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Iceland travel guide

Find out what to see and do when travelling or backpacking around Iceland.

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Reykjavik, Iceland
Reykjavik
Reykjavik is a small capital by most standards but is extremely picturesque and is renowned for its nightlife.
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Vatnajokull, Iceland
Vatnajokull
Iceland's biggest glacier. Get on a skiddoo or super-truck tour to explore it further.
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Lake Myvatn, Iceland
Lake Myvatn
Lake Myvatn in North east Iceland is one of the best fishing lakes in Iceland and the bird life in the Mývatn area is world-famous.
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The Western fjords, Iceland
The Western fjords
The Western fjords are stunning and remote - great for exploring by hire car.
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Siglufjordur, Iceland
Siglufjordur
Many good hiking trails start here.
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Getting to and from Reykjavik airport

AIRPORT BUSES: Service is operated between Reykjavík and Keflavík International Airport. Buses leave Reykjavík from Hotel Loftleiđir 2 hours before flight departure. The drive from the airport to Reykjavík takes about 40-50 minutes. The fare is USD 10 one way for adults and USD 5 one way for children 2-12 years.

AIRPORT TAXIS: Cab fare to Reykjavík for a four-passenger taxi is approximately USD 150

Post Offices

There are post offices located in all major communities in Iceland. General hours are: Mon-Fri 08:30-16:30. The post office in Grensásvegur 9 is open on Saturdays year round from 10:00-14:00. The post office in Ţönglabakki 4 is open Mon-Fri from 10:00-18:00.

Telephones

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 dialling 00 plus the country code, and the telephone number you wish to reach.

Shopping

The shops in Iceland are of international standard and carry a wide variety of merchandise. Local specialities are woollen knitwear (for example sweaters, cardigans, hats and mittens), handmade ceramics, glassware and silver jewellery. Also available is a great variety of high-quality seafood.

Climate

Thanks to the Gulf Stream, Iceland enjoys a cool temperate ocean climate: cool in summer and fairly mild in winter. However, the weather is very changeable and tourists should be prepared for the unexpected.

Midnight Sun - 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.

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Tours and day trips in Iceland

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Thanks to Trausti Tomasson from Destination Iceland for the photos and content of this guide.

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