Iceland operates on GMT all year round so there is no time difference during winter. When the UK switches to BST, there is an hour’s time difference.
Banks are open Monday to Friday, from 09:15 to 16:00. Credit card and debit card transactions are the norm here. There are, however, many ATMs in towns and cities and at petrol stations.
220 volts; European plugs. No need for an adapter.
Local Amenities in Iceland
Generally, shops in Iceland are open Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 18:00. In Reykjavik, they tend to be open longer. On Saturday, they open at 10:00 and close between 13:00 and 16:00. The bakeries are open daily. Supermarkets are generally open daily from 08:00 to 23:00.
Media in Iceland
There are four national newspapers in Iceland: Morgunbladid, DV, Fréttablaðið stundir and 24 (the latter two being free). Historically, the most important newspaper was the Morgunbladid, created in 1913, with a circulation of over 50,000 copies. Fréttablaðið is now the most widely read newspaper. The Lögberg-Heimskringla deals weekly in English Icelandic Affairs (published in Canada) and the Iceland Review is also worth a read. Besides national radio stations (Ríkisútvarpid), you can listen to a dozen Icelandic private radio stations. On TV, many programmes are broadcast in English, with Icelandic subtitles.
Post in Iceland
Post offices are open from 09:00 to 16:30, Monday to Friday. You can buy stamps in bookshops in Reykjavik (open until 22:00).
To phone Iceland from the UK, append 00 354 to the front of number you’re dialling (removing the first zero from the number you’re dialling). To call the UK from Iceland, use 00 44 before dialling the number (again, without the first zero).
Stay in the know with all things Iceland travel advice with 3G and 4G coverage. While it can be patchy in more rural areas, it is overall is pretty good.
In the major cities and towns, mobile coverage is good but it is not great in the really rural areas.