Good to know.
Forget the cash.
You’ll hardly ever need coins and bills in Iceland. Whether it’s a parking meter, the swimming pool or the theatre box office – you can pay everywhere using a credit or debit card. 1,350 Icelandic krona is equivalent to about ten dollars.
Iceland’s public pools are open to all, as long as you’ve had a good scrub before you get in. Many Icelanders pay a daily visit to one of the island nation’s 129 public pools, and are sticklers about cleanliness. No need to feel bashful in the shower though; everyone soaps up naked.
Bloody and filled with lots of nastiness, Icelandic mythology gives even Game of Thrones a run for its money. The tales are marvellous, but they can be confusing for first-timers. It’s probably best not to even try and figure out who exactly Thorolf, Thorgerd, Thorberg, Thorir, Thorgeir, Thorgunna or Bardi the Slayer all were.
Close to the Earth.
Natural disasters are a key issue on a volcanic island. Yet despite the frequent eruptions, floods, earthquakes and storms, Icelanders seem positively enchanted by their motherland’s mood swings. You can buy disaster-themed postcards, watch movies about lava explosions and heatedly discuss what it was like when Eyjafjallajökull erupted.
Important note for anyone planning on driving: even on the best highways, never exceed 90 km/h (55 mph). The fines for speeding are stiff, and the police have the latest technology at their disposal.