Practical Information

Banks

Most are open Monday to Friday 9.15 a.m.–4 p.m. A few key banks stay open later and open again on Saturdays.

Climate

Although the warm Gulf Stream has a positive effect on the climate, you have to be ready for all kinds of weather. In summer temperatures vary around 12°-15° C / 53-59° F, although they may rise up to 20°C / 68° F. Rain showers are always possible, even if they do not last long. Temperatures in winter are around +/- 5°C / 23-41° F; even though it can be very windy, it is not as cold as generally assumed.

Clothing

For excursions take lightweight woollens, windproof and waterproof clothing and stout shoes. Bring a swimsuit for bathing in hot pools. Casual wear is the rule, but the locals do dress up for the smartest restaurants and social functions.

Country

The inhabited coast regions form the smallest part of the island. 11 % of Iceland’s surface is covered by glaciers while 60 % of the whole country is dominated by uninhabited highlands or deserts. These desolate regions can only be crossed by 4-wheel-drive during summer. The volcanic island offers lots of space for its inhabitants. Approx. 320.000 inhabitants live on 103.000 km². Approx. two thirds of Iceland’s population lives in the capital Reykjavik, located in the southwest. The peninsula Reykjanes is home to the international airport Keflavik, about 45 km from the capital.

Credit cards

The well-known international credit cards are accepted in hotels, restaurants and shops. Some businesses require a PIN for paying by credit card.

Crime

In Iceland’s non-violent society there are no threats to visitors.

Currency

The Iceland krona (plural kronur, abbreviated IKr or kr). Banknotes range from 500 to 5000 kr; coins from 1 to 100 kr. One USD is approximately ISK 125 (in May 2016).

Electricity

Iceland is plugged into 220 volts AC, 50 Hz. However, the plug fittings themselves may be incompatible with your appliances, so take an adaptor.

Language

The official language is Icelandic, a Nordic language which has changed little from the days of the Vikings. English and Danish are also very widely spoken.

Life onboard

Get more information on the life onboard.

Post offices

Most are open Monday to Friday 9 a.m.–4.30 p.m. Reykjavik’s main post office opens from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. and on Saturdays in summer 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Time

All year round Iceland stays on GMT. In the land of the midnight sun, “daylight saving” is a very foreign concept.

Tipping

In hotels and restaurants a service charge and tax are included in the bill; a tip is not expected.

Toilets

In Iceland, toilets are marked Kvenmenn (ladies) and Karlmenn (men).

Visa

US and Canadian citizens carrying a valid passport do not need visas when visiting Iceland, Germany, France, Great Britain, Ireland or Greenland as a tourist for 90 days or less. Travelers to these countries must be in possession of a passport, valid at least for three months beyond their intended stay. In addition to that, nationals of many countries are required to obtain a visa prior to entering the countries named above.

Water onboard the ship

All water from taps and water stations aboard are chlorinated. The water in the water stations is also extra filtered. Sometimes the water from the water taps or in bathrooms may have brownish colour. This is quite common on ships and is due to oxygen in water touching the iron piping. If you let the water flow for few seconds the water will be clear. The tap water onboard is not safe to drink but you can use it for brushing your teeth. But there are three different water stations around the ship where you can re-fill your water bottles. One is in the Club Lounge deck 4, one in the Main Lounge deck 5 and one in the Observation Lounge deck 7.