20 Sep Iceland – The 10 things you should know
If you’re are planning to visit Iceland to gaze at the northern lights or to take a dip in the thermal Blue Lagoon then here are a list of 10 facts about Iceland that may be useful or interesting to you before you go.
1. The currency in Iceland is the Icelandic Króna. To put the currency into perception it is currently 0.0073 British Pound to 1 Icelandic Króna. Although you can visit without even needing to change your currency; as card can be used almost everywhere in Iceland.
2. Iceland is one of the safest countries in the world to live and visit. It’s crime rate is unbelievably low. This may reassure you if you’re planning on visiting alone, or you’re a nervous traveller. Walking the streets of Reykjavík at night myself, I can honestly say that I have never felt so safe in a foreign Country.
3. In Iceland there is technically no legal drinking age. However you must be 20 years old to purchase alcohol in restaurants, shops, bars and clubs.
4. 60% of the Icelandic population lives in it’s capital city Reykjavík. With a large proportion of the Country being uninhabitable. Therefore, if you are planning to visit Iceland your best bet will probably be to find accommodation in Iceland.
5. Renting a car is a popular way for tourists to see the Country. This is because some of Iceland’s famous tourists attractions are quite far out from the city centre of Reykjavík. With tough terrain due to snow and ice off-roader cars are your best option; especially one with a sat nav. (The other option is excursion busses)
6. There is no need to tip in restaurants as it is already included in your meal price. This can be quite confusing when visiting a new country. I know that it is popular culture to tip in restaurants in mainland Europe, the UK and the United States etc. But it is not required in Iceland, so don’t feel bad when you don’t leave one at the end of your meal.
7. Iceland is not a cheap place; so if you are a traveller on a budget this may be something to think about before you visit. Food and drink is expensive in restaurants and shops. Also a trip to a gift shop might also set you back a bit too.
8. It is incredibly difficult to capture a picture of the Northern Lights if you are lucky enough to see them. My advice would be to not spend the entire time worrying about capturing a picture and to take in the incredible sight.
9. Popular mainstream brands will not be found in Iceland. That means no McDonalds or Starbucks. This allows you to explore some of Iceland’s independent shops, cafes and restaurants. It makes the your trip much more unique.
10. 54.4% of the Icelandic population believes in the existence of magic folk, including elves and fairies. This may not technically affect you on your trip to Iceland. It’s just a fun and strange fact about the Country.
I hope these top 10 facts will help you during your time in Iceland. Whether it help you in terms of money or reassure you about your safety whilst away. The most important thing to remember is that Iceland is a truly beautiful and magical Country. It is certainly different and unique compared to any other Country that I have visited.