Things You Better Know Before Traveling
Where is Iceland?
Iceland is an island and the westernmost part of Europe. Iceland is located about midway between Europe and North America continents and serves as an important crossroad. The Arctic latitude passes the northern part of Iceland.
Iceland size and population
Geologically Iceland is the youngest country in Europe, the youngest part of Iceland is the island Surtsey that was created by the volcanic eruption in 1967. Iceland's territory is 103,000 square kilometers. For comparison, the territory of Israel within the Green Line is 20,770 square kilometers, about one-fifth of the territory of Iceland. Iceland is the second largest island in Europe after the United Kingdom (Greenland geographically belongs to the America continent). Iceland was also the last uninhabited by humans island in Europe. The first settlers came to Iceland in around 900 AD. The population of Iceland currently is 320,000 inhabitants. Half of them live in Reykjavik. Most of Iceland, which is mainly the mountainous center, is uninhabited.
Weather in Iceland
The word "Iceland" is associated with cold and raises an image of frozen land of snow and covered with ice most of the year. Iceland's northern location along with the word's "Iceland" (Ice-Land) meaning causes this common mistake. Only 11% of the territory of Iceland is covered with glaciers while other parts of the country are green or desert dry most of the year. Iceland's coastal areas are fertile meadows and serve as pasture for flocks of sheep that walk freely on the mountain slopes and valleys (in Iceland there are no large predators that could harm the livestock). Many horses are herding in the coastal area and in the valleys while the center of the island is mostly dry and arid mountainous plain decorated with amazing landscapes and unique natural phenomena. Despite its northern location, Iceland has relatively mild climate thanks to the warm Gulf Stream which is the reason why the sea around Iceland does not freeze in winter. Greenland (Green-land) on the other hand, with the name meaning "green land" is the land of real ice when more than 80% of its area is covered with glaciers.
Best time to book a trip to Iceland
Iceland's high season is short and the demand is heavy. Different from other destinations that offer last minute deals, in Iceland available flights and accommodation options are disappearing as the desired tour date approaches and the prices are rising. You should not wait until the last minute. We recommend to book as early as possible and save costs and ensure the best available deal.
What are self-driving tour packages?
Our self-driving tour packages include all the ground services arrangements: A detailed tour plan with useful information, Tips and driving instructions – It's your personal guide in Iceland. We book all accommodation according to the itinerary. You pick up the car rental with GPS at the airport, We have a call center available 24 hours a day, Map, Roadbook with information about all the sites and attractions along the route. Our team has a personal acquaintance with all the ground services provided by us in order to ensure your complete satisfaction! Self-driving tour package is the perfect way to get to know Iceland closely, Without compromises and at the lowest prices.
The procedure of the booking process
As soon as a completed application form will be received by a fax or an email, we will send you a confirmation email within 48 hours. Then the trip booking process will begin and the deposit in amount of 20% of the total price will be charged from your credit card. Ordering process can take from one to three weeks and at the end of it a copy of the full trip plan, a ground services form (the voucher) and useful information before the trip will be sent by email. About 4 weeks prior to the trip the remaining payment will be charged from the credit card (6 weeks in case of organized group tours). The self-driving travelers will receive printed copies of trip plan and ground services form, road map and guidebook in Hebrew upon their arrival in Iceland. The GPS is built-in in the vehicle.
In case of emergency during the trip
Emergency telephone number is available for our customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our trained staff will do everything in order to allow trouble-free trip.
Cheapest way to fly to Iceland
We do not include flight ticket in our tour prices, because we know that you can save money by ordering tickets directly from from your state. It will also allow you to use your "frequent flyer" if you've got one. You can start the trip every day depends on the dates of your flights. Flights to Iceland arrive from most major European cities so there are many options. The major intermediate destinations are: London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, but this is only a partial list. You should compare prices through different airlines and most importantly order early because prices increase as the date of the trip is getting closer. For ordering cheap flights to Iceland online with instant confirmation click here.
Prices in Iceland
To give an idea of what is the estimated cost of living, those are the examples of prices:
Bottle of soft drink ½ liter - 1.5€ (tap water of excellent quality you can drink for free)
Loaf of bread - 1.5€
1 liter of petrol - 1.3€
1 liter of diesel - 1.3€
Large and tasty sandwich at each of the many gas stations throughout Iceland - 6€
Meal: burger, fries and drink - 8€
Three-course meal at the restaurant or the hotel - 25-45€
Prices for the attractions in Iceland?
Cellphone in Iceland?
You can bring your cellphone and use it in Iceland after you've purchased the local SIM card. Iceland's' telecom operators provide nationwide coverage of most of the country. The cheapest way to call from Iceland to Israel or for the local calls is SIM card with a local number which is available in some of the flights that arrive in Iceland or at the duty- free shop in the airport. It is pre-paid SIM card (Prepaid) and the rate varies according to the size of the package. The price starts from 20 euros. SIM cards can be recharged at the petrol stations throughout the country.
What clothes to pack
Despite the name "Iceland" and its associations, the weather in Iceland is quite moderate. Warm sea streams that come from the Atlantic Ocean ensure weather with higher temperatures than elsewhere in the world on the same latitude. The recommended way to dress up during your stay in Iceland is the "layered clothing" method - dressing using many garments worn on top of each other and a layer can be removed or added as needed. We recommend all the travelers (during all seasons) to bring a jacket, brass, raincoat, ear covers (hat or headband), gloves, sweater and walking shoes with a good grip, preferably waterproof, bathing suit and towel. For travelers who intend to have a camping or highland trekking it's important to obtain thermal clothing, warm wool socks and waterproof shoes or boots and a blindfold that will help you sleep when the sun is shining at midnight. The travelers during the summer should bring sunglasses and sunscreen against the radiation.