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.
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.
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.
Driving 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.
GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) is a constant in Iceland the whole year round.
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 09.00 – 16.00 (9 am – 4 pm). ATM´s are quite spread. All major credit and debit cards are commonly accepted. One krona is the monetary unit. Coin denominations are: 1, 5, 10, 50, and 100 kronur. Banknotes: 500, 1000, 5000 and 10000 kronur.
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 ISK 6.000. – or more (VAT 24% included) on one sales slip. The refund is approx. 14% of the total amount. Shops offering tax-free conditions are clearly marked.
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, 5000 and 10000 kronur.
In Iceland, the electricity is 220 volts, 50Hz, AC.