Iceland facts and travel tips

Iceland is a nation that is intricately beautiful. It hosts a relatively small number of visitors every year, yet features thundering waterfalls, basalt beaches, and untamed interiors to explore.

The terrain of Iceland can be perilous, but the rugged beauty of what lies before you will definitely take your breath away.

The weather of Iceland can be quite volatile. It is not unusual for a warm and sunny day to drop some flurries on your head. It can be helpful to plan a visit with a guided tour, but also plan to pack a variety of gear so you can be prepared for anything.

In return for planning ahead, you can enjoy unbelievable wilderness areas like the Hornstrandir, a nature reserve which sits on a peninsula in the Westfhords. Not only will you get to see unspoiled cliffs, but arctic foxes call this area home as well. Hiking and camping can be rustic, but it can also be incredibly rewarding.

Natural hot springs are abundant throughout Iceland. It’s a national pastime to sit in a hot spot, soak in the mineral waters, and have a conversation about the events of the day. Curiosity is a way of life in Iceland and being creative is more than just a hobby.

It may be a relatively small island nation, but the people of Iceland are used to thinking big. Being fun and creative isn’t just something to do in your free time. It’s a way of life. Plan your visit so you can get out there and have fun with them.

National Holidays

When are national holidays and no work days ?

See the list with the national holidays in the country.

DateEnglishLocal name 
January 1New Year's DayNýársdagur
VariableMaundy ThursdaySkírdagur
VariableGood FridayFöstudagurinn langi
VariableEaster DayPáskadagur
VariableEaster MondayAnnar í páskum
VariableFirst Day of SummerSumardagurinn fyrsti
May 1May DayVerkalýðsdagurinn
VariableAscensionUppstigningardagur
VariableWhit SundayHvítasunnudagur
VariableWhit MondayAnnar í hvítasunnu
June 17Icelandic National DayÞjóðhátíðardagurinn
VariableCommerce DayFrídagur verslunarmannaFirst Monday in August
December 24Christmas EveAðfangadagur
December 25Christmas DayJóladagur
December 26Boxing DayAnnar í jólum
December 31New Year's EveGamlársdagur

Biggest cities

See the list of the biggest and most important cities in the country, and the size of the cities by population.

Important: the informations are from various external sources. If you are using the informations professional please seek official confirmation whether the figures are actual or not.

RankNamePop.Country
1Reykjavík121,822Iceland
2Kópavogur33,181Iceland
3Hafnarfjörður27,870Iceland
4Akureyri17,915Iceland
5Garðabær11,885Iceland
6Mosfellsbær9,300Iceland
7Keflavík8,169Iceland
8Akranes6,754Iceland
9Selfoss6,512Iceland
10Seltjarnarnes4,411Iceland
11Njarðvík4,400Iceland
12Vestmannaeyjar4,272Iceland
13Ísafjörður3,629Iceland
14Grindavík2,991Iceland
15Sauðárkrókur2,635Iceland
16Álftanes2,498Iceland
17Hveragerði2,382Iceland
18Egilsstaðir2,319Iceland
19Húsavík2,184Iceland
20Borgarnes1,865Iceland

Covid-19 / Coronavirus statistics

Travel restrictions / Travel advice

Any country may restrict travel without notice. For actual updates on travel restrictions see official website at gov.uk

Foreign travel advice

See actual travel advice on official website at gov.uk

Medical travel advice

Official and updated medical travel advice during the COVID-19 / Coronavirus outbreak, see WHO official website

Medical recommendations

The actual medical recommendations during the COVID-19 / Coronavirus outbreak can be found at WHO official website

Local Covid-19 information

Below you can see the actual Covid-19 situation with statistics.

For actual updates about local restrictions see government website from the link below.

Iceland
205,637
Total confirmed cases
Updated on October 4, 2022 10:26 am
Iceland
0
Total recovered
Updated on October 4, 2022 10:26 am
Iceland
205,424
Total active cases
Updated on October 4, 2022 10:26 am
Iceland
213
Total deaths
Updated on October 4, 2022 10:26 am

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