Iceland Info

Basic Information

1Arrival in Iceland
Several shuttle services are operated between Reykjavík and Keflavík International Airport. Buses operate in connection with all arriving and departing flights, and seats are guaranteed. The bus departs Keflavík from directly outside the terminal building around 40 minutes after each flight arrival, and leaves the BSÍ Bus Terminal 2.5 hours before each flight departure. The drive between the airport and Reykjavík takes about 45 minutes. Several companies offer shuttles between the international airport and the city center, and most offer hotel pickup for a small extra fee. Some also offer a stop at the Blue Lagoon on the way.
2Driving in Iceland
Ring Road Nr. 1 around Iceland is 1,332 km (827 mi). The general speed limit is 50 km/h in urban areas, 80 km/h on gravel roads in rural areas, and 90 km/h on asphalt, rural roads. For more information, be sure to visit www.safetravel.is

All mountain roads and roads in the interior of Iceland have a loose gravel surface. The surface of the gravel roads is especially loose along the sides of the roads, so one should drive carefully.
The mountain roads are quite narrow and are not made for speeding. The same goes for some bridges that allowing only one car to pass at a time. Information on road conditions: tel.: +522-1000, daily 8:00–16:00. Road.is

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Driving in iceland
3Language
Icelandic is the national language.
English is the country’s official second language and is spoken widely.
Danish is the official third language taught in schools in Iceland.
4Useful phone Numbers:
Emergency number: 112
Police: 444 1000
Medical assistance: 1770
Information: 118
Telegrams: 1446
5National Parks
There are three National Parks in Iceland, each with its own particular points of interest.
Þingvellir, is in a rift valley between the North Atlantic and Eurasian Plates. It is a site of historical and cultural as well as of geological importance and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Snæfellsjökull National Park includes a volcano and glacier, and is steeped in mystery and romance; it is the only Park that reaches from the seashore to the mountaintops.
Vatnajökull National Park is the largest national park in Europe, covering an area of 13.600 km2. The park encompasses, among other areas, the Vatnajökull glacier, Skaftafell, Jökulsárgljúfur, Lakagígar, and Langisjór
6Banks
Opening hours are Mon–Fri, 9:00–16:00. 24-hour cash dispensers are found in cities and villages around the country. Look for the Hraðbanki sign.
All major credit and debit cards are accepted, especially by hotels, restaurants, shops and petrol stations in Iceland. You can also draw money with your credit card from cash points throughout the country. Traveller’s cheques are accepted at many hotels and tourist information centers. The major cards in Iceland are MasterCard and VISA.
Currency exchange: The Icelandic monetary unit is the króna (ISK). All Icelandic banks provide foreign exchange.
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