Travellers with Disabilities

Iceland, especially when you leave Reykjavík, can be trickier than many places in northern Europe when it comes to access for travellers with disabilities. For details on accessible facilities, get in touch with the National Association of People with Disabilities, Þekkingarmiðstöð Sjálfsbjargar, which has the Sjálfsbjörg office in Reykjavík.

A good resource is the website God Adgang (www.godadgang.dk), a Danish initiative adopted in Iceland. Follow the instructions to find Icelandic service providers that have been assessed for the accessibility label.

Iceland Unlimited (www.icelandunlimited.is) is particularly good for tailor-made accessible trips around the country. Grayline Iceland and Reykjavík Excursions run sightseeing and day tours from Reykjavík and will assist travellers with special needs, but they recommend you contact them in advance to discuss your requirements.

Reykjavík’s city buses have a ‘kneeling’ function so that wheelchairs can be lifted onto the bus; elsewhere, however, public buses don’t have ramps or lifts.