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Touring in Scandinavia and Iceland
Top Tips for Scandinavia and Iceland!
Tipping – There is no standard when it comes to tipping, however, throughout Scandinavia and Iceland it is customary to already have a “service charge” included in your bill. Check with your tour guide if you are unsure what is appropriate if a gratuity is not already included. Power Plugs – As with the remainder of Europe, you will most commonly find two-pin sockets. These will require an adapter for Australian and New Zealand appliances. Check what is suitable for your items before departing on your holiday. Currency – Many Scandinavian countries have not turned to the Euro and retain their own local currency. Check your itinerary and trip notes for required currencies and refer to your bank for their recommended options and fees involved.
What should I bring?
Waterproof Shoes – When travelling through Scandinavia and Iceland it is important to take not only comfortable, but waterproof, shoes. Also make sure to take plenty of warms socks to last your entire holiday with spares in case any water does sneak through. Daypack – During your tour you may have the luxury to experience the beautiful, yet often rugged, terrain of Scandinavia and Iceland. When doing so, it is good to have your hands free and your gear tucked away safely in a water-proof pack. Weatherproof Gear – Pack an outer layer that will protect you from the wind and the rain. Beneath your weatherproof outer, it is also important to pack layers so that you are comfortable in the indoor heating as well as while you are exploring the outdoors.
Don't miss these authentic experiences on tour!
Skyr – If you are lucky enough to get to Iceland on your tour, make sure you give this local treat a try. Skyr is a dairy product closest resembling a yoghurt and worth a spot on your snacks list! Wienerbrod – Better known beyond Denmark as a “Danish Pastry”, this light flaky pastry sensation is at its best when freshly served from a true Danish patisserie. Make sure you wear your stretchy pants so you can fill up on these on tour! Aquavit – This alcoholic spirit is engrained in Scandinavian culture, so to enjoy the region like a true local, make sure you raise a glass with your tour-mates after a day of exploring.