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Iceland Holidays,  Iceland Holiday Packages Overview

With its glassy glaciers, hot thermal springs, spectacular geysers, active volcanoes, lava fields, stunning waterfalls and snow-capped mountains, Iceland is indeed the original 'land of fire and ice'.

 

It is not only unique and wonderful natural phenomena that intrigue visitors to this, the second largest island in Europe, which lies close to the Arctic Circle northwest of Scotland and south of Greenland. The hardy Icelandic people, descendants of ancient Norsemen and Celts, are intriguing too, having spawned what is now renowned as the oldest surviving parliament in the world (called the 'Althing'), founded in 930, and boasting a much-revered literary heritage of the best medieval works, mostly based on historic heroic sagas.

 

Most of the country's popular tourist features are in the south of the island near the capital, Reykjavik, in the region known as 'The Golden Circle'. Top of the list for scenic splendour is the Gullfoss double-tiered waterfall, set off with a brilliant rainbow, and the spouting hot springs of Geysir.

 

Reykjavik means 'smoky', but in the case of Iceland's pristine capital (which is Europe's most northerly capital city) the smoke is not smog, but rather steam from the underground springs that warm the city. Reykjavik has a well-deserved reputation for being the cleanest, most invigorating city in Europe, where the standard of living is one of the highest in the world. The city may be small, but it is full of interesting attractions from galleries and museums to thermal bathing spots, and the nightlife is second to none.

 

What else is there to do and see in Iceland? Well, how about whale-watching; chic fine dining; hiking the highlands; viewing Europe's largest glacier Vatnajokull; fishing the rivers; taming one of the great wild Icelandic horses, river-rafting; exploring on a snow-scooter; shopping for designer wear, souvenirs and gourmet foods; joining the descendants of the Vikings in the Summer Solstice Festival at Hafnarfjorour; visit the northerly island of Grimsey to cross the Arctic Circle; visiting the recreated medieval farm at Stong...

 

The list goes on and on, ensuring there is never a dull moment in this awe-inspiring destination.

 

Tourist Offices - Reykjavik Tourist Information Centre, Reykjavik: +354 562 3045 or www.goiceland.org

 

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Entry Requirements

 

All visitors to Iceland require a passport valid for at least three months beyond their intended stay. Return or onward tickets, all documents for the next destination and sufficient funds are necessary for entry to the country. Iceland is party to the Schengen Agreement together with Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Holland, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Germany. The agreement, in principal, allows for travel between these countries on a uniform visa.


- For Australians - Australians require a valid passport, but no visa is required for a stay of up to three months.


- New Zealand citizens require a valid passport, but no visa is required for a stay of up to three months.


- United States citizens require a valid passport, but no visa is required for a stay of up to three months.


- United States citizens require a valid passport, but no visa is required for a stay of up to three months.


- British citizens require a valid passport, but no visa is required if holding a British passport endorsed British Citizen, British National Overseas or British Dependent Territories Citizen. In all other cases, a visa is required.

 

Iceland Holidays - Currency of Iceland

 

The unit of currency is the Islensk Króna (ISK), plural krónur, divided into 100 aurar. Iceland's three banks, Íslandsbanki, Landsbanki Ísland and Búnaðarbanki, all offer foreign exchange facilities and can be found in even the tiniest villages. Most have ATMs on their premises, available after banking hours, which are usually Monday to Friday from 9.15am to 4pm. Credit cards are widely used in Iceland for purchases and cash advances, and travellers cheques are accepted by all banks and most hotels. Travellers cheques in US Dollars get the best exchange rate charges.

 

Iceland Telephone Access Codes and Communications

 

The international country code for Iceland is +354. The outgoing code is 00, followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0027 for South Africa). City/area codes are not in use. Note that Icelanders are listed by their first names in the telephone directories, not the last. Iceland has the highest per capital mobile phone use in the world with GSM networks and there are roaming agreements with most international mobile phone companies. Iceland Telecom rent mobile phones to visitors. There are numerous Internet cafes around the country.

 

Iceland Duty Free Allowances & Restrictions

 

Travellers to Iceland over 18 years do not have to pay duty on 200 cigarettes or 250g of other tobacco products. Travellers over 20 years are also allowed 1 litre spirits and 1 litre wine, or 1 litre spirits and 6 litres beer; or 1 litre wine and 6 litres beer; or 2.25 litres wine; and food items up to 3kg not exceeding Kr13,000. Permits from Post & Telecom Authorities are required for cordless phones, remote controls or radio transmitters, but not for a GSM mobile phone. Prohibited items include narcotics and drugs, meat products, weapons and powdered or moist snuff.

 

Iceland Holidays & Packages- Tipping Information

 

Service charges are included in bills, and tipping is not expected.

 

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