Europe | Tips

September 19, 2017

How to Make the Most of Your Iceland Trip

We’re leading our first two groups of tours heading to Iceland in the coming weeks and just in case you need one more rundown of reminders, here are a few to take note of:

Prepare accordingly

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Iceland’s weather is completely different from what we’re accustomed to in the Philippines, so you might find yourself dealing with cold weather even in the midst of an Icelandic summer. This will also mean dressing up in practical layers, both for your torso and for your legs, along with a pair of sturdy footwear.

Should you wish to buy the proper set of clothes for your trip, make sure that you include thermal base layers and hiking pants, along with headwear, gloves and merino wool socks. If you’d rather leave it to the experts, you can go with a reputable brand like The North Face or an outdoor store like ROX, where the sales associates can help you build your Iceland wardrobe.

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Iceland is also known to be an expensive destination, so don’t forget to budget wisely. You can bring both cash and credit card, as the country takes both. Take note that their local currency is the Icelandic krona – should you wish to avail this, you can bring your US dollars or Euros and have them exchanged at the currency kiosks at the airport or at any Icelandic bank.

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While your tour guide will always be on hand to give tips and reminders, it’s also a good idea to come with your own knowledge for the trip. Iceland’s official tourism website is a great place to start, or you can reach out to Angely, who will be leading the trip, before your departure!

Remember to be respectful

Be respectful of the local customs – whether it’s being on time for your tour, following through with the swimsuit policy in the Blue Lagoon, or removing your shoes before entering a changing room.

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You can also choose to learn some essential phrases which might come in handy during your trip:

hello – halló (hah-lo)

goodbye – bless (bles)

please – vinsamlegast (vihn-sahm-lay-gas)

thank you – takk (tahk)

yes – já (yah)

no – nei (nay)

excuse me – afsakið (af-sah-kith)

Do you speak English? – talarðu ensku? (ta-lar-dhu en-sku?)

I don’t speak Icelandic – ég tala ekki íslensku (yeh ta-la eh-ki ees-len-sku)

Safety is the priority

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While we will always want for you to gain new experiences and travel moments that you can share with your family and friends at home, we will always place utmost importance on your safety. The group will be dealing with unpredictable weather, something that is part of the Icelandic experience. During these months, there could either be snow or rain, which will be might pose a challenge to sightseeing.

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A good barometer when exploring is the Icelandic pledge:

I pledge to be a responsible tourist.

When I explore new places,

I will leave them as I found them.

I will take photos to die for,

without dying for them.

I will follow the road into the unknown,

but never venture off the road.

And I will only park where I am supposed to.

When I sleep under the stars,

I’ll stay within a campsite.

And when nature calls,

I won’t answer the call on nature.

I will be prepared for all weathers,

all possibilities and all adventures.

All set for your dream vacation to Iceland? Have fun, stay safe, and take lots of photos!

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