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Iceland at a Glance

Let Iceland's bubbling thermal pools, shifting glacier landscapes, ancient ruins and bright northern lights enchant you whether you are in rural or urban areas.

Iceland's glaciers, volcanoes and changing landscapes make for killer exploration. Snowshoe through the tundra in the dead of winter watching jackrabbits bound through the snowdrifts,  or clamber over tinkling volcanic rock during the 22 hours of summer daylight. Hike to view abundant wildlife, stark coastlines and the wild ruins of the Vikings and Celts. Read folklore in the twilight and look out over the moors and experience fantasy and reality mingle. During the winter, sit in an ice house and gaze up at the northern lights as they paint the sky red, green and yellow.

If you want a break from the landscape, head to Reykjavik where Friday night parties stretch until morning and the music scene is internationally renown. Sooth yourself afterwards in a convivial coffee shop, head to a museum, or indulge in Iceland's fine dining.


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Passport / Visa Requirements

American, Canadian and European Union citizens do not need a visa to enter Iceland if they intend to stay there for less than three months. All travelers must carry a valid passport which could be subject to inspection at any time. Contact an Icelandic Consulate for more detailed information. American citizens can find out more information by using the U.S State Department website.

Need to Know

Severe Weather Iceland's dark and snowy winters are not to be taken lightly. Be prepared with warm clothes and plan on snowy roads.

Safety Concerns Iceland has one of the world's lowest violent crime rates. When in the countryside, carry a flashlight, warm clothes and maybe a shovel and be ready to take care of yourself if you become stranded.

Health Concerns Iceland has good public health, but no official vaccination requirements. Check with your doctor for more information if you are concerned about traveling to Iceland.

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