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Iceland Travel Guide: Country & Destination Information for Visiting


Iceland travel guide and destination overview of the country. Key information, general overview, and more for travelers to Iceland.

Updated: 2019-11-07.

Iceland | Ísland

Iceland is a Nordic island nation in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, northwest of Ireland and the United Kingdom, west of Norway, and east of Greenland. The island of Iceland is actually an active volcano, what’s known in geology as a “high island.” It is usually grouped together with the European countries, and it is a member of the Schengen Agreement.

Traveling to Iceland offers a whole range of activities, scenes, foods, culture, and experiences. Check out our full guide: Top 15+ Things to Do in Iceland

On 20 March 2017, the United Nations declared their “International Day of Happiness” and released a related “World Happiness Report” rating countries from happiest to saddest. Iceland came in at #3!

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Iceland Travel Information & Key Points

General points to know about the country of Iceland – demographics, important ages, phone numbers, key statistics, and more, whether you’re traveling there or not.

Capital: Reykjavík (& largest city)

Population: 350,000 (2018 estimate)

Language(s): Icelandic

President: Guðni Th. Jóhannesson

Prime Minister: Katrín Jakobsdóttir

Currency: Icelandic Króna (ISK)

Area: 102,775 km2 (39,682 mi2)

Dialing Code: +354

Time Zone:Western European Time “WET” (UTC+0)

Demonym: Icelander (what is a demonym?)

Endonym: Ísland (their name for their country)

Emergency Number: 112 (general number for police, fire, ambulance, etc.) (+354 570 2112 from abroad)

Drinking Age: 20 to purchase

Smoking Age: 18 to purchase

Age of Consent: 15

Drives on the: Right

Electricity & Adapter: Plug Types C / F (define)

ISO Country Code: IS

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