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Travelling to and in Iceland

Posted in Travel Iceland.

How to get here

Our international airport is Keflavik (KEF) and it is located some 35 minutes from downtown Reykjavik. A simple search on sites like Dohop or Skyscanner will find you the best prices on flights to Iceland. We will of course assist in planning of international flights and in fact we urge you to keep us in the loop to prevent scheduling conflicts. 

There are no trains in Iceland but buses and taxis that can take you to Reykjavik are located just outside the airport. We of course offer meet and greet services in Keflavik for your convenience. 

Taxis

In Iceland it is illegal to flag down a taxi on the street but there are taxi stands located here and there in the city and you can also ask almost anybody to call you a taxi. 

Internal/domestic flights

There are currently two airlines operating internal flights in Iceland. The most common ones for our guests to use are Akureyri, Husavik and Egilsstadir. The domestic airport in Reykjavik is located close to downtown. 

Rental cars

Can be quite expensive but also suspiciously cheap. Please ask for our assistance before booking a rental car in Iceland.

Currency

Our local currency is the Icelandic Krona (ISK) but most big shops will accept Dollars, Pounds and Euros. It is however safer to have some local currency at hand if needed but almost all shops and restaurants accept credit cards. 

Guide and staff gratuities are welcome in foreign currency. 

Language

In Iceland we speak Icelandic. It's a language hard to learn and that only about maximum of 500.000 people in the world speak (if that). However all of our guides speak good English and so does 99% of the service industry in Iceland. You do not have to worry about language barriers in Iceland as long as you speak English. Due to our long standing connection with Denmark some of the locals can speak Danish or some other Scandinavian language. We might also be able to make ourselves understood with some form of "Scandinavian". 

Stay connected

Free WiFi can be found widely in Iceland, especially at coffee houses, bars and restaurants in Reykjavik and bigger towns. Most of the bigger fishing lodges have WiFi for free but in some cases you might need to rely on mobile data if you need to stay connected. Please advise us or our driver upon pick up if you need to get a data card for your phone or tablet. 

Dialing code for Iceland is +354. Mobile coverage is very good in Iceland in general and for most of our rivers there is mobile connection. If you need peace and quiet simply hand your phone over to your guide or lodge manager at the start of your trip and he will give it back when the fishing is over. 

Electricity

In Iceland the electricity supply is 220 volts, 50 HZ, as it is in most European countries. Plugs and sockets are of the two-pin type as in Continental Europe. 

Time

Iceland is on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and there is no daylight savings time here. In the months from late May to early August it will not get really dark at any time. Sure it will get darker but during that time in the course of a fishing day it will not get dark. 

Fishing hours

Usually the fishing starts in the afternoon, either 16:00 or 15:00, on your first day and ends at 12:00 on departure day. This varies between rivers but for the most part that is the rule. For most salmon fishing the hours allowed are 7:00 - 13:00 and 16:00 - 22:00. This changes late in the season as well as it varies between rivers. In general there is a limit to 12 hours of fishing per day. 

Guides

Most of our guides will have tippet, flies and a few things needed for the fishing but we always recommend you bring your own. Some of the guides are very particular about the flies they want their clients to use and if so they will have flies for you to use. We still advise you to bring your own and to ask about patterns before coming but we also list recommended patterns in information documents for each river. 

If you decide not to bring any flies for the fishing and use the guides your entire stay please don't forget to compensate the guide for the use of his flies at the end of your stay. But please note that even if a guide puts his own fly on your leader that does not mean you have to buy it - it simply means the guide wants you to use one of his flies. 

Tipping your guide is expected at your discretion. Recommended tip is 50 - 100 USD per day, divided by the number of guests each guide is assisting.