Iceland Shopping, Embassy and Communication

Iceland Shopping, Embassy and Communication



The official language is Icelandic. English, Danish or German are commonly spoken. English is spoken by most Icelanders and is taught at school like Danish.

Public Holidays

01/01/2022 New Year

04/14/2022 Maundy Thursday

04/15/2022 Good Friday

04/18/2022 easter monday

04/21/2022 the beginning of summer

05/01/2022 Labor Day

05/26/2022 Ascension of Christ

06/06/2022 Whit Monday

06/17/2022 National holiday

01.08.2022 Merchants Holiday

12/24/2022 christmas eve

12/25/2022 Christmas

12/26/2022 Christmas

12/31/2022 New Year’s Eve


Duty free shopping


The following items can be brought into Iceland duty-free: 200 cigarettes or 250 g of tobacco (persons aged 18 and over); 1 l spirits and 0.75 l wine and 3 l beer or 3 l wine and 6 l beer or 1 l spirits and 6 l beer or 1.5 l wine and 12 l beer or 18 l beer (persons aged 20 and over) ; Max. 10 kg of groceries (including sweets) that do not exceed the value of 25,000 kr / approx. 176 € (see import ban); Residents of Iceland: clothing and luggage for personal use not exceeding a value of 88,000 kr (children under 12: max. 44,000 kr). A confirmation issued by a veterinary authority regarding the disinfection of all fishing gear (incl.

Import Restrictions

Tourists can import medicines intended for personal use (for no more than 100 days). Customs officials may request a medical certificate. Import restrictions also apply to larger quantities of flowers and plants, as well as certain telephone and other communication devices that require approval from the Post and Telecom Administration. However, it is possible to import a mobile phone without a permit. The import of hunting weapons and ammunition is only possible with a (rarely granted) permit from the Ministry of Justice. Proof of disinfection is mandatory for used fishing equipment. More information is available from

Prohibited Imports

narcotics; weapons and ammunition; raw meat; Meat products (including salami and raw ham) and dairy products from countries outside the European Economic Area; raw eggs; raw dairy products; snuff and chewing tobacco; used riding gear. Note: Meat products may only be imported if they are canned or cooked. More information is available from Icelandic Customs.

Contact addresses

Icelandic Consulate General

Consulates in Geneva and Bern.

Bahnhofstrasse 70, PO Box 1130
+41 (58) 258 10 30. Embassy of the Republic of Iceland

Honorary General Consulates in Salzburg and Vienna.

Naglergasse 2/8
+43 (1) 533 27 71.

Party traffic: Mon-Fri 09.00-16.00.

Embassy of the Republic of Iceland

Honorary consulates in Bremen, Cuxhaven, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg, Cologne, Munich, Stuttgart and Warnemünde.

Rauchstrasse 1
+49 (30) 50 50 40 00.

Mon-Fri 09.00-16.00.

Embassy of the Republic of Iceland

(Also responsible for Switzerland.)

Rond-Point Schumann 11
+32 (2) 238 50 00.

Mon-Fri 09.30 a.m. – 04.00 p.m.


Business etiquette

Proper attire for business visits. Local business people are conservative, very accommodating, and almost all speak English, with a few speaking some German. Appointments are not essential but are recommended for business trips during the months of May to September as many local business people are abroad during this time. If you look for the phone number of your Icelandic business partner in the local phone book, you have to look under the first name. Some companies close for three weeks a year, usually in July, which is the main holiday season.

Opening hours

Business hours: Mon-Fri 8am-4pm (summer), Mon-Fri 9am-5pm (winter).

Business contacts



According to, the country code is 00354. Mobile phones have replaced public pay and card phones.

Mobile phone

GSM 900/1800, 2G, 3G and 4G. Cellular carriers include Siminn, Vodafone and Nova. The combined coverage of all mobile operators in Iceland covers most of the country, including most of the more remote and uninhabited areas. International roaming contracts exist. Like Norway and Liechtenstein, Iceland has signed up to the EU Roaming Regulation. As a result, the fees for international roaming within the EU as well as within Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland were abolished in mid-2017 in these countries, as in all EU countries. Under certain circumstances, however, it may be worth purchasing an Icelandic SIM card. All Icelandic mobile operators sell pre-paid phone cards.


The main providers are Siminn, Vodafone, Nova and Hringidan. 4G mobile Wi-Fi hotspots are available from Trawire. Internet cafes are available in towns. Many hotels and hostels offer free Wi-Fi.

Post office

Postal deliveries to mainland Europe are fast and reliable. Post offices are generally open Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, the post office on Austurstraeti in Reykjavik is also open on Saturdays 10am-2pm (June-August).


Numerous German-language radio stations can be received via Astra satellites or via the Internet, among other things.

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