Iceland is either shrouded in darkness or shining in broad daylight. The fact that it is located in the Arctic region makes its climate different from other nations. During the month of June, it has continuous daylight, whereas in December, twenty hours of the day are full of darkness.

This unique country is a dream for each wanderer. Unlike its name would suggest, Iceland is not completely covered in ice and The Gulf stream regulates the chilling winds. In summer, the temperature does not rise above 20 degrees. For a traveler, this temperature is pleasant enough to move around.

In the southwest region, you will find the Atlantic Ocean. That part of the country houses the capital Reykjavik. North of it, you can locate the group of islands Breidafijordur. The south of the nation is a busy tourist hub. The Northern part of Iceland is covered with the natural beauty of lava fields, and next to it, the interiors of glaciers. This region is sparsely populated. The eastern part of the country has ports which connect it through water transport.

Other than the capital city, you can visit Akureyri, Hofn, Husavik and Selfoss. These cities have modern amenities, but also a whole lot of scenic charm. The flora and fauna in the country don’t disappoint, either. Vatnajokull National Park, Snaefellsjokull National Park and Pingvellir National Park are three of the places where you can see the defining landscapes of the country. The famous Gullfoss is the waterfall of Iceland. The temperature of the country is also kept in check due to numerous hot springs like Geysir (10 km from Gullfoss). You can even lounge in the warm Blu Lagoon spa.

You can fly to any part of Iceland since flights are frequently used as means of transport. Hiring cars may be expensive. And booking a bus ticket for the long journey can be even more costly than an airplane ticket. Icelandic is used here, but residents know English. Just learning a few phrases will help you, though.

123 Icelandic krona is equal to one USD. The currency exchange is available at all major banks and some hotels. Foreign visitors will have no problem in using their credit cards. Most stores and hotels will accept them. A standard hamburger will cost you $6 – $16, but due to high import duty prices, imported goods may be more costly.

Taxis are available in Reykjavík and Akureyri. Also, you can rent a car in these or many other towns. Roads are generally in good condition. However, most mountain roads are only open in the summer. Cars drive on the right side of the road. 

In Iceland, they use electric sockets of types C and F, as almost everywhere in Europe. The standard voltage is 230V. 

August 10, 2016 12:00 am Published by 1 Comment

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