PRACTICAL INFORMATION

TOURIST INFORMATION

Visit Reykjavík is the marketing office for the greater Reykjavík area, working closely with all the surrounding municipalities in promoting the area as a destination.
Visit Reykjavík runs the Official Tourist Information Centre at City Hall in downtown Reykjavík. Visit Reykjavík offers the Reykjavík City Card for visitors.

CURRENCY EXCHANGE

The currency in Iceland is Icelandic Krona (ISK). Foreign currency can be exchanged at all banks, which will also advance cash against all major credit cards. Cash can also be obtained against these cards in all banks; ATMs are to be found in many places. Banking hours are from 09:15-16:00, Monday to Friday. The Change Group offices are open daily, May-September from 08:30-20:00. Exchange offices are also available in Keflavik Airport.

TAX REFUNDS

Upon departure, visitors to Iceland can reclaim the VAT tax paid on purchase in the country. This may amount to 13-15% of the value of the purchase. The refund voucher should be presented to the Duty-Free shop at Keflavík Airport or other departure points.
See: Tax refund

DUTY-FREE SHOPPING

Duty-free goods may be purchased both upon arrival and departure at Keflavík Airport. The duty free allowance is 1 liter of spirits (up to 47% alcohol) and 1 liter of wine (up to 21% alcohol) or 6 liters of imported beer and 200 cigarettes or the equivalent in other tobacco products. It is prohibited to bring uncooked meat and various meat products (salami, smoked meat, etc.) into the country.

SHOPPING HOURS

There are many shopping opportunities in Reykjavík. Visitors will find a wide selection of goods both in the downtown area and at Kringlan and Smáralind shopping malls, offering woollen products, ceramics, jewelry and skin and fur products.
Stores are open from 10.00-18:00 on weekdays, but have variable opening hours on weekends.

REYKJAVÍK

Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland and its surroundings, is the home of more than half of the country’s 350000 inhabitants. Named after the steam from the geothermal areas the city is now known for its clean air and beautiful surroundings. In Reykjavik you have opportunities for historical sites, natural beauty, museums and galleries, public parks, shopping, a wide range of leisure activities, hotels, restaurants and a remarkably lively artistic scene.

CLIMATE

Thanks to the Gulf Stream, Iceland has a temperate ocean climate, cool in the summer and surprisingly mild in the winter. In May the average temperature is 6,3°C but often the weather is mild and sunny. But we advise you to bring warm clothes since the weather can be a bit unpredictable.