Iceland offers incredible opportunity for a unique and adventurous getaway. Our travel guide gives you all the pointers you need for visiting this fascinating and friendly country. From simple oversights like what the sales taxes are to must-know info such as entry requirements and emergency phone numbers, our Iceland Travel Guide is thorough and complete.
Get excited about your trip to Iceland! The Viking roots and seemingly endless natural phenomenon’s make it a destination that everyone will appreciate.
Perhaps one of the most photogenic countries in the world, hobbyists will love capturing the varying landscapes. Geysers, hot springs, volcanoes, glaciers, ice caves, and the Northern Lights await you and your camera.
Adventure seekers will find the challenging glacier hikes and ice climbing opportunities second to none. Families and friends will never forget the epic scenery and exploration opportunities, which create a meaningful vacation experience. Honeymooners and couples will find this destination as unique as they are.
Time Zone: GMT (UTC 0)
Languages: Icelandic, Polish, English
Power Outlets: 220 volts at 50 Hz (same as Europe)
Currency:: Icelandic króna (ISK)
Credit Cards: All major credit cards accepted.
Traveler Checks: Traveler checks accepted.
Side of road to drive on: Right
Legal Drinking Age: 20
Every visitor must hold a valid passport to enter Iceland. Those travelling from Canada, United States of America, the United Kingdom, and many common wealth countries do not require a Visa in advance and can stay for up to 90 days for business or leisure. If a trip is planned that will go beyond 90 days a Visa is required. Your passport must be valid for at least 90 days past your departure date.
Visitors are not permitted to stay longer than 90 days, and must have a return ticket as proof of departure. They must also have their hotel confirmation, and evidence that they can maintain themselves economically for their stay in Iceland.
If a traveler is uncertain whether they need a Visa or not, they should verify with the Iceland by calling 1-866-978-5904.
Restricted/Prohibited Materials: All airports in Iceland follow and meet strict international security standards. All passengers are subject to these regulations.
Security Checkpoints: Departing passengers entering secure areas will be inspected, along with checked and carry-on bags. Restrictions on carry-on bags vary according to security alert level at time of travel, but it is generally advisable to pack everything in your checked bags except those items you must have for the flight, along with keys, jewellery & important documents. Be prepared to remove jackets, coats, belts and shoes, take laptop computer out of its case, place keys, cell phone and other electronic devices in inspection tray and remove resealable bag of lotions and medication for inspection. If you wish to lock your bags, you may do so after clearing all inspection points. These include guns, knives, explosives, lighters, compressed gas cylinders, flammable liquids such as paint thinner, turpentine or chlorine and other potentially dangerous household goods, including spray paint that could explode under pressure. Restricted items are subject to change.
Upon arriving in Iceland, everyone must fill out and sign an immigration form, keeping a portion of the card in hand until departing.
Each adult visitor is allowed up to 3 kg of food (exceptions in Prohibited Materials), 50 cigars, 200 cigarettes (dried tobacco only), 1 litre of spirits, 2.5 litres of wine, and a variety of personal effects (personal radio headsets, bicycle, two still cameras, etc.).
Prohibited Materials Include; Pets and animals (special permission can be granted by contacting the the Agricultural Authority of Iceland), meat and meat products, milk, eggs, illegal drugs, knives (and any other deadly weapons), counterfeit money, and pornographic material.
A sales tax rate of 24% is applied to consumer purchases. However, be aware that purchase amounts are typically “all inclusive” so the tax is usually included in the price, for instance in menus.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE that non-Icelander residents are eligible for tax-free purchases if in the amount of ISK 6,000 or more and you will be departing with the item (taking it back home). You must pay the tax upfront and complete the appropriate tax form to collect it back. For more information visit the official website (LINK https://www.tollur.is/english/individuals/customs/traveling-to-iceland/tax-free-vat-refund/).
A hotel room tax rate of $100 ISK (approx. $1USD / $1.25CAD) is applicable. It is required to be shows on your Bill.
At most restaurants a Service Fee of 10% is applied in lieu of tipping, be sure to check your bill. For other industries such as travel guides and bell hops a 10% tip is the norm but may already be included so be sure to verify.
Emergencies: The emergency numbers in the Iceland is 911.
Hospitals: Good medical facilities exist Iceland.Landspitali University Hospital
Bringing in prescriptions: If you are required to take medication, you may carry only the amount you need for the flight in your carry-on bag. It should be in original packaging from the pharmacy.
Vaccinations: Although no vaccinations are required at this time, it is always important to verify with your doctor six weeks before departure. If a frequent traveler it is highly recommended to obtain Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccinations, while also having regular vaccines up to date (measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine).
Iceland is a very safe country and considered one of the safest in the world. Terrorism is not considered to be a threat. The main safety concerns for travelers in Iceland are natural hazards. We recommend using licensed tour operators for all excursions.
Accused of a crime in Iceland: Persons violating laws in Iceland, even unknowingly, may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. If accused of a crime contact your embassy or consulate immediately.
Victims of Crime: If you are the victim of a crime in Iceland you should contact the local police and your embassy for help. This includes the loss or theft of a passport. The embassy/consulate staff can, for example, help you find appropriate medical care, contact family members or friends, and explain how funds may be transferred. Although the investigation and prosecution of the crime are solely the responsibility of local Antigua authorities, consular officers can help you to understand the local criminal justice process and to find an attorney if needed.
Travelling to Iceland with a criminal record: Persons with criminal records or persons, who are on parole, should contact the government of Iceland directly, before purchasing any tickets. They reserve the right to disallow you access to their country.
Car Rental: You must be 20 years or older with a valid drivers license, to rent a car, and 23 years of age to rent a 4x4
Taxi: Taxi's are common in Iceland. Government regulated rates are charged.
Public Transportation: Bus services are available in Antigua. Fares charged are per person. Several stops are found through the island. You can review a full schedule here.
Drivers License Info: You are required to obtain an Antigua drivers license to drive or rent a car in Antigua and Barbuda.
Motto:It Will All Work Out Okay
Wardrobe: Be prepared for varying weather by layering your cloths. In winter dress extra warm and have propoer outerwear such as boots, hat, scarf, gloves, snow pants and jacket.
Smoking: Smoking is banned in all public places, restuarants, bars, and most hotels. Ask about designated smoking area if required.
Etiquette: Iceland is hoe to some of the nicest and easy going people in the world. Address them by their first name (not last), and the emphasis is almost always put on the first syllable.
Take your shows off when you go in someones home or a private business such as a doctors office.
You must shower naked before entering a public pool or lagoon. This is taken very seriously. Use soap. Don't worry the showers are private, but if you arrive in a wet swimsuit you could be denied entry.
Icelanders are very serious drivers. As you can imagine with their quick to change climate, safety is first and foremost on the road. Be courteous and don't speed even if the weather is good.
The horses are just that, horses. Not ponies, so b sure to call them a horse.
Pick up after yourself. You may go on a three hour hike, be sure not to leave any waste behind.
Tipping: Tipping is almost always included in the price. They are now starting to leave tip jars out in some places as most travelers insist on leaving something, but it is not required or expected.