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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Health/Pharmacies/Emergency medical help
    1. Icelanders enjoy a healthy life, thanks to clean air and water and good quality fish. Water is safe to drink throughout Iceland. Pharmacies are called “Apótek” and are open during normal business hours.

      Medical help: There is a medical center or hospital in all major cities and towns in Iceland.

      Emergency: The 24-hour emergency phone number in Iceland is 112. See also

      Health insurance: Citizens of Scandinavia must show their passport in the event of a medical emergency. Citizens of EEA countries must have the European Health Insurance Card (EU-card), otherwise the patient will be charged in full. The EU-card replaces the E-111 form and ensures the same rights. Citizens of other countries will be charged in full. For further information contact the State Social Security Institute, Laugavegur 114, IS-105 ReykjavíkTel.: +354-560-4400/560-4460.

      Office hours: 08:05–15:30.

      Vaccinations: Vaccinations are not required. 

  2. Weather / Clothing
    1. For weather information in English, tel.: 902-0600, email: or their website

      When travelling to Iceland you should bring along lightweight woolens, a sweater or cardigan, a rainproof (weatherproof) coat and sturdy walking shoes. Travelers who are camping or heading into the interior will need warm underwear and socks, rubber boots and a warm sleeping bag.

  3. Tax-free shopping
    1. A refund of local Value-Added Tax (VAT) is available to all visitors in Iceland. The refund will result in a reduction of up to 15% off the retail price, provided departure from Iceland is within 3 months of the date of purchase. The purchase amount must be no less than ISK 4,000 (VAT included) per store.
  4. Public holidays

        2019               2020               2021
      New Year's Day Jan 1st    
      Maundy Thursday April 18th    
      Good Friday April 19th    
      Easter Sunday April 21st    
      Easter Monday April 22nd    
      First Day of Summer           April 25th    
      Labour Day May 1st    
      Ascension Day May 30th    
      White Sunday June 9th    
      White Monday June 10th    
      National Day June 17th    
      Bank Holiday Monday August 5th    
      Christmas Eve Dec 24th    
      Christmas Day Dec 25th    
  5. Midnight sun
    1. During summer the nights are bright all over Iceland. In the month of June the sun never fully sets in the north. Bear in mind, however, that the sun at midnight is not as warm as at midday, so bring along a sweater.  
  6. Shopping
    1. The shops in Iceland are of international standard and carry a wide variety of merchandise. Local specialties are woolen knitwear (for example sweaters, cardigans, hats and mittens), handmade ceramics, glassware and silver jewelry.
      Also available is a great variety of high-quality seafood. Common shopping hours are Mon-Fri 09:00-18:00, Sat from 10:00 to 13:00/14:00/15:00 or 16:00. Some supermarkets are open to 21:00 seven days a week. 
  7. Currency Exchange
    1. The Icelandic monetary unit is the króna. Coins are in denominations of 100 kr., 50 kr., 10 kr., 5 kr. and 1 kr. Banknotes are in denominations of 10000 kr, 5000 kr., 2000 kr., 1000 kr., and 500 kr. All Icelandic banks provide foreign exchange and are generally open on weekdays from 09:15 to 16:00.
  8. Business/Banking hours
    1. Office hours are generally 09:00-17:00. Banking hours are Mon Fri 09:15-16:00
  9. Telephone
    1. Direct calls can be made to all parts of Iceland. The code into Iceland from overseas is +354 + seven-digit number. Direct long-distance calls can be made to Europe and the USA by dialing 00 plus the country code, and the telephone number you wish to reach.
      Mobile phones– Gsm: There are four GSM operators in Iceland: Siminn, Vodafone, TAL and Nova. These telephone companies all sell pre-paid GSM phone cards and offer GSM/GPRS services. Pre-paid cards are available at petrol stations around the country
  10. Before departure
    1. For information on passport and visa requirements as well as the Schengen area regulations, please view the website of the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration:
  11. Electric Current
    1. The electric current in Iceland is 220 volts, 50 Hz AC
  12. Visitors with disabilities
    1. Visitors with disabilities can make travelling in Iceland fairly easy by planning their vacation in advance. They may also find it necessary to travel with a companion, for although there are many hotels and restaurants accessible to people with disabilities, they do not always provide full assistance.
      The coastal ferry Baldur is accessible to people with disabilities. All airlines flying to and from Iceland are equipped to accommodate travelers with disabilities. A few domestic buses equipped for wheelchair users are available for special tours upon request. For accessible hotels and tourist attractions, see
  13. Travelers’ cheque, debit and credit cards
    1. Widely accepted in Iceland. The major cards in Iceland are EUROPAY/MASTERCARD and VISA.
  14. Arrival in Seydisfjordur
    1. From Seydisfjordur it is easy to take a bus to all major destinations in Iceland. The trip from Seydisfjordur to Reykjavík takes about 8–9 hours and from Seydisfjordur to Akureyri about 5–6 hours. For more information contact: 
      tel.: +354-472-1551, website:
  15. Keflavik International Airport
    1. Airport Buses: A service is operated between Reykjavík and Keflavík International Airport. Buses leave Reykjavík from the BSÍ bus terminal 2.5 hours before flight departure. The drive from the airport to Reykjavík takes about 30 minutes.
  16. How cold does it get?
    1. Thanks to the Gulf Stream, Iceland enjoys a cool temperate maritime climate: cool in summer and fairly mild in winter. However, the weather is very unpredictable and tourists should be prepared for the unexpected.  The north and east are often the warmest parts in the summer.


West Iceland

Towns & Villages

The population centres in West Iceland are as varied as they are many. Ten places have over 50 residents and Akranes is the most densely populated with 6,500 inhabitants. 

All of the larger communities put ever-increasing emphasis on dynamic tourism where a wide selection of recreation and services are offered.   

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Map Hellissandur, Rif Grundarfjörður Stykkishólmur Búðardalur Dalir Arnarstapi Hellnar Snæfellsnes Bifröst Húsafell Reykholt Borgarfjörður Hvanneyri Borgarnes Hvalfjörður Akranes Ólafsvík Bjarteyjarsandur