Visit Iceland - the land of Fire and Ice
Passport and Visa regulations
Iceland is an associate member of the Schengen Agreement, which exempts travelers from personal border controls between 22 EU countries. For information on passport and visa requirements as well as the Schengen area regulations, visit the website of the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration: www.utl.is/english
Icelandic is the national language. English is the country’s official second language and is spoken widely. Danish is the official third language taught in schools in Iceland.
Driving in Iceland
Ring Road Nr. 1 around Iceland is 1,332 km (827 mi). The general speed limit is 50 km/h in urban areas, 80 km/h on gravel roads in rural areas, and 90 km/h on asphalt, rural roads. For more information, be sure to visit www.safetravel.is All mountain roads and roads in the interior of Iceland have a loose gravel surface. The surface on the gravel roads is especially loose along the sides of the roads, so one should drive carefully. The mountain roads are quite narrow and are not made for speeding. The same goes for some bridges that allowing only one car to pass at a time. Information on road conditions, tel.: +522-1000, daily 8:00–16:00. www.road.is.
Right of public access
The Icelandic Nature Conservation Act allows free passage through the country as well as the right to dwell for legitimate purpose as long as the natural environment is treated with respect and the utmost care is taken to avoid damaging the country’s natural resources. For detailed information please visit the website of the Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources
There are three National Parks in Iceland, each with its own particular points of interest. Þingvellir, is in a rift valley between the North Atlantic and Eurasian Plates. It is a site of historical and cultural as well as of geological importance, and is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Snæfellsjökull National Park includes a volcano and glacier, and is steeped in mystery and romance; it is the only Park that reaches from the seashore to the mountaintops. Vatnajökull National Park is the largest national park in Europe, covering an area of 13.600 km2. The park encompasses, among other areas, the Vatnajökull glacier, Skaftafell, Jökulsárgljúfur, Lakagígar and Langisjór.
General hours are Mon–Fri 09:00–18:00. More on www.postur.is/en
Opening hours are Mon–Fri, 9:00–16:00. 24-hour cash dispensers are found in cities and villages around the country. Look for the Hraðbanki sign. All major credit and debit cards are accepted, especially by hotels, restaurants, shops and petrol stations in Iceland. You can also draw money with your credit card from cash points throughout the country. Traveller’s cheques are accepted at many hotels and tourist information centers. The major cards in Iceland are MasterCard and VISA.
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Volcanos, Glaciers, Geysers, Hot Springs, Northern Lights - Iceland
Arrival in Iceland
Several shuttle services are operated between Reykjavík and Keflavík International Airport.
Buses operate in connection with all arriving and departing flights, and seats are guaranteed.
The bus departs Keflavík from directly outside the terminal building around 40 minutes after each flight arrival, and leaves the BSÍ Bus Terminal 2.5 hours before each flight departure.
The drive between the airport and Reykjavík takes about 45 minutes.
Several companies offer shuttles between the international airport and the city center, and most offer hotel pickup for a small extra fee.
Some also offer a stop at the Blue Lagoon on the way!
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When it comes to outdoor adventure, Iceland has everything. From Glaciers to volcanos it is no wonder that Iceland is called The Land Of Fire and Ice! Unfortunatly Iceland can be very expensive so the best way to cut costs is to stay in a Hostel. Hostels in Iceland are far superior to many other places in the world and are more like hotels. There is a great network of hostel accommodation in Iceland stretching all the way around the island.
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One of the wonders of the world - outdoor bathing in geothermally heated pools.
In Iceland, The Met office track eartquakes as well as the weather!
The official tourist board for Iceland