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Tipping in Iceland

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I'm headed to Iceland in a couple days and just want to make sure I'm clear on the tipping culture. I don't know anyone who's been to Iceland but my Internet/guidebook research seems to indicate that tips are not expected and service is included. True? Is there anywhere that this is not true? For example, do I not tip at a standard restaurant but do at a coffee shop? (Just as an example.) Thanks!

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  1. In July, I ate at a popular restaurant in Reykjavik. At the end of the meal, I made a comment to the waitress about leaving a tip. She told me that no tip was expected and that was the norm in Iceland.

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    1. re: Eddie

      agreed. We tried to tip last June and the waitress was confused.

      Heading back next week!

      1. re: Eddie

        Yep, that's exactly what we found. I can't wait to return!

        1. re: Hobbert

          we're heading back next week!

          1. re: L2k

            I'm jealous! Please report back on any great restaurant finds. What area are you headed to?

            1. re: Hobbert

              All of it. Flying in to KEF, picking up an SUV so we can go off road (not too crazy, but a bit) and doing a lap, counter clockwise. Back in 10 days!

              1. re: L2k

                Very cool. And what a perfect time of year for it. Enjoy!

      2. I see I am a bit late, but will answer for further reference. It is not customary to tip in Iceland at all, not in cabs, at hairdressers, in hotels or at restaurants.

        You might see 'tip jars' in bars, smaller hotels for the staff. My daughter works at an Italian Restaurant downtown Reykjavik and is always grateful when she gets a tip, no matter how little it is.

        So my advice, do not feel guilty for not leaving a tip anywhere in Iceland, but if you feel you have received exceptional service and want to tip..please do.