, 5, 10, 50, and 100 kronur. Banknotes: 500, 1000, 2000, 5000 and 10000 kronur. The Central Bank of Iceland issues the daily rate of exchange. It is permitted to bring limited amounts of Ikr. Into the country and unlimited amounts in foreign currency. See more information on Banks, Exchanges, and Savings Banks in the Travel Guide.

In Iceland, the electricity is 220 volts, 50Hz, AC. Usually adaptors for the outlets are available at the accommodations if you have not brought your own.

Accessibility for the physically handicapped
Iceland is not among the easiest countries for the physically handicapped, but with careful planning and preparations, most obstacles can be overcome. For further information, contact the Icelandic Tourist Board (Tel.: +354 552-7488).

The Icelandic Foreign Service <> Embassies <> Visas/Passports <> Duty-Free

Business Contacts <> Business Hours <> Education <> National Holidays

Telephone-Internet <> The Icelandic Flag <> The Icelandic Language

*The Coast Guard <> The Police <> Medals <> The Icelandic Proper Names

The Icelandic Code of Arms <> Statistics  Iceland

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