A European island country in the Atlantic ocean, Half way between Great Britain and Greenland.

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Long road trips in Iceland - where to relieve ourselves?

We are planning for a road trip in Iceland. The trip consists of Golden Circle in a day, and another day to Jokulsarlon from Reykjavik and a third day of returning from Jokulsarlon. I understand ...
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Does it makes sense to travel to Iceland during winter? [closed]

I just saw an amazing offer to fly to Iceland in November. Although Iceland is still on my wish list, November would not be the first choice of time to visit. Is this an offer to just fill empty seats ...
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What is the best time of year to visit Reykjavík?

When I ask for the "best" time of year, I am looking for a reasonable balance of the following criteria, in order of importance: Mild weather. Ideally, warm enough to have coffee outside in a light ...
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Can we get by as English speakers visiting Iceland?

We're going to Iceland for the first time in September. Will we be able to get around ok just speaking English, or should we try to learn some rudimentary Icelandic? And is that even what their ...
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Can we change drivers without the rental firm getting to know?

A car rental company in Iceland charges extra for two people driving the car. I was wondering what would happen if we pay the fee for only one person, but have an alternate person drive. How will they ...
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How can I get to Iceland on a cargo ship?

Planning a low budget and environment friendly trip to Iceland from Helsinki, Finland next summer for me and my friend. Haven't been able to find relevant information on possibility for cargo travel (...
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Driving in Iceland: a good idea?

For this summer I am thinking about going to Iceland. I would like to fly to Reykjavik, spend some days there, then rent a car, travel around the island and then fly back home. Now I have a few ...
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Is there a boat that will take tourists to Iceland from North America?

I'm certain that the lucky Europeans have a boat that will get them from there to Iceland. Is there a way for tourists to get from the US or Canada to Iceland?
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How to get from Iceland to Greenland?

I'm planning to go to Iceland this summer. Since I've never been so close to Greenland before (except on a plane), I'm thinking about going to Greenland too. Is there any ferry or plane that goes from ...
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Do long-distance buses in Iceland typically permit getting off outside timetabled stops?

When I have taken long-distance buses in northern Sweden or northern Norway, I have frequently gotten off the bus at arbitrary spots along the route, by talking to the bus driver, often far from any ...
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Do I need Gravel, Sand and Ash insurance when renting a car in Iceland?

We are planning our trip to Iceland and want to rent a car for a few days. A few trips (i. e. to Svartifoss) might go a bit off road. Does it make sense to buy a Gravel protection insurance, or is ...
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What are the wild camping regulations in Iceland?

I've read here that "in Iceland you are allowed to do this by law as long as you stay away from houses and use common sense like you say". Wild camping in Iceland is one of my ideas for the next ...
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Solo driving in Iceland in late March

I'm from San Francisco and am planning to visit Iceland March 22nd - 31st. My goal is to do a lot of photography at Vík and Jökulsárlón. I decided to rent a car instead of joining tour groups. I am ...
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Camping along ring road in Iceland

I am planning on a circumnavigation of Iceland this summer and the Ring Road might be the only road available for lenghthy stretches. I would like to know if camping along the Ring Road is ...
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What are these metallic plates found around Iceland?

What is the name and function of these circular metal plates we have seen in random locations around Iceland? They look like sime sort of star map or sun clock. We've seen this one along road 52 I ...
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Renting car without owning credit card

I have a credit card in my name, but no driving licence. My wife has a driving licence but no credit card. How do I get a rental car in Iceland? Is it possible to rent one? For example, in this link, ...
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What is the quickest way to get a car from London to Iceland?

I am considering going to Iceland and was wondering if it is feasible to take there my car with me. The only way to get there by ferry that I could find is described here, which suggests getting to ...
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Cellular Internet in Iceland?

Is it possible to purchase a pre-paid SIM card that with cellular Internet access in Iceland ? If so, in what parts of Iceland can I expect coverage ?
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Stopover in Iceland (w/ Icelandair) - can I leave the airport?

I'm researching an excursion to America (I'm a British Citizen) and planning to fly out using reward points, which means I will be subject to one-way-tax on the way back with BA/AA (Reward points). ...
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Can I use couchsurfing as as proof of accommodation for a Schengen visa?

Can one use couchsurfing to prove accommodation for a Schengen visa to Iceland from India?
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Abandoned theme parks in Iceland

I love hunting for abandoned places during my travels and I found one of the most exciting ruins to explore are abandoned theme parks. For example in Nara, Japan there's an incredibly well preserved ...
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What's the drinking age on Icelandair?

I'll be flying from Sweden to Iceland on Icelandair in a week. Will they serve me alcohol when I'm 18 years old? The drinking age in Sweden is 18, and in Iceland it's 20. If they will serve me, I'll ...
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“Circular” hiking trails in Iceland?

In September I will be travelling to Iceland, and renting a car there to make a trip around most of the country. One of the main activities will be hiking, and I am looking to do one hiking trip that ...
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Flights to Greenland - seasonal ex-North America?

I'm looking to go from Canada/US to visit Greenland & Iceland (very tentative plans), but am having trouble finding flights. It seems that there's generally flights from Copenhagen, but I'd ...
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How do I find a campsite that allows campfires in Iceland?

I am currently traveling in Iceland and it seems that most campsites do not allow campfires. Are there any campsites in Iceland that allow campfires? If so, how can I find them? Any resource links ...
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Ferrying Icelandic rental car vs renting on Faroe Islands

My trip starts and ends in Iceland, I'm considering the option of ferrying an Icelandic rental car across to the Faroe Islands (vs dropping off and renting another one on the Faroe Islands). Smyril ...
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How should I wash clothes in Iceland?

I'm going backpacking for a month in Iceland and I plan to pack lightly (clothes for a week). Laundromat are very popular in some countries but almost unheard of in others and, apparently, Iceland ...
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Hiking around Iceland: Trails or walking on the ring road?

What options are available to hike around Iceland? Other questions address camping but are there marked trails on some or all of the way? Is walking on the ring road allowed at all and is it realistic?...
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Is it possible to rent a Volkswagen T1/T2 in Iceland?

I'm considering renting a van for my upcoming trip in Iceland and it would be awesome if it was possible to rent a Volkswagen T1/T2 there. Despite all my searching, it looks like there is no rental ...
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Iceland - Visiting fjords from Reykjavík in 1 day

We're travelling to Iceland early May this year. Our accommodation will be in Reykjavík, but we would like to see the fjords in the north as well (around Ísafjörður). According to Google Maps, it's ...
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How accessible are the dirt-road parts of Iceland's ring road?

During my upcoming vacation to Iceland, I am planning to do a complete trip around the Hringvegur. Because the Eastern part of Iceland doesn't have very many landmarks, I am planning to drive from ...
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May I cross closed gates in Iceland?

I've found looking in Google Street Map that in Iceland sometimes you find gates in public roads like this. In my country (Spain) these are very rare, but when they exist is because there are free ...
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How to assess rough water severity?

I'm considering taking the ferry from Dalvík to Grímsey, which is a 4 hours ride. I've had a very bad experience with a ferry in very rough waters and I don't like to repeat it anytime soon. There was ...
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Hákarl aka Rotten Shark - the ultimate souvenir

One of the delicacy of Iceland is the Hákarl Hákarl or kæstur hákarl is a food from Iceland consisting of a Greenland shark or sleeper shark (Somniosus microcephalus) which has been cured ...
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Is a 4x4 a must in Iceland in April/May?

To rent a 4x4 small car is about 740 € (2 weeks) vs a small compact that is just 260 €. I have some experience driving off-road and I know that a "normal" car cannot go through some f-roads I've seen ...
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How crowded is Iceland in summer?

This may be a naive question for Europe and Scandinavian summers, but does Iceland very get crowded and touristy in summer, typically June ? I don't mind some groups but on the whole this is going to ...
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Where can I find out the current snow depth in Iceland?

Is there a website that reports the current snow depth across Iceland? I'm after a site with similar detail to the question in this answer about Norway.
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Information about Fimmvörðuháls route

Today I've read an article about the Fimmvörðuháls trekking route in a magazine. As I'm planning a trip to iceland, without dates yet, I need some information I haven't found in Internet and maybe you ...
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Why are there no road maps for Iceland for my TomTom device?

Today, I tried to update the maps on my TomTom device with a road map of Iceland. For that I navigated to the online shop. Unfortunately, I couldn't find there any road map from Iceland. On the other ...
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“Match of the century” in Reykjavik

The so called Match of the Century was the chess world championship between Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1972. It's one of the most famous chess matches because it took ...
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Should I expect þingvellir to be snowcovered early May?

I will have a 72 hour layover on Iceland 1–4 May, and I will happen to have my bicycle with me. I am considering to go on a cycling trip to þingvellir and some other places. However, I'm unsure ...
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Is it allowed to bathe at Grjótagjá?

I have contradictory information. Some places say that bathing is forbidden, while others say that there are no signs and locals bathe there. What's the truth?
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Will Bárðarbunga threaten my vacation? [closed]

(This question is probably extremely localized as it may not even be relevant anymore in a few days/weeks/months. I am worried about it however.) On September 1st, I am flying to Iceland for a ...
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Is a 4x4 essential in Iceland at end of August?

We are making a 4 day trip to Iceland from 24-28 August 2013. We want to rent a car. We heard that the F-roads (for which you would need a 4x4) are normally closed in August. Questions: Are the f-...
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Reliable Android app for GPS without internet connection [closed]

I am travelling to Iceland soon, and just found out that my Garmin GPS does not give directions in Iceland. I know that I will have plenty of locations with Wifi during my vacation, but this will not ...
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Iceland over Christmas period

I am trying to think of a good destination for a week-long bread over Christmas or New Year's day. I am quite keen to see the aurora, hence I was thinking about the northern countries and Iceland in ...
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Can I hike Iceland on my own?

I want to hike to places like Myrdasjokull, etc. on my own without a guide in winter. Is this allowed?
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Is possible to visit all Iceland sights in April/May?

I have a couple of holiday weeks between the end of April and the first week of May and I'm wondering if Iceland is a good destination for that period. I've read that 2-3 weeks is enough to visit all ...
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Self Guided Northern Lights Tour

I'm going to Iceland this December with the hopes of catching the Northern Lights. We were considering doing a tour, but we were considering renting a car and drive around hunting for them ourselves. ...
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How to use cloud cover information to track auroras?

I would like to travel to Iceland to see Auroras. I am in the process of planning my trip so that I maximise the chance of seeing one. I understand that precisely locating Auroras depends on cloud ...