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Travel Logistics: Iceland

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Iceland was one of those bucket-list places for us which we are till date excited to share our experience with anyone who would listen. We had booked our tickets months in advance and had researched high and low to plan the itinerary. We did a road trip around the country and would not change a single thing about our trip. 

If you are interested I had vlogged each day from packing for the trip till the flight back here. There are also posts about the itinerary and other things here. In today's post I am covering the logistics about the trip and what to expect while visiting Iceland.

Seven Logistics To Plan Your Icelandic Getaway

1. Expense + Currency
One US dollar is equal to 8 Icelandic Króna (Jan. 2018). We usually rely on our ATM to exchange currency as we do not wish to travel with too much cash. In most European countries credit card are the best option as long as your card offer no foreign transaction fee. For street purchases and tickets to tourists spots and such we need some cash on hand.

As for expenses, Iceland is an expensive country. Only place you have access to multi cuisines and food options is Reykjavik, and other parts of the country are a hit or miss. We replied on having a breakfast at the B&B we were staying at, fixing a self-made sandwich from a local grocery story and then a bite from a gas station restaurant while on the go.

2. Transportation
Except for main cities, public transport is not an options for traveling. Most visitors rent a car or use tour buses to get around the country. We rented a car (details here) and had absolutely no problem. A liter of petrol was about $1.75 USD. Some of the roads are tricky to drive in, up high in the mountains but are safe and well connected nonetheless. We would suggest not driving after sunset as a lot of roads do not have street lights and if it is raining or snowing driving through them can be a little tricky (read: risky).  

3. Language
Icelandic is the official language of Iceland. It is an Indo-European language, belonging to the sub-group of North Germanic languages. However, everyone in Iceland speaks english, and we had absolutely no problem in communicating. 

4. Food
Icelandic food is mostly meat and fish. It is easy to find basic food options in Reykjavik, Akureyri and other cities, but like mentioned above that while being on the go it is not easy find food. As a vegetarian the options are limited but there is always make-your-sandwich or fruits and potatoes. 

5. Internet + Wifi
I had carried Skyroam while on the trip and it was easy to find wifi throughout. Most hotels and tourist spots offered complimentary wifi as well. We did not have any problem with connectivity on the trip.

6. People
Trivia: In Iceland, a country with a population of 320,000 where most everyone is distantly related. People we met were extremely friendly and kind. They do not necessarily interact with tourists but if spoken to are always wonderful. I have read that they are concerned about the rise in tourism as some of the people visiting are either littering or disrespecting the country's natural beauty. And I can't say I blame them.  

7. Safety
Iceland is an extremely safe country. At no point did we have a bad experience or felt unsafe. There is no culture of tipping in Iceland. People do not expect anything in return for their service (as a profession) or help (as kindness). Crime rate is extremely low and medical care is excellent. However, it is necessary to take precaution when traveling in Iceland due to natural hazards caused by weather and nature, where conditions can change at a moments notice.

Pictures taken in Reykjavik, Iceland
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43 comments

  1. Lovely post, looks like you had a great time! so in love with the red jacket

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  2. you look like you had a great time! My husband is dying to go to Iceland!! I'll have to share this with him!

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  3. So now Iceland is next on my list! Great post x

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  4. I never thought about visiting Iceland, but I will definitely add it to my places to vacation list. It sounds like you had a great time.

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  5. I am soooooo incredibly jealous Tanvi. Iceland has been on my bucket list since forever. What an amazing experience, especially for someone like me who never even seen snow before. It looks like you had a lovely time. You look so relaxed

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  6. Useful advice. It seems everyone I know is going there.

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  7. First of all, so cool that you get to travel to places like this! I'm not a traveler so I didn't realize there was so much to consider. It's funny, we kind of take internet access and transportation for granted... Thanks for all the helpful information.

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  8. Iceland is on my list!! Thanks for all your tips and tricks I'll have to remember them for my trip!!

    Holly
    @styledbyhollyblog
    www.styledbyholly.com

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  9. Is it weird that I want to go to Iceland but I don't want to be cold? I've heard that a lot of tourists were going there and the Icelandic people weren't happy with the influx. I still want to visit, but I'll probably wait a couple more years. Glad you -- as a vegetarian -- were able to find food to eat! :)

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  10. I hope to make it to Iceland this year, I keep saying that I will go but I never make time for it. It's such a beautiful country. Good to know that people are friendly and that you can get connected to the WiFi pretty much everywhere.

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  11. I've been dreaming of an Iceland trip! It's looks so magical!

    Liz

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  12. Thanks for all the tips! I'd love to travel here.

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  13. Great travel tips! My friend just got back from Iceland a month or so ago and can't stop talking about how amazing it was! On my bucket list, for sure!

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  14. We loved Iceland as much as you did. I hope to go back & you have reminded me of how great it is. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. My brother got engaged in Iceland last year and their pics were amazing! It's on my list to go there soon!!

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  16. I have always wanted to visit Iceland! Good to know they love fish so much since I just went pescatarian a month or so ago :)

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  17. You've got some great advice here, certainly things I wouldn't have known. I've always wanted to go to Iceland, it looks like such a beautiful country and thats fantastic about the low crime rates!

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  18. looks like you had a great time over there!! I love your boots!

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  19. Tanvi a very informative post 👍 surely convinced me to visit Iceland 😁 and u look lovely as always !!

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  20. I enjoyed reading this post. Such interesting and helpful information. What an amazing opportunity to visit Iceland. Thank you for sharing.

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  21. this is such great info! Iceland looks absolutely gorgeous. I might have to visit it soon.

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  22. Love your touristy look in that lovely red jacket. And your tips on Iceland are great. I would love to visit someday. But I think finding veg food may be a bit of a challenge.

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  23. Thank you for all of your tips! This is so helpful. Iceland is on my bucket list. I love your outfit!

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  24. Iceland is awesome! You are so lucky to visit it))) Thank you for tips, they are very helpful for travelers, especially those who have never been there!

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  25. I have Iceland in my head for a while now and your post makes me want to go even more! I will keep your tips handy for when we do our planning!

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  26. Lovely post Tanvi. Looks like you had a wonderful time. Iceland is on my bucket list :)

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  27. This is a super helpful checklist especially since I am arranging a trip to Iceland this year!! thank you x

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  28. Very informative post. I am planning for a Iceland trip this year.It's good to know about skyroam.

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  29. What an absolutely amazing trip! I think it would be so fun and wonderful to visit this country one day! Your photographs are absolutely beautiful. Shell

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  30. Love this cozy winter look. Looks like you had a blast. I want to go!

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  31. You look so pretty, love your red jacket. Iceland is so beautiful and your post is so informative for planning a trip to Iceland.

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  32. Love this post! Iceland is on my bucketlist! What was your favorite thing you did while there?

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  33. Iceland is on my bucket list! Hoping to travel there in the next few years. These tips will come in handy!

    -Tristan

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  34. I'm dying to go to Iceland! That's one place I definitely want to visit in my 20s!
    xx
    Lauren

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  35. Looks like this was such a great experience! Iceland is def. on my travel list and It's great to read about how fun and safe it is to travel there! I'm loving the "No tips" and not because I don't like giving them but because I think it's wonderful that they expect nothing in return for service or help! Thanks for sharing your travels x

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  36. Iceland is the next place I want to go to. I'm so glad to have found this post! It will for sure be super helpful. I'm glad Iceland is super safe and that you could communicate wherever you went.

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  37. I totally agree with you on some points. Iceland is one of the safest places which I visited. By the way, You look beautiful in your red sweater. Great shots!

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  38. Iceland is very attractive country. That's one place I definitely want to visit in my vacations. I'm so glad to have found this post!

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  39. Iceland is one of my bucket list to visit. I really want to explore the beautiful scenery and to explore beautiful tourist spots there.

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  40. Visiting Iceland has been a dream of mine. I've been there once; but only has a 3 hour layover, and I deeply regret not extending my stay to a few days. It looks like a wonderful place to visit.

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  41. Iceland is on my bucket list too, thanks for sharing this it will surely help in planning my trip :)

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  42. Iceland looks beautiful, I'd love to visit. Your red jacket is amazing and looks so good on you :)

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  43. Loved reading this! Iceland has been on my list of travel goals!

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