Reykjavík Region Warnings and Dangers

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Reykjavík Region Warnings and Dangers

  • Expense

    Reykjavík Region Warnings and Dangers

    As with any travel, check you exchange rates a few weeks ahead of time and be prepared! The US Dollar had done a nose dive in the weeks before my trip and it turned out to be quite a bit more expensive than I had planned.....

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  • Weather

    Reykjavík Region Warnings and Dangers

    Winter in Iceland isn't really that bad, I found. The mild Gulf Stream ensures it doesn't get much colder than a few degrees below freezing, but the wind and the precipitation make it feel quite miserable at times. Therefore: wrap up! Don't assume it'll stay sunny or dry and get yourself a nice warm drink every now and then to keep comfortable!

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  • Speed cameras

    Drive carefully Iceland has a LOT of speed cameras and they are supposedly digital and active around the clock (at least that is what I have heard). They are everywhere, I think I counted 4 of them in one underwater tunnel.

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  • Dangerous fumaroles and hot springs

    Don't underestimate the danger of visiting the geothermally active areas of Reykjanes, near Kvisvik/Kleifarvatn and at Gunuhver at Reykjanesviti. Compared to most places in Europe and certainly America, Iceland appears distinctly to expect people to take responsibility for their own safety (no warnings like: "coffee may be hot"). I find the...

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  • Cliff edges

    Certain sites of touristic interest, such as the bird cliffs south of Kvisuvik, and those at Reykjanesviti are not fenced off. There is nothing to prevent you from falling off if you are not careful. In strong winds, do not approach too near the edge.

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  • The roads

    The best (and the safest and the quickiest and sometimes the least expensive) way to trabel around in Iceland is by plain. As starnge as it sounds, if you wanna drive there around, you really need to go around, along the road which goes around the Iceland. It is the in the best condition and safe that way. If 'safe' doesn't sound adventeruos to...

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  • Brace yourself against the weather!

    Winter in Iceland isn't really that bad, I found. The mild Gulf Stream ensures it doesn't get much colder than a few degrees below freezing, but the wind and the precipitation make it feel quite miserable at times. Therefore: wrap up! Don't assume it'll stay sunny or dry and get yourself a nice warm drink every now and then to keep comfortable!

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  • Check your exchange rates

    As with any travel, check you exchange rates a few weeks ahead of time and be prepared! The US Dollar had done a nose dive in the weeks before my trip and it turned out to be quite a bit more expensive than I had planned.....

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  • Icelandic Horse Tour through a Lava...

    Holy Moly. It sounded fun... ride a furry Icelandic horse through a rugged and natural lava field! The tour description neglected to mention a lava field is about as exciting as a flattened quarry, there's nothing to see, and there's no bathroom break, and the sideways icy wind was going to be pounding us.

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  • BYO

    Everyone except us headed straight for the Duty-Free on arrival at the airport. Wise move if you like alcohol, otherwise expect to pay treble UK prices.

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  • Reykjavik is, like the rest of...

    Reykjavik is, like the rest of Iceland, e-x-p-e-n-s-i-v-e. A few example: A meal in a bistro 14 euro, Big Mac Menu 8 euro, large beer in a bar 6 euro. It's expensive to live here and even more expensive to be a tourist. But consumer goods like clothes, electronics etc. are not expensive and you can get a 15% tax refund.

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  • Make sure not to eat too much...

    Make sure not to eat too much of that Icelandish fish! This guy had literally overeaten and couldn't fly any more :-)

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  • Dangers....mmmmmm that is...

    Dangers....mmmmmm that is tough because Reykavik seemed to be such a safe place! Warnings...well it is expensive! That is true! If you plan to go to a bar, it will be very expenisive . a glass of house wine or beer was about $5 or $6 US. It is a good thing I am not a big drinker!

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  • Accomodation Reserve your...

    Accomodation Reserve your accomodation! If you wouldn't like to wildcamp at Reykjavík Airport, do reserve your hostel days before! Email or a phonecall is enough (This pic is taken in Akureyri)

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  • They do fight at night in...

    They do fight at night in Reykjavik. LOL. But unless you want to join, chances you'll get into trouble are rather slim. Still, I'd say it's more of a risk in Reykjavik than any other Scandinavian city.

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  • I loved it here because it was...

    I loved it here because it was so safe! Everything was reliable and everyone was helpful. It was almost scary--it felt kind of Disneyesque almost since everything was so great--there were positively no drawbacks to Iceland.

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