Currency

The currency used in Iceland is the Króna. It can be very difficult get this currency outside of Iceland. However, Iceland is a mostly cash free society so credit cards are accepted in all shops, hotels and restaurants. Cash-points are available across the city center with in a 5 minute walk. Bank branches, exchange desk offices and tourist information handle currency exchange transactions and traveler’s checks. You may be able to change money at certain hotels though rates may be less favorable. We recommend taking out some money from cash-points for walking around while paying for most things with a credit card. Whatever you buy, prices are net.

Calls

To call abroad: 00 + country exchange number + number. The national telephone code for Iceland is “354″.

Electric Standards

220 Volts – 380 Volts / 50 Hertz

Local Tips

You are strongly recommended to respect smoking/no smoking signs in public places. Outside of bars and restaurants, alcoholic beverages can only be purchased in a certain chain of stores called Vínbúð which closes at 18h daily.

Clothing & Weather

We recommend you bring warm clothing and good boots. Umbrellas are useless in Iceland as the wind tends to be strong and so precipitation comes at you diagonally rather than straight down. All manner of clothing can be bought in Iceland, however, prices are high and so if you have decent enough gear do bring it. There are a lot of fantastic outdoor swimming pools. They are all acclimatized and so you can go in any weather, they are always warm, and in actual fact, going when it is really cold just adds to the experience. They are also very cheap so we highly recommend you bring swimwear.

Local Culture

Night-life

The Reykjavik night life is already world renowned and unique for a city of this size. Icelanders go out very late and stay out late and so the city centre can be very lively, especially on weekends where it is not uncommon to find nightclubs still full at 5 am. There are many types of bars, cocktail lounges and clubs making it easy for travelers to find the vibe they are looking for, however, if the weather is favorable the streets can be awash with people and so we recommend taking advantage as this is the ideal situation to get to know some of the locals.

Culture

Many fine museums are worth visiting, the biggest being the National History Museum which tells the story of the worlds oldest democracy and it’s extraordinary past. For art lovers The Reykjavik Art Museum, housed in three separate locations, is definitely worth the visit while the unique (and slightly controversial) Phallic Museum is always popular.

To summarize, there is no place quite like this and do not forget your camera as the most spectacular thing about Reykjavik is the landscape. Mount Esja looms over the city just across the bay and your memory card will almost certainly be filled with images of Reykjavik’s most romantic mountain as well as such architectural masterpieces as the Harp,the new music hall, and colorful old town houses that continue to be the city’s heart and soul.