Iceland

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Travel info

Travel info

Tourism

Tourism in Iceland has become a more significant part of the national economy. In 2010, 500,000 tourists visited Iceland.

Visas

Visas are not required by EU nationals for stays of up to 90 days. EU nationals staying longer than 90 days will need to apply for a residence permit from the directorate of immigration in Iceland.

For more information visit www.mfa.is

Major cities

Reykjavík, Kópavogur, Hafnarfjörður, Akureyri, Garðabær

Top tourist attraction

  • Reykjavik
  • Lake Mývatn Conservation Area
  • The Westmann Islands (Vestmannaeyjar)
  • Snaefellsjokull glacier
  • Thingvellir
  • The Blue Lagoon
  • The Great Geyser

Activities

Whether this is one of your first trips to Iceland or not, there is no shortage of things to do and see in Iceland. From history to art to culture to the outdoors, Iceland attractions are plentiful.

Relief

Its average elevation is 1,640 feet (500 metres) above sea level, but one-fourth of the country lies below 650 feet (198 metres). The highest point is 6,952 feet (2,119 metres), at Hvannadals Peak, the top of Öræfajökull in Vatnajökull. On 21 March 2010, a volcano in Eyjafjallajökull in the south of Iceland erupted for the first time since 1821, forcing 600 people to flee their homes.

Climate

There are some variations in the climate between different parts of the island – the south coast is warmer, wetter and windier than the north. The Central Highlands are the coldest part of the country. Low-lying inland areas in the north are the most arid. Snowfall in winter is more common in the north than the south.

Taxes

VAT 7.5%, 25%

Public holidays

  • 1 January - New Year's Day
  • 6 January - Epiphany
  • April - Maundy Thursday
  • April – Good Friday
  • April - Easter Monday
  • 1 May - Labor Day
  • May - Ascension (40 days after Easter)
  • June - Whit Monday (7 weeks after Easter Monday)
  • June 17 - Proclamation of the Republic
  • August - Commerce Day
  • December 24 – Christmas Eve
  • December 25 – Christmas Day
  • December 26 - St. Stephen's Day
  • December 31 - New Year's Eve

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Source: www.wikipedia.org