First time visiting Iceland: Somethings you need to know

Introduction

Iceland is a magnificent destination to visit for all kinds of tourists as it is filled with a wide range of activities that you can explore. The country is also known as the land of ice and fire due to its volcanoes and glaciers which creates a unique landscape that you will not find anywhere else on earth. The country will surely amaze you whether you are in the country for the sun in the summer or Northern Lights during the winter.

Iceland currency

The currency in Iceland is known as Icelandic Krona written ISK or IKR. Icelandic Krona is the official currency, not the Euro although some companies display their prices in Euros. You are going to use Icelandic Krona once you get to Iceland.

Most of the locals in Iceland do not carry money around and the most preferred payment method is the debit or the credit cards. You can use your card anywhere in the country but you will need to hold Icelandic Krona when you want to use the city buses because you will pay the exact amount.

Iceland currency

Iceland currency

Although Iceland does not have many banks, you can easily exchange your currency to Icelandic Krona at the bank in Keflavik Airport.

When is the Best Time to Visit Iceland?

Iceland is a great destination to go all year round and the best time to visit will be based on the activities that you want to try out. If you are looking for good weather, the best time to visit Iceland is during the summer and it is also the peak season in the country.

Reykjanesbær

Reykjanesbær

You can also visit in late spring or early fall If you want to explore attractions with lesser crowds. Winter and late fall is the best time to go if you are seeking the Northern Lights which is when the nights are dark and clear.

What is the weather like in Iceland?

Iceland in winter (December – February)

The Iceland weather in December features cold temperature, a blanket of snow and there are short days which makes it possible to see the northern lights. The winter months are associated with limited daylight hours and during the winter solstice, you can get as little as 3 hours of daylight which makes the perfect time to hunt for the northern lights.

The best way to get around during this period is on organized tours because the smaller and highlands roads are usually impassible and driving conditions can be quite challenging.

Iceland in Spring (March-May)

If you are planning to go sightseeing for a long time, spring is the best time to go because the days get longer. The weather in Iceland in March is occasional sunny with moderate temperatures, and you should expect rain and wind. It is best to pack a rain jacket, fleece, and a good pair of waterproof shoes when visiting in Spring.

It is a great time to go for Instagram-worthy pictures and you will get the opportunity to see puffins returning to the Iceland coast between April and August. You will also get the opportunity to see the Northern Lights till early April and also see the magical waterfalls in the country.

Spring is also a perfect time to go on a scenic drive along the ring road where you can enjoy mind-blowing scenery and get an insight into the overview of the island. It is a great time to also go camping.

Iceland in Summer (June – August)

The summer months are the peak season in Iceland and it has mild weather and lots of attractions are open and easily accessible. The prices of everything goes up during this period as people comes in droves.

The summer is the popular time to visit the country for its long days as you can enjoy about 21 hours of daylight and suitable for Iceland photography.There is also a wide range of natural scenery that you can discover in the country and you will surely love coming during this season.

Iceland in Autumn (September – November)

The Fall season in Iceland offers a wide range of hues as the national parks in the country are filled with different colors with green moss across the lava fields which makes it the most vibrant season before the snow arrives. You can also try out numerous summer activities during this period but the temperatures are slightly cooler but there are fewer crowds and the prices are low.

Hvalsneskirkja Church Garður

Hvalsneskirkja Church Garður

You will also get the chance to spot the Northern Lights from mid-November onwards but you can catch late in the night or early in the morning.

Water in Iceland

The Icelandic water is among the purest and most refreshing water in the world and suitable for drinking. The cold water in the country runs straight from the natural springs and it is filtered through lavas and rocks and fairy dust. This makes the water smooth and crispy to drink.

Lake Myvatn

Lake Myvatn

Natural Hot Geothermal Water

Iceland is located on a ring of fire which means and the cold and hot water in the country comes from different sources. The hot water smells like a surfer and they come straight from the ground. The water is hot and it can get very hot in some areas in the country. The hot water is not suitable for drinking but for bathing and it is best if you ensure the cold water run a bit from the tab because the cold and hot water gives off a rotten egg smell. You are going to get used to the funky smell after shower which is just for some time. There is also numerous hot water that you can visit while in the country.

Buying alcohol in Iceland

According to Iceland alcohol laws, you cannot buy alcohol in supermarkets in Iceland. The only place where you can get alcohol is state-owned alcohol shops known as Vinbudin. You are going to find numerous Vinbudin outlets in numerous towns around the country. If you are staying in downtown Reykjavik, the closest outlet is Vinbudin Austurstraeti located across the street from the Laundromat café. You can also check the Vinbudin’s website to find out their location.

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