Iceland

Capital Reykjavik

Population 334,300

Area 103,000 km2

Key facts

Iceland is a country located in Northern Europe. The country has no land neighbors. The official language of Iceland is Icelandic.

The national currency in Iceland is Icelandic króna (ISK). The krona (kr) is subdivided into 100 eyrir.

With today’s currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 151.05 ISK and 1 USD is worth 138.92 ISK.

Icelander
Banknotes

kr500kr1000kr2000kr5000

Icelander
Coins

kr1kr5kr10kr100

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Iceland is 335.37 Mbps and mobile is 231.29 Mbs.The global average is 171.07 Mbps and 126.25 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density Iceland has more ATMs than most other countries.70.43 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 39.49.

SIM Registration You can buy a SIM card in Iceland without having to register it with your ID or passport.

Socket types

There are 2 socket types used in Iceland. Type C is a popular socket type throughout Europe (except the United Kingdom), Russia, and certain Asian countries.

Type C 230 V, 50 Hz  Type F 230 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets’ shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Public holidays

In the year 2023, Iceland will celebrate 16 national public holidays. The next one Christmas Eve will take place on December 24.

Date Holiday name
January 1, 2023 New Year’s DayNýársdagur
April 6, 2023Moving holiday Maundy ThursdaySkírdagur
April 7, 2023Moving holiday Good FridayFöstudagurinn langi
April 9, 2023Moving holiday Easter SundayPáskadagur
April 10, 2023Moving holiday Easter MondayAnnar í páskum
April 20, 2023Moving holiday First Day of SummerSumardagurinn fyrsti
May 1, 2023 May DayVerkalýðsdagurinn
May 18, 2023Moving holiday Ascension DayUppstigningardagur
May 28, 2023Moving holiday PentecostHvítasunnudagur
May 29, 2023Moving holiday Whit MondayAnnar í hvítasunnu
June 17, 2023 Icelandic National DayÞjóðhátíðardagurinn
August 7, 2023Moving holiday Commerce DayFrídagur verslunarmanna
December 24, 2023 Christmas EveAðfangadagur
December 25, 2023 Christmas DayJóladagur
December 26, 2023 St. Stephen’s DayAnnar í jólum
December 31, 2023 New Year’s EveGamlársdagur

Tourism

What hotel chains are present in Iceland?

There are no Mariott hotels in Iceland.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in Iceland.

The IHG hotel chain operates in Iceland.

There are no Best Western hotels in Iceland.

There are Radisson hotels in 2 cities: Keflavik and Reykjavik.

There are no Accor hotels in Iceland.

What fast food chains are present in Iceland?

The McDonald’s chain does not operate in Iceland.

The KFC chain operates in Iceland.

The Burger King chain does not operate in Iceland.

The Subway chain operates in Iceland.

The Domino’s Pizza chain operates in Iceland.

The Starbucks chain does not operate in Iceland.

Weather

What is the weather like in Reykjavik?

Today the sun in Reykjavik, rises at 10:53 AM and sets at 3:42 PM. The climate of Reykjavik may be categorized as a Marine west coast (Cfc), according to Koppen’s classification system.

TodayDec 4OvercastLow: -0.4°C (31.28°F)High: 1.6°C (34.88°F)
TuesdayDec 5OvercastLow: -1.4°C (29.48°F)High: 1.3°C (34.34°F)
WednesdayDec 6Partly cloudlyLow: -1.7°C (28.94°F)High: -0.6°C (30.92°F)
ThursdayDec 7SunnyLow: -6.9°C (19.58°F)High: -0.7°C (30.74°F)
FridayDec 8Partly cloudlyLow: -9.2°C (15.44°F)High: -7.2°C (19.04°F)
SaturdayDec 9RainLow: -9.2°C (15.44°F)High: 4.8°C (40.64°F)

Weather data for Reykjavik (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are no passenger trains available.

Subway Systems There is no subway system in any city.

Taxi Apps Unfortunately neither Uber nor Bolt are available in Iceland.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt , Hertz are all available in Iceland.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 4.5, Iceland is placed 79th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Iceland traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  1,026.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2020.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 2.00 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.74.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 1: Exercise normal precautions. 

Emergency phones in Iceland

112 Police
112 Ambulance
112 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is forbidden in all public indoor locations, with limited exceptions.

Cananbis legality Both recreational and medicinal use of cannabis is prohibited.

The minimum age for bringing alcoholic beverages into Iceland is 20 years and 18 years for tobaccos.

Alcohol allowance

Examples of possible combinations:

  • 1 litre spirits and 0.75 litre wine and 3 litres beer or
  • 3 litres wine and 6 litres beer or
  • 1 litre spirits and 6 litres beer or
  • 1.5 litres wine and 12 litres beer or
  • 18 litres beer

Tobacco allowance

200 cigarettes or 250g of tobacco

Sources

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