Iceland - the land of fire and ice
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.
One of the last adventures
The landscape of the island is impressionable diversified - green meadows, black lava beaches and volcanos alternate with steaming hot pots and geysers or regions with different moss, lichen and bush. But also fascinating fjords, waterfalls and countless lakes belong to the extraordinary natural contrast.
Iceland in Figures
The country has a total area of 103,000 sq. km (64,000 sq. miles), which is a little smaller than England. 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). Many attractions can be easily visited on a trip around Iceland by stopping in the South, in the Eastfjords, up North, in the Westfjords or in the greater Reykjavik area. Not to forget the lovely pensinsulas 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. Iceland has about 319,500 inhabitants, 170.000 of whom live in Reykjavik and the surrounding area.
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No visas are required for entry to Iceland for U.K. citizens, but you will need to take your passport and always carry it with you. Remember that it must be valid for at least 3 months after your holiday in Iceland. You can take up to 20kg of checked luggage per person on your flight to the island. To travel safely in Iceland, you should know the emergency no. 112 for police, fire brigades, ambulance and rescue teams. Always be informed about the road and wheather conditions when travelling on your own.
climate & clothing
Iceland is influenced by the Gulf stream and possess a moderate maritime climate with cool summer and mild winter. The average temperature during the winter months lies between -5°C and +5°C and in the summer months between +10°C and +15°C.
Throughout the year, Iceland offers amazing travel experiences, therefore you decide what you would like to experience and on this background choose the right travel time. The best travel season with the most comfortable temperatures and longer days is from May to September. The highland roads are usually open from Mid June to Mid September. The most colorful period of nature is from mid/end of August to early October. By that time and if the nights are clear and cold, you might even be lucky to spot the first Northern lights. But if you rather prefer winterly moments, you should travel between December and March.
But most important is the right clothing. You should be prepared for all different kind of weather, therefore we compiled a packing list of what to bring to Iceland.
The currency used in Iceland is the Icelandic Krone (pronounced “krona”), ISK. Euro/Mastercard and Visa credit and debit cards are widely used. In larger towns and airports it is easy to withdraw cash through ATMs (cash machines). Exchange rate November 2016: 1 GBP = 137 ISK. Please check daily conversion here.
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. More information can be found here.
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 Grímsey 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 more about sunrise and sunset, time and daylight hours. From September through to March the amazing northern lights can bee seen in different colours outside of Reykjavik and around the whole country.
The national language is Icelandic which originates from the Norwegian vikings. But also Danish is widely spoken and some might even speak German. But of course, everyone in Iceland is speaking English - so, no worries! Wherever you go in Iceland, you will always find hospitality and helpfulness.
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, Höfn, Egilsstadir, Akureyri and the West fjords. The international airport is in Keflavik, 50 km west of Reykjavik. Your holiday in Iceland starts with 3hr flight. The two Icelandic airlines; Icelandair and WOWair operate flights from UK to Iceland daily throughout the year.
In March, the days are already longer in Iceland than in central Europe. The midnight sun can be observed especially well from mid May to mid July onclear nights in the north of the country. From September to March you can admire the northern lights or Aurora Borealis that can only be seen close to the arctic poles. During the winter, the days are not as dark as you may think. In the winter months of November to February there are still 5 to 8 hours of daylight.
Dear Bergey and all involved with planning our trip to Iceland last month. We had the best time, and all went without a hitch. What an amazing and varied country it is; each region so different. so interesting, and friendly folk. We wanted to sendHappy travellers, October 2017
Hi Stefania. Just wanted to let you know our holiday in Iceland was absolutely fantastic. We loved the amazing ever changing landscape. All our hotels and trips worked well. Our guides at Grimsey (Raghnahildur known as Gaga) and on the superjeepAnne and Richard, London June 2016
Hello Stefania. I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you so much for organizing our trip to Iceland last week. We had the most fabulous time and have fallen in love with the country and can't wait to go back ! Everything was perfectKerri Tilson, Norwich January 2016
Iceland ProTravel helped plan and book my recent trip to Iceland and provided both me and my partner an excellent service which enabled us to see some amazing sights and experiences on the tours ProTravel arranged for us in advance. Great value forGemma Smith, London January 2016
I am writing to thank you for the great Northern Lights City Break you arranged for us in Iceland last week. Everything was arranged to perfection. The Hotel Fron exceeded our expectations, the location was just perfect, surrounded by thoseAlan Keggie, Penarth January 2014
I wanted to thank you for booking and guiding us with our booking for Iceland. We had the best time. We would love to go there again. All the tours we booked were excellent!Sherry Kanwar, London January 2014
Many thanks for organising our recent holiday to Iceland.The hotels/ farm guesthouses were comfortable and had everything we required. Most of all, we found the scenery spectacular in its variety and beauty, whatever the weather. We packed as muchClaire, Manchester July 2013
Well, we're back from holiday and had a really good time. It was a pleasant surprise that the weather was much better in Iceland than here in the U.K! And the Hotel Borg and it's staff were excellent.Howard, London April 2013
Just to let you know we are back from Iceland and we had a marvellous time. The tour was excellent, very full and well organised, we really felt we had seen a really good part of Iceland , can not fault anything, the hotels were as described, 2/3Neill and Kathleen, Sleaford March 2013
Have just got back from a truly memorable holiday in Iceland. The trip was made truly special by Einar our fantastic Icelandic guide. Einar is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about his homeland and his enthusiasm rubbed off on the group. WeRita Crane, England February 2013
I just wanted to write and say how much we enjoyed our holiday in Iceland. We had a wonderful time and really very good weather for most of the days. The scenery was fantastic and Jeff has some really beautiful photographs which will keep itThea and Jeff Pine, Berkshire August 2012
Just wanted to say what an absolutely fantastic time we had in Iceland. Brilliant country and such nice people. Perfect holiday for older children with so much to see. And the sun shone every day. Thank you so much for organising us such a goodClaire Lee, Stockport August 2012
....thanks for organising my trip for me to your beautiful home country. My camera was red hot! The capital is also a perfect size to spend a few days in and see the sights and sample the lovely food. All the connections and pickups were on timeIain Wyllie, Scotland July 2012
We had a great time. Both Alison and I absolutely fell in love with Iceland. Thank you so much for all your help !Stephen Jones, Cheshire June 2012