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Published September 19, 2008

Useful Numbers
Emergency number: 112

Police: 444 1000

Medical help: 1770
Dental emergency: 575 0505

AA: 551 2010
Information: 118

Telegrams: 146

Tax Free Refund
Iceland Refund, Aðalstræti 2,
Tel: 564 6400

Opening Hours
Bars and clubs: According to regulations bars may be open until 01:00 on weekdays and 05:30 on weekends.
Shops: Mon-Fri 10-18, Sat 10-16, Sun closed.
The shopping centres Kringlan and Smáralind as well as most supermarkets and tourist shops have longer opening hours.
Swimming pools: 
weekdays 06:30-22:30, weekends 08:00-20:30 although some may be open an hour longer.
The State owned ÁTVR liquor stores: 
Mon-Thu 11-18, Fri 11-19, Sat 11-18.
Banks in the centre are open Mon-Fri 09-16.

Tourist Information
Icelandic Travel Market
 Bankastræti 2,
Tel: 510 5700,
Information on day tours, accommodations, car rental and everything else you need to know when travelling in Iceland.

Tourist Information Centre Aðalstræti 2,
Tel: 590 1550,
Offers information for tourists as well as providing internet access, booking service, a phone centre, money exchange service, tax refund and selling the Reykjavík Tourist Card. The Reykjavík Tourist Card gives admission to city busses, various museums, Reykjavík swimming pools, The Family Park and Reykjavík Zoo, The Culture House and the National and University Library.

Getting Around

Public Transport

The only public transport system in Reykjavík is the bus.
Most busses run every 20 minutes and price per fare is 280 ISK for adults and 100 ISK for children.
Complete route map at: Tel: 540 2700
 Busses run from 07:00-24:00 on weekdays and 10:00-24:00 on weekends


Tel: 553 3500 or 588 5522
BSR, Tel: 561 0000

For disabled travellers
Reykjavík Group Travel Service, Brunastaðir 3,
Tel: 587 8030,

Air Iceland, Reykjavíkurflugvöllur,
Tel: 570 3030,

Air Vestmannaeyjar,
Tel: 481 3255,

Bus Terminal

BSÍ, Vatnsmýrarvegur 10,
Tel: 562 1011,

Busses run daily from the BSÍ Bus Terminal to Keflavík International Airport in connection with all departing flights. Departures daily from 04:45 to 15:00/16:30 (every 15 – 60 minutes).
For Flybus time schedule see:

A reasonable choice for the budget traveller. You log on to the website, choose your destination and hopefully find a travel buddy to share the cost.


Post Office
Post offices are located around the city as well as in the countryside.
The downtown post office is at Pósthússtræti 3-5. For a full list and info on opening hours visit
Stamps are also sold in bookstores, gas stations, some grocery stores and tourist shops.

Embassies and Consulates
United States, 
Laufásvegur 21, 
Tel: 562 9100
United Kingdom, 
Laufásvegur 31, 
Tel: 550 5100
Garðastræti 33, 
Tel: 551 5156
Víðimelur 29, 
Tel: 552 6751

For a full list visit Ministry for Foreign Affairs:

Internet Access
Most coffeehouses have wireless Internet
Computers with Internet connections are available at:
Ráðhúskaffi City Hall, 
Tjarnargata 11
BSÍ Bus Terminal, 
Vatnsmýrarvegur 10
Ground Zero, 
Vallarstræti 10
The Reykjavík City Library, 
Tryggvagata 15
The National and University Library, 
Arngrímsgata 3
Tourist Information Centre, 
Aðalstræti 2
Icelandic Travel Market,
Bankastræti 2

Laundry Service
HI Hostel, 
Sundlaugarvegur 34, 
Tel: 553 8110,
Vitastígur 13, 
Tel: 551 2301,

Cultural Centres and 
Tourist Offices

The Intercultural Centre

The Intercultural Centre throws occasional cultural events and conferences but its main purpose is to be an information and counselling centre and serve as an advocate for the rights of immigrants in Iceland.
Laugavegur 37, Tel: 530 9300

The Icelandic Tourist Board
Geirsgata 9, Tel: 535 5500,

All information needed before travelling in Iceland.

Nordic House
 Sturlugata 5, Tel: 551 7030,

The Nordic cultural centre organises various cultural events, conferences and exhibitions. 

All major tourist spots in Reykjavík also offer brochures, maps and information for travellers.

Rent a Bike
Hverfisgata 50, Tel: 551 5653,
HI Hostel, 
Sundlaugarvegur 34, 
Tel: 553 8110,
Tourist Information Centre, 
Aðalstræti 2, Tel: 590 1550,

Car Rentals
National Car Rental, Skeifan 9, Tel: 568-6915
Sixt Car Rental, 
Tangarhöfða 8, 
Tel: 577 6050
Átak Car Rental, 
Smiðjuvegur 1, 
Tel: 554 6040
Dugguvogur 10, Tel: 562 6060
Knarravogi 2, Tel: 591 4000
Flugvallavegur, Tel: 540 2220

Useful Information
Where to Learn Icelandic as a 
Foreign Language
Icelandic on the Internet,

Mímir Continuing Education, 
Skeifán 8,
Tel: 580 1800,

Námsflokkar Reykjavíkur, 
Fríkirkjuvegur 1,
Tel: 551 2992

Laugavegur 59,
Tel: 511 1319,

The Icelandic College of Engineering and Technology, 
Höfðabakki 9,
Tel: 577 1400,

Iðnskólinn í Reykjavík, 
Tel: 552 6240,

The University of Iceland – 
Department of Continuing Education, Dunhagi 7,
Tel: 525 4924,

Language School Lingva, 
The University of Iceland, at Sturlugata.
Tel.: 561 0351,

Religious Movements
The national church in Iceland is the Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Masses are generally held on Sundays at 11:00.
Service in English is at Hallgrímskirkja every last Saturday each month, starting at 14:00.
The Roman Catholic Church also has masses in English and Polish.

Other religious movements in Reykjavík are for example:
The Muslim Association of Iceland, 
Ármúli 38
Ásatrú Association, 
Grandagarði 8
Álfabakka 12
The Church of Evangelism, 
Hlíðasmári 9
The Icelandic Buddhist Movement, Víghólastígur 21
Reykjavík Free Lutheran Church, 
Fríkirkjuvegur 5
Pentecostal Assembly, 
Hátún 2
Roman Catholic Church, 
Hávallagata 14
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Ásabraut 2
Jehovah’s Witnesses, 
Sogavegur 71
Seventh-Day Adventists, 
Suðurhlíð 36
Zen Buddhism in Iceland, 
Reykjavíkurvegur 31
Independent Church, 
Háteigsvegur 101
The Russian Orthodox Church in Iceland, Sólvallagata 10
The Cross, 
Hlíðasmári 5-7

Trade Unions
The Icelandic Federation of Labour, 
Sætún 1,
Tel: 535 5600,

The Federation of State and Municipal employees, 
Grettisgata 89,
Tel: 525 8300,

The Association of Academics, 
Borgartún 6,
Tel: 581 2090,

Sætún 1,
Tel: 510 7500,

The Commercial Workers’ Union, 
Kringlan 7,
Tel: 510 1700,

Union of Public Servants, 
Grettisgata 89,
Tel: 525 8340,

Useful Websites 
The official tourist website of Reykjavík 
Information about the gay scene in Iceland 
The Multicultural Centre 
Hostel International in Iceland 
Public employment services 
The yellow pages 
Rent a flat 
Icelandic telephone directory

Where to Get …
Work and residence permit: The Directorate of Immigration, Skógarhlíð 6, Tel: 510 5400,
Insurance and benefits: The State Social Security Institute, Laugavegur 114-116, Tel: 560 4400,
Icelandic citizenship: Unless you come from a Nordic country, foreign citizens have to have had an unrestricted residence permit in Iceland for at least seven years in order to get an Icelandic citizenship although some exceptions exist to that general rule. Applications are at the Ministry of Justice and Ecclesiastical Affairs, 
Skuggasund, Tel: 545 9000,
Unemployment benefits: Directorate of Labour, Public Employment Service, Tryggvagata 17, Tel: 515 4800,
Icelandic social security number (kennitala): National Register, Borgartún 24, Tel: 569 2900,
Driver’s license: Applications at police stations.(Those who have a foreign license don’t need an Icelandic one for the first six months.)
Tax card: Tax office, Laugavegur 166, Tel: 563 1100,
Social Service: Information and service is provided by district service centres in Reykjavík. To locate the service centre in your neighbourhood see:

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