On an island formed by volcanic eruptions, Iceland’s explosive beauty is in its fjords, lava fields, glaciers and beyond.

Iceland has the natural beauty of lush Scandinavia. You don’t have to venture much further than the Golden Circle to unearth this country’s marvels: the tremendous Golden Falls, Hengrill volcano and the ever-spewing Strokkur geyser. But Iceland has more than just natural wonder to offer. Reykjavik's eclectic culture was formed through hundreds of years of isolation and today is one of the most creative and peaceful nations on earth. With a society built on cohesion, equality and respect, Icelanders make some of the world’s best company. 

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Local culture of Iceland

Iceland was originally settled by Gaelic and Nordic migrants around the 9th century. Th...

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Iceland is Europe’s second largest island after Great Britain. It’s located between the...

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Iceland festival calendar

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Food & drink in Iceland

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Iceland travel FAQs

  • Australia: No - Not required 
  • Belgium: No - Not required 
  • Canada: No - Not required 
  • Germany: No - Not required 
  • Ireland: No - Not required 
  • Netherlands: No - Not required 
  • New Zealand: No - Not required 
  • South Africa: Yes - in advance
  • Switzerland: No - Not required 
  • UK: No - Not required 
  • USA: No - Not required 

Tipping isn’t common practice in Iceland. Some restaurants already include a surcharge on the bill, but for all other services there’s no need to tip. 

Internet is readily accessible in Iceland’s major cities and towns but service may be patchy outside of these areas. 

Iceland has good mobile coverage in major cities and towns, but service may be unreliable in rural and remote areas. Remember to activate global roaming with your provider if you wish to use your mobile while traveling. 

Iceland has western-style toilets. Public toilets usually have a small fee to use. 

  • Hotdog = 200 ISK
  • Glass of beer = 600-800 ISK
  • Simply lunch at a cafe = 500-1500 ISK
  • Dinner in a restaurant = 2000-4000 ISK

Drinking tap water is not considered safe in Iceland. For environmental reasons, avoid buying bottled water and bring a bottle or canteen with you. Ask your leader where you can access filters to refill your supply, or carry your own purification tablets with you. 

You’ll be able to use your credit card for many services in Iceland, including at supermarkets, malls, restaurants and for taxis. 

ATMs are plentiful in Iceland and are usually internationally connected. 

Yes. All peregrine passengers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their trip. Your insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day.

For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/Iceland/public-holidays