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All the little practical things you need to know about Iceland

Is tipping allowed? Cheapest supermarket? Bad neighborhoods? All is answered. PIC Vera & Jean Christophe

Is tipping allowed? Cheapest supermarket? Bad neighborhoods? All is answered. PIC Vera & Jean Christophe

You´ve been here before. No travel to anywhere is much fun if you completely dismiss the boring practical stuff. But fear not. Here´s all you need to know about travel to Iceland in three minutes flat.

 

Which shopping mall in Iceland

The two shopping malls of greater Reykjavik area are Smaralind and Kringlan.

The two shopping malls of greater Reykjavik area are Smaralind and Kringlan.

Iceland will likely never get on the map of the greatest shopping destinations for tourists. Indeed, shopping here is considered very expensive and remarkably so considering the low wages within the country.

 

So how expensive is Iceland really?

Austurstraeti in central Reykjavik. High prices in shops here surprise many. PIC Jonathan

Austurstraeti in central Reykjavik. High prices in shops here surprise many. PIC Jonathan

Don´t say we didn´t warn you guys because we did. Again and again and the only guide to Iceland honest about how friggin´ expensive things are here. Trust us, shopping here is so expensive it will turn you off shopping.

 

Saving yet more money while visiting Iceland

A lot of stores in Iceland bear this sign which means you can get all tax repaid.

A lot of stores in Iceland bear this sign which means you can get all tax repaid.

There is hardly a soul on the whole planet not looking for ways to save money or make more money in one way or another.

 

How to save a bundle on Blue lagoon products in Iceland

If you do not want to throw your hard-earned money away like a drunk Saudi prince you would do well to stay clear of the shop in the famous Blue Lagoon spa in Iceland.

Inside this tourist mecca you will find a specialty Blue lagoon store selling all kinds of everything from the labs of the research division of the Blue lagoon.…

 

Not made in Iceland

The only “real” shopping street in Iceland is Laugavegur. Many stores here entice with products being Icelandic when they are not

Take a walk down Laugavegur shopping street in downtown Reykjavik in Iceland and you will soon be overwhelmed by the number of stores primarily focused on selling foreigners some expensive stuff.

 

Only three places to shop in Iceland

Laugavegur shopping street in Reykjavik. All kinds of stores on one street and many hotels and bars nearby. PIC C. Zeneno

Shopping-wise Iceland is a decent place for anyone with currency worth a shit. The economic crisis in 2008 which hit Iceland particularly hard, the local currency, krona, devalued immensely overnight and has never really seen the light of day since.