Where is it: Iceland is located in northern Europe. It is an island between the Greenland Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, northwest of the UK.
Why do people go here: Iceland has one of the most concentrated gene pools in the world, and some of its most unique nature. Natural geysers, the Blue Lagoon and a high standard of living are all part of Icelandic life.
What are the main entry points: You must take a plane to travel to Iceland. Reykjavik is the capital and the number one destination in the country. You can also take the ferry.
Currency used: Icelandic krona
Country Code for Phones: 354
Area codes for Major Cities: None Needed
Religion: Evangelical Lutheran 87.1%, other Protestant 4.1%, Roman Catholic 1.7%, other 7.1%
Ethnic Breakdown: 93% Icelandic, 7.0% Others
Government: Parliamentary republic
Languages: Icelandic, English, Nordic languages, German widely spoken
Major Cities: Reykjavik
Attractions: Reykjavik’s night life, Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, Glacier tours, Whale watch tours
Tourism Office locations and links: Icelandic Tourist Board Likjargata 3 101, Reykjavik, 101, Iceland +354-535-5500; FAX +354-535-5501; Website: www.icelandreview.com www.icelandtouristboard.com
Off-the-Beaten-Path: There is a lot of unspoilt territory in the highlands but takes a 4×4 or hiking to get to.
Health Issues: No vaccines are required. Health care is on par with the rest of Europe, however, travelers who require specialized or extensive medical treatments should consider going to larger European country.
Tips for Visiting
When to go: The summer is the best time to visit Iceland, as everything is open and bus lines are running. Many sights and accomodation options close down in September and don’t re-open until late Spring.
Common Phrases: Yes = Ja, No = nei, Please= vinsamlegast, thank you = takk, Do you speak english? = Talar tu ensku?
Specific Events/Holidays: Independence Day, 17 June (1944)
Getting Around: Buses are your best bet, as hiring a car is quite expensive and rail is non-existant
Good to know: Raingear is essential anytime of the year, umbrellas are useless as the wind is too strong
Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Iceland is the Keflavík International Airport.
Need more information?: Check out the Iceland travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.