We spent 10 days in Iceland and while we were there picked up on some things they did that we wish would be done in the United States.
The Honor System Still Exists
Like I mentioned above, we paid cash for a lot of things. At the gas station in the states, if you want to pay with cash, you have to go inside to pay the amount you think it’ll be, go back to your car to pump your gas, and then go back inside to get any change. Such a run-around! However in Iceland, you simply pull up to the gas station, pump your gas, and then walk inside to pay for it. Whelp, they made that a lot easier than we do.
Restaurants Are More Efficient
Iceland has it figured out. They put the flow of the entire experience in the customer’s hands. When you’re ready to order or need something, you raise your hand and a waiter/waitress will come around. You order whatever you’d like… drinks, entree, dessert all at once or at separate times. At the end of the meal, you simply get up and go pay at the front counter. I love this because the meal can be as quick or as long as you’d like. And if you do want to have a longer meal, that’s absolutely okay and you’re not frowned upon for taking up a table in the restaurant (like here in the states). And not to worry, the waiter isn’t losing any tip money because you’re having a longer meal – tipping isn’t a social norm there and the restaurant pays them a normal wage. It’s also factored into your meal price.
Common Sense Prevails
The Outdoors Are Free
A few other random things I really like about Iceland… it’s clean, people are friendly and hospitable, and it’s safe. That’s not to say there aren’t places in the U.S. that are like this… it’s just that their entire country (although small) was.
Basically, I love me some Iceland. And I could have put many many more photos in this post so if you want to see more photos go HERE.
If you’ve ever been did you notice these things too… What did you think?