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Tipping in Iceland

Hobbert Sep 28, 2012 03:05 PM

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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    Eddie Sep 30, 2012 11:12 AM

    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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      L2k Aug 8, 2013 02:16 PM

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

      Heading back next week!

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        Hobbert Aug 8, 2013 03:11 PM

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

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          L2k Aug 9, 2013 08:27 AM

          we're heading back next week!

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            Hobbert Aug 9, 2013 08:44 AM

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

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              L2k Aug 12, 2013 12:31 PM

              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!

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                Hobbert Aug 12, 2013 12:51 PM

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

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        Ang_on_Ice Dec 1, 2013 06:13 PM

        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.

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