Travel to Iceland

Iceland: some travel information

Formalities, visas

Tourists are only allowed to enter the country if they have a return ticket and sufficient financial resources to finance their stay in the country themselves. German citizens need a passport or identity card to enter the country. The document must be valid for at least three months after the stay. Tourists are allowed to stay in Iceland for up to three months. For a longer stay, the immigration authorities: must be contacted.

Issuing of visas in Germany


Visa Department of the Embassy of the Republic of Iceland

Opening times: Mo-Fr: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Rauchstr. 1

10787 Berlin

Tel: 0049 – (0) 30 – 50504000


Foreign exchange, goods

Local currency

The national currency of Iceland is the Icelandic krona (Ikr) = 100 aurar

Import and export of foreign currency

  • Local currency: Up to 8000 Ikr may be exported.
  • Foreign currencies: Unrestricted import. The export is limited to the amount of the imported amount.

Departure fee

There is no fee for leaving Iceland.

Cheap goods, souvenirs

Many branded items are cheaper in Iceland than in Germany. There is a wide range of Icelandic specialty shops.

Knitwear such as traditional and fashionable sweaters, cardigans, hats and gloves are listed as country-specific goods. Artful ceramics and glassware, as well as silver jewelry, can also be bought in Iceland.

The traditional Icelandic sweater, which is hand-knitted with its round pattern, can be described as trendy.

You can also buy excellent outdoor goods here.

For tourists there is a tourist discount on purchases of over 4,000 kroner.

And last but not least, you can buy CDs and books very cheaply.

Icelandic horse riders will find a wide range of equipment for rider and horse here.

Import and export of goods The import and export of weapons, ammunition or explosives is strictly prohibited. In addition, the import and export of plants and animals that are protected under the Washington Species Protection Act is prohibited. Violation can result in severe penalties. The following rule applies to dogs, cats, birds, ferrets and small animals from all countries:

An import permit is required for each animal, which can be applied for from the Ministry of Agriculture (Arnarhvolur, Reykjavik, Fax: (00351) 552 11 60. In addition, there is a quarantine requirement for Dogs for about eight weeks prior to entry.

Duty Free

Foreign customers will be refunded VAT up to 15% on certain Icelandic goods. Provided you leave Iceland no later than three months after the purchase. The purchase amount including VAT must be at least 4,000 ISK per receipt. If the purchase amount is more than 40,000 ISK, the purchased goods, except woolen goods, must be shown to customs.

How to get to Iceland

The quickest way to get to Iceland is by plane. However, there is also the possibility to travel there by ship.

Flight connections In

addition to the normal single or return flight tickets, there are a number of different offers that depend on the time of year. Icelandair has scheduled flights to and from the following cities:

All year round: London, Glasgow, Copenhagen, Oslo, Paris, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Hailfax, Boston, New York and Minneapolis. Summer only: Zurich, Barcelona, Milan, Hamburg, Madrid.

Average flight time

Copenhagen-Reykjavík 3 hours 20 minutes

Frankfurt-Reykjavík 3 hours 45 minutes

Icelandair – Germany

Roßmarkt 10

D-60311 Frankfurt aM

Tel: (069) 299978

Fax: (069) 283872

Email: /

Travel in the country


There is a well-developed network of regular bus routes in Iceland and there are also many organized bus trips. Tickets can be purchased either at the bus station or directly from the driver. Children under the age of four travel for free, children up to the age of eleven pay half price.


Reykjavík Excursions

Street: Vesturvör 6 (Main Office)

City: IS-200 Kópavogur

Phone: + 354-580-5400



Iceland Excursions Allrahanda Street: Funahöfði 17 City: IS-110 Reykjavík Phone: + 354-540-1313 Email: www:

Destination Iceland

(BSI Travel, Come-2 Iceland DMC, Iceland Safari and Icelandic Adventure)

Vatnsmýrarvegur 10


Phone: + 354-591-1020/+ 354-591-1000


www: http: // /




There are no railways in Iceland.

Highland Routes

There are two tracks across the Icelandic highlands: the Kjölur and Sprengisandur routes. The Kjölur route can be used by all “robust” vehicles – although cars with four-wheel drive are preferred and recommended.

The Sprengisandur route, on the other hand, is only passable in summer.

Information on road conditions

Tel. 354 – 1777, daily 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.


The total length of the ring road (National Road 1) is 1,390 km. The maximum speed in built-up areas is 50 km/h, 80 km/h on gravel roads and 90 km/h on asphalt roads.


cars Rental cars are available from various Icelandic car rental companies and can be booked through travel agencies, airlines, airports or directly in Iceland. There is a choice of different car models from small cars to powerful all-wheel-drive vehicles. Roads marked with an “F” may only be driven on with four-wheel drive rental vehicles.

Alp Car Rental

Vatnsmýrarvegur 10

IS-101 Reykjavík (bus station)

Phone: + 354-562-6060


AvisCarRental Knarrarvogur2 IS-104Reykjavík Phone: + 354-591-4000 Email: www:

BudgetCarRental Dugguvogur10 IS-104Reykjavík Phone: + 354-567-8300 Email: www:




Phone: + 354-587-5504






Phone: + 354-461-3000






Phone: + 354-50-50-600




RAS CarRentall



Phone: + 354-426-7100



Ferry/ship connections

The Faroese Smyril Line maintains weekly passenger and car ferry traffic to Iceland during the summer months. Timetable: from Hanstholm/Denmark, Bergen/ Norway and to Lerwick/Shetland Islands, Faroe Islands and Seyðisfjörður/ Iceland.


J.A. Reinecke (agency)

Jersbekerstraße 12

D-22941 Bargteheide

Phone: 0 45

32/65 19 Email:


International license plate

According to Abbreviationfinder, Iceland’s international license plate is:


Tourist offices

Icelandic Tourist Board

Geirsgata 9

101 Reykjavík

Tel: 00354 – 535 55 00


Icelandic Tourist Board

Strandgata 29

600 Akureyri

Tel: 00354 – 535 55 10


Visit Iceland – Icelandic Tourist Office in Germany

Rauchstrasse 1

10787 Berlin

Tel: 0049 – (0) 30 – 50 50 42 00


Infectious diseases

In Iceland, no diseases that are not common in Germany or Central and Western Europe are to be expected:

Recommended vaccinations

when traveling to Iceland are still recommended the following usual in Germany vaccinations:

  • Diphtheria, a vaccination against diphtheria should always exist in your home country.
  • Hepatitis B.
  • Tetanus, a vaccination against tetanus should always exist in the home country.

There is no compulsory vaccination.

Hazards and current warning notices

Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany

Citizen Service

Tel.: 0049 – (0) 30 – 5000 – 2000

Iceland: embassies, consulates

Visit Countryaah for a full list of Iceland embassies and consulates in each country around the world.

Representations of Iceland in Germany

“Each for himself and yet together”. That is the motto of the five Nordic embassies that have combined their messages in this ensemble of buildings. In addition to the embassy from Iceland, this also includes the embassies from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. A wide “copper band” consisting of individual slats connects all five embassy buildings around the outside. The ensemle is bordered by Rauchstraße – the official address – as well as Klingenhöferstraße and Stülerstraße.

The Icelandic embassy is the smallest embassy in the ensemble. The building was designed by the architect Pálmar Kristmundsson from Reykjavik and is particularly eye-catching with its facade made of reddish ryolite from the east coast of Iceland.

The Felleshus (community center) is used by all five embassies, where concerts, film screenings, lectures, exhibitions or conferences take place – there is also a canteen that is accessible to all visitors.

You can reach the five embassies with the bus lines 100, 106, 187 and the night bus N 26, whose stop is in Klingelhöferstraße directly in front of the embassies, and with the bus line 200, whose stop is on the other side at the beginning of Stülerstraße.

Embassy in Berlin

Rauchstrasse 1

10787 Berlin

Tel: 0049 – (0) 30 – 50 50 40 00



Honorary Consulate General in Frankfurt am Main

Weißfrauenstrasse 12-16

60311 Frankfurt am Main

Tel: 0049 – (0) 69 – 2 99 97 24

You can find further honorary consulates in: Bremen, Cuxhaven, Erkrath, Hamburg, Cologne, Munich, Stuttgart, Warnemünde and Wissen.

German representations in Iceland

Embassy in Reykjavik

Laufásvegur 31

101 Reykjavík

Tel: 00354 – 530 11 00



Honorary Consulate

Oddeyrargata 8

600 Akureyri

Tel: 00354 – 562 80 62


Honorary Consulate

Túngata 16

710 Seydisfjördur

Tel: 00354 – 472 14 02


Honorary Consulate

Seljalandsvegur 73

400 Ísafjördur

Tel: 00 354 – 450 45 00


Austrian representations in Iceland

The embassy in Denmark is responsible.

Honorary Consulate General in Reykjavik

Orrahólar 5

111 Reykjavik

Tel: 00354 – 557 54 64


Representations of Iceland in Austria

Embassy in Vienna

Naglergasse 2/8

1010 Vienna

Tel: 0043 – (0) 1 – 533 27 71


Honorary Consulate General in Vienna

Naglergasse 2/5

1010 Vienna

Tel: 0043 – (0) 1 – 533 24 98


Honorary Consulate General in Salzburg

Imbergstrasse 25

5020 Salzburg

Tel: 0043 – (0) 662 – 88 34 78 – 0


Swiss representations in Iceland

The embassy in Norway is responsible .

Consulate General of Switzerland in Reykjavik

Laugavegi 13

101 Reykjavik

Tel: 00354 – 551 71 72


Representations of Iceland in Switzerland

Embassy in Brussels

Rond-Point Schuman 11

1040 Brussels

Tel: 0032 – 2 – 238 50 00


Consulate in Bern

Münzgraben 6

3000 Bern 7


Tel: 0041 – (0) 31 – 326 27 28

Consulate General in Geneva

Rue du Mont-de-Sion 8

1206 Geneva

Tel: 0041 – (0) 22 – 703 56 56


Consulate General in Zurich

Bahnhofstrasse 70

P.O. Box 1130

8021 Zurich

Tel.: 0041 – (0) 58 – 258 10 00



Travel to Iceland