A good preparation for a trip to Iceland is necessary as you might not have the possibilities or chances to get the necessary information locally.
Here, you can find some good advice and practical information for your next holidays in the land of fire and ice.
01 January – New Years Day
Thursday after the 18th of April – First Day of summer
01 May – May Day
17 June – Independence Day
First Monday in August – Commerce Day
25 and 26 December – Christmas
Bank holidays: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Ascension Day, Whit Monday
All hotels, restaurants and shops accept major international credit cards (Visa, Master, Amex, Diner). Traveller Checks are widely used.
Banks are open Monday to Friday 9.15-16hrs. Some of the bigger banks have longer opening hours and are also open on Saturdays. Shops: Monday to Friday 9-18hrs, Saturday 10-14, 15 or 16hrs. In Reykjavik, some book or souvenir shops as well as grocery stores and petrol stations might have longer opening hours or are open on Sundays.
In general, opening hours are Monday to Friday 9-16.30hrs; in Reykjavik 10-18hrs. English is widely spoken.
220 Volt, 50 Hz
In Iceland, toilets are marked Kvenmenn (ladies) and Karlmenn (men).
There is no need of tipping in hotels and restaurants as it is already included in the bill.
Iceland uses the Islandic króna (IKr or kr.). Banknotes range from 500 to 5000 kr, coins from 1 to 100 kr.
All year long Iceland stays on GMT, which means in the summer a time difference of -1 hour exists between Iceland and the UK.