What do do in Iceland?
Contents 12 - Go on a Whale Watching Tour 11 - Go Horseback Riding 10 - Have a Night Out in Reykjavik 9 - Visit Lake Mývatn in North Iceland 8 - Relax in the Blue Lagoon Spa 7 - See Dettifoss Waterfall in North Iceland 6 - Visit the West Fjords 5 - Enjoy the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon 4 - Have a Dip in a Natural Hot
- Whale Watching. The gentle marine giants can be seen from the different locations in the country including Reykjavík.
- Maelifell Volcano, Myrdalsjökull Glacier Park.
- Kirkjufell Mountain.
- Skaftafell Ice Cave, Vatnajökull National Park.
- Blue Lagoon, Grindavík.
- Aurora Borealis.
- Skyr - The Icelandic Yogurt. Skyr is a really well-known Icelandic product.
- Slow Roasted Lamb. Icelandic sheep are one of the purest breeds in the world.
- Hákarl - Fermented Shark.
- Icelandic Lamb Soup - Kjötsúpa.
- Icelandic Hot Dog.
- Rúgbrauð - Dark Rye Bread from a Hot Spring.
- Harðfiskur - Dried Fish.
- Bakery Food.
- Transfer time Reykjavik - Blue Lagoon: 45-60 min. Transfer time Blue Lagoon - KEF Keflavik Airport: 15-20 min.
- Borgarfjörður eystri, is another East Iceland location to spot puffins. The best place is by the harbor, south of the village. Grímsey island, north of Iceland, and the only place which touches the Arctic circle in Iceland, is another spot with large puffin colonies.
Icelandic cuisine, the cuisine of Iceland, has a long history. Important parts of Icelandic cuisine are lamb, dairy, and fish, the latter due to Iceland being surrounded by ocean. Popular foods in Iceland include skyr, hangikjöt (smoked lamb), kleinur, laufabrauð, and bollur.
- The country's written and spoken language is Icelandic, an Old Norse language that has changed little since Iceland's first settlers arrived over 1,000 years ago. It is one of the oldest living languages in Europe. However, most Icelanders also speak English.
- The Icelandic winter is relatively mild for its latitude. The southerly lowlands of the island average around 0 °C (32 °F) in winter, while the Highlands of Iceland tend to average around −10 °C (14 °F). The lowest temperatures in the northern part of the island range from around −25 to −30 °C (−13 to −22 °F).
- What to wear on a trip to Iceland in summer (June-August)
- Base layer – normal underwear and short or long-sleeve t-shirts are usually fine.
- Warm sweater – wool or fleece.
- Lightweight outdoor trousers/pants – believe us, soggy jeans are no fun!
- Lightweight weatherproof jacket with hood - rain – and windproof shell.
The presence of abundant electrical power due to Iceland's geothermal and hydroelectric energy sources has led to the growth of the manufacturing sector. Power-intensive industries, which are the largest components of the manufacturing sector, produce mainly for export.
- Currently, average wages in the country are of roughly 310,000 ISK net per month. Notice that the average salary in Iceland figures are net, while the minimum wage mentioned above is gross. The average salary of 310,000 ISK per month (approximately 2900 USD) puts Iceland's figures among the highest salaries in Europe.
- Between 2008 and 2014, Iceland adult literacy rate remained stable at around 99 %. Adult (15+) literacy rate (%). Total is the percentage of the population age 15 and above who can, with understanding, read and write a short, simple statement on their everyday life.
- As the Arctic ice continues to melt due to global warming, Greenland's mineral and energy resources – including iron ore, lead, zinc, diamonds, gold, rare earth elements, uranium and oil – are becoming more accessible.
Updated: 11th December 2019