I meet a lot of tourists now who are travelling in Iceland and have a lot of common questions like “Will the northern lights be visible tonight?” or “We want to go to Landmannalaugar tomorrow” – right after a lot of flooding! So what are the best apps for Iceland to help you get the most out of your trip – and safely?
I used this everyday. Several times a day. It’s probably the most accurate weather forecast for Iceland but bear in mind the weather changes really fast! This is how the locals travel, chekc the forecast and go where it’s best. The app lets you check the forecast while on the site you can check the aurora borealis forecast.
When I was going to be out of contact on a long hike I text my mother with my route, ETA and said if you don’t hear from me in four days I’ll probably be dead. Which is not really what she wants to hear! I did also leave my plans with Safe Travels and used the 112 app to check in regularly to make it easier for mountain rescue to find you if the worst comes to the worst and you can send out a distress text. Bear in mind that phone signal is limited or non-existent in places. Check out the Road.is site for latest road conditions and advice and the FÍ site for hiking and mountain huts.
This is brilliant for planning bus journeys and you can even buy tickets through your phone for city travel in Reykjavik, but only with an Icelandic sim. The website is similar to the app andStrætó most of Iceland but not parts of the east where you should use SBA and Sterna.
I’m not a big drinker but if you’re planning to hit the town check out Appy Hour to see which bars have discounts on the usual really expensive prices.
Now I didn’t have this over the summer but I will definitely be using it from now on. A collection of GPS tracks for hiking which can be downloaded and used offline.
Of course there are lots of other general tourist and info apps like Reykjavik Excursions, Be Iceland, Iceland Travel, Iceland Road Guide, and the Reykjavik Grapevine to name but a few. One you don’t need is a dictionary as just about everyone speaks perfect English leaving you lots of space for the above!
Do you have any recommendations? I’d love to hear them!