Iceland

Iceland officially called the Republic of Iceland is located in northwestern Europe and it comprised the island of Iceland and its outlying small islands between Greenland, Norway, Scotland, Ireland and the Faroe Islands. When you see the glassy glaciers, hot thermal springs, active volcanoes, spectacular geysers, lava fields, snow capped mountains and stunning waterfalls you will understand why it is also called the ‚land of fire and ice‘.


A vessel in a habour somewhere in Iceland

Iceland has a unique landscape which is rugged and colorful with black lava, hot blue geysers, red sulfur, waterfalls, rivers, bays, fjords and green valley. As you can guess Iceland is a fairly large island and its capital which is also the biggest city on the island is Reykjavik. Reykjavik is the central point in Iceland, nearly half of the population is living in the area around it and the popular tourists attractions are centered on this city. The Gullfoss double-tiered waterfall is the most famous attraction and it is set off with an outstanding rainbow and hot springs of Geysir.

There are a lot things to do on Iceland for example you can watch whaltes, hiking, seeing Europe‘s largest glacier Vatnajokull, horse riding, fishing, rafting or exploring the landscape on a snow scooter etc. So one will not be bored while staying on Iceland.

Population & Languages

Iceland has a population of 31.326 and the official language is Icelandish, other languages being spoken widely are English, German and Nordic languages.


A beautiful view in Iceland

Electricity

The voltage on Iceland is 220 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. The types of plugs used are Round pin attachment plug and “Schuko” plug and receptacle with side grounding contacts.

Climate

The climate of Iceland can be termed as temperate with damp and cool summers and mild and windy winters.

Local Customs

Handshaking is customary in Iceland and visitors are invited to homes when on a business trip and normal courtesies should be observed. Casual wear is widely acceptable but the locals pay careful attention to their appereance. Most of the time tips are not expected because the service charges are included in the bills.

Attractions

Attractions in the area around Reykjavik are Hallgrimskirkja Church, National Museum of Iceland, Botanical Gardens and the Einar Jónsson Museum


Golden Falls, Iceland

Travel

Icelandair is the national airline of Iceland which operates to international destinations like Amsterdam, Baltimore, Boston, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Glasgow, Halifax, London, Minneapolis, Oslo, Paris, Stockhol and Washington.

Also there are mostly Scandinavian carries operating from Iceland. During summertime airlines like Condor and Corsai operate flights. The major airport is Keflavik International Airport (KEF) located 31 miles away from Reykjavik.

Duty Free Items

The following items can be carried without customs duty being levied on them:
1. 200 cigarettes or 250g of other tobacco products
2. 1 liter spirits and 1 liter wine or 1 liter spirits and 6 liter beer or 1 liter wine and 6 liter beer or 2.25 liter wine
3. Food items up to 3kg not exceeding kr 13,000
4. Permits from Post & Telecom Authorities are required for cordless phones, remote controls or radio transmitters. It is not required for a GSM mobile phone

Prohibited Items

Un-canned goods, meat or dairy products, Narcotics, pornography, firearms, ammunition, weapons, eggs, plants, endangered species, fireworks and alcoholic beverages that contain more than sixty per cent alcohol.