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Iceland

For Starters

Language: The native language of Iceland is Icelandic. 

That being said, English is the most commonly spoken secondary language in Iceland, since it’s mandatory for students in Iceland to learn English. Danish is also a commonly spoken language in Iceland, as well.

Currency: The currency in Iceland is the Icelandic króna (ISK). That being said, many places will accept Euros or the US dollar as payment, but often at a worse rate. Keep in mind, the Icelandic króna is one of the world’s strongest currencies; it’s very likely your local currency won’t go as far in Iceland. 

1 USD is equivalent to about 129,56 ISK (2022).
1 EUR is equivalent to about 138,31 ISK (2022).

Additionally, it’s very common to use a debit or credit card for all purchases, so cash won’t be needed for the most part. Also, make sure you select to pay via credit card in ISK, as that is usually a more favorable conversion.

Gratuity: In general, tipping is not expected in Iceland. Instead they will generally add a service charge to your bill. That being said, I don’t think anyone will be offended if you feel their service warranted some additional gratuity.

Travel Plug Adapter: In Iceland the power plugs and sockets are of Type F (and Type C, but that’s less commonly used). The standard voltage is 230 V, and the standard frequency is 50Hz.

Side of the Road: Right.

Safety: Iceland is often rated either one of the safest countries to visit or the safest country to visit in the world. You’ll rarely hear about even petty crime. That being said, always be mindful of your surroundings, do your research about your destinations ahead of time, and always be prepared.

Iceland

Overview

Iceland is otherworldly. That’s truly the best way to describe it. It’s a fairly underpopulated island located in the Arctic Ocean that’s known for its many natural wonders. During a visit to Iceland, you’ll have the opportunity to see glaciers, active volcanoes, geysers, and hot springs. And if you’re lucky, the Northern Lights and maybe a puffin or 50. 

Iceland is the perfect location to visit for solo or group travel, and as a first-time traveler or a more seasoned traveler. The locals are very friendly and the tourism industry is active (even though most of the industry isn’t run by Icelanders). 

Interested in reading more about Iceland? Check out my Top 5 Waterfalls in Iceland and my Top 10 Foods to Try in Iceland. 

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