Electricity: Icelandic electricity runs at 220 volts, 50 Hz AC, and electric sockets have two round plugs; you may need an “international” power adapter that regulates the current to prevent damage, particularly if you are bringing your laptop. Icelandic phone jacks are the same as in North America.
Holidays: Icelanders celebrate 13 public holidays each year, and many shops, banks, and other businesses are closed on those days. It’s best to check to make sure your destination will be open before setting out.
Holidays include New Year’s Day (January 1); Easter weekend (including Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Monday); the First Day of Summer (late April); Labour Day (May 1); Ascension Day (40 days after Easter); Whitmonday (7th Monday after Easter); Independence Day (June 17); Commerce Day (1st Monday in August); Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (Dec 24 and 25); and St. Stephens Day (Dec 26).
Smoking: In 2007, smoking was banned in all bars, restaurants, cafes, hotels, and other accommodations. Smokers huddle outside, swathed in blankets under heat lamps.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.