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Energize your spirit with the magical Northern Lights and soothe your body with geothermal hot springs in the Land of the Midnight Sun. Let your mind be inspired by the culture, from ancient to modern, in the world’s most northerly capital of Reykjavik, a UNESCO City of Literature, and home of one of the world’s oldest Parliaments. All the while, a backdrop of rugged mountains serves as a constant reminder of Iceland’s tumultuous, volcanic past.

Fast Facts

Already booked on one of our packages to Iceland? See everything you need to know before you go.

Overview

Capital: Reykjavik
Population:  330,823
Currency: Icelandic króna (ISK)
Languages: Icelandic, English and Danish
Drives on the: Right
Time zone: GMT (UTC 0)

Entry requirements Please see our Entry Requirements page.
Weather

Iceland has mild winters due to the warming effect of the Atlantic Gulf Stream. Iceland enjoys a maritime temperate climate and the winters are often compared with those of New England. Iceland is the type of place where it's not unusual to get rained on and sunburned at the same time. The summers are usually cooler and more temperate than elsewhere at the same latitude.

What to wear

Icelandic winters are characteristic of very unpredictable and changeable weather, with daytime temperatures ranging from 20-40F. We strongly suggest using the three-layer method and bringing layers, such as t-shirts, long-sleeved shirts, and a jacket that protects against wind and rain. Dressing in layers is best as you can easily remove or add some clothes throughout the day. Evenings and mornings can be chilly, so pack warmer layers such as a light fleece or a wool sweater. If you have two pairs of comfortable (broken in, not brand new) walking shoes, bring both pairs. Since weather can be unpredictable anywhere in the world and to be sure you are comfortable during your trip and prepared for all types of weather possibilities, we recommend that you carry a small folding umbrella (or poncho) and take with you a jacket or sweater. Finally, remember that Iceland is casual, and comfort should dictate your wardrobe for the tour. 

Money & Credit Cards

The local currency in Iceland is the Icelandic krona. Hotels and many stores throughout Iceland accept major credit cards. However, for "street shopping" or shopping in the countryside, you will need local currency. 

You can exchange your cash at the airport and local banks. You may also use the ATM machines to get cash in local currency. Credit cards are the most convenient way to pay for items you purchase as you travel. Be sure to call your credit card providers to let them know you will be traveling abroad, the places you’ll be visiting and the dates of your trip. This is important for your own protection. We suggest that you bring along cash in small denominations and we highly recommended that you bring crisp, new bills. Travelers’ checks are not accepted in Iceland.

Always notify your bank prior to departure to avoid any problems using your credit or debit card while traveling.

Shopping

Typical Icelandic souvenirs are handmade hats and gloves. Icelandic sheep are a unique breed that produce a soft and durable wool that is soft and warm. Iceland has a huge number of excellent little craft shops that sell products from musical baskets and wonderful porcelain sculptures to paintings, glasswork and jewelery. 

Electricity & Power Adapters

220 volt. Plugs C & F. We recommend that you bring an adapter/converter along with you as not all hotels will have 110V (A&B plugs) outlets.

Learn more about electrical standards around the world.

Cell Phones & Internet

Want to take your cell phone, tablet or laptop, but not sure how to get cell service or wifi? Read up on using your cell phone abroad and the top 5 ways to get Internet abroad.

Tours & Packages

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On Sale Value Vacation Discover Iceland’s Northern Lights
Breathtaking Northern Lights, the capital city of Reykjavik, Snæfellsnes Peninsula and its dramatic landscape, the iconic Golden Circle, Iceland’s South coast, Þingvellir & Vatnajökull National Parks
from $2949 w/ Flights from $2649 Tour Only 9 days
per person, double occupancy,* during sale**
On Sale Value Vacation Discover Iceland's Midnight Sun
Explore the capital city of Reykjavík, the Golden Circle route, Þingvellir & Vatnajökull National Parks, Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Látrabjarg, Siglufjörður & more!
from $5399 w/ Flights from $5099 Tour Only 13 days
per person, double occupancy,* during sale**

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* Advertised prices may include an "Instant Savings" discount and/or sale discount, available for a limited time. Prices reflect these discounts. Advertised prices are per person, based on double occupancy; single occupancy rooms may be available for an additional charge. Advertised prices are the best available based on the least expensive travel dates, departure city, and other options, and do not include optional excursions or other optional items. Your total price will vary based upon the dates, flights, and other options you select during the booking process. For packages including flights, prices include Airline Taxes, Fees & Sept. 11th Security Fee, but do not include excess baggage fees or advance seat reservations. Prices and availability subject to change. More about our prices.

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