Iceland is large and located very close to the Arctic Circle. Those who are interested in volcanoes should have a great time here because Iceland happens to be the most volcanically active country on the planet with at least 130 mountains actively grumbling at any given time. Lots of expatriates from Canada move to Iceland each year and are greeted by the baron, moonscape hinterland in the boondocks, the blue lagoon, hot boiling mud pools, geysers and the beautiful rays of sunlight, which are cast that create beautiful spectrums.
Visitors from countries such as Canada, the US, Japan, Australia and New Zealand do not require a visa to enter Iceland if they are staying for under three months. A resident permit is needed for visitors from these countries, and in order for you to get employment, you may need to obtain a work visa. If you are looking for work, the local papers should highlight vacant posts, so see if you are interested in any of the openings. Of course, if you speak Icelandic, then you have more options.
Iceland’s labor market doesn’t apply harsh regulations to countries in the EEA as well as new EU members. So if you come from such countries, then a work permit won’t be mandatory.
In 2008, the local currency, the Kronos, was hit pretty bad after the decline of world currencies, but the country has taken long strides in maintaining its place as one of the most desirable destination in northern Europe. Among the most popular sports for tourists and expats in Reykjavík are glacier walks, elf hunting, white water rafting, horse riding and kayaking.
If you like to see humpbacks and minkes, in summer they come out in large numbers; this country probably holds the highest concentration for northern Europe. Birdwatchers have lots to see; for instance, the sight of 20,000 or so puffins nesting at the top of a cliff can be quite remarkable.
A huge number of foreign workers are employed in fish factories, and the best places to land a job in these times would be west Fjords or east Fjords. Ring Road is the biggest highway, and you may find herds of sheep or horses galloping across it in certain seasons. It tends to rain a lot in Iceland, but in spring, the sunshine makes Iceland ravishingly beautiful.
Expats are required to state their permanent places of residence and get medical insurance within the first six months so prepare for that. Overall, if you are moving to Iceland, you should have a great time with the locals and the culture, so get ready to have fun.
If you are immigrating from Canada, we at CanuckAbroad have all the information required to make your relocation to Iceland as smooth as possible.