Satellite Maps of Iceland (present) At GJ-Travel, we always had a passion with maps. Guðmundur Jónasson, the founder of the company, contributed to change the way we understand Icelandic cartography in the highlands and central Iceland in general. By venturing with his first buses on unknown paths he opened for all Icelanders and tourists’ new roads. His scouting and passion for adventures are the reason why the most remote parts...Read More
BUSINESS/SHOPPING/BANKING HOURS Office hours are generally 09:00-17:00. Shopping hours are Mon-Fri 09:00-18:00, Sat from 10:00 to 13:00/14:00/15:00 or 16:00. Some supermarkets are open to 23:00 seven days a week or even 24 hours in the largest towns. Banking hours are Mon-Fri 09:15-16:00. CURRENCY EXCHANGE The Icelandic monetary unit the “króna“. Coins are in denominations of 100 kr., 50 kr., 10kr., 5 kr. and 1 kr. Bank notes are in...Read More
Until recently, Icelandic food used to mean fish and lamb, potatoes and canned or frozen vegetables. Thankfully the country has moved on since then and is now a centre for excellent cuisine. If you’re looking to try a few typically Icelandic goodies, try hangikjöt (smoked lamb to eat in sandwiches), skýr – a delicious high-protein yogurt like substance – or harðfiskur (protein-filled dried fish strips). People with a sweet tooth...Read More
HERE ARE OUR TIPS FOR WHAT TO PACK FOR A TRIP TO ICELAND Pack for activities first! Start by studying your itinerary to see what you’ll be doing on your trip to Iceland. Most outdoor activities (horseback riding, caving, hiking, glacier walking, etc.) will require basically the same gear (with the outfitter providing any specialized gear that’s required – helmets, crampons, etc.) You’ll need to wear heeled boots, such as hiking boots,...Read More
FACTS ABOUT NORTHERN LIGHTS IN ICELAND The northern lights occur in the northern hemisphere from mid-September to mid-April but are only visible when the sky is clear and free of clouds. The northern lights, also called Aurora Borealis, can only be seen when there are Dark nights (it is not possible to see the northern lights during the summer when there are 20-24 hours of daylight) Clear sky (no rain,...Read More
A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be...Read More
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