Iceland is a large volcanic island in the North Atlantic Ocean covering 103,000 sq. kms. There are over 22 volcanoes on the island. Glaciers cover 10% of the land and hot springs discharge at over 250 sites. Fishing and tourism provide income. Exploitation of hydro-electricity and geothermal resources is of increasing importance and supports industry such as aluminum smelting. The majority of the population lives along the coast.

The climate is variable but largely cool, temperate oceanic, moderated by the Gulf Stream and prevailing south-westerly winds. Temperatures in Reykjavik vary between 1°C in January and 11°C in July.

Pre-travel Preparation Will Help Protect Your Health While You Are Away

Pre-travel preparation will help keep you safe and healthy while you are away. Please consult the Travel Doctor-TMVC before you travel overseas. We will provide specific recommendations tailored to your itinerary. Our doctors will assess and advise you on your risks, and recommend appropriate vaccination and medication to minimise your risk of becoming seriously unwell on your trip.

Cold Climates

If you are travelling to extremely cold destinations including mountainous regions and snow-flaked landscapes begin exercising to prepare your body six to eight weeks before departure. Cold temperatures are not something to be trifled with, ensuring you are dressed appropriately and know the warning signs for frostbite and hypothermia are critical.

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Common Medical Conditions

It is recommended to carry a traveller’s medical kit for the self-treatment of common traveller’s ailments such as respiratory or gastric infections.

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