FAQ

Where is Iceland?

Iceland is located in the North Atlantic, between North America and Europe.

How do I get to Iceland?

Direct flights from these cities and carriers:

London
Heathrow LHR - Icelandair (FI)
Gatwick  LGW - WOW (WW) , Icelandair (FI)
Luton LTN - EasyJet (U2)

Birmingham BHX - FlyBe (BE)

Bristol BRS - EasyJet (U2)

Manchester MAN - Icelandair (FI) , EasyJet (U2)

Edinburg EDI - EasyJet (U2)

Glascow GLA - Icelandair (FI)

Connecting flights from other airports in the UK also available.

Passports and visas

Please note that all passengers to Iceland must have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for six months from the date of departure. Each passenger is responsible for obtaining all necessary travel documents.

How much luggage can I bring on the plane?

Icelandair lets passenger travel with 23 kgs checked in luggage, as well as one piece of hand luggage of up to 10 kg.

Currency and exchange

It is an advantage to exchange currency in Iceland. Bureau de Change agencies are not common, but it’s easy to exchange money in normal banks. There are two banks at the airport, one just before passport control on the 3rd floor, and one after the baggage hall. These banks are always open in conjunction with flight arrivals. It is also possible to get cash from cash point machines around Iceland. Most credit cards are accepted in Iceland, but American Express is not widely accepted.

Tax Free Shopping

You can buy tax-free alcohol and other goods upon arrival in Iceland. You can bring in 1 L of spirit and 1 L of wine, as well as 200 cigarettes or 250 grams of other tobacco types. It is not permitted to import snus to Iceland. Travellers spending more than ISK 6000 in one shop can get the VAT returned (up to 15%). Ask for a tax-free receipt while shopping, which you need to show along with the unopened packaging at the airport, where you will get the VAT paid back.

For more information see: www.icetourist.is

How long is the journey from Keflavík airport to Reykajvík?

Keflavík international airport is located 48 km from Reykjavík. There is a buss transfer in connection with each arriving and departing flight, and the journey takes approximately 45 – 50 minutes. It is possible to catch a transfer that takes you via the famous Blue Lagoon in connection with some arriving/departing flights (time: 2,5 – 3 hours, inc. bathing).

What is the weather like in Iceland?

Iceland has a relatively mild climate thanks to the Golf Stream. It is likely that you experience varying weather conditions during your stay in Iceland. The weather changes fast. Icelandic people have a saying about the weather: “If you don’t like the weather, just wait 15 minutes”.

The average temperature is about 11°C during summer, and about 0°C during the coldest period, January to February.

Month  |  Temperature  |  Rain/snow
January  |  -0,4  |  86
February  |  0,1  |  74
March  |  0,9  |  75
April  |  2,9  |  56
May  |  6,5  |  42
June  |  9,4  |  44
July  |  11,1  |  50
August  |  10,6  |  61
September  |  7,9  |  70
October  |  4,6  |  87
November  |  1,7  |  82
December  |  0,2  |  84

 

How should I dress?

During autumn, winter and spring you should bring light fleece/wool clothing, a sweater or cardigan, wind and rainproof clothing and solid shoes/boots. If you are spending time in Reykjavík its wise to bring some smarter clothing to wear for dinners out or going out. Icelandic people are fashion forward and dress with style. Don’t forget your swimwear! A popular pastime with visitors and locals alike is bathing in the hot springs and bathhouses you find in Iceland. Don’t miss the chance to experience this!

How do phones/mobiles work in Iceland?

There are 3 GSM phone operators in Iceland. The GSM network covers the Reykjavík area and the Southwest of Iceland, as well as any area with a population over 200 people. Icelandic pay as you go cards can be purchased in for example petrol stations all over the country. Hotels are equipped with telephones, but phone booths are not common. The international code for Iceland is 354.

What is the food like in Iceland?

The food served in Iceland is World class, using fresh produce and executed well. Especially fish and lamb are popular and not to be missed. Vegetarian and lactose free food is sometimes available, but not that common.

What are opening times like in Iceland?

Shops: Mon – Fri 10 am – 6 pm. Sat 10 am – 2 pm. Shopping centres have longer opening hours on Saturdays and Sundays. During summer some shops are closed on Saturdays.

Banks: Mon – Fri 10 am – 4 pm.

Restaurants, cafes, and bars: Usually open between 10 am and 1 am all week. Nightclubs are open until 1 am during the week, and until 5 am at the weekend.

How well does the Internet function in Iceland?

Internet connection is widespread in Iceland, and most hotels offer this. There are also several Internet cafes in Reykjavik where its costs approximately £3.50 for half an hours access. Many public places have Wi-Fi access.

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