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FAQs about Travel in Iceland


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Below you will find the answers to questions that our clients frequently ask us. Of course, we can't address every aspect of travelling to Iceland here; so, if you need more information, feel free to contact us.


1. Why go through a local agency?
By planning your trip through a local agency like ours, you can be sure that:
- you are dealing with people who know the country like the back of their hands and will be able to answer your questions quickly and accurately.
- you'll be getting advice relevant to your expectations and personal circumstances.
- dyour trip to Iceland or Greenland is tailor made and made for you.
- you will have someone to help you during your trip 24/7 no matter where in Iceland you are (last minute reservations, itinerary changes due to an unforeseen event, assistance in the event of a problem, etc.).
- you are greeted by quality service providers that we have been working with for years and that we know personally more often than not.
- you are taking advantage of our numerous years of experience travelling in Iceland ourselves so that you can see all of Iceland's top destinations on top of some of its best kept secrets.

We are not here to tell you what you want to hear and then fall short of your expectations. Our goal is to give you an accurate idea of what your trip will be like and to guide you in your preparation for it as well as during it. More than anything, we hope our passion for our country will go the extra distance and make your trip to Iceland all the more unique and unforgettable!

2. What is the best season for travelling to Iceland?
We could write a list of reasons to come to Iceland for every month of the year. The weather is best in June, July and August but these are also the months with the most travellers, and the most expensive! Between May and the end of July you'll be able to take advantage of Iceland's almost eternal Arctic daylight, nesting sea birds, and a verdant natural setting. Only from mid-June to mid-September can the country's interior be accessed. Car rental is less expensive before June 15th and after August 15th.
The first northern lights can be seen in the beginning of September and throughout the winter until the end of April, as long as its' night time, you are for from light pollution, the sky is clear, and the solar activity is strong enough to set off this magical natural light show. Regardless of the month of your trip to Iceland, we will be able to organize a fantastic trip for you.
For more information on Icelandic weather take a look at this website: Iceland Weather

3. What to do in Iceland in the summer?
Besides exploring Iceland's wild and beautiful nature, there are a number of activities available to you in summertime. Museums, hikes, horseback riding, whale and bird watching, glacier/ice climbing, rafting, sea kayaking, quad biking, natural hot water sources and pools, caving, super-jeep tours, etc. There are offerings for every taste, experience level and age group! You can reserve all these activities and more with us.

4. What to do in Iceland during the winter?
Contrary to popular belief, it's not always night time in Iceland in the winter!
The darkest period is from November to January, but even in December, there are 4 to 5 hours of daylight. From the end of March to the end of September, days are longer than nights. Winter is the season for seeing the northern lights. It's also a great time to go for a weekend break to Rejkjavik to dive into its nightlife and culture or a hot source surrounded by snow. Along the southern coast, the temperatures never get too cold and the snow is never too deep. The average temperature in Reykjavik in December is 0C, warmer than in New York!

5. Is it difficult to communicate with Icelanders?
We are very proud of our language and have preserved it to this day. However, a great majority of Icelanders, especially young people and people working in the tourism industry speak English.

6. Telephone, internet, GPS?
Phone service in Iceland is good on the inhabited portions of the coast and on the main roads. Service in uninhabited regions is minimal but gets better every year.
97% of Icelanders use the internet and you'll have Wifi acess in many accommodations and cafes with free Wifi access are numerous, especially in Reykjavik.
Using GPS isn't necessary but if you'd like to use yours, make sure to load Iceland's map. Note that many car rental agencies offer GPS and road maps of Iceland.

7. What are the national holidays and biggest celebrations in Iceland?
Iceland Independence Day: on June 17th, Icelanders celebrate the declaration of their independence achieved in 1944. While most shops and restaurants will remain open in Reyjavik and other tourist destinations, this is a national holiday and people may not be working elsewhere. Numerous festivities are organized throughout the country especially in Reykjavk (concerts, street activities, etc.).
Holiday of the Tradesmen: the first Monday in August. While most shops and restaurants remain open in Reyjavik and other tourist destinations, it's a national holiday.
Reykjavk Gay Pride: in early August every year, this festival attracts about 90 000 people to Iceland's capital! For more information: www.gaypride.is
Reykjavk Culture Night: since 1996, this event has been celebrated annually on the 1st Saturday after the 18th of August. A number of attractions take place in the city streets along with concerts and fireworks over the harbour at nightfall.
The Iceland Airwaves Festival: since1999, this music festival has been taking place on the third week of October (from Wednesday to Sunday). For 5 days, musicians put on shows in the bars, cafes and concert halls of Reykjavik. More Information: www.icelandairwaves.is
New Year's and Christmas: even though Reykjavik is calm on the 24th and the 26th of December, and the 1st of January, it is pulsing with energy on the 23rd of December, when roads are closed off to cars and shops stay open until midnight. More than just last minutr shopping, this is a night for all of Reykjavik to get together downtown. The night of the 31st is also a great event. After family dinners, Icelanders gather from 20:30 to 22:00 around large pyres dotted around the city. Then, between 23:15 and 00:30, everywhere in Reykjavik a show of fireworks but on by every citizen goes off to mark the new year. This event is incredible and you have to see it to understand it! In the weeks before Christmas, Reykjavk has a Christmas market (www.visitreykjavik.is) as does its neighbor Hafnafjrur (www.hafnarfjordur.is).
Easter: with a few exceptions Reykjavik restaurants and cafes stay open, Easter weekend is a National Holiday from Friday to Monday.
PFirst official day of Summer: lthe third Thursday in April, you'll hear "Gleilegt sumar" everywhere, or happy summer! This national holiday is an occasion for Icelanders to break our their barbecues, enjoy a bowl of ice cream and sprawl across the terraces of cafes at the tiniest hint of sun.
May 1st: as in many countries throughout the world, May 1st in Iceland is a national holiday.
The Thursday of Ascension and the Monday of Pentecost These are national holidays in Iceland.
Others: a full list of festivals, events and temporary exhibits in Reykjavik, visit: www.visitreykjavik.is.

8. Are there hikes for everyone in Iceland?
With its variety of landscapes and unlimited nature, Iceland is a paradise for walking. Meanwhile hiking is a commitment given the isolation often implied and unpredictable weather conditions. Our itineraries are fairly challenging and nights are spent in mountain huts or camping. However, some have been put together for beginners and have shorter legs.
Either way, feel free to have a talk with a member of our team to figure out what would be best for you. Upon request we can supply you with detailed descriptions of hikes, GPS points and topographic maps.

9. We would like to hire a guide?
The services of private guides in Iceland, whether it is for an individual or a small group, are provided by guides driving 4WD vehicles with room for 3 to 12 people depending on the car.
We work with experienced English speaking driver-guides. The cost of the guides services and car are a minimum of 800 euros per day (meals and accommodations not included). You must therefore have a fairly large budget to hire the services of a guide.
For groups of over 10-12 people, we automatically hire a driver and a guide.