Most cellphones should work in Iceland without any problems. Iceland uses the 900 and 1800 MHz bands for 2G traffic like most of the world. US phones generally use the 850 or 1900 Mhz bands and might therefor not work in Europe. However lots of phones can handle all of the bands.
3G is I believe more universal, so there should be no problem there. Iceland is pretty well covered with 3G reception. I guess the thing most likely to stop your friends’ phone from working is if her carrier does not have an agreement with an Icelandic carrier. Then you could of course get an Icelandic sim card and number. Unless the phone is locked. The two largest Icelandic phone companies have information in English: Síminn and Vodafone.
Hope that helps.
The weather in Iceland is extremely hard to predict and you can get all the year’s seasons in a single day anytime of year. There are winters during which almost no snow falls in Reykjavík and there are winters when we get a lot. Typically we’ll get the first “hausthret” or fall snow/sleet sometime in October. However it is unlikely that snow will cover the ground for more than a day or so at a time until late December. But even in the coldest month, January, the average temperature is just below freezing. This means that it can rain any day. In my experience Reykjavík rarely stays snow covered for much more than a week or so at a time.
Last year we had a couple of odd days of snow in mid June. This is very unusual, but as I said, weather in Iceland is unpredictable.
Iceland has received a lot of attention from the world’s gay and lesbian community for several reasons. In 2010, with a unanimous parliament vote, Iceland was one of the first countries to fully legalize same-sex marriage. Registered partnerships had been allowed for some time before that. Iceland’s prime minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, the world’s first openly lesbian head of government, was one of the first to marry under the new law.
However, Reykjavík’s mayor has received a lot of attention from the gay community despite not being gay. Jón Gnarr opened the Reykjavík gay pride festival last year in drag.
Following this stunt, Jón has repeatedly received requests from gay men asking him to wed them. Unfortunately he has had to deny them all, since mayors in Iceland have no such right. Currently it is only religious leaders, heads of police and captains at sea which have the right to wed couples.
He is now advocating for the law to be changed so that mayors and perhaps others can also do the service. He would then be happy to fulfill these wishes.
Iceland’s new budget airline, WOW air opened its website today for sales. My post from about a month ago about WOW air received a lot of attention. Their new website, wowair.com, offers twelve destinations outside Iceland. They are Alicante, Basel, Berlin Brandenburg, Cologne, Copenhagen, Krakow, London Stansted, Lyon, Paris, Stuttgart, Warzaw and Zurich. All of these flights are already bookable for dates starting at the first of June 2012.
Hope WOW air will give both the older airlines Icelandair and Iceland Express a run for their money and Easy Jet which plans to begin operations in Iceland.
That’s interesting. You should be able to find all the pictures I’ve posted of horses under the tag “Icelandic horse”. Perhaps to make it clear that it is an Icelandic horse, you could make it wear a lopapeysa.
Iceland is not as cold as many might think. However, we have strong winds and plenty of rain. You should therefore get yourself familiar with layered clothing. You’ll want a good waterproof outer jacket and pants, goretex or similar. As inner layers you might choose a wool or synthetic base layer and a midweight fleece sweater in the middle. March and April can be quite cold, so a permaloft or similar jacket is very useful. Don’t skimp on the shoes. Proper hiking boots are very useful as soon as you leave Reykjavík.
There are several “foreign novice hikers” which have made not so positive headlines in recent years and I’ve spent many hours searching for them, not always with success. So be careful. Plan your trip thoroughly, get local info and always leave a detailed travel plan with a trusted contact when you leave civilization. The Icelandic Search and Rescue has created a great site about planning safe trips in Iceland.
Have fun and stay safe.