Iceland is a popular tourist destination but planning an Iceland vacation if you are visiting for the first time can be time-consuming. Iceland is a Nordic Island country in the North Atlantic Ocean that is Europe’s least populated country.
Reykjavik is Iceland’s capital and largest city. The airport that serves Iceland is Keflavik airport. It is a famous winter destination because of the landscapes and the breathtaking views you can see from the mountains. There are some tips you need to know if you are traveling to Iceland anytime soon.
I know it’s tempting to just go with the flow, but activities sell out quickly during peak season. Particularly at locations such as the Blue Lagoon. Ferries to the Westmann Islands, for example, can sell out weeks in advance. Book your activities in advance so any limitation won’t ruin your vacation plan.
Tipping is not mandatory, but it is greatly appreciated. Although service and VAT are included in the price, every gesture of tip is welcome with a smile. When you arrive at the airport, look for the signs for the VAT refund office or Arion bank, fill out the form, and drop it off before checking your luggage.
Iceland is the world’s safest country. You won’t see many police cars, and you shouldn’t be concerned about crime, but there are traffic cameras to be aware of.
When you see a good deal on a rental car, it’s tempting to take it, but pay attention to the details! First and foremost, if you want to drive on any of the interior F-roads, you’ll need a vehicle that’s been certified for them. Most highways are easily navigable in a standard sedan, but when you reach the F-roads, gravel roads in the West Fjords, and other areas with poor road conditions, you’ll likely need an SUV. A 4WD vehicle is also required if you are visiting during the winter and plan on driving.
You won’t see the Northern Lights / Aurora Borealis if you visit in the summer, but you will have the benefit of the Midnight Sun, which means you can take advantage of the long days to fit in a lot of sightseeing and you won’t have to worry about driving narrow winding roads in the dark.
In the winter, when the sun rises at 10 a.m. and sets at 4 p.m., you’ll need to plan your trip around very short days with few daylight hours. Bring extra camera batteries, a phone charger, and possibly an extra SD card because you will be taking a lot of pictures. If you are visiting in the winter, you will need extra batteries because the cold drains them quickly. Prepare yourself for a wide range of landscapes and weather conditions. In the city, you might need a jacket, but not on the glacier, and vice versa. In Iceland, layers are essential!
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