Capital: Reykjavík

Language: Icelandic

Area: 102.775 km²

Population: 332.529

Timezone : UTC/GTM 0

Currency: Icelandic króna (ISK)

Code: +354

Electric sockets: 230 V AC, 50Hz. Type F also known as Schuko. This socket also works with plug C (standard European plug) and plug E

Iceland is a member of the Schengen Agreement.

To travel to Iceland U.S. citizens are required to:

  • Hold a passport valid for the length of their stay or an equivalent recognized travel document
  • A valid ETIAS travel permit for Iceland


U.S. citizens staying in Iceland for more than 90 days:

  • ETIAS for Americans is only valid for short-term stays of up to 90 days. Those intending to remain in the country longer than 3 months must obtain the appropriate visa.

U.S. Embassy in Reykjavík, Iceland

Address: Laufásvegur 21 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

Phone: (+354) 595 2200

Tourist Travel Information about Iceland

etias icelandIceland is a stunningly beautiful Nordic island country.

It is located in the North Atlantic Ocean between Europe and North America. Despite its geographical location it is considered to be one of the Nordic countries along with Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. Iceland is roughly the size of Ohio.

Iceland’s capital is Reykjavik. Sixty percent of the Icelandic population lives there. It is the northernmost city of any sovereign state in the world. However, Iceland’s climate is not as cold as many would imagine, the average winter temperature is 2°C or 35°F.

There are no forests in Iceland. Instead, Iceland is home to contrasting forces of ice and fire. About 11% of the country’s surface is covered with glaciers, and about 30% is lava fields. On average, a volcano erupts every five years, usually away from inhabited areas. In fact, nearly all of Iceland’s heating and electricity needs are served by hydroelectric power and geothermal water reserves.

Iceland has the most active volcano area in the world, the largest waterfall, and glacier in Europe, the northernmost botanical garden and golf course in the world, the cleanest capital in the world, a population with the longest life expectancy and had the first democratically elected female president in the world, Mrs. Vigdis Finnbogadottir.

The phenomenon of the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, can be seen during mid-winter (November-December) when the weather is clear.

Interesting facts

  • A majority of Icelanders believe in elves. Roads have been rerouted and building plans redesigned or abandoned to avoid disturbing rocks where elves are said to live.
  • Beer was illegal in Iceland until 1989
  • The Icelandic language remains unchanged from ancient Norse. That means 1,000-year-old texts are still easily read
  • Consumption of Coca–Cola per capita is higher than in any other country, but there aren’t any McDonald’s restaurants anywhere in the country
  • Mosquitoes do not exist in Iceland

Medical Information for U.S. citizens

Recommended vaccines:

  • Routine Vaccines
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Rabies


  • 112 is the pan-European emergency number and is always free to call.
  • 112 – Ambulance / Police / Fire brigade
  • 118 – Directory Inquiries
  • 1811 – International directory Inquiries
  • 1770 - Health Care Services (out of hours)
  • 591-1000 - Luggage storage
  • 444 -1000 - Lost & found
  • 543-2000 - E.R Emergency Room Landspítali Hospital
  • 444-1000 - Police Station
  • 570-5900 - Search and Rescue
  • 590 1550 - Tourist Information - Offical Reykjavík Tourist Information Centre
  • For lost or stolen credit cards:
  • 525-2000 - Visa
  • 800-8111 - American Express
  • 533-1400/550-1500 - Master Card & Diners Club

Related Countries


Etias for Norway. Any US citizen, before traveling to Norway it is expected to apply for an Etias Visa Waiver. Norway entry requirements for American travelers.


To travel to Denmark, US citizens are required to apply for an Etias Visa Waiver before their departure. Find out about the ETIAS requisites for all US travellers.

The Netherlands

ETIAS for the Netherlands. As a U.S. citizen, before traveling to Europe, you will be required to apply online for an European ETIAS visa waiver.