Weather & Climate: When is the best time of year to visit Iceland?
Officially Iceland has four seasons, but keep in mind that average winter temperatures are around 1-2°C, and average summer temperatures are around 12°C. The weather is often unpredictable - you can wake up to a fine sunny day and encounter a massive snowstorm just a few hours later. Summer months such as July and August are considered the best time to visit the country, although the famous Northern Lights can be witnessed in February, March, September, or October.
Crime & Safety: Is Iceland safe?
Iceland has a number of modern public toilets and shiny public restrooms, especially around the major touristic sites. Anyway, you can frequently notice the queues in front of them, and you'd better be prepared to pay a small amount of money (around 200kr) to use a paid facility and spare yourself the unpleasant experience of waiting for too long. Iceland had been named the safest country in the world for more than a decade in a row, so we can easily say that crime is almost non-existent in this piece of land. The most criminal behavior you can possibly encounter is poor driving due to bad weather conditions, so make sure you are well aware of how to handle automobile-related accidents and car crashes.
Hospitals & Pharmacies in Reykjavik
EU visitors who happen to need medical support while staying in Iceland need to present their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), or else they will be expected to pay in full, just like visitants from non-EU and non-EEA countries. Every major city of the country has its own healthcare center with a doctor on call, as well as a functioning pharmacy, called apótek or lyfjaverslun. The working schedules of clinics for non-urgent cases can vary and need to be furtherly investigated. For medical emergencies, as well as any other kind of emergency, you can call 112.
Public Toilets in Reykjavik
Iceland has a number of modern public toilets and shiny public restrooms, especially around the major touristic sites. Anyway, you can frequently notice the queues in front of them, and you'd better be prepared to pay a small amount of money (around 200kr) to use a paid facility and spare yourself the unpleasant experience of waiting for too long.
Staying Connected: Internet & WiFi in Iceland
Visitors can use free WiFi in most restaurants, bars and coffee shops around Reykjavik, yet you probably wouldn't want to count on that. The good news is you can always rent a portable wi-fi hotspot and be connected wherever you go. Long-term guests can also buy an Icelandic SIM card with a data package and stay online for as long as they are eager to pay for.
Can you drink the tap water in Iceland?
Here is a curious fact - the tap water in Iceland is probably better than most of the bottled water brands you can buy around the globe. Almost 95% of Icelandic tap water comes directly from under the ground and never encounters any external pollution. The national monitoring of the tap water is ongoing and trustworthy, so if there is a reason to worry, it will be made well known in time.
The official language of Iceland is (surprise!) Icelandic. This is a North Germanic language, closely related to Norwegian and Faroese languages. Anyway, English will be just enough to get along with the locals, as it is taught as a second language, and almost everyone around is fluent in it. Most of the Icelanders can also communicate freely in German, Danish, and even French.
Save Money with the Reykjavik Tourist Card!
The Reykjavik City Card for tourists provides free entry to a broad assortment of galleries and museums around the capital, free entry to all swimming pools, unlimited bus travel in the city area, and a free ferry ride to the Videy Island. It also serves for discounts in numerous shops and service providing facilities in Reykjavik, city tours including.