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Health & Safety

How to find pharmacies, medical help and emergency assistance.

Iceland is a safe country with low levels of crime and pollution, a modern infrastructure, first-rate emergency services and an excellent health care system. Overall, Icelanders enjoy a high standard of living and visitors can expect a safe, enjoyable holiday if common sense and usual safety precautions are followed while travelling.

SAFE TRAVELLING TIPS: www.safetravel.is

Emergency Services (Police/Ambulance/Fire): dial 112

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE APP
The Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue (ICE-SAR) provides a GPS smartphone app called “112 Iceland” for reporting emergencies, like accidents or getting lost while driving or hiking in the highlands. Find it at http://www.safetravel.is/

PHARMACIES/CHEMISTS
These are called apótek or lyfjaverslun in Icelandic and can be found in most towns around Iceland. Hours of operation are typically 10:00–18:00 Monday to Friday and 10:00–16:00 on Saturdays.

MEDICAL CLINICS/HOSPITALS
There is a medical clinic or a hospital in all major towns in Iceland. The emergency phone number in Iceland is 112.

HEALTH INSURANCE
We urge all travellers to have comprehensive travel insurance. (Insurance is not available through Nordic Visitor.) In the event of a medical emergency, Scandinavian citizens must present their passport while citizens of EEA countries must present a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC card) or be charged in full. The free EHIC card replaces the E-111 form and ensures the same rights for citizens of participating countries. Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries will be charged in full at hospitals or clinics. For more information, contact the Icelandic Social Insurance Administration (Tryggingastofnun) in at +354-560-4400 during the hours of 8:00-15:30 GMT.

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