FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions And Useful Information
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 http://www.safetravel.is
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.
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.
Lonely Planet: Akureyri is Best Place in Europe 2015
“The respected travel guide, Lonely Planet has presented its top ten European destinations of the year, with capital of North Iceland, Akureyri, coming out in number one spot.
Deciding how much better or worse Akureyri is than, say, the Azores, Leipzig, or the hundreds of great places that are not on the list, is inevitably unscientific and not to be taken too seriously. On the other hand, few organizations know more about rewarding travels to beautiful places around the world than Lonely Planet.
“We asked our team of Europe-based editors and authors to pick a list of 10 destinations looming large in their travel plans right now,” the article states.
Lonely Planet describes Akureyri as an “Easygoing place with more buzz than anywhere outside of Reykjavík.” The majority of the praise, however, goes to the natural surroundings, including the whale-filled bays, the volcanic features and the snow-capped peaks.
The article also points out that fewer people visit the north than the south, which makes Akureyri a good base for those seeking a little more serenity.”
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112 National Emergency Number
112 is the single emergency phone number in Iceland, representing all the response parties to accidents, fire, crime, search, rescue and natural disasters on land, at sea, or in the air.Direct Home Page
Icelandic Association for Search & Rescue. Iceland have around 100 rescue teams all over the country. Every day of the year about 4.000 volunteers are ready day and night. Download free112 APP to your phone or ipad smart devicesDirect Home Page
Icelandic Meteorological Office
Local weather forecasts are based on weather forecasts produced by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts. Also Text forecast for the whole country Iceland.