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Note that usage of the acronym ISK was abandoned in favor of IKR. --[[User:|]] 18:29, 10 June 2007 (EDT)
Note that usage of the acronym ISK was abandoned in favor of IKR. --[[User:|]] 18:29, 10 June 2007 (EDT)
-- It is ISK that is the standard naming NOT IKR. - [[User:Blacksapphire|Blacksapphire]] 10:25, 13 March 2010 (EST)

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Largest waterfall

I see "biggest waterfall" in the picture caption and "largest waterfall" elsewhere. By what standards? there are many ways to measure this.

The largest waterfall (Dettifoss) is measured by the number of liters of water that flows through.

- I believe Dettifoss is the largest waterfall in Europe Blacksapphire 10:14, 13 March 2010 (EST)

Keflavik Airport Sleeping

The entry mentions to not sleep in the airport but rather at a hotel nearby. When I was in Keflavik in 2007 I remember signs saying that sleeping over in the airport is prohibited. Can anyone confirm this? Blacksapphire 10:18, 13 March 2010 (EST)


I'm going to include something about the average temperatures throughout the year so people can see more clearly when is the best time themselves to go. There's no where to put it in though, and I think it would be slightly rediculous to put it into its own section. Something needs to be done about the organisation and layout of this page. It's like the Icelandic phasebook in the fact it's all over the place - very un-Icelandic. SKC 23:32 UTC, 3 Feb 2007

Why not put the temperature info under "Climate"? As for the content of the article in general, you're right that it could use some work. Iceland isn't one of the most-visited places, so the article hasn't received a lot of knowledgeable attention yet. But please keep in mind that we have a standard format for articles about countries, so please try to stick to it as best you can. - Todd VerBeek 20:58, 3 February 2007 (EST)


some of the info in this article seems to have been copied from Lonely Planet guidebooks. Shouldn't we avoid this?

We certainly should, but what exactly are you referring to? Jpatokal 21:59, 7 Aug 2005 (EDT)
I just checked in lonely planet guides, and I must have dreamt... nothing to criticize here, move along. Sorry :) Antoine 8 Aug 2005

I'd like to see more on when to go. For example, tickets in May are about half the price as tickets in June. Does that mean it's unbearable in May? 23:06, 6 Feb 2006 (EST)

I haven't been there in May, but I can't imagine that it's "unbearable", probably just a bit cooler, about the same amount of rain. The June prices might be a "surcharge" for visitors who want to experience the round-the-clock daylight? But you definitely want to avoid December; the weather's mild, but it's dark out. TVerBeek 10:30, 7 Feb 2006 (EST)
I've been there in April/May and the weather is pleasant (but don't forget a winter coat) but it is off season. Many places are closed or inaccessible and thus staying at guesthouses is quite cheap at this time. It's important to contact the museums/centers you really want to visit beforehand to ensure they are open. But, don't count on entering Interior Iceland or places that lie on the "F" routes (these roads are meant for 4 wheel drive, snow tire, high ride vehicles ONLY).


Note that usage of the acronym ISK was abandoned in favor of IKR. -- 18:29, 10 June 2007 (EDT)

-- It is ISK that is the standard naming NOT IKR. - Blacksapphire 10:25, 13 March 2010 (EST)


We went last week of May, first week of June a few years back and it is much cheaper "out of season". The weather was fine the whole time and certainly not unbearable at all. Flew from Reykjavik to Hofn and collected hire 4x4 MPV and spent 10 very good days driving Route 1 back to Reykjavik. Excellent accommodation, food and sightseeing. Local specialities of Puffin and Guillemot very tasty.

The cost of public transportation looks scary

So please someone add a hitchhiking section. 05:46, 13 January 2008 (EST)

Cities list

The cities list should be reduced to a representative sample of no more than nine, by someone more familiar with the country than me. --Peter Talk 16:50, 27 March 2008 (EDT)

Smyril line

I agree with the statement that Smyril line is not entirely clear on prices (there is a comprehensive table on its website though). One should NOT call their head office in Torshavn on the Far Oer Islands (unless local residents perhaps). When I tried I was referred to their agent in my country, The Netherlands (Troll Travel). And if they even have an agent in The Netherlands, they are even more likely to have one in larger countries.

Economic crisis

Perhaps somebody should add a warning box about current economic and social conditions in Iceland? I can't say this from experience, but I do know from the news that the krona has fallen sharply and many citizens of Iceland are angry and are protesting the government.

That's good news for travellers, since everything's cheaper now! No warning boxes are needed until the Icelanders start rioting. Jpatokal 12:26, 2 December 2008 (EST)
Well, they are... at least we get it on the news all the time, due to our relationship with Iceland; VOA article. Still this is Iceland, and police dispersing the crowd with tear gas is huge news up there, but maybe not in other parts of the world? --Stefan (sertmann) Talk 12:31, 2 December 2008 (EST)
i have heard of Icelanders having bad feelings towards the British in light of recent events, although to me this seems a little far fetched from what i know the country and the people. how would British, and other nationalities fare at the moment in Iceland?-- 21:03, 2 December 2008 (EST)
I can't imagine Brits having anything to worry about, except maybe have an opinion on the matter forced out of them in a bar. If anything there is some real anger towards the other Nordic countries, since help from the sister nations, which was fully expected, in many Icelanders eyes was too little, too late, but still - this is hardly anything that would jeopardize anyone's personal safety. --Stefan (sertmann) Talk 21:19, 2 December 2008 (EST)
I was there just after it happened. 1) As a foreign traveler, conversion is in your favor. You will not generally see a problem for many items except that your buying power will go much further. E.g., I was recommended to rent a car for a week than ride buses (less time to write post cards, but one of the most adventurous drives in my life: oh, I was driving in winter). 2) Serious businesses affected by tourism have printed stickers adding to brochures prices in Euros (or Pounds or dollars US). 3) Sometimes, if you use a credit card, e.g., Visa, you might be asked the choice of paying in Icelandic Krone or in my case US dollars. I gave them the benefit of US dollars. Get away from the Reykjanes peninsula. The Google map is surprisingly poor quality. I also have former co-workers from there Akureyri who moved back there Reykjavík. 20:25, 21 September 2009 (EDT)

Ring road

Suggestion: It would be really helpful to have a short but complete ring road-oriented part of this article with links to the "do" and "see" paragraphs. It could take the form of a map with all cities to sleep in during the trip, places to see etc. This just in order to avoid missing something.

There has been an article started for Route 1-Ring Road ("Ring Road" would seem to be a better name...). It's still extremely sparse, so any help you could provide in populating some of the info would be great. Alternatively, if you have ideas for better organizing and presenting this information please plunge forward. -- Ryan • (talk) • 20:42, 6 March 2009 (EST)


For the amount on content we have on Iceland, and for a country as homogeneous as Iceland, I think the current hierarchy is way to find grained, can anyone more familiar with Iceland come up with a more sensible division? and maybe outline them on a map so I can make a regions map for Iceland? --Stefan (sertmann) Talk 08:14, 16 March 2009 (EDT)

Acording to WP [2] there are six constituencies on Iceland. If we merge the three smaller ones around Reykjavik into South we will have three regions:

  • Northwest
  • Northeast
  • South

ViMy 10:24, 29 September 2009 (EDT)

Tour companies

I've moved these listings out of the main article as most don't comply with Wikitravel:Activity listings#Tour listings, and in any case they should not be listed in the country article but should instead be moved to articles for the park / town in which the company operates. -- Ryan • (talk) • 13:18, 7 August 2009 (EDT)

  • Island Adventures, +354 481-1010, [3]. Is a group of islanders who would love to show you around The Westman Islands.
  • Arctic Heli Skiing[4]. Exploratory heli ski adventures, first descents, skiing all the way down to the ocean basking in the rays of the midnight sun.
  • Nature Explorer, +354 691-3900, [5]. Adventure day tours on Super-Jeeps to all the best nature sights in Iceland, including driving on glaciers, across unbridged rivers and on the black sand beach.
  • Bergmenn Mountain Guides, +354 698 9870, [6]. Iceland's only certified mountain guides. Specializing in ski touring,heli skiing, ice, rock and alpine climbing, trekking, hiking and private guiding in Iceland and Greenland.
  •, +354 663-2858, [7]. Offers scuba diving and snorkeling tours around Iceland.
  • Eskimos , +354 414-1500, [8]. Offers a great variety of activities and action-tours.
  • Glacier jeeps, +354 478-1000, [9]. Amazing adventure tours on Vatnajokull, biggest glacier in Europe.
  • Highlanders Adventure in Iceland, +354 568-3030, [10]. Offers super jeep tours mainly but can arrange all your travel needs.
  • Iceland Booking Center, [11]. Online booking of tours, accommodation and more.
  • Iceland Excursions - Gray Line Iceland, +354 540-1313, [12]. One of the largest day tour and sightseeing operators in Iceland. They offer wide variety of day tours all year around.
  • Iceland Experience, [13]. Escorted & independent tours to Iceland including airfare, car rental and hotel bookings.
  • Iceland Guest, +354 534-4141, [14]. Offers online information for tourist planning vacation in Iceland .
  • Iceland Travel, +354 585-4300, [15]. The largest tour operator in Iceland. Offering all services for Individuals and groups. Self-drive packages, overland excursions, day tours, vacation packages and more.
  • Iceland Private Tours, +354 691 3900, [16]. Customized tours and private travel in Iceland for individuals, families and small groups who want the personal touch from a small local Icelandic travel agency.
  • Iceland Visitor, +354 511-2442, [17]. Offers vacation packages around the country and day tours from Reykjavik.
  • Icelandic Mountain Guides, +354 587-9999, [18]. Offers 15 years of experience and a variety of Iceland tours, hiking, ice climbing, horseback riding and cross-country skiing expeditions.
  • Icelandic Rovers, +354 567-1720, [19]. Offers a variety of Iceland tours, Jeep tours and adventure holidays.
  • Icelandic Travel Horses, [20].
  • Reykjavik Excursions, +354 562-1011, [21]. The largest day tour operator in Iceland offering a variety of day and bus tours from Reykjavik all year around.
  • Velvet Adventure Sailing, [22]. offers the opportunity to combine exhilarating sailing aboard a comfortable yacht with the opportunity to explore, the wilderness of the Westfjords, inaccessible by road, Experience the peace and tranquillity of largely unpopulated areas.
  • West Tours +354 456-5111, [23]. Offers tours and excursions in the West Fjords of Iceland.
  • Icelandgo, Kirkjubraut 15 Isafjördur, +354 6937173, [1]. 24h email service. Jeep Tours for small groups (2-4 persons). Hotel and Guesthouse overnight stays.
  • Iceland Tour, [24]. Complete jeep excursion around Iceland.
  • Mountain Climbing, +354 565 3855, +354 891 7074,[25]. Offers easy hiking tours on mountains in Reykjavik vicinity. The mountains are Esja (914m), the city mountain of Reykjavik, and Helgafell (340m), the sacred town mountain of Hafnarfjörður.

Thorny spelling issue

Should Icelandic placenames on Wikitravel use þ and ð, or should they be converted to th? How about accents? My gut feel is that we should keep accents but use "th". Jpatokal 08:55, 9 February 2010 (EST)

Having traveled in Iceland I'd recommend using the Icelandic characters, with redirects created as needed. While I am definitely on the low-knowledge side for linguistic issues, I assumed that "þ" was akin to "p" and did not immediately recognize that signs I saw for Þingvellir National Park in Iceland were the same as what Wikitravel had previously referred to as Thingvellir National Park. If we're going to have articles such as Ærø then it seems consistent to use Icelandic characters as well to avoid forcing travelers to do an internal translation. -- Ryan • (talk) • 11:03, 9 February 2010 (EST)
I'm with Ryan on this, let's use the Icelandic characters. They're also a part of the culture and experience for the traveller. If it's causing confusion perhaps at the top of the Iceland article we want a boxed warning "This article uses placenames using Icelandic characters - for an explanation see the #Talk section"? Andyfarrell 11:29, 10 February 2010 (EST)
Also, why treat this any differently to the other Scandinavian cases eg Tromso where we use the special characters. Andyfarrell 11:32, 10 February 2010 (EST)
Because þ and ð aren't within the A-Z range and thus technically violate Wikitravel:Naming conventions. But I can definitely see the benefits of adopting them as an exception for Iceland and Faroes alone — do we have a consensus here? Jpatokal 04:00, 11 February 2010 (EST)
I actually feel the opposite from your initial statement: thorn and eth are Old English letters and thus I would accept them as (barely) part of the English language, but I think the diacritics are unnecessary. LtPowers 08:30, 11 February 2010 (EST)

Mmmkay, I don't see anybody opposing eth and thorn, so I guess they're in. Instead of ugly boxes, I think the neatest solution is just to put the pronunciation in parens afterwards, so we'd have "Þingvellir (Thingvellir) is..." in the first line. Jpatokal 01:16, 20 February 2010 (EST)