Iceland - visit the country at your own pace
Iceland is filled with many natural wonders. The best way to explore the country is, without a doubt, at your own pace in a rental car where you make your own agenda, depending on your own interest.
- 330.000 inhabitants
- 103.000 km²
- 10% is covered with glaciers, or 11,500km²
- 15 active volcanoes
- 10,000 waterfalls
- 800 hot springs
- Northern Lights
- Midnight Sun
- Ring Road around Iceland (national highway) is 1.339 km(827 mi).
- Iceland is on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and does not adjust to daylight savings time.
- 170 geothermal pools around the country
Fun facts about Iceland
- In Iceland there are around 150 swimming pools
- Around 30 hot springs
- Icelanders eat rotten shark just because they like itThe last name of Icelanders is derived from their father's first name
- Beer was banned nationwide until 1989
- Iceland has a penis museum...
- The Icelandic state has a monopoly on the sale of alcohol
- The hot weather smells like rotten eggs
- Reykjavík is the northernmost capital city in the world
- The oldest surviving parliament is in Iceland
- The English word geyser comes from Icelandic
- Iceland lies just south of the Arctic Circle so the winter nights and summer days are long
- Eyjafjallajökull was probably the most complicated word the newspersons around the world had to learn in 2010, just try to pronounce it!
Travel hints and tips
- www.safetravel.is is a site you can consult to get advice on safe travel in Iceland.
- Information on road conditions please call 1777 or visit www.road.is (in English)
- Information on weather forecast please call 902 0600 or visit http://en.vedur.is/ (in English)
- In the summer, sheep are often seen crossing roads, which can cause danger for drivers. This is one of the reasons why it is important to comply with the speed limit.
- This time of the year the sky passes through various hues of blue, grey and azure, but you should never expect black tones – up here in the north the sun hardly sets and the summer days are never-ending.
- Spring is the time when the grass turns bright green and the migrant birds return, so it is the perfect time for bird watching. There are over 200 species that nest in Iceland, some of them in huge numbers.
- In autumn, brooks and rivers, swollen with melt water, rush down to the lowlands, feeding the earth and ultimately the ocean. Green vegetation turns red, yellow or brown, resulting in colorful landscapes.
- Winter is a time of amazing contrasts. Peaceful white snow covers the black lava fields and in the evening the blackness of the sky the northern lights are often visible in cold, clear weather.
- We recommend that you rent a 4x4 if you’re driving in Iceland during winter time. It makes it easier for you to get by in the snow.