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Practical information about Iceland

 

 

ALPHABET A-Ö

The modern Icelandic alphabet consists of the following 32 letters: 

Aa Áá Bb Dd Ðð Ee Éé Ff Gg Hh Ii Íí Jj Kk Ll Mm Nn Oo Óó Pp Rr Ss Tt Uu Úú Vv Xx Yy Ýý Þþ Ææ Öö

It is based upon a Latin alphabet with diacritics. In addition it includes the character “eth - Ðð” and the runic letter “thorn - Þþ”. Ææ and Öö are considered letters in their own right and not a ligature or diacritical version of their respective letters.

 

AIRLINES

Icelandair flies year round from several destinations in North America and Europe. It also flies from many more locations in the high season. www.icelandair.com

Iceland Express offers year round flights from Newark as well as seasonal flights from Boston, Chicago and Winnipeg. Iceland Express also offers seasonal flights to 24 major European cities. www.icelandexpress.com

Delta Airlines offers flights from New York (JFK) commencing in June 2011. www.delta.com

 

CELL PHONES & INTERNET

The following mobile systems can be used in Iceland. GSM900 and 1800 both 2G and UMTS 3G. Pre-paid cards are available at petrol stations around the country. The internet network in Iceland is very well developed and most hotels offer internet connection.

 

CLIMATE 

Thanks to the Gulf Stream, Iceland enjoys a cool temperate maritime climate; cool in summer and fairly mild in winter. However, the weather is very changeable and tourists should be prepared for the unexpected.

 

CLOTHING/WEATHER

When traveling in Iceland you should bring along lightweight woolens, a sweater or cardigan, a rainproof (weatherproof) coat and sturdy walking shoes. Travelers who are camping or heading into the interior will need warm underwear and socks, rubber boots and a warm sleeping bag. en.vedur.is

Average Temperature in Reykjavik:

January 35°F 1.8°C 

April 41°F 5.0°C 

July 55°F 12.8°C 

October 41°F 5.1°C 

 

CREDIT CARDS

All major credit cards are accepted by hotels, restaurants, shops and gas stations. You can also draw money with your credit card (limited amounts) from cash points throughout the country. Traveler’s cheques, debit & credit cards are widely accepted. The major cards in Iceland are Mastercard and VISA. American Express is accepted on a limited basis.

 

CURRENCY 

The Icelandic monetary unit is the krona. Coins are in denominations of 100 kr., 50 kr., 10 kr., 5 kr. and 1 kr. Bank notes are in denominations of 5000 kr., 2000 kr., 1000 kr., and 500 kr. All Icelandic banks provide foreign exchange and are generally open on weekdays from 09:15 to 16:00.

 

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 October 2011 00:31

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