Travel Preparation

Fishing gear

Fly rod aftma 5 – 8
Floating, intermediate and slow sinking lines.
Flies, both nymphs and streamers have worked well. The lake bottoms are rocky so expect to loose some flies. A few weighted flies could come in handy. To prevent the spread of fish disease all fishing tackle brought to Iceland is disinfected at Keflavík airport. This has never been known to cause damage to fishing gear.
Polaroid glasses are needed to see through the water and for eye protection.
Landing net.
Waders. It is necessary to be able to wade to mid-thigh. Still try to keep waders as light as possible. We need to walk in them or carry them in a backpack some distances.

Clothing

Warm and waterproof and different layers. Temperatures are between 4 and 22°C.
Good waterproof hiking boots as we need to cross some wet land. If you buy new hiking boots, it is better to get used to them before you come on the tour.
A hat with a mosquito net even if the net is seldom needed.
A backpack big enough for food for the day, extra clothing, waders and fishing tackle.
We provide appropriate duvets, pillows, sheets and pillowcases in the camp but most people bring their own sleeping bag.

Passport

A passport valid for at least three months beyond your intended stay, is required for visitors to Iceland. Travel between EU countries, countries participating in the Schengen agreement and Switzerland is allowed without a formal passport but an identity document valid for three months beyond your intended stay is required. For additional information on passport and visa requirements see the website of Icelandic Directorate of Immigration, www.utl.is/english.

Medical attention/ emergencies

No vaccinations are necessary for your travel to Iceland
There are medical centres or hospitals in all major cities and towns in Iceland including Raufarhöfn and Þorshöfn. The 24-hour emergency phone number is 112.
We carry an emergency kit for simple problems but you should bring anything you feel you may especially need.

Currency/ money exchange

The Icelandic monetary unit is called the króna, plural krónur and abbreviated kr or ISK. Money can be exchanged at the airport, bank and currency exchanges. The easiest way to get money is usually from ATMs (Hraðbanki) and they are commonplace in Reykjavík and found in Þórshöfn and Húsavík but not in Raufarhöfn. All major credit cards are accepted and can be used almost everywhere, except on public buses. Electron, Maestro and other debit cards are increasingly being accepted by merchants.

Time

Iceland is on GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) all year round.

Telephone

The code for calling Iceland from abroad is 354 and Iceland has no area codes.
For calling to other countries from Iceland, dial 00 followed by the country code and then the telephone number.
For mobile phones pre-paid cards with an Icelandic number can be bought at petrol stations and many other shops around the country.

Electricity

Iceland has a 230 volt, 50 Hz AC electric system. The plugs/sockets are of the European rounded two pin kind. Adapters for American and British plugs can be bought at the airport.

Food and drink

Iceland has many culinary specialties. Fresh fish and lambs meat are of exceptional quality and the dairy product Skyr (akin to yoghurt but different) should be tasted by all visitors to Iceland.
Liquor, wine and beer are only sold in state run liquor stores (“Vínbúð” in Icelandic). They are to be found in most towns but not in Raufarhöfn. Opening hours vary. It is wise to buy your alcoholic beverages in the tax-free shop at the airport where prices are considerably lower than in the towns – you can access this on your arrival. Information about customs regulations can be found at www.kefairport.is. On our tours, those who want drinks, or wine with the meals out in the camp, should bring their own.

Tips

Service and VAT are included in prices in Iceland