No visa needed to visit Iceland

Q&A

June 03, 2007|By San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News

Will we need visas for a two-day trip to Reykjavik, Iceland? Also, can you suggest package tours and local sights?

No visa is required; you can visit Iceland for up to 90 days without one.

Reykjavik has plenty to see if you explore on your own: parks, museums, shopping, dining -- and its compact size makes it easy to navigate on foot.

Don't miss a chance to visit a thermal pool or the Blue Lagoon, a mineral-rich hot water lagoon and spa not far from the airport. Or to dine at the Pearl (Perlan), a domed structure that contains hot water for heating the city. It also has a cafe and museum and offers 360-degree views of the city.

If you'd prefer a tour, the Iceland tourism Web site (icelandtouristboard.com) has listings of tour operators. Click on "how to find tour operators" from the home page.

You'll find additional listings on the Reykjavik visitors site (visit reykjavik.is), which has day tours that include rafting, kayaking, whale watching or just visiting sites by bus. From the home page, click on "Things to do."

I'd like to take a seven-day guided tour of Italy, with English-speaking guides. Any suggestions?

Because Italy is such a popular tourist destination, most U.S.-based travel agents can assist you with a tour.

You can also find a list of tour operators and travel agents that have been screened by the Italian Government Tourist Board by going to that organization's Web site (italiantourism.com) and clicking on "general database" under the Tour Operators USA heading on the right side of the page. You'll find Web addresses and e-mail contact information.

The site is also a good source for information on food, wine, festivals, museums and regions you may want to explore on your trip.

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