Things NOT to Do in Iceland

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While traveling to Iceland is sure to be an enjoyable experience, there are a few things you should try to avoid doing in order to save you money, save you from embarrassment, or keep you safe from harm. So if you want to make sure you don’t miss out on anything unique to Iceland, or make any dangerous or unsafe mistakes, we have the perfect list for you.

1. Do Not Underestimate The Weather

First of all, on average there is very little snow in Iceland, despite the name. Second, the temperature range is not drastic, but requires getting used to. It can reach over 20 degrees Celsius in summer and around -15 degrees Celsius in winter. The average temperature in summer is 10 degrees Celsius, while in winter the average is -1 degree Celsius. Finally, it’s the wind that should worry you. Many tourists don’t realize that the winds can be light gusts or gales. This is more true in areas close to the sea. In the highlands, it is always expected to blow hard. The cooling factor replaces the temperature reading, so be prepared.

2. Don’t get caught in the dark 

The amount of daylight you experience in Iceland can be drastically different from what you are used to. During the months of June and July it is never dark, while in December and January it is dark from about 3:30 p.m. to about 11:30 a.m. the next day. So, from mid-May to mid-August, the sun only sets for a few hours, which means there is light almost all the time. For this reason, visitors often bring masks to help them sleep. Midwinter is the polar opposite, with about five hours of daylight.

3. Don’t buy bottled water

The tap water in Iceland is as clean as water can get. By buying water bottles at the supermarket, you’re basically buying bottled tap water. Save your money and spare the environment by using a refillable water bottle instead of stocking up on bottled water. Icelanders never ever buy bottled water and before the rise in tourism here in Iceland, you couldn’t even buy bottled water at the stores.

4. Do’nt Skip Your Coat

some quirks about the weather in Iceland…it can change dramatically in a single day. While it may appear fabulous from your hotel window, always bring your coat in case you need it. Hopefully you may not need it. Most days in summer are predictable with sunny mornings. But it can rain in the afternoons, and snow at night. Winter is more extreme. You never know when a snowstorm will happen, so it’s best to be prepared. You may not need a jacket, especially if you are used to the cold temperatures, but it’s always nice to have one when, or if you need it.

5. Don’t Walk Onto Glacier

it is always best to get a certified mountaineering guide. They know the lay of the land and are trained to ensure the safety of tourists like you. Some glaciers can look sturdy and pleasant to walk on, but always be careful. Some parts may have ice which easily shatters under weight. It can cause you to fall into the icy depths of the glacier. Few of them survived such a fall. Second, there will be warning signs again if there is any danger. Always look around, if you see one take it seriously. You can enjoy it, be very careful.

6. Don’t Be Loud 

Icelanders are a quiet and reserved people normally. Some tourists are just really too loud, it is as if they want everyone around to hear them. Or they just don’t care what others think. Don’t be one of those arrogant and obnoxious tourists. Locals will presume loud people are drunk. Try not to embarrass yourself. Always be polite and well-behaved. After all, you are the visitor. You can be as loud as you want in your own country.

7. Do’nt Drive Fast

If you decide to hire a vehicle for sightseeing and sightseeing, remember that there are rules. Pay particular attention to the speed limit, which varies from place to place, but goes from 30 km / h to a maximum of 90 km / h. The fines are heavy and will cost you dearly. For example, in an area where the speed limit is 30 km / h and you even exceed a little, it will cost you $ 80. And if you go over the 90 km / h maximum anywhere, it’ll cost you at least $ 400. If you speeding near a school, hospital or residential area, it will exceed $ 550, plus the loss of your driver’s license for 3 months. And don’t think you won’t get caught, you will. It will also be useless to argue with the authorities. So remember this rule and enjoy your visits.

8. Do’nt Take Airport Taxi

Iceland is an expensive place. Not the typical place for budget backpackers. When you arrive at the airport, try not to take the airport taxis lined up outside the airport. The hour-long drive from the airport to central Reykjavik will set you back an eye. It would cost around 18,000 ISK (the crown is Iceland’s currency) or around 140 euros. Compare that to taking the Flybus which costs 2200 ISK or 17 euros. Think about how much money you saved that could be used for other things. Be smart, save when you can. The bus ride is still comfortable.

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