Should We Bring Icelandic Krona Or Just Use A Credit Card?

Should we bring Icelandic Krona or just use a credit card? It is not necessary to exchange much currency. You may use a little for toilets, or an ice cream, but most every place accepts credit cards. For more information regarding this subject, click here.

Icelandic Krona or just use a credit card? Icelandic businesses will not accept cash krona from other Scandinavian countries and will also not accept euros or U.S. dollars. Because of this, it's most convenient for travelers to simply pay with a credit card or debit card everywhere they travel throughout Iceland.

Icelanders love credit and debit cards, and will commonly whip one out just to buy an ice cream. Most shops and tourist establishments accept credit cards; you can even charge a taxi ride. Visa and MasterCard are the most widely accepted, while American Express and Diner's Club are not nearly as useful.

Credit and debit cards are very common forms of payment for people who travel to Iceland. In fact, locals rarely use cash since most merchants accept credit and debit cards even for small purchases. Travellers cheques, though less common, are also accepted at banks and major hotels or tourist centres.

As we have already touched upon, Iceland is a relatively cashless country, but it is always wise to carry around some króna in cash form. There are plenty of ATMs in Reykjavík and several at Keflavík Airport for you to withdraw the local Icelandic currency.

New pickup and drop-off locations announced

New pickup and drop-off locations announced

We are excited to announce that we now offer FREE pickup and drop-off from Keflavik, and of course free pickup from the Reykjavik Capital Area remains the same. We look forward to having you on tour with us!

Iceland is known for its stunning natural beauty, unique culture, and strong sense of community. Therefore, some core values that could be associated with Iceland include:
  1. Respect for nature and environment: Icelanders are known for their deep appreciation of their country’s natural beauty and unique geology. This respect for nature is reflected in their strong commitment to environmental conversation and sustainability.
  2. Strong sense of community: Despite its small size, Iceland has a close-knit and supportive community where people look out for each other. This sense of community is reflected in the country’s social welfare system, which provides universal healthcare, education, and other social services to all citizens.
  3. Emphasis on creativity and innovation: Iceland has a rich cultural heritage that values creativity and innovation. This is reflected in the country’s vibrant music, art, and literature scenes, as well as its thriving tech industry.
  4. Commitment to equality and social justice: Iceland has a long history of promoting gender equality, LGBTQ + rights, and other forms of social justice. This commitment to equality is reflected in the country’s progressive laws and policies, as well as its strong emphasis on education and social welfare.
  5. Resilience and adaptability: Iceland is a country that has had to adapt to challenging environmental and economic conditions throughout its history. This has fostered a sense of resilience and adaptability among its people, who are known for their resourcefulness and determination.

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12 Simple Things To Know About Iceland

Things To Know About Iceland.

1. It is the MOST beautiful country. Iceland

Sure, you have seen pictures but it really doesn’t do justice to its magnificence. So be prepared to be stunned.

2. The gear is necessary.

People say conflicting things about the need for waterproof shoes, socks and rain suits, hiking pants, etc…spend the money, buy it, and bring it. You will use every single thing including a waterproof backpack cover! Also having random things like pouches to put wet clothes into were helpful.

3. The Blue Lagoon.

It's spectacular. People debate about whether it was too commercial and it’s an experience you have to have going to Iceland in my opinion. Some say go when you land, but it's also definitely nice to save it for the last day as you may be super exhausted when you land and may not appreciated it as much had you done it then. If you do choose this option I would consider staying the night before at the hotel at the Blue Lagoon or the Northern Light Inn a half mile away. It is great not to have to stress about getting all of our luggage and all of us to our morning appointment. Also, everyone talks about how bad your hair gets but douse it with conditioner and leave it in there and it will be absolutely fine!

4. When something in nature happens like a volcano erupts, go immediately!

Some people wait a couple days and are very disappointed when they reached e.g. the volcano and it has stopped being active that morning, and you miss a once in a lifetime opportunity.

5. This can be a very physical trip.

If you are looking to relax or aren’t able to walk, climb, etc…choose a tour company like Trippy Travel Iceland, as they cater to all physical types and fitness levels, which many tour companies do not.

6. Renting a car.

It's not necessary. many people will give you a very hard time about not renting a car and driving the Ring Road. Yes, you might be able to see more, but many people prefer a home base so you can stay in Reykjavik and take tours. Many people don't want to rent a car and of the stress that may come with it.

7. The weather.

It can be chilly ANY time of the year. Not just the temperature but the wind and sudden rain are all as reported. Just wear layers each day and add or take off as necessary.

8. Food/Restaurants/Money.

Tips are not expected. You won't need cash, as everywhere accepts credit cards. Have your pin number handy for the gas station, but it is not generally needed elsewhere. Some of the best food is Cinnamon Buns at Braud & Co (ask them to heat). Grillmarkaðurinn is amazing. Kopar at the harbor was very good (if you eat there ask for the second floor by the window), Kröst is fun, and pizza at Baka Baka which is great. Don´t forget to give Monkeys a try. Lots of people talk about Messin, and there is a reason for that, it´s delicious. Max’s at Northern Light Inn is another to try! Also, you can´t forget about dessert, make sure to try Valdís...Icelanders love their ice cream!

9. Hate to say it, Icelandic people in general are not the warmest and friendliest -

until you get to know them that is. And they don’t stop for pedestrians so be careful crossing the streets!

10. Iceland is way ahead in terms of caring for the planet.

Mostly everything is Eco friendly and there are things like escalators that don’t move until people got on them to conserve energy. Everything is so clean and well maintained, but there was graffiti everywhere which some find interesting.

11. It’s not an inexpensive place.

And sometimes plans change and you have to adjust because of weather or forces of nature so expect the unexpected and go with it.

12. Crazy fact

The population is only 346,000 in the entire country.

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