Practical Iceland

Where To Stay

Lodging ranges from luxury hotels in Reykjavík to simple guesthouses in rural areas; various hotels are open only in the summer. Information about voucher plans and other programs is available from the tourist board. .


Arriving & Departing: There is nonstop service to Reykjavík from New York, Baltimore/Washington, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood. Bus fare to Reykjavík from Leif Ericsson Airport is about $8; taxi fare is about $50 during the day and $75 at night.

In the summer, there is weekly steamer service from Seydisfjšrdur on Iceland's east coast to Bergen, Norway, and Esbjerg, Denmark, via the Faroe islands; passage takes approximately two days.

Getting Around: Family fares and holiday tickets (Air-Bus Rover and Air Rover) provide affordable air travel. An Omnibus Passport costs $200 for unlimited bus travel for one week.

A Full-Circle Passport, which costs $170, permits a trip around the country with no time limit.


New Year’s Day, Maundy Thursday (Mar. 27), Good Friday (Mar. 28), Easter Sunday and Monday (Mar. 30 and 31), Labor Day (May 1), Ascension Day (May 8), Whitsunday and Whitmonday (May 18 and 19), Independence Day (June 17), Christmas, Boxing Day (Dec. 26).

Money Matters

Banking hours are weekdays from 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. (also 5 to 6 p.m. on Thursday). The krona is divided into 100 aurar. $1 = 67.75 ISK as of Dec. 2, 1996.

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Iceland Tourist Board
Box 4649 / Grand Central Sta.
New York, NY 10163-4649
(212) 885-9700