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A top destination for adventure-seekers, Iceland offers unique and one-of-a-kind natural attractions. A Nordic island country that is located on the North Atlantic Ocean, its proximity to seismic plates beneath the Earth’s surface causes frequent geological activity, including earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, making it an ultimate destination for thrill-seekers. Whether you are visiting for as part of an Arctic cruise or an adventure-filled getaway, having travel insurance coverage is important in remote countries.

Important travel advice for trips to Iceland

Iceland is part of the Schengen area, so travellers are required to follow the Schengen immigration rules. To enter Iceland, Canadians must present a passport that is valid for at least three months past their departure date from the Schengen area. Tourist visas are not required for trips of up to 90 days. A business visa is not required for visits of up to four weeks, and student and work visas are required.

Even though the crime rate in Iceland is low, it is recommended that you take normal safety and security precautions while in the country. Since the climate can be unpredictable, stay up to date with the local weather forecast.

The country’s currency is the Icelandic krona (ISK). Credit cards are also widely accepted. The official language is Icelandic, but many locals speak English fluently.

Top tourist attractions in Iceland

Iceland offers natural beauty that you will not see anywhere else on Earth. The combination of water, ice, glaciers and lava fields must be seen to be believed. Where else will you have the chance to walk on glaciers, view glacier pools and even climb under them? Make sure you check out the Jökulfirᵭir glacier fjords and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon during your stay. There are a number of tours to choose from.

Regardless of your main reason to travel to the country, your trip begins and ends in Reykjavík, the country’s largest city. Here you can experience unique Icelandic culture, check out the art galleries and museums, and even sample seafood and delicacies that you can only get here. If you are looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, you should visit Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa that is heated by the Earth’s natural forces. The biggest reason people travel to Iceland is to see the northern lights, which can be seen from September to March.

The importance of travel insurance for trips to Iceland

Iceland is not your typical travel destination. Known for its adventure tourism and one-of-a-kind natural attractions, it’s important to have comprehensive travel insurance to ensure you can get travel assistance if you need it. You never know what could happen during your stay. Weather issues, medical emergencies, trip delays, lost luggage and other unforeseen circumstances could arise. The good news is that Blue Cross has you covered. Get a free quote for travel insurance for your trip to Iceland.

General Iceland Canada
Continent: Europe
Population (2012): 320,716 34,754,312 (2012)
Area (km2): 103 9,984,670
Capital: Reykjavík
Currency: Icelandic króna
Official language(s): Icelandic
Drive: Right
Diesel (2012): 2.06 1.23 (2012)
Gasoline (2012): 1.99 1.23 (2013)

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