Cultural information regarding Iceland
Iceland is one of the world’s most volcanically active countries, as mentioned above, and you need to be aware that your holiday may be disrupted in some way if an eruption event or an earthquake occurs while you’re there. You should ensure you keep in touch with the news while you’re in the country, and follow the instructions of the authorities should anything of this nature occur. The eruption of a volcano in Iceland back in 2010 grounded flights over a large part of Europe for almost a week.
Iceland is a very northerly country, and its weather can be very severe at any time of the year. You need to be prepared for the fact that the weather might disrupt your holiday in some way, and again you should follow the advice of the authorities. This is especially so if you have outdoor activities planned during your holiday – outdoor pursuits can become dangerous during severe weather.
As it is an EEA member state, you can drive in Iceland using your UK driving licence.
The Icelandic police can be very severe on any form of drug offence, so avoid illegal substances at all costs.
Iceland has no public railway network, unlike almost all other European countries, so if you don’t have access to a hire car, you could be reliant on buses to get around.
Due to its northerly location, it has almost 24 hours of daylight in midsummer and almost no daylight in midwinter.
You can visit Iceland for up to three months as a UK national without having a visa – your UK passport will suffice.
The official language is Icelandic, but English is widely spoken.
Iceland does not have a high crime rate, but petty crime and theft can occur anywhere, especially in urban areas.
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