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Weather all year round
The climate in Iceland is of a temperate oceanic type. Thanks to the Gulf Stream, Iceland enjoys relatively mild temperatures all year round. It rarely exceeds 20°C in summer, and in winter in Reykjavík, the average temperature in January, the coldest month, is -0.5°C. However, the high tourist season in Iceland corresponds to the summer period due to the better weather conditions.
Iceland is one of the most expensive countries in the world. The currency, the Icelandic krona, fluctuates regularly and prices continue to rise. Due to the variation in currency, hoteliers often indicate their rates in euros. The quality of the hotels is in line with international standards but the prices are high. The exchange is easy, and withdrawals and credit card payments are widespread everywhere. Service and taxes are included in the price so gratuity is not mandatory.
No visa is required to travel to Iceland. For EU nationals, stays of less than 3 months, a national identity document or a passport are sufficient to travel to Iceland. For Swiss and Canadian citizens, a passport is also sufficient. For a stay of more than 90 days, in addition to a valid passport, it is necessary to have a certificate of employment from a local employer. It takes about 10 days for the Ministry of Social Affairs to provide a residence permit.
There are no special precautions to take before departure. No vaccinations are required to travel to Iceland. However, make sure your vaccinations are up to date.
Tap water is considered one of the best in the world in Iceland. Don't deprive yourself of this pure and fresh water... especially since bottled water is (obviously) very expensive. However, water can often smell the unpleasant smell of sulphur, especially in hotel showers. In summer, it is necessary to watch out for the appearance of the simulium, a small midge with an appearance similar to that of a mosquito, but don't worry, it doesn't bite. On the other hand, it can become very annoying when they arrive by the thousands around you. You will find them mainly around Myvatn and other lakes in the interior of the country.