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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Health/Pharmacies/Emergency medical help
    1. Icelanders enjoy a healthy life, thanks to clean air and water and good quality fish. Water is safe to drink throughout Iceland. Pharmacies are called “Apótek” and are open during normal business hours.

      Medical help: There is a medical center or hospital in all major cities and towns in Iceland.

      Emergency: The 24-hour emergency phone number in Iceland is 112. See also http://www.safetravel.is

      Health insurance: Citizens of Scandinavia must show their passport in the event of a medical emergency. Citizens of EEA countries must have the European Health Insurance Card (EU-card), otherwise the patient will be charged in full. The EU-card replaces the E-111 form and ensures the same rights. Citizens of other countries will be charged in full. For further information contact the State Social Security Institute, Laugavegur 114, IS-105 ReykjavíkTel.: +354-560-4400/560-4460.

      Office hours: 08:05–15:30.

      Vaccinations: Vaccinations are not required. 

  2. Weather / Clothing
    1. For weather information in English, tel.: 902-0600, email: office@vedur.is or their website www.vedur.is.

      When travelling to Iceland you should bring along lightweight woolens, a sweater or cardigan, a rainproof (weatherproof) coat and sturdy walking shoes. Travelers who are camping or heading into the interior will need warm underwear and socks, rubber boots and a warm sleeping bag.

  3. Tax-free shopping
    1. A refund of local Value-Added Tax (VAT) is available to all visitors in Iceland. The refund will result in a reduction of up to 15% off the retail price, provided departure from Iceland is within 3 months of the date of purchase. The purchase amount must be no less than ISK 4,000 (VAT included) per store.
  4. Public holidays

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        2014                2015               2016
      New Year's Day Jan 1 Jan 1  Jan 1
      Maundy Thursday Arpil 17 April 2 March 24
      Good Friday April 18 April 3 March 25
      Easter Sunday April 20 April 5 March 27
      Easter Monday April 21 April 6 March 28
      First Day of Summer           April 24 April 23 April 21
      Labour Day May 1 May 1 May 1
      Ascension Day May 29 May 14 May 5
      White Sunday June 8 May 24 May 15
      White Monday June 9 May 25 May 16
      National Day June 17 June 17 June 17
      Bank Holiday Monday August 4 August 3 August 1
      Christmas Eve Dec 24 Dec 24 Dec 24
      Christmas Day Dec 25 Dec 25 Dec 25
  5. Midnight sun
    1. During summer the nights are bright all over Iceland. In the month of June the sun never fully sets in the north. Bear in mind, however, that the sun at midnight is not as warm as at midday, so bring along a sweater.  
  6. Shopping
    1. The shops in Iceland are of international standard and carry a wide variety of merchandise. Local specialties are woolen knitwear (for example sweaters, cardigans, hats and mittens), handmade ceramics, glassware and silver jewelry.
      Also available is a great variety of high-quality seafood. Common shopping hours are Mon-Fri 09:00-18:00, Sat from 10:00 to 13:00/14:00/15:00 or 16:00. Some supermarkets are open to 21:00 seven days a week. 
  7. Currency Exchange
    1. The Icelandic monetary unit is the króna. Coins are in denominations of 100 kr., 50 kr., 10 kr., 5 kr. and 1 kr. Banknotes are in denominations of 10000 kr, 5000 kr., 2000 kr., 1000 kr., and 500 kr. All Icelandic banks provide foreign exchange and are generally open on weekdays from 09:15 to 16:00.
  8. Business/Banking hours
    1. Office hours are generally 09:00-17:00. Banking hours are Mon Fri 09:15-16:00
  9. Telephone
    1. Direct calls can be made to all parts of Iceland. The code into Iceland from overseas is +354 + seven-digit number. Direct long-distance calls can be made to Europe and the USA by dialing 00 plus the country code, and the telephone number you wish to reach.
      Mobile phones– Gsm: There are four GSM operators in Iceland: Siminn, Vodafone, TAL and Nova. These telephone companies all sell pre-paid GSM phone cards and offer GSM/GPRS services. Pre-paid cards are available at petrol stations around the country
  10. Before departure
    1. For information on passport and visa requirements as well as the Schengen area regulations, please view the website of the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration: www.utl.is.
  11. Electric Current
    1. The electric current in Iceland is 220 volts, 50 Hz AC
  12. Visitors with disabilities
    1. Visitors with disabilities can make travelling in Iceland fairly easy by planning their vacation in advance. They may also find it necessary to travel with a companion, for although there are many hotels and restaurants accessible to people with disabilities, they do not always provide full assistance.
      The coastal ferry Baldur is accessible to people with disabilities. All airlines flying to and from Iceland are equipped to accommodate travelers with disabilities. A few domestic buses equipped for wheelchair users are available for special tours upon request. For accessible hotels and tourist attractions, see www.sjalfsbjorg.is
  13. Travelers’ cheque, debit and credit cards
    1. Widely accepted in Iceland. The major cards in Iceland are EUROPAY/MASTERCARD and VISA.
  14. Arrival in Seydisfjordur
    1. From Seydisfjordur it is easy to take a bus to all major destinations in Iceland. The trip from Seydisfjordur to Reykjavík takes about 8–9 hours and from Seydisfjordur to Akureyri about 5–6 hours. For more information contact: 
      tel.: +354-472-1551, website: www.sfk.is
  15. Keflavik International Airport
    1. Airport Buses: A service is operated between Reykjavík and Keflavík International Airport. Buses leave Reykjavík from the BSÍ bus terminal 2.5 hours before flight departure. The drive from the airport to Reykjavík takes about 40-50 minutes.
  16. How cold does it get?
    1. Thanks to the Gulf Stream, Iceland enjoys a cool temperate maritime climate: cool in summer and fairly mild in winter. However, the weather is very unpredictable and tourists should be prepared for the unexpected.  The north and east are often the warmest parts in the summer.

North Iceland

Towns & Villages

Society and the economy have many faces. Whereas agriculture is the mainstay of rural areas, the towns depend upon fishing, industry, trade and a range of services, with each village having its own characteristics though they all prove hospitable hosts. 
The availability of food and accommodation and the possibilities at every location for recreation and entertainment make hopping between the villages informative as well as fun.   
In every case, the residents are lively and ready to celebrate.

Explore map with pictures

Map Akureyri Hrafnagil Grímsey Raufarhöfn Kópasker Þórshöfn Bakkafjörður Húsavík Mývatn Laugar Svalbarðseyri Grenivík Hjalteyri Hauganes Árskógssandur Dalvík Hrísey Ólafsfjörður Siglufjörður Hofsós Hólar Varmahlíð Sauðárkrókur Skagaströnd Blöndós Hvammstangi Laugarbakki Borðeyri