Travel tips to European Countries: Iceland

About the county

Officially known as the Republic of Iceland, is located in northwestern Europe. It comprises of the island of Iceland and its removed little islands in the northern Atlantic Ocean in between Greenland, Norway, Scotland, Ireland, and the Faroe Islands. Iceland’s glassy glaciers, hot thermal springs, magnificent geysers, active volcanoes, lava fields, stunning waterfalls and snow-capped mountains, certainly makes it the original ‘land of fire and ice’.

Iceland is a large island with a special landscape which is rugged and colorful with black lava, red sulfur, hot blue geysers, rivers, waterfalls, bays, fjords and green valley. The capital of Iceland is Reykjavík which is also the largest city of Iceland. Almost half of Iceland’s population lives around Reykjavík. The popular tourist destinations are centered also centered on this city. The most well-known tourist attraction is Gullfoss double-tiered waterfall which is triggered with an exceptional rainbow and warm springs of Geysir.

People may wonder what one can do in Iceland. If you hear the list you will be impressed that there are so many things to do and see here. From watching whales to elegant fine dining, treking, seeing Europe’s biggest glacier Vatnajokull, fishing in rivers, horse riding, rafting, exploring the landscape on a snow scooter, shopping designing wear, Summer Solstice Festival, check out island of Grimsey to cross the Arctic Circle, see medieval farm at Stong and what not, the list is unlimited.

Population & Languages

The population of Iceland is just 299,388 and the official language being spoken is Icelandish. English, Nordic languages, German are likewise extensively spoken.

Electricity

The voltage is 220 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. The kinds of plugs utilized are Round pin attachment plug and “Schuko” plug and receptacle with side grounding contacts.

Geographic Location

It is located in northwestern Europe It consists of the island of Iceland and its removed little islands in the northern Atlantic Ocean between Greenland, Norway, Scotland, Ireland, and the Faroe Islands. It is tactically located between Greenland and Europe.

Environment

The climate of Iceland can be termed as temperate with wet and cool summers and moderate and windy winter seasons. The greatest temperature level recorded was 30.5 ° C( 86.9 ° F) on 22 June 1939 at Teigarhorn. The lowest temperature level ever tape-recorded was -38 ° C( -36.4 ° F) on 22 January 1918 at Grímsstaðir and Möðrudalur.

Regional Customs

Like any other country Iceland has its own custom-mades too and typical courtesies ought to be followed. Handshaking is popular. Visitors are invited to houses when on a business trip and regular courtesies should be observed. The people pay mindful attention to their appearance and, when it comes to the majority of Western nations, sportswear is widely appropriate. Service fee are included in the costs most of the time and pointers are not anticipated.

Tourist attractions
Reykjavik Attractions– Hallgrimskirkja Church, National Museum of Iceland, Botanical Gardens and the Einar Jónsson Museum

Travel

By Air– The national airline of Iceland is Icelandair which runs to lots of internationsl locations such as Amsterdam, Baltimore, Boston, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Glasgow, Halifax, London, Minneapolis, Orlando, Oslo, Paris, Stockholm and Washington, plus other locations in the summertime only. Other worldwide airlines operating from Iceland consist of Air Greenland (site: www.airgreenland.gl) and Iceland Express (website: www.icelandexpress.com).

Other, mainly Scandinavian, providers likewise operate services. Some airline companies like Condor and Corsai, run flights throughout the summer. Flights likewise run to the Faroe Islands and Greenland throughout the summer months. Major airport is Keflavik International Airport (KEF) located at 31 miles south of Reykjavik.

Duty Free Items
1. 200 cigarettes or 250g of other tobacco products
2. 1 liter spirits and 1 liter white wine, or 1 liter spirits and 6 liter beer; or 1 liter wine and 6 liter beer; or 2.25 liter red wine
3. Food products approximately 3kg not surpassing kr13,000.
4. Permits from Post & Telecom Authorities are required for cordless phones, push-button controls or radio transmitters. It is not needed for a GSM smart phone.

Forbidden Items.

Un-canned products, meat or dairy products, Narcotics, pornography, firearms, ammunition, weapons, eggs, plants, endangered species, fireworks and alcohols which contain more than sixty per cent alcohol.

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