- Public payphones are extremely elusive in Iceland, but you may find them outside larger bus stations and petrol stations. Many accept credit cards as well as coins.
- To make international calls from Iceland, first dial the international access code 00, then the country code, the area or city code, and the telephone number.
- To phone Iceland from abroad, dial your country’s international access code, Iceland’s country code (354) and then the seven-digit phone number.
- Iceland has no area codes.
- Toll-free numbers begin with 800; mobile (cell) numbers start with 6, 7 or 8.
- The online version of the phone book with good maps is at http://en.ja.is.
- Useful numbers: directory enquiries 118 (local), 1811 (international).
Tip: Directory Listings
Due to the unique way in which surnames are formed in Iceland (girls add the suffix -dóttir, daughter, to their father’s first name; boys add the suffix -son), telephone directories are alphabetised by first name.
For police, ambulance, fire and rescue services in Iceland, dial 112.
Mobile (cell) coverage is widespread. Visitors with GSM phones can make roaming calls; purchase a local SIM card if you’re staying a while.
- As of mid-2017, the EU has ended roaming surcharges for people who travel periodically within the EU. Under the 'roam like at home' regulations, residents of the EU and European Economic Area (EEA, which includes Iceland) can use mobile devices when travelling in the EU and EEA, paying the same prices as at home.
- For non-EU folks, the cheapest and most practical way to make calls at local rates is to purchase an Icelandic SIM card and pop it into your own mobile phone (Tip: bring an old phone from home for that purpose).
- Before leaving home, make sure that your phone isn’t locked to your home network.
- Check your phone will work on Europe’s GSM 900/1800 network (US phones work on a different frequency).
- Buy prepaid SIM cards at bookstores, grocery stores and petrol stations throughout the country, and also on Icelandair flights. Top-up credit is available from the same outlets.
- Iceland telecom Síminn (www.siminn.is/prepaid) provides the greatest network coverage; Vodafone (http://vodafone.is/english/prepaid) isn't far behind. Both have voice-and-data starter packs including local SIM cards; Síminn's costs 2900kr (including either 10GB data, or 5GB and 50 minutes of international talk time). Nova (www.nova.is) is a third player, and is cheap but lacks countrywide coverage.
The smallest denomination phonecard (for use in public telephones – which are very rare) costs 500kr, and can be bought from grocery stores and petrol stations. Low-cost international phonecards are also available in many shops and kiosks.