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Shopping & Banking Hours:
Office hours are generally 09:00-17:00 and 08:00-16:00 during June, July and August.
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. Banking hours are Mon-Fri 09:15-16:00.
You'll find when you travel to Iceland, that shops are of a good standard and carry a wide variety of both local and international merchandise. Local specialities are woollen knitwear (sweaters, cardigans, hats and mittens), handmade ceramics, glassware and silver jewellery. There is also a great variety of high-quality seafood which really must be tried.
Thanks to the Gulf Stream, Iceland enjoys a cool temperate ocean climate: cool in summer and fairly mild in winter. However, the weather is very changeable and tourists should be prepared for the unexpected. As in the UK, the months of June, July and August are the most temperate.
During the summer months, the nights are bright throughout the country. In the month of June, the sun never fully sets in the north. There are even special excursions to the island of Grímsey on the Arctic Circle where you can experience the midnight sun. Keep in mind, however, that the sun at midnight is not as warm as at midday, so bring along a sweater.
So, whether you are planning your own Iceland self drive holiday or a short break Northern Lights holiday allow us to assist you in the planning process of your travel to Iceland.
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Contrary to what many people think, there are no polar bears in Iceland! The Arctic fox is the only native mammal. Reindeer live in the wild in east Iceland, but were actually imported in to the country in the 18th century. Mink have also adapted to the wild, the descendants of animals which escaped from fur farms in the 1930s.
Contrasting forces of ice and fire exist side by side in Iceland. Some 11% of the country's surface is covered with glaciers and about 30% is lava fields. On average, a volcano erupts every five years, but fortunately only rarely where anyone lives.
Vatnajökull glacier, measuring 8,400 km, is the largest ice cap in Europe, in fact it is larger than all the other glaciers in Europe combined.