Lonely Planet Writer

Video courses will teach travellers about Iceland

If you’re planning a trip to Iceland, a new campaign wants you to head back to school and study up before you go. The campaign will help travellers heading to Iceland learn about things like hot tub etiquette, eating like an Icelander, seeing the Northern Lights, and more through video courses.

Skógafoss waterfall, Iceland.
Skógafoss waterfall, Iceland. Image by messicanbeer / CC BY 2.0

Inspired by Iceland has launched ‘Iceland Academy’, to raise awareness about how to travel through the country in a safe and responsible way. The courses will take interested travellers through lessons “explaining hot tub etiquette and local food sustainability, to glacier safety and explaining why tourists should never mess with the locals’ treasured Icelandic moss”.

The courses will be taught by members of Icelandic Search and Rescue, the National Culinary Team, and experts on Icelandic festivals, a photographer who can teach travellers how to capture the Northern Lights and more. Iceland has seen a massive surge in tourism in recent years, with interest from travellers in Europe and North America up by 59% since 2012, according to Promote Iceland.

Icelandic Search and Rescue has also launched a new service for travellers in Iceland to help keep people safe. Visitors can leave their travel plan at www.safetravel.is, and can even ask for monitoring, meaning they will check that they return from their trip at the right time.

On 10 February, a tourist from China who had been taking photographs on Reynisfjara beach died after he was swept into the sea. On 18 February, rescue crews were called after a group of about 50 tourists became trapped on an iceberg at Jökulsárlón lagoon.

Read more: New campaign aims to keep travellers safe in Iceland