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Iceland travel tips. Essential information for tourists

Updated on July 4, 2015

Welcome to the land of ice and fire

Iceland is home of volcanoes, glaciers, geysers, elves and around 329000 people. When coming here to enjoy the stunning nature you will find yourself in need for essential information as a tourist travelling here. I would like to share with you the informational platforms that I use frequently while living here, as well as give you some helpful tips for enhancing your experience of this beautiful country.

Weather

Icelandic met office offers excellent website that keeps you up to date with the latest weather forecast that you can find here.

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You can use a slider to move back and forth in time for the forecast for whole Iceland. In general you should be prepared for any type of weather no matter what time you visit Iceland. Winters here can be particularly difficult at times. If you are renting a car during winter I would make sure the car is ready for snow. You can see in the video below how winters can be in Reykjavík.

Roads

IRCA (Icelandic Road and Coastal administration) is responsible for maintaining service for about 13000 km. of main and country side roads in Iceland. They offer a map on their website that shows the condition of the roads. You can find the information here. Please note that you will have to be careful since you will be sharing the roads with animals. See the photo below to see what I mean.

Came across this family during my travel around Iceland
Came across this family during my travel around Iceland

Civil Protection in Iceland

To keep up to date with latest news about natural disasters and public warnings, Civil Protection Iceland maintains website for us to read here.

In case of emergency

Call 112. You can find more information about emergency numbers on ja.is here.

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Camping

Tjalda.is is an informational website about camping areas in Iceland. They do provide a nice map here.

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There is also a company in Iceland providing a camping card that gives you access to camping areas around Iceland. It is called The Camping Card ehf. You can find a map with the camping areas they offer here.

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Safe travel

On Safetravel.is you can find extensive amount of information which can help you plan your travel to and around Iceland in more safe and secure way.

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