I’m recently back from a trip to Iceland (not the reason my posts have been so infrequent of late), so thought I would share some of my thoughts and experiences in case anyone else finds them useful.
Arrival and General Information
To start with, you’ll probably fly into Keflavik as it’s the international airport. It’s about an hour away from Reykjavik by coach, so it’s well worth pre-booking a transfer (we were on the Flybus) or car hire from there.
In terms of language, obviously the population speak Icelandic, but everyone (or most everyone) speaks English, at least to some degree. This filters out to most of the mediums you’ll interact with too. For example, a lot of the TV programmes are in English with Icelandic subtitles, for example. You can buy English-language books, magazines and even DVDs. Most of the tourist information is in English, most of the tours are conducted in English (other languages are available, but sometimes only on certain days) and most of the information boards are in Icelandic and English.
Local currency is the Icelandic Krona (Isk). If you want to take some with you it’s probably wise not to leave it to the last minute as few places seem to stock it and it’ll take a few days to order in.
We were there in late March and while most of the thermometers and my weather app were saying it was around 8 or 9 degrees most days the wind chill made it feel much lower (I had three layers, hat, scarf and gloves on when outside). So I would recommend wrapping up warm. Even in the summer months (June/July/August) they only reach low- or mid-teens, so it’s never really warm (not that the native Icelanders seem to notice).
It was also very windy while we were there, everywhere we visited in fact and very changeable (apparently there’s an Icelandic saying that if you don’t like the weather, just wait five minutes and some more will be along) so be prepared, especially if you venture out into the wilderness. Continue reading