Iceland is a volcanic island, which originated only about 16 million years ago and is thus one of Europe’s youngest regions. The island's landscape really is unique, with its fjords, impressive waterfalls, bubbling geysers and gigantic glaciers as well as the wild, untouched highlands, which often resemble a lunar landscape.
Iceland in figures
The country has a total area of 103,000 sq. km (64,000 sq. miles). The coastline runs along 6,000 km (3,700 miles), the distance between North and South is around 300 km (186 miles), between East and West about 500 km (310 miles). Iceland has about 321,800 inhabitants, 206,000 of whom live in the greater Reykjavik area.
Many attractions can be easily visited on a trip around Iceland by stopping in the South, in the Eastfjords, up North, in the Westfjords. Not to forget the lovely Peninsulas Snaefellsnes and Reykjanes. To get close to the attractions of the highlands you will need a 4x4 rental car or join a guide in his big all-terrain vehicle or one of the scheduled highland buses from June until the end of August.
All persons requiring visas and who are not holding a valid Schengen visa in their travel document (who needs visa), must apply for a visa at relevant embassy/consulate before travelling to the area. In case you are not travelling from one of the Schengen countries please remember that your passport must be valid for at least 3 months after your travel to Iceland.
When travelling with WOWair please check WOWair's luggage information to see how much luggage each person may have on a flight. When travelling with Icelandair please check Icelandair's baggage allowances for information. When travelling with other airlines please check with your airline directly. In order to travel safe in Iceland, you should regularly check safetravel.is for travel alerts and warnings. The emergency no.is 112 for police, fire brigades, ambulance and rescue teams. Always be informed about the road and whether conditions when travelling on your own.
The currency used in Iceland is the Icelandic Krone (pronounced “krona”), ISK.
Euro/Mastercard, Visa and AMEX credit cards are widely used. In larger towns and airports it is easy to withdraw cash through ATMs (cash machines). To see the daily currency conversion rate, please check cb.is.
Customs rules and travellers
There are various import restrictions and prohibitions you have to be aware of when travelling to Iceland: Fishing equipment and riding equipment must be thoroughly disinfected, used riding gear made of leather (saddles, bridles, halters, riding apparel made of real leather) may not be imported, animals may only be imported with the approval of the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority, flowers and seeds are not allowed, as well as raw meat and various meat products, raw milk and raw eggs, weapons, and chewing tobacco. For more information check Customs Rules and Travellers and the website of the Directorate of Customs.
Daylight - Sunrise & Sunset in Iceland
During summer the nights are bright in all of Iceland. In the month of June the sun never fully sets in the north. There are even special excursions to the island of Grimsey on the Arctic Circle where you can experience the midnight sun. Keep in mind, however, that the sun at midnight is not as warm as at midday, so bring along a sweater. Find out more about sunrise and sunset in Iceland, time and daylight hours. From September until March the amazing northern lights can be seen in different colours outside of Reykjavik and around the whole country. The forecast for the Northern Lights can be seen on vedur.is.
There are good bus connections to almost every point on the island. Reykjavik itself has an excellent bus service. There is no train service, but there is a national airline service between Reykjavik, Hofn, Egilsstadir, Akureyri and the West fjords. The international airport is in Keflavik, about 50 km west of Reykjavik. The two Icelandic airlines; Icelandair and WOWair operate flights to Iceland from over 40 destinations. Check out our page about flights to Iceland. You can also have a look at the WOWair schedule and Icelandair schedule, for other airlines please contact your airline directly.