I have got a job offer in Iceland and I would like to know more about the country before taking a final decision. I have never been there but the job is what I am looking for...
I have so many questions that I can not really list them and I would therefore appreciate any kind of information (wheater, life standards, worth places to visit, nice places where to eat, local population etc).
I should be based in the capital city.
Thanks a lot in advance,
Start with this, and any other questions please ask...
I'm no expert on Iceland by any stretch of the imagination, but compared to almost anywhere in the world except Greenland and Antarctica, Iceland is very very expensive. You can go to "Bonus" supermarket to get much cheaper food than the rest of the places (I only found that out a couple of days before I left). Weather well as the name "Ice"land suggests it is not a warm environment most the year round, but in June it can be relatively warm on occasions but then crappy weather as well. But really "Ice"land is not as cold as ice in summer like the name may suggests, but in winter it sure is. Apart from places like Reykjavik Iceland really is not extremely populated in any area and even Reykjavik has a tiny population in comparison to the majority of major cities in other parts of the world. The people were generally very nice, although I did encounter one jerk who had blue hair and piercings in his face who wasn't such a nice character (he was breaking in to peoples cars and stealing any money that was left in them and then when some person approached him he got extremely violent). Life standards seemed to be relatively high, but you do pay about 2 times the price for stuff as in London.
I haven't checked the link that angela_ post, but that probably has far more information as regards to living standards than I could tell you.
Good news for all people travelling to Iceland. The taxes on food are being lowered from 14% to 7% from March 1st.
It is estimated that the cost of food in Iceland will go down about 16%
Any budget airlines flying from barcelona to reykjavik? and if there arent any from barcelona, wheres the best place to take a flight to reykjavik?
No budget airline that goes to Reykjavik has a base in Barcelona as far as I know. Iceland express does have a base at Alicante which is a hell of a long way from Barcelona, but that appears to be the closest airport that Iceland Express (Iceland's budget provider) flies to and from. If you got a cheap ryanair flight to London, it might well work out cheaper than it would flying from Alicante.
From London depending on the date you choose it appears that the cheapest price is 86-96Euro plus taxes oneway compared to 125Euro-more than 200Euro plus taxes oneway from Alicante. Take in to account the cost of getting to Alicante from Barcelona and you'd be much better off heading to London. Right now if you booked on perfect dates for both departure from Barcelona Girona-London Stansted and the return London Stansted-Barcelona flight you could do it for as little as 56.68Euros including all the airport taxes (Ryanair has a special on at the moment with 1.19Euro flights available on selected times/dates on the route Barcelona-London). If you don't get the correct dates and times then the price blows out a lot.