In the middle of the North Atlantic you will find a modern society built on traditions and fairy tales dating back to the Viking Age. The magical nature offers volcanoes, geysers, glaciers, fjords and waterfalls. And in the waters around the island you will find seals, dolphins, killer whales and humpback whales. You will also find a rich cultural life with lots of festivals going on all year round.
On this page you will find practical information and facts about Iceland.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION ABOUT TRAVELING IN ICELAND
Climate and best travel time
It is excellent to travel to Iceland all year round. Thanks to the Gulf Stream, Iceland has a temperate sea climate with cool summers and relatively mild winters. In summer the average temperature is 12-20 ° C. During this period the days are long and in June and July the sun never sets. During the winter period, the average temperature is -1 ° C and here it is possible to experience the northern lights dancing in the night sky. Visit watchtutorials.org for Iceland a land of fire and ice.
The weather in Iceland is very changeable and you should be prepared for unexpected weather conditions. Our recommendations are based on how the climate has been in previous years.
NOTE! Visa rules are subject to change at short notice, so We recommend that you check the current conditions with the embassy of the country in question. The information below is subject to change.
Iceland is visa-free for Swedish citizens.
A number of local bus companies connect most cities in Iceland.
There are taxis in the biggest cities, such as Reykjavik. All run on taximeters and some offer a fixed price for transportation to and from the airport.
Car and motorhome
The road network in Iceland is very well developed and it is well signposted all over the island. It is therefore very convenient here to go on a car trip. Car rental is generally cheap and all major rental companies have depots at the airports. If you only live in the larger cities, it is not worth renting a car – here it is the cheapest with public transport, day trips or taxis. But if you are longing to explore the country on your own, this mode of transport is the most efficient. Some roads in Iceland require four-wheel drive (4WD). It is also possible to rent a motorhome in Iceland.
It is not expected that you tip in Iceland.
CLIMATE: SEA CLIMATE
CURRENCY: ICELANDIC KRONA (ISK)
RELIGION: CHRISTIANITY, 1% ASA BELIEVERS
Iceland is divided into seven regions, all of which offer unique attractions and magnificent nature experiences:
Reykjavík: With a population of just over 122,000, Reykjavík is hardly a conventional capital. It is called one of Europe’s hottest cities and offers a rich cultural life, lots of concerts, good restaurants and a vital nightlife. It is easy to explore the city and its sights on foot or by bike.
Sydudden / Reykjanes: The Reykjanes peninsula is a geothermal wonder that literally gets under the skin of the Blue Lagoon. In the area you will find plenty of lighthouses, large lava fields and Keflavík International Airport.
Eastern Iceland:In eastern Iceland you will find everything from impressive fjords to inviting fishing villages, fertile valleys, magnificent mountains and Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull.
Southern Iceland: The region offers an extremely varied nature with everything from glaciers, geysers, waterfalls, volcanoes and lava beaches and much more. The area is a must for all travelers; here you really experience the contrasts within Iceland’s extreme nature. It is also here that you can clearly see the boundary between the Eurasian and American tectonic plates.
Icelandic Highlands: The area is an incredible mix of rocky deserts, volcanoes, valleys, hot springs, rugged mountain peaks and ice caps. It is possible to travel on the mountain roads Kjölur and Sprengisandur during the summer season, both on foot or by off-road vehicle.
Northern Iceland: In this region there are magnificent mountains, fjords, wetlands and cozy villages. Here is also Iceland’s second largest city Akureyri, which is located by Eyjafjörður’s largest fjord. The university city of Akureyri is rich in culture and history and has a charming center with wooden houses from the 19th century.
Western Iceland: The region offers everything that Iceland has to offer with dormant volcanoes, majestic waterfalls, fjords, valleys, craters, glaciers and a rich wildlife.
Västfjordarna: In this isolated part of Iceland, the raw nature and the unspoilt wilderness prevail. Here is an impressive wildlife with many seabirds and polar foxes. In the steep mountains you can suddenly come across small fishing villages.