Communications in Iceland
In the event of an emergency in Iceland, dial 112.
Public telephones are not common in Iceland so it's best to take your mobile / cell phone with you and buy a pay-as-you-go sim card. If coming from the US, check with your phone provider beforehand that your cell phone will work in Iceland.
There are however coin and card-operated public phones at post offices and information centres throughout the country. Phone charges vary according on the time of day when calling within Iceland, and rates are lower at weekends. Rates may also be higher at hotels than in public phones, since a long distance service charge is often added.
You can also buy phone cards from ISK 500 at post offices and tourist information offices which can be used to phone abroad cheaply.
When dialling internationally, dial 00, followed by the country code. For the US it is +1, for the UK +44. The code to phone Iceland from overseas is +354 and then the seven-digit Icelandic number.
If help is required, dial 114 for information and 115 to place a call.
Increasingly hotels and guesthouses of all budgets have wireless Internet connection, but check before booking. Most cafes and bars in larger towns in Iceland have wireless Internet which is generally free. It is not very common to find Internet cafes so it may be worth taking a small laptop computer with you.
Telex service is widely available in hotels, private companies, and post offices. The telex code into Iceland is 0501.
Fax service is available at most post offices around the country. The fax code into Iceland is +354 plus a seven-digit number.
Telegrams may be sent from private or public telephones by dialling 146.
There are post offices located in all major communities in Iceland. General hours are: Mon-Fri 08:30- 16:30, Sat-Sun closed, except the post office in Austurstræti, Reykjavík, which is open on Saturday from June-Sept. 10:00-14:00. Rates for airmail letter/postcard inside Iceland (max 20gr) are ISK 35, airmail letter up to 100gr. ISK 55. To other European countries an airmail letter/postcard (max 20gr) ISK 50, (max 100gr.) ISK 125. To countries outside Europe (20gr) ISK 75, (50gr) ISK 135.
Visitors to Iceland can choose between a variety of Icelandic radio and TV channels. All higher end hotels offer connections to foreign radio stations and satellite TV channels, in addition to local stations. There is a newscast in English from the BBC World service on FM 106,8 weekdays at 8.00, 9.00,12.00 and 17.00. From June 1 until August 31 there is a newscast in English on National Channel One at 7:30am daily. A recorded version can be heard by dialling 515 3690 around the clock and seen on National TV Teletex, page 130. Reuters world news highlights in recorded version can be heard on DV News Line by dialling 904 1700, extension 3071, around the clock.
Foreign newspapers and magazines may be purchased in a number of kiosks and newspaper stands in Reykjavík year-round, and in Akureyri during the summer months.