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Iceland is an amazing destination if you are seeking adventure
Rough landscapes, extreme weather conditions and lots of different possibilities when it comes to activities. Put on your hiking boots and pack your backpack for a multiple day hike or grease your chain to defy the mountains by bike. Winter will give you the opportunity to go ice climbing on frozen waterfalls, while summer might be more suitable for a dive between the tectonic plates.
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Do people in Iceland speak English?
Yes, people in Iceland speak English. Although it is not their original language, which is Icelandic, almost all Icelandic people speak fluently English. Besides English, which is taught to everyone at school, the chance is big that they also speak another foreign language. Especially French, Danish, German and/or Spanish will be likely to be in the vocabulary of Icelandic people. The Icelandic language itself is rated as one of the hardest languages to learn. This is because of the old-fashioned vocabulary and the complex grammar. Luckily they speak English!
What is the currency in Iceland?
The currency in Iceland is the Icelandic Króna. For current rates you can check XE Currency. Many places, like restaurants and shops will also accept US dollars, Canadian dollars, Euros and Norwegian, Swedish and Danish currencies. Icelandic people barely have cash on hands, as they pay everything by card. So, if you don't have cash, don't worry. If you like cash, you can find a 24h ATM in kind of every town. Visa and MasterCard are the most widely accepted credit cards. American Express and Diner's Club come next. Electron, Maestro, and EDC debit cards are increasingly accepted at retail stores.
How much time should I spend in Iceland?
Iceland is a beautiful country with rough and untouched nature. You can spend a weekend to explore Reykjavik and the close surroundings, but you can also spend 4 weeks without getting bored! It depends on what you would like to see from Iceland and how much time you can spend there. If you want to see the more rural areas and get deep into nature with a 4x4, we would recommend to visit Iceland for at least 2 weeks. For more information about how long it takes to travel Australia, check our best routes in Iceland.
What is the best time of the year to travel to Iceland?
Icelandic summers (Jun-Aug) are magical because of the long days. Literally 24 hours of daylight will pass your journey. The weather is also best during these months, but it is also peak season, so you have to share your trip with many others. Winter is the best time of the year to hunt the Northern Lights. Long, dark nights will give you the biggest chance to gaze this natural phenomenon. Get dressed well, as temperatures may drop far below zero! For more information about the best time of the year to travel Iceland, check when to visit Iceland.
Do I need a visa for Iceland?
Iceland joined the Schengen states in March 2015. If you hold a valid Schengen visa you can visit Iceland. All other nations need to apply for a visa. You can use the official site from the Icelandic government to see which countries need a visa. If you need a visa you'll also find where to apply for one.
How much should I budget for Iceland?
Iceland is knows as a pretty expensive destination. And although expensive is different for anyone and depends on where you come from, I can tell you that Iceland is just one of the more expensive destinations to explore. Your biggest expenses will be for car rental and accommodation. If you want to eat out 3 times a day, food expenses can run high as well. Although the Icelandic super markets aren't the cheapest one, it will definitely save you a lot on food in comparison to eating out. If you want to have more details to set a budget, read our blog how much does it cost to travel Iceland.
What is the international dialing code for Iceland?
The international dialing code for Australia is +354. Mobile phone numbers start with 6, 7 or 8 in Iceland.
What is the emergency number in Australia?
The international emergency number for ambulance, police and fire brigade is 112. This number can be called from any mobile, fixed or payed phone and is free of charge.
Can you drink the water in Iceland?
Icelandic tap water is totally safe to drink, filtering is not necessary and buying water is a waste of your money. Not only is the tap water safe to drink, you can also drink out of a lot of natural water sources without filtering the water first! Just get some fresh glacier water in your water bottle and enjoy the freshness of nature!
What power plugs are used in Iceland?
The adapter required for Australia is a Type C European plug. The plugs in Iceland have two round metal pins. The electrical current in Australia is 220 Volts, 50Hz.