Iceland is one of the most exotic, exciting and unique places on earth and I guarantee that you won’t be disappointed when traveling to Iceland! Here are 10 really good to know Iceland tips & tricks that will come in handy!
When it comes to Iceland tips first things first. When you are flying to Iceland, you will arrive at Keflavík International Airport. The airport is approximately 50 km South of Reykjavík so it will take you about 45 minutes of driving to get to Reykjavík. The cheapest way to get to Reykjavík is to take a bus transfer. However, if you are traveling in a group, taking a taxi is a more convenient alternative and only costs a few thousand Kronur more (I know it sounds a lot! But 1.000 Kronur is only about 10$ ).
Right in between Reykjavík central and Keflavík International Airport you will find the Blue Lagoon, which is one of the most popular places in Iceland to visit and for a really good reason. We recommend spending a part of your last day in Iceland unwinding after your adventures in the Blue Lagoon. Hard to think of a better way to end your trip than that!
If you are stressing about language barriers, don’t. Everyone in Iceland speaks really good English excluding the oldest Icelanders, the younger generation has learned English in school since they were 10 years at least. Feel free to try and learn some Icelandic words, why don’t you start with the famous “Eyjafjallajökull” or “Fjaðrárgljúfur” and please feel free to share with me how it went!
The currency in Iceland is the Krona, it is often written as ISK, short for Icelandic Krona. You don’t have to carry cash in Iceland, everyone accepts credit cards. If you know your pin number, you’re all set!
The weather in Iceland is probably not as cold as you might be imagining. However, it can often be pretty unpredictable, one minute it’s sunny and the next you get rain! So you better bring good clothes. You don’t want to live by the phrase “less is more” when it comes to layers. Us Icelanders we have the masters degree in wearing layers!
- Inner layer
- Something waterproof
You will thank me when you are wearing your waterproof clothes and good shoes walking near a waterfall and people around you are soaking wet. This waterfall is by the way called Seljalandsfoss and is located in South Iceland.
You should never have to buy bottled water in Iceland, the tap water is perfectly safe and really good, the best in the world in my opinion! Nothing beats collecting your water from a stream when driving in the countryside in Iceland, you just have to try that!
If you are traveling to Iceland in the summertime you will notice that Iceland has daylight for up to 20 hours per day so you might want to pack a sleeping mask if you have a hard time sleeping in daylight. Most hotels have blackout curtains in their rooms so you shouldn’t be too affected by it.
It’s a good idea to pack extra batteries and SD card for your camera because you are going to take a lot of pictures! Nothing beats looking at something beautiful through your eyes, so do yourself a favor and look up and enjoy the scenery.
If you are wondering about the “Northern Lights” or Aurora Borealis, your best bet to see them is during winter, although they can also be visible during summer when it’s dark enough outside. To be able to see the northern lights you need clear skies and complete darkness. The darkness is really rare in the summertime. You can monitor a Northern Lights forecast as well as a cloud coverage forecast.
When traveling on your own in Iceland keep safety in mind. At safetravel.is you can find general information about road safety and other alerts and warnings that are good to bear in mind on your travels.
Are you sitting on some questions you want to know about traveling to Iceland? Drop them in the comment box below and I will answer the best way I possibly can!