ICELAND - FAQ’S

Where is Iceland?
Iceland is the westernmost country in Europe, located in the North Atlantic about 800 km (497 mi) northwest of Scotland and 970 km (602 mi) west of Norway. Its closest neighbor is Greenland, which at its closest point is 286 km (180 mi) to the east. Iceland's northern coast is just below the Arctic Circle. 

Iceland is strategically located for air travel from either side of the Atlantic: flight times are 2-3 hours from major gateways in Europe and 5-6 hours from the East Coast of North America. A growing number of international gateways are served from Keflavík Airport, many on a daily basis, with some up to 3-4 flights per day.

·       See a map of Iceland

·       Read more about Iceland's geography and climate

What is the weather like in September?

The average temperature in September is 55 degrees.

Iceland is not considered a warm place by any normal standards, but thankfully the Gulf Stream does have a moderating effect on the temperatures. Average temperatures in July are about 12 degrees centigrade in Reykjavik, and usually a bit warmer in the north and east of Iceland. 

And despite the icy name, it doesn't snow as much in Iceland as you may think, especially in Reykjavik where there is usually little snow to be seen, even in winter. However, there is more snow in the winter in the north and east of Iceland and the West Fjords.

The biggest factor in Icelandic weather is its unpredictability as you never know what is going to happen next, especially in remote wilderness areas like the interior highlands. A beautiful day can suddenly turn windy and rainy (or vice versa), and you might see every type of weather imaginable over  a couple of days--especially in late autumn and early spring--so be prepared for anything. 

When is daylight in Iceland?

In September, sunrise is at 6:16 and sunset at 8:36pm

What it the time zone?

Reykjavik is 4 hours ahead of East Coast time.

What kind of money unit does Iceland have?

The Icelandic monetary unit is the króna (plural krónur) and is usually abbreviated as ISK or kr.

CREDIT CARDS:

Visa and MasterCard are accepted almost universally, and ATMs are generally not hard to find. Most people in Iceland pay for everything, even small items like chewing gum, with credit card. Note for US travellers:Iceland uses the chip-and-pin (EMV) system, which requires a 4-digit PIN for card purchases. If you only have the "swipe and sign" cards, you may wish to inquire about getting a chip-card from your bank or a major credit card issuer before travelling.

CURRENCY EXCHANGE:

All major currencies can be exchanged at the airport, banks and currency exchanges in Iceland. Due to currency restrictions, it is extremely difficult to obtain ISK in a foreign country before arriving in Iceland. Likewise, it is a good idea to exchange any surplus ISK before leaving Iceland. 

Foreign currency exchange is available at Keflavik International Airport and all banks around the country. Exchange services outside regular banking hours are also available at Landsbankinn in Keflavík Airport during the hours of 05:30-8:30 and 13:00 - 17:00 (downstairs) or 05:30-17:00 (upstairs - departure hall) 

What are Icelanders like?

Well educated, proficient in speaking English, sophisticated dressers, modern, reserved, friendly, creative, relaxed and generally helpful to tourists. Icelanders' ancestors were predominately Norwegian, although some came from the British Isles. 

What kind of outdoor clothing should I bring with me?

You will need to bring clothing for all types of weather conditions, no matter the time of year. Icelandic weather can be unpredictable, even in summer, so it is good to be prepared and comfortable.

WE RECCOMEND BRINGING:

·       a good windproof / waterproof jacket and trousers (insulated for winter travel)

·       fleece jacket or thick jumper/sweater

·       lightweight thermal layers (preferably woollen or synthetic as these fabrics are better at wicking moisture)

·       sturdy, comfortable walking or hiking shoes with good grip on the soles

·       Thick, comfy socks for hiking boots (preferably woollen, and thicker in winter)

·       Hats, gloves and scarves for all seasons

·       Swimsuit and a fast-drying towel (pools and hot tubs are open year-round!)

·       Sunglasses and sunscreen in summer

·       A small backpack for hikes or day tours to store water, snacks, extra clothing, etc. 

If you forget something, there are several outdoor clothing stores in the Reykjavik area, especially along the main shopping street, Laugavegur. Downtown Reykjavik also has a number of second-hand stores like Red Cross, Salvation Army, etc. The variety store Tiger on Laugavegur is a good option for small, cheap items like umbrellas or sunglasses.

Do I need a visa to enter Iceland?

No visa is required from US citizens.

Do I need to bring my passport?
Yes. A passport or other travel document accepted by Icelandic authorities valid at least three months beyond intended stay is required for visitors to Iceland. For further information, visit the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration.

 

Terms and Trip Insurance -

50% deposit required to hold you spot. Balance due 60 days prior to trip.

Your deposit is 50% refundable if you cancel within 60 days of departure date. After that time, the final payment is due, and the full amount is non refundable unless we fill your spot.

This is an informative link if you are considering trip insurance:

http://www.insuremytrip.com/learn/types-of-travel/index.html