Travel and borders
Iceland welcomes visitors and has non-restrictive visa requirements. It has frequent air connections from the US and many European destinations.
Icelandair and SAS service available year round from the UK, many European destinations and the US. Iceland Express and AirBerlin are also worth investigating.
You can take the Flybus, taxi or rent a car to get to or from Leifur Eiríksson Air Terminal.
Flybus - www.flybus.is
The Flybus is located right outside the Keflavík International Airport. The bus leaves 35-40 minutes after arrival of each flight.
Passengers should keep an eye on the screen in the terminal to see when the bus leaves or ask for information at the Flybus information desk at the arrival hall. The trip to Reykjavík will take approximately 45 minutes and upon request, the bus will stop at Hotel Viking in Hafnarfjörður and at Aktu Taktu in Garðabær.
When reaching Reykjavík our first stop will be the BSÍ Bus Terminal. Transfers are available to all major hotels, the Youth Hostel,
Laugardalur camping area and the domestic airport. For these transfers the driver will ask you to board smaller buses.
Flybus transfer at departure: The day before you intend on leaving Iceland, please ask your hotel lobby to book a Flybus transfer for your journey to the airport.
This is the most economical way to travel to and from the airport.
Taxi and car hire is also available at the airport.
A valid passport is required for visitors to Iceland
Nationals of the following countries do not require visas to travel to Iceland as visitorsalthough they do require passports that are valid for three months beyond their intended stay: United States of America, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, 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), Uruguay, Vatican and Venezuela.
Nationals of all other countries require a visa to visit Iceland
Iceland adopted the Schengen agreement on March 26, 2001. Travel between countries participating in the Schengen cooperation is allowed without formal passport control. Passports are still requested for those flying from Iceland to another Schengen country. The following countries participate in the Schengen agreement: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Germany.
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. 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 page,www.utl.is.
Most Icelanders (especially the younger generations) speak fluent English and many speak several other languages, including Danish, German or Spanish. Most also welcome the opportunity to practice their second language — so don’t be shy about approaching someone to ask directions.
Climate and weather
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.
Average temperature in Reykjavik:
January 0°C/35 F
April 6°C/42 F
July 13°C/56 F
October 7°C/44 F
When traveling to Iceland in winter you should bring along clothing similar to what you would wear at the same time of year in the US northeast. Summer weather won’t require shorts; bring clothing similar to what you wear in spring in the US northeast.
Sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots are always handy; it doesn’t usually get hot enough for sandals without socks. Whatever the season, always bring a bathing suit – you’ll need it for all the beautiful thermal pools!
Icelandic electrical standards are European (50Hz, 220 volts) so many North American electrical devices will require converters and all will require plug adapters. Most laptop computer and phone and MP3 player charges have the converter built in, so you justneed a plug adaptor to fit in the outlets. These are usually available at airports. For the converters, it’s best to buy one in NorthAmerica and bring it with you. They’re usually found at US and Canadian electronic specialty stores and sell for around USD 25.
Iceland is a very tech-savvy country with one of the highest rates of Internet usage in the world. If you didn’t bring a computer, you’ll find internet cafés in the bigger towns and hotels. Many restaurants and cafés, especially in Reykjavik, have free wifi access, so if you have a laptop you can get Internet access almost everywhere. You’ll also notice that most hotels, guesthouses, museums, restaurantsand cafés have their own websites.
Will my cell phone work in Iceland?
Most North American cell phones won’t work because Iceland is on the European system, but you can rent phones in Iceland.
To call home:
- Dial the AT&T access number in Iceland; 00 800-22255288. 2. Then dial the phone number you’re calling including area code.
- Wait for a prompt then enter your AT&T Calling Card number and 4-digit pin.
Iceland’s country code is +354. If you are calling Iceland from the United States or Canada, dial 011 to get an international line, then 354 and the 7-digit phone number. When you are in Iceland, you just need to dial the 7-digit phone number. There are no area codes in Iceland.