Iceland is a European country with many natural treasures. Indeed, Iceland is dotted with mountains, lakes, glaciers, etc. Planning a trip to Iceland? Here are 5 things you should know before boarding.
Iceland is certainly not a member of the European Union but is still part of the Schengen area. So if you are a national of a Schengen area country, you will not need a visa or any authorization to enter Iceland. If this is not the case, you will need to apply for a Tourist Visa. However, if your country of origin has signed a visa waiver agreement with the Schengen area, you will need an ETIAS authorization by the end of 2022. You can find out more about etias-visas.com.
The official language in Iceland is Icelandic. So if you only speak French, you will have a hard time making yourself understood by the Icelanders. It would therefore be best to take a few lessons before going to this country. You can also hire the services of a translator on site.
The seasons and the climate
Iceland only has two seasons which are winter and summer. Winter runs from October to the end of May, while summer begins in June and ends in September. The climate is quite mild in summer with a tender freshness. Winter on the other hand is very cold and harsh.
The best accommodations for tourists in Iceland are undoubtedly campsites. Renting a campsite will cost you between 10 and 15 Euros. However, during the winter, the campsites are not functional. Nevertheless, you can rent a hotel room.
Transport within Iceland
It is very easy to get around Iceland. You can take the bus, hitchhike, or simply rent a bike. If none of these three options appeal to you, you can still hire a car.
To all this, it is important to add that Iceland is a very connected country. The wifi is available everywhere and you will therefore not be cut off from the rest of the world.