Costs and Currency
You will not need much in the way of Icelandic currency while in Iceland, as almost everything can be paid for by credit card (VISA, MasterCard) and typically is. You are advised to follow this local practice, unless your credit card provider imposes usurious charges. Credit card withdrawals from an ATM in Iceland will also be, for most people, far and away the cheapest and most efficient way of obtaining whatever Icelandic currency you do need. Exchanging actual currency (banknotes for banknotes) is very expensive. You are advised not to exchange currency outside of Iceland as the rates are generally much less favorable than the rates given by Icelandic banks.
Tipping is not practiced in Iceland, even in taxis and restaurants. Don’t tip–it isn’t expected, and things are already expensive enough!
The prices of items in shops, etc. generally include all taxes.
Climate and Clothing
We recommend sweaters or light fleece jackets for temperature control outdoors and a wind- and waterproof, non-insulated parka (preferably with a hood) for protection from the elements. This is not a polar expedition!
For footwear, comfortable walking shoes or lightweight hiking boots are recommended. Icelanders remove outdoor footwear while indoors (guesthouses and others may insist upon this), so you may want to bring indoor slippers, slipper-socks or light indoor shoes for inside wear.
The nights during this period will be very short; bring a sleep mask if you have difficulty sleeping in daylight.
Some locations will have shared bathrooms; so you will likely want to have a bathrobe.
There are no planned occasions that will require anything other than informal dress.
Electricity, Computer Access and Printing/Copying
We will try to arrange convenient computer access in all conference venues. This will normally be wifi (wireless) access for your laptop. If you don’t have, or don’t bring, a laptop to Iceland, access will be more difficult. Depending upon where you stay, you may not have wifi or other computer access at your hotel or guesthouse.
You will not normally have easy access to a printer or copier. Please plan accordingly! If you have essential handouts to distribute, it is best to bring them with you.
Arrival Information and Conference Venues