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Good to know before you arrive
Electricity - The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.
Daylight - During Summer there are 24 hours of light and in winter there are very few (about 4 hours).
Bathing suit - Always pack a bathing suit when coming to Iceland. Iceland is known not only for their hot springs but also their local swimming pools. If 150 people live in a town there is going to be a swimming pool. Enjoy the cheap hot water and soak your body in the bliss.
Money - Icelanders love credit/debit cards, locals rarely use cash. BUT there are two places you might need cash, in the highlands for showers and at flea markets. In Reykjavik and bigger towns you should easily find ATM’s.
Good to know when you are there, manners and rules
Drinking - The legal drinking age in Iceland is 20. Grocery stores only have low-alcohol beer; all other alcohol is sold in state-controlled stores called Vínbúð, with limited opening hours. Drunk-driving laws are extremely strict; just one drink could put you over the blood alcohol limit (0.05%).
Emergency – Dial 112 for police, ambulance or fire emergency. If you need some medical assistance after hours call 1170 or 575 – 0505 for dental emergency.
Lost and found – Dial 444 -1000.
Smoking - There is 'No Smoking Policy' in all bars, restaurants and hotels but most have an outdoor smoking area.
Water - Iceland has some of the world's best drinking water, and all tap water is safe to drink. Even surface water is generally potable.
Heating – Iceland has an abundance of hot water because of the geothermal activity. We harness the heat to provide heating for our houses and we also generate electricity from the steam. As the water in most parts of the country is geothermal your shower might smell a bit of sulfur.
Manners - Icelanders take their shoes off when entering homes. Not doing so is considered rude unless the person inviting you in tells you that you can keep the shoes on. Blowing your nose at the dinner table is also considered rude. If traveling to Iceland in Wintertime you will see it quite quickly that Icelanders are funny about this.
Propper Words - Icelanders love their horses. They are globally known as the Icelandic pony but no Icelander really wants to admit to the whole pony thing. Call them horses.
Tipping - Generally it is included in the price but if you are very impressed by the service then we are sure the service provider will be very happy with your tip.