ICELAND | When to Go, Where to Go and What to Bring? Practical Information
USEFUL INFO ICELAND
Practical information to organize the trip with details about the best period to go, necessary documents, how to get around and much more.
WHEN TO GO to ICELAND
The best period is from May until the first days of September. In this period the snow melts and you can better appreciate the variety of Icelandic landscapes. This is also the time of the midnight sun, so be prepared for long days and a few hours of darkness.
If, on the other hand, the goal of your trip is to see the Northern Lights then the best period coincides with the coldest period and goes more or less from mid-September to mid-April. Keep in mind that in these months it can be very cold, the hours of darkness are longer than those of light and often some roads can be closed due to snow and ice, especially in the north and in the central areas. Monitor the conditions of the road before you set out on a trip on lingue.is and the weather conditions en.vedur.is.
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS for ICELAND
Iceland is not part of the European Union but adheres to the Schengen Treaty, European citizens can therefore enter with a passport or identity card valid for expatriation with expiration after the date of return, without having to request a visa. entrance. For further information in this regard, we recommend that you consult the Farnesina website.
LOCAL CURRENCY in ICELAND
The local currency is the Icelandic Krona (ISK). In Iceland you can pay anything with a credit card and it is much cheaper than withdrawing cash (we made the mistake of withdrawing at an ATM on the first day and the commissions killed us). A fundamental aspect to keep in mind is that at petrol stations you can only pay with cards with a 4-digit PIN.
HOW TO MOVE in ICELAND
The best way to discover Iceland is by car. Licenses issued by European countries are generally accepted and it is possible to rent a car in one of the many agencies at the KEFLAVIK International Airport Office (return in the same place as the pick-up). We opted for a Dacia Duster 4x4 Diesel (our Dacètta ❤) through Reykjavik Cars which offers excellent value for money. Remember to insure your car with the Kasco Policy, especially for damage caused by the wind and in case something happens to your doors (yes, be very careful to open them during strong gusts of wind or they could uproot). A valid alternative to the car is the camper, especially in the summer months. Also in this case the agencies are not lacking and also offer many alternatives to the classic camper (here an example: www.happycampers.is). Remember, however, that since 2015 it is no longer possible to camp anywhere but only in the equipped areas. The main roads are well maintained and traffic is light. It happens that we have to cross some stretch of unpaved road, but with due attention we have never encountered any problems. In summer, Iceland can also be explored by public transport thanks to a well-organized bus network and several bus lines that touch all the main "attractions" along the Ring Road and beyond.
LOCAL AGENCIES in ICELAND
We often happen to rely on Local Agencies to do some small tours. It seems to us a good way to better discover the country we are visiting and above all to contribute to the local economy. In this case, however, the beauty of the trip was to discover these places in a completely autonomous way, with our car, stopping where we wanted and traveling along roads that were perhaps not foreseen in the initial plan.
TRAVEL INSURANCE for ICELAND
Before any trip it is good to take out insurance to cover any inconveniences that could ruin the experience. We always rely on HeyMondo which allows you to choose the right insurance for every need. We recommend that you always protect yourself with health insurance and coverage for any cancellations, delays and, if you use them, for theft or breakage of electronic equipment.
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