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Practical Information

Planning a trip to Reykjavík and need some answers to your questions? Check out our practical information page and see if you don't find what you're looking for! 

General information

Passport & Visa

Before you travel to Reykjavík it's important to be aware of the passport and visa regulations regarding entry to Iceland. All visitors to must carry a passport, valid at least 3 months beyond the return date

Currency, credit cards and banks

The monetary unit of Iceland is the Krona (ISK). As a method of payment, Icelanders use almost exclusively credit and debit cards. Thus credit and debit cards are accepted in most shops while foreign currencies are very rarely accepted in Iceland.

The Icelandic language

Icelandic has been spoken in Iceland since the country was settled in the 9th century, and despite being ruled by foreigners for centuries. the language has hardly changed

Tourist information & booking services

Are you in need of some assistance with tour bookings? Would like some safety advice about traveling in Iceland? Or just curious about our beautiful city? Here are information centers with staff members that are happy to help!

Safe Travel

Good preparation is the key to traveling successfully. Safe Travel has detailed information about roads, highlands, and the weather!

The Icelandic water

95% of all water in Iceland comes from springs in the ground, so it never comes in touch with any pollution. Unlike in many neighbouring countries, Icelandic water is free of chlorine, calcium, and nitrate. The quality of tap water in Reykjavík is well monitored, so drink up!

Tax refund

You can claim your tax refund at Keflavík airport, which is open during a departing flight. Note that the payslip for individual refunds of 6,000kr and over will need to be stamped at the customs office at Keflavík Airport.


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Public buses

Getting around

Driving safely in Iceland

Before you hit the road and head-off on an epic adventure, please acquaint yourself with the rules and regulations and get the heads up about driving in Iceland with our concise guides and safety tips.

Public transportation

Explore the city using our local bus service and you're sure to discover something that you wouldn't get to see on the usual tours! Whether you have a particular destination in mind or would just like to experience Reykjavík city like a local, using the local public transport service makes for an economical and interesting experience.

Access for disabled

Þekkingarmiðstöð Sjálfsbjargar is a knowledge center in Iceland for people with disabilities. They have translated English their information on traveling in Iceland. You can visit access for the disabled in Iceland for more information on access to attractions, restaurants, and other services in Reykjavík.

Reykjavík on foot

Exploring the city on foot is a delightful experience with much to see, including everything from old-style wood-framed houses, clad in colorful corrugated-iron, mixed with a creative collection of postmodern architecture.

The City Card

The Reykjavík City Card offers free entry to a great selection of museums and galleries, all swimming pools in Reykjavík, and free unlimited travel by bus within the Reykjavik Capital Area.
Reykjavík CityCard

Important numbers & Apps

Useful Apps

Apps are a great way to convey information in this day and age. Here are our top picks for important apps to have on your phone whilst being a guest in our beautiful city.

Emergency numbers

Iceland has first-class emergency services and health care facilities. Just in case you need assistance during your stay in Iceland it’s a good idea to make note of the following important phone numbers.

Shopping Information

Shopping and prices

For a relatively small city, Reykjavík is a shopper’s paradise. There is literally something for everyone, charming little street boutiques, beautiful local design stores, or large shopping malls with a great variety of stores.

Supermarkets in the Capital area

Reykjavík has a pretty good selection of supermarkets in different price ranges, so whether you're looking for the occasional sandwich or preparing for a dinner party you'll be sure to find what you're looking for!