ICELAND NORTH & SOUTH
ICELAND NORTH & SOUTH

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Physical rating

Active: 3 (out of 3)

Moderate walking and may include high-altitude hiking, swimming or more strenuous activities.

Tour pace

You will walk for at least 2 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including wet, slippery gravel and paved paths with some uphill climbs.

Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.

You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage.

EF Tours for Girl Scouts and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. 

If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Traveler Support Team.

Passport & visa

In order to enter Iceland, U.S. citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.

We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.

There is no visa required for U.S. citizens.

If you are not a U.S. citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Baggage allowance

We highly recommend that travelers do not check a bag due to storage limitations, airline fees and lost luggage. We suggest one carry-on suitcase and one personal item.

Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights. 

Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

The average temperature in Iceland in the summer months is 52 degrees. To ensure you’re comfortable for outdoor sightseeing, we recommend packing a light coat, hat, and gloves, as well as rainwear.

We also suggest packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can easily be layered. Avoid wearing cotton whenever possible, as it is an ineffective insulator.

A sturdy pair of walking shoes or winter boots are strongly recommended for sightseeing. 

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling to the countries on this tour.

At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at https://www.cdc.gov.

If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.

If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify us at least 70 days prior to departure by calling our Traveler Support Team. 

Cuisine

Breakfast and dinners are included on tour and are pre-set with some local traditional food - don't worry picky eaters, there will be some familiar options too. 

If you want to be adventurous for lunch try some authentic staples.

Icelandic cuisine relies on traditional, locally sourced ingredients from the Atlantic ocean and the surrounding mountains. Both fresh and dried fish, including herring, cod, and shark, are important culinary staples. Other must-tries include Icelandic lamb, which is considered to be some of the best in the world, as well as pylsa (hot dogs) and skyr cheese.

Electricity & air conditioning

Iceland operates on 230 volts and uses Types C or F plugs with two round pins.

We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other electrical device without a built-in converter.

Your hotels may provide irons, hairdryers, and other appliances, but these amenities cannot be guaranteed.

Connectivity

Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.

There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.

Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

Time zones

Iceland is one hour behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and four hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).

When it’s noon in New York City, it’s 4pm on tour.

The amount of daylight in Iceland greatly varies based on the season. Expect as much as ten hours of daylight in the summer and as little as 4.5 hours of daylight in the winter.

Currency

You will use the Icelandic krona on tour.

Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.

We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks, as needed.

You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.

Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

It's customary to offer your drivers and your Tour Director a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind. 

We recommend tipping the equivalent of $10 USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3 USD per person per day for your drivers.

If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2 USD per local guide. 
Tips can only be paid in cash.

Girl-led opportunities

There are plenty of ways that girls can take the lead throughout their experience before, during, and after their tour. Here are a few examples below, many of which could help them earn a badge as well:

Before tour:

  • Lead pre-departure meetings
  • Organize activities to earn money
  • Do destination research
  • Learn the local language
  • Cook local cuisine

During tour:

  • Navigate public transportation
  • Speak the local language
  • Lead others during free time
  • Initiate friendships with the other girls on tour who they don't know
  • Get to know a local

After tour:

  • Take action in the community in regards to something learned on the tour
  • Continue to study something learned on the tour
  • Present experiences from tour to others
  • Research or apply for volunteer opportunities abroad