Iceland is located in the North Atlantic Ocean between Europe and North America. Although the country it self is large, slightly smaller than the state of Kentucky, the nation of Icelanders is very small, only around 320.000.
The local language is Icelandic. English is widely spoken along with Nordic languages and German. You will have no problem speaking English to locals.
The official currency of Iceland is the Icelandic Krona (ISK). The exchange rate is around 150 ISK to the Euro, or 120 ISK to the Dollar. This site offers up to date exchange rate information. Cash can be withdrawn from debit and credit cards in all local ATM´s. Most foreign money can also be exchanged into Icelandic Krona in all bank outlets.
Please be advised that the exchange rate of the Krona against other currencies can differ between countries. This is a result of the collapse of the Icelandic financial systems in late 2008. We recommend that you do not bring any Icelandic Krona with you back home since it’s very likely you will not be able to change it back to your local currency.
Be sure to read our guide to shopping in Iceland.
Iceland is Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). However, travelers should be aware that since Iceland does not have daylight savings time, there is, for instance, a one hour difference between Reykjavik and London in summertime. In winter the time is the same as in London.
Telephone / Internet
Public telephones are not widely available in Reykjavik. You might stumble upon one somewhere in the city but most of them have been taken down in recent years following an increased use of personal mobile phones.
Internet is available in all hotels and also in many restaurants and cafes in Reykjavik. Usually there is no charge for use of the internet.
Safety and health
Reykjavik is one of the safest places in the world. Crime against tourists (and locals, actually) is close to non-existent. This does not mean that tourists can leave valuables lying around anywhere they go, but there is little to be worried about in Reykjavik.
Travelling to Iceland does not require any vaccination nor is it recommended. Water in Iceland is safe to drink and food safety is high.
The number for emergencies is 112. Check out our list of important places and numbers for safety and services.
The climate is extremely temperate, the winters are mild and the summers are not very hot. Read more about the seasons in Iceland.
| Planning your trip |
Practcal considerations such as how to travel and where to stay.
| When should I visit Iceland? |
What you need to consider, such as climate and seasonal activites.
| Arriving in Iceland |
The information you need when landing in Iceland and getting to your hotel.
| Getting around |
Information about modes of transportation around Iceland, and Reykjavík in particular.
| Driving in Iceland |
Important practical- and safety information when driving in Iceland.
| Important Places and Numbers |
Practical and Emergency information, embassies and taxis.
Our guide to where to go and what to buy.
| Tax Free Shopping |
Our guide to shopping tax free in Iceland.
| Reykjavík on a Budget |
Hints and tips for the price-conscious traveller.
| Icelandic for Beginners |
Some fun phrases and words to learn for your journey
| History of Iceland |
A short summary of Icelandic History.
| Cruise Ship Information |
Information for those stopping by while on a cruise.
| Iceland Public Holidays |
A list of public holidays in Iceland.