Travel apps for Iceland
Traveling in a foreign country offers a whole chain of challenges. You want to take part of whatever interest you, you don’t want to “miss out” of anything and you want to be safe. There are a few great Icelandic apps that helps you to plan, prepare, get informed and find activities and events. Your rented Camper van rental or motor home is equipped with free WiFi so the use of apps and internet is totally free and you can use your mobile phone, tablet or laptop as you want.
Here is a list of a few very useful ones:
An excellent app for added security. The green button is for you to check in wherever you are and you are not disturbing anyone if you do. Your 5 last locations are stored in the computer with the rescue services and you are encouraged to use it.
In case of emergency you hit the red button. It sends a text message with your location. Doesn’t matter if you don’t see any connection, it might get sent away anyways. Also, in case of emergency in remote places, we have a helicopter with a cell phone receiver that would fly over your last known positions to try to locate you.
Nothing changes as fast here as the weather and the last thing you want to happen is for you to get stuck somewhere due to weather. With this app you can keep tabs on the weather at all times. You can even set notifications to pop up if there are a change in forecast.
With you GPS on, you’ll get local weather and forecasts and also an interactive map to help you plan and prepare.
Appy hour, a happy hour app from Grapevine magazine
You will not be driving at all times. Sometimes one needs to relax, maybe eat some local cuisine or even have a drink. This app tells you were you’ll find happy hours around Reykjavik. You can camp your camper van here before you hit the bars if you don’t have a designated driver.. Btw, drinking & driving is strongly prohibited in Iceland like the rest of the world..sort of. It’s our duty to inform you!
How many times have you been standing in a store, sitting in a restaurant and trying to figure out how much it costs in your currency? It doesn’t help the rates fluctuates like the Icelandic weather so it’s hard to keep track and do the math in your head at times. Download this currency converter from Oanda. You get the latest rates and you can choose between any two currencies to see the exchange rates. There are over 190 currencies to choose from and they get their numbers from banks and firms all over.
Although most Icelanders speak English and/or other languages, it’s always very educational and fun to learn the local language. Unless you are a genius, you won’t learn a language while on vacation but you might learn a few phrases to get you going. This app covers many phrases in the transport, eating, shopping and so on.
While driving around Iceland you will see traffic signs you have no idea what they mean. Ignorance is not a defense if you violate any traffic laws enforced by traffic signs. This app gives you all the answers.
Once installed, this app also works offline so you can check out what those highland signs means. Icelandic Traffic Signs is approved by The Road Traffic Directorate in Iceland.
Unfortunately, this app is only found for Android phones. This app is also available in Japanese! (rated 4.4)
The last app comes straight from Inspired by Iceland. It’s a fun app giving you a chance to give Iceland a new name, share your pictures from your Iceland adventure. What does Iceland mean to YOU?
This app is available for Android and iPhone. (rated 4.0)
If you are traveling in Iceland during any time than high summer, you want to have this app. Aurora Forecast application lets you easily plan to see the Northern Lights. If you are a serious aurora watcher, plan to spend the night with Aurora Forecast application. It’s time to see the Northern Lights.
Eldsneyti is an Icelandic gas stations locator. Tell us what type of fuel you need and we will show you all the gas stations around you and what price they offer. When you’ve found just the right gas station you can easily get navigation to it.
If you are wondering why the app is called “Eldsneyti” it means gas in Icelandic.
Available for Android (rated 4.2)
All these apps are all free and will help you to enjoy your Iceland holiday even more, you get closer to the country, feel more secure when you are driving around Iceland. Remember to switch off roaming on your phone and connect yourself to the free WiFi in your camper van.
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