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Compare all the major car hire brands including Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Sixt and Alamo and find the best prices for car hire in Iceland. Car rental in Iceland includes Theft Waiver (TW), Third Party Liability Insurance and Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) as well as unlimited mileage when you hire with us.

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Iceland guide

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Introduction:
Iceland is an island located in the northern Atlantic Ocean. Norway is located to the east of the Island, and Greenland is to the west. Iceland is known for its geothermal activity and harnessing this power. It also is celebrated for its fishing, and its strong Viking heritage.

Population and language:
Iceland has a population of 320,000. Lutheran is the official state religion and 93% of the people from Iceland consider themselves Lutheran. Its official language is Icelandic, which is said to resemble Viking more closely than any other modern Norse language. Although the Icelandic people do their best to maintain the purity of their language, Danish and English are also taught in schools and both are usually understood on a wide scale. Culturally, 92% of the population is Icelandic with Norse/Celtic roots, and 3% is Polish. 

Major cities and tourist destinations:
Reykjavik – The capital city of Iceland, founded around 870 ad, has a population of about 120,000. The Parliament House Garden has maintained the same design since its original creation. If you visit Reykjavik Museum of Photography, located over the City Library, you will have access to just about any photo you could want, and the staff will process it for you. You should also try to see the Perlan for beautiful views of the city, the Reykjavik Art Museum, and the Viking Maritime Museum.

The Blue Lagoon – This tourist attraction just outside of Reykjavik was created from a combination of man-made and natural means. In the winter, you can keep your body warm in the water while watching the Northern Lights.

Hofn – Hofn has a population of about 1,600. The Gamlabud Folk Museum has folk art, including ornamental saddles and bridles a film, and demonstrations of traditional agricultural and fishing techniques. When you visit the Glacier Exhibition you will discover the science behind the glacier. It is a great stop before hiking, skiing, or snowmobiling across the Vatnajokull glacier. 

Akureyri – With a population of around 20,000, Akureyri is the second largest urban area in Iceland. The Botanical Garden has a remarkable outdoor variety of plants, while the Industry Museum highlights most of the companies that have existed in Akureyri. Authors Jon Sveinsson and David Stefansson both have house museums here.

Husavik – Husavik, population about 2,000, is the best city to plan a session of whale watching. Nearby, you will find the magnificent waterfalls of Dettifoss, Hafragilsfoss, and Selfoss. In addition, the Husavik Museum has a nice display of Icelandic history.

Isafjordur – The population of this town is only 2,500, but you should be sure to see Sudureyri – a fishing village, the Dynjandi waterfall, and the Westfjords Maritime Museum.

Helka Center – For the brave at heart, visit this active volcano, which erupts on average once a decade. The visitor center gives information about the history of the volcano, and you can even see the well-preserved remains of a Viking longhouse that was in its eruption path. For the extremely adventurous, find a guide to help you hike to the top.

Climate:
The climate is humid and windy year round, so it is best to bring a raincoat and a sweater. In summer (May to September), the sun is above the horizon most of the day. Days can be cloudy and overcast, and the average temperature is 6°C– 14°C. In winter (November through April), the nights are long. Snow and severe storms are so common that there are stocked, orange survival huts along all the major highways for motorists stuck in blizzards. Expect temperatures averaging between -6°C– 1°C.

Economy:
Iceland uses the krona for currency and has a GPD of 12 billion (USD). Its economy is based on electric power, fishing, and tourism. It exports fertiliser, cement, marine products, pumice, algin (from seaweed), steel, salt, and aluminum. Iron, bauxite, machinery and other equipment, petroleum products, silicon, food, silicon, and textiles are among the top imports.

Transportation:
The Keflavik International Airport is the major airport for flights into the country, and Reykjavik Airport is the major airport for flights within Iceland. There are also airports in most other major cities, including Hofn, Akureyri, and Isafjordur. There is no rail service in Iceland.

Buses link communities but there are no local services. Most buses only stop at a petrol station in each town. Some routes close or are sporadically served during the off-season. Buses can be quite expensive and even cost more than an airplane ticket to the same destination.

The roads are usually good and clear except in the winter. The Public Roads Administration has hourly updates on highway conditions, which you can receive through their website or hotline. Highway 1 makes a complete ring around the island and offers a relaxing way to view the country. Always fill up when you come to petrol stations.

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