Life in Iceland

Fact file

Population: 320,000
language: Icelandic (although nearly everybody speaks English)
Capital: Reykjavik, 120,000 inhabitants.
Currency: Icelandic krona (ISK)

What about the weather?

Iceland is not as cold as the name would have you think. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, Iceland has a temperate climate for its latitude. Winter temperatures average at a mild 7 to -1°C with the thermometer rarely dipping below -10 degrees. In summer, temperatures range between 10 and 25°C.

Ten things not to be missed in Iceland:

The Blue Lagoon
Bathe in the world´s most unique geo-thermal spa.

Landmannalaugar

The hike through Landmannalaugar takes you through glaciers, volcanoes, lava fields and to natural hot rivers where you can bathe.

The Golden Circle
The Golden Circle is probably the most popular tourist excursion in Iceland, and something you'll definitely want to experience. This circular route is about 300 kilometres (190 miles) and can be explored in under eight hours. There are three main stops on the route: Gullfoss waterfall, Þingvellir National Park, and the geothermal valley of Haukadalur, which contains Strokkur and Geysir.

Northern lights
On a clear winters night you will be able to witness the amazing Aurora Borealis, which can often be seen in Reykjavik.

Drop inside a volcano, Thrihnukagigur is the only place on earth
where you can enter a magma chamber.

Midnight sun, during the summer months Iceland bathes in almost 24 hour sun light.

Bathe in warm rivers and natural hot springs.

Jökulsárlón

Take a boat ride through a glacier lagoon.  

Whale watching- whale watching tours can be taken from Reykjavik harbor.

Swimming in Reykjavik Pools or the Geothermal heated beach - Nautholsvik beach is situated right next the university, there is a hotpot right on the beach and part of the ocean is heated.


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Practical Information

Visa requirements and insurance
Work
Living costs
Accommodation Visit Reykjavik


Cultural events

Airwaves music festival
Harpa
Aldrei fór ég suður / I never went south Menningarnott / Culture night  



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