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Iceland Guide

Know Before You Go...®

Iceland, a breathtaking island nation situated in the North Atlantic Ocean, is known for its stunning natural beauty. With its rugged landscapes, majestic waterfalls, and glacial rivers, Iceland is a paradise for nature lovers. The country is also renowned for its geothermal hot springs, such as the famous Blue Lagoon, which offer a unique and relaxing experience. Iceland is a land of contrast, with bustling cities like Reykjavik and remote, untouched wilderness. Its rich cultural heritage and friendly locals make it a must-visit destination for travelers seeking adventure and an unforgettable experience.

Why Iceland?

  • Iceland is the most sparsely populated country in Europe.
  • The capital Reykjavik is one of the cleanest cities on Earth.
  • The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa and one of the most visited attractions in Iceland.
  • The island is home to some of the world's most active volcanoes.
  • Iceland is home to the world's first parliament, established in 930 AD.

Transportation on Iceland

Getting to Iceland and getting around. Our transportation tips will help make your trip smoother. More good sand advice.

Entry Documents

  • Valid Passport: Ensure it’s valid for at least 3 months beyond departure.
  • Visa: Check the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration or the Icelandic embassy/consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements.
  • Proof of Accommodation: Have confirmation of hotel or lodging.
  • Proof of Funds: Be ready to show you can cover your stay (bank statements or sponsorship letter).
  • Return Ticket: Show onward travel plans.
  • Travel Insurance: Recommended for health coverage.
  • Arrival Form: Complete if required.
  • COVID-19 Documents: Check latest travel advisories and COVID-19 requirements from reliable sources.

Departure Tax

No specific departure tax in Europe for American citizens; European countries typically include departure taxes in airline ticket prices, applying to all passengers, to fund airport services. Best to check with airline or airport website for any updates.


  • Drive on the right-hand side of the road.
  • Non-EU/EEA tourists may need an International Driving Permit (IDP).
  • Ensure all occupants, including passengers in the back seat, wear seat belts.
  • Children under 150 cm in height must use an appropriate child safety seat.
  • Adhere to speed limits: Urban areas: 50 km/h; Gravel roads: 80 km/h; Paved rural roads: 90 km/h; Highways: 90-100 km/h
  • Be prepared for unpredictable weather which can change rapidly, and road closures are possible, especially in winter. Check weather forecasts and road conditions before your journey.
  • Some roads in rural areas are categorized as F-roads and may only be accessible with a 4x4 vehicle. Check the road conditions and your rental car’s capabilities if you plan to explore these routes.
  • Use headlights at all times, even during the day.
  • In case of an emergency, call 112 and familiarize yourself with emergency service numbers.

Iceland Weddings and Honeymoons

Vacationers don’t just stay in Iceland villas - they come to paradise to get married and celebrate their honeymoons!

Know Before You Go...® - Iceland Travel Tips

Before making their way to Iceland villas, vacationers like to know a little bit of helpful information to make them feel more at home during their stay. Take a look at our travel tips to make your time in villas in Iceland even more relaxing.

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Official Language:
English is widely spoken, but knowing a few basic Icelandic phrases can be helpful, especially in rural areas.
Iceland's official currency is the Icelandic Króna (ISK), which is divided into 100 aurar. The currency is issued by the Central Bank of Iceland and is widely accepted throughout the country. In terms of payment options, cash is still widely used in Iceland, especially for smaller purchases. ATMs are readily available in most cities and towns, and major credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted at restaurants, hotels, and larger stores. However, it is important to note that some smaller establishments, such as local shops and restaurants, may only accept cash. It is always advisable to have some cash on hand when traveling in Iceland, especially when venturing outside of major cities. In recent years, contactless payment methods have become increasingly popular in Iceland. Many stores and restaurants now accept mobile payment apps such as Apple Pay and Google Pay, making it more convenient for travelers to make purchases without carrying cash. When using
Tipping and Taxes:
Tipping and taxes in Iceland are relatively straightforward compared to other countries. In terms of tipping, it is not a common practice in Iceland, and it is not expected or required in most establishments. However, if you receive exceptional service, you can leave a small tip of 10-15% of the total bill. As for taxes, Iceland has a value-added tax (VAT) of 24%, which is included in the price of goods and services. This means that the price you see on the label or menu is the final price you pay. There is also an additional 11% tourism tax on accommodations, car rentals, and some tour activities. It is important to note that tourists can claim a refund on the VAT for purchases over 6000 ISK (approximately $50 USD) made at registered tax-free shops. This can be done at the airport before departing the country. In terms of income tax, Iceland has a progressive tax system, with higher earners paying a higher percentage of their income in taxes. The current top tax rate is 31.8%
Dress Code:
The dress code in Iceland is typically casual and practical, with an emphasis on warm and waterproof clothing due to the country's cold and unpredictable weather.
Iceland is a mountainous island nation with rugged coastlines, active volcanoes, glaciers, and numerous fjords, creating a diverse and unique topography.
Iceland's telephone country code is +354 and the area code is 1.

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