Tel.: +354 699 000 and +354 565 2148
is the only dive center in Iceland offering boat dives.
From our newly bought 8 meters Viking RIB we can now
offer boat dives from Reykjavik. We have some great
dive sites in the area, like the wreck of Vestri, puffin
island and the whale meeting areas.
the second largest island in Europe, lies close to the
Arctic Circle. It is about midway between New York and
Moscow. Iceland has a total area of 103,000 square km
(39,756 square miles). From north to south the greatest
distance is about 300 km (185 miles), from west to east
about 500 km (305 miles). The coastline is about 6,000
km (3,700 miles) and the shortest distances to other
countries are 286 km (180 miles) to Greenland, 795 km
(495 miles) to Scotland and 950 km (590 miles) to Norway.
are numerous islands around the coast, some of them
inhabited. The largest being is the Westman Islands
in the south, Hrísey in the north, and Grímsey
on the Arctic Circle.
A wide variety of activities are offered all over Iceland,
including river rafting, hiking, glacier tours, fishing,
horseback riding, boat tours, whale watching and swimming
and scuba diving.
are many diving opportunities around Iceland. With a
visibility of up to more than 100 m (330 ft), it is
probably the clearest water to dive in on this planet.
Two of the most unique dive sites (unlike anywhere else
in the world) are Silfra - a ravine between the Eurasian
continental plate and the American continental plate,
which are drifting apart about 2 cm in average every
year. When diving Silfra you can dive from Eruope to
America and back as many times you like and no visas
needed. The other is Strýtan - a thermal chimney
build up from a hot water spring on the bottom of 70
meters, rising like a tower up to about 15 meters depth.
Divers diving there can see hot water rising up from
it all over it and you can even feel the warmth which
attracts many types of sea life.
flight times from several cities:
Paris,Amsterdam to Reykjavik..........approx: 3 hrs
Minneapolis to Reykjavik...............approx: 5-6 hrs
of airlines that fly to Iceland all year round:
Flights to and from USA and Europe.
Maintains regular scheduled flights to Iceland from
the following cities:
London, Glasgow, Manchester, Copenhagen, Oslo, Paris,
Stockholm, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Baltimore, Boston,
Minneapolis, New York, Orlando and Washington.
Barcelona, Berlin, Halifax, Helsinki, Göteborg,
Bergen, Milan and Munich.
Airways maintains regular scheduled flights to Iceland
from London (Gatwick).
Maintains regular scheduled flights to Iceland from
passport or other travel document accepted by Icelandic
authorities valid at least three months beyond intended
stay is required for visitors to Iceland. Further information
SCHENGEN AGREEMENT: The Schengen agreement went into
effect for Iceland on March 26, 2001 and the following
countries participate in the Schengen cooperation in
addition to Iceland: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland,
France, Greece, Holland, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway,
Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Germany.
Travel between above-mentioned countries will in principle
be without document check.
Nationals of the following countries do not require
visas to travel to Iceland as visitors, although they
do require passports that are valid for three months
beyond their intended stay: Andorra, Argentina, Australia,
Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria,
Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic,
Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany,
Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong (applicable for
those holding HKSAR passports), Hungary, Ireland, Israel,
Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg,
Macao (applicable for those holding MSAR passports),
Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand,
Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal,
Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia,
South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Great Britain
(incl. Bermuda, Turks and Caicos Islands, Cayman Islands,
Anguilla, Montserrat, British Virgin Islands, St. Helena,
Falkland Islands and Gibraltar), United States of America,
Uruguay, Vatican and Venezuela.
Foreign citizens who must produce a visa upon arrival
in Iceland now also gain entry to the other Schengen
countries. Schengen visas should be obtained prior to
arrival in the Schengen territory. In most instances,
Danish embassies will handle visa applications on behalf
of Iceland. A list of these embassies and further information
is available on the Directorate of Immigration home
AIR ICELAND operates regular scheduled flights from
Reykjavík to major domestic airports in all parts
of the country. Furthermore, in co-operation with several
bus companies, Air Iceland can offer an air/bus connection
to over 40 towns all over Iceland.
A number of ferry lines operate services to various
islands and fjords. Regular sightseeing tours are also
available by ferries during the summer.
There is an extensive bus service to most parts of the
country and to the highlands, as well as a large number
of organized bus tours. Reservations are not necessary
and tickets can be bought either at the bus station
or from the driver. Children under 4 travel free of
charge, and half price is charged for children from
There are several car rental agencies in Iceland. Cars
can be booked through a travel agent or an airline,
at airports or directly after arrival in Iceland. Many
types of cars are available, from small family cars
to powerful 4-wheel-drive vehicles.
Office hours are generally 09:00-17:00 and 08:00-16:00
during June, July and August. Shopping hours are Mon-Fri
09:00-18:00, Sat from 10:00 to 13:00/14:00/15:00 or
16:00. Some supermarkets are open to 23:00 seven days
a week. Banking hours are Mon-Fri 09:15-16:00.
The Icelandic monetary unitis the "króna."
Coins are in denominations of 100 kr., 50 kr., 10kr.,
5 kr. and 1 kr. Bank notes are in denominations of 5000
kr., 2000 kr.,1000 kr., and 500 kr. All Icelandic banks
provide foreign exchange and are generally open on weekdays
from 09:15 to 16:00.
Checks, Debit and Credit Cards
Are widely accepted in Iceland. The major cards in Iceland
are EUROPAY/MASTERCARD and VISA. Cash can be obtained
at every bank branch (over 170) as well as in all ATMs
throughout the country.
The shops inIceland are of international standard, and
carry a wide variety ofmerchandise. Local specialities
are woollen knitwear (for example sweaters, cardigans,
hats and mittens), handmade ceramics, glassware and
silver jewellery. Also available is a great variety
of high-quality seafood.
A refund of local Value-Added Tax (VAT) is available
to all visitors in Iceland.The refund will result in
a reduction of up to 15% of the retail price, provided
departure from Iceland is within 3 months after the
date of purchase. The purchase amount must be no less
than ISK 4,000 (VAT included) per store.All goods (except
woollens) need to be shown at customs before check-in.At
Keflavík airport this applies only to tax-free
forms whose refund value exceeds ISK 5,000.All other
forms can be refunded directly in cash at Landsbanki
Íslands in the departure hall.
There are post offices located in all major communities
in Iceland. General hours are: Mon-Fri 09:00-16:30.
Many post offices in Reykjavik are alos open during
Direct calls can be made to all parts of Iceland.The
code into Iceland from overseas is +354 + seven-digit
number. Direct long-distance calls can be made to Europe
and the USA by dialling 00 plus the country code, and
the telephone number you wish to reach.
GSM: There are two GSM operators in Iceland:Siminn and
Vodafone.Together they cover most of Iceland including
all towns and villages with over 200 inhabitants. These
two telephone companies both sell pre-paid GSM phone
cards and offer GSM/GPRS services. Pre-paid cards are
available at petrol stations around the country. GSM
phones may be rented from Iceland Telecom, Ármúli
Thanks to the Gulf Stream, Iceland enjoys a cool temperate
ocean climate: cool in summer and fairly mild in winter.
However, the weather is very changeable and tourists
should be prepared for the unexpected.
For weather information in English, Tel.: 902-0600,
extension 44, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.vedur.is/english.
When travelling in Iceland you should bring along lightweight
woollens, a sweater or cardigan, a rainproof (weatherproof)
coat and sturdy walking shoes. Travellers who are camping
or heading into the interior will need warm underwear
and socks, rubber boots and a warm sleeping bag.
During summer the nights are bright in all of Iceland.
In the month of June the sun never fully sets in the
north. There are even special excursions to the island
of Grímsey on the Arctic Circle where you can
experience the midnight sun. Keep in mind, however,
that the sun at midnight is not as warm as at midday,
so bring along a sweater.
Iceland is on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) throughout the
year, and does not go on daylight saving time.
Icelanders enjoy a healthy life, thanks to clean air
and water and quality fish. Water is safe to drink throughout
Iceland. Pharmacies are called "Apótek"
and are open during normal business hours. Many are
open at night. Reykjavík has a great many general
practitioners, as well as specialists, many of whom
will receive patients at short notice. There are also
many Health Centres in Reykjavík, with officially
appointed family doctors who receive patients at short
notice during the day.
There is a medical centre or a hospital in all major
cities and towns in Iceland. The emergency phone number
(24 hours) in Iceland is 112.
Citizens of Scandinavia have to show passport in case
of medical emergency. Citizens of EEA countries must
have the E-111 form, otherwise the patient will be charged
in full. Citizens of other countries must be charged
in full. For further information contact:
State Social Security Institute
Laugavegur114 · IS-105 Reykjavík
Tel.: +354-560-4400 · +354-560-4520
Office hours 08:05-15:30
Vaccinations are not required.
Visitors with disabilities can make travelling in Iceland
fairly easy by planning their vacation in advance. They
may also find it necessary to travel with a companion,
for although there are many hotels and restaurants accessible
to people with disabilities, they do not always provide
full assistance. A number of hotels in Reykjavík
and Akureyri have rooms specially designed for guests
with disabilities. Larger department stores are generally
accessible to wheelchair users. The coastal ferry Baldur
is accessible to people with disabilities and so is
the ferry Herjólfur. All airlines flying to and
from Iceland are equipped to accommodate travellers
with disabilities. A few domestic buses equipped for
wheelchair users are available for special tours upon
request. For accessible hotels and tourist attractions,
Reykjavík police, for information only,Tel.:+354-569-9020.
Emergency phonenumber in Iceland is 112. (24 hours).
The established religion in Iceland is Lutheran.
Icelandic is a Teutonic language ofthe Nordic group.
It is believed to have changed little from the original
tongue spoken by the Norse settlers. English is widely
spoken and understood. Icelandic has two letters of
its own: Þ/þ pronounced like th in "thing"
and Ð/ð pronounced like th in"them."
A short news broadcast in English is made on State Radio,
FM 93.5 and FM 92.4, every morning Mon-Fri at 07:31,
from June 1st to Sept. 1st. A telephone recording of
the broadcast can also be heard, Tel.: +354-515-3690.
Service and VAT are invariably included in prices in
The electric current in Iceland is 220volts, 50 HZ AC.
Main web site
The Icelandic Tourist Board
Telephone: +354 535 5500
Fax: +354 535 5501
Icelandic Tourist Board
Web site: www.visiticeland.com
Office National du Tourisme d'Islande
Web site: http://www.visiticeland.com
Frankfurter Str. 181
Telephone: +49 6102 254 484
Fax: +49 6102 254 570
Web site: http://www.visiticeland.com
Icelandic Tourist Board
655 Third Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10017
Telephone: +1 212-885-9700
Fax: +1 212-885-9710
Web site: http://www.icelandtouristboard.com/