Iceland Hospitals and Pharmacies – In Case of Emergency

Although we wish all our guests wonderful weather and a worry-free vacation in Iceland sometimes small accidents or sickness can occur. Therefore we prepared this small guideline for your trip in Iceland.

All medical services such as hospitals, pharmacies, optical stores and medical shops are available so you do not have to worry during a vacation in Reykjavík. In the countryside, the situation is a little bit different since the population is very low in comparison to other countries. Therefore the distance to the next hospital or pharmacy might be a little bit longer.

If you require the assistance of the emergency services call 112 to reach the police, the fire department, and rescue teams. Cellphone coverage spans most of the ring road, although there are small areas where getting coverage is difficult, usually moving to higher ground will do the trick. Before contacting emergency services please ensure the safety of the scene of the accident to avoid further accidents from oncoming traffic.

If you or any of your loved ones need to go to the emergency room, please prepare important information for emergency personnel. You can keep this on your phone registered under the name ICE – In Case of Emergency or alternatively on a USB thumb drive in your wallet or purse.

Information on safe driving in Iceland can be found in this brochure.

Here are also more details about hospitals, pharmacies and disabled needs around Iceland

Iceland Hospitals – Hospital Emergency – Call 112

  • Landspítali University Hospital – Fossvogur – 108 Reykjavík
  • Hospital of Akureyri – Fjórðungssjúkrahúsið Eyrarlandsvegi, 600 Akureyri
  • Medical Centre of East Iceland – Lagarás 17-19, 700 Egilsstaðir
  • Medical Centre of South Iceland – Árvegur, 800 Selfoss
  • Medical Centre of West Fjords – Torfnes, 400 Ísafjörður

Pharmacies in Iceland

  • Reykjavíkur Apótek – Seljavegur 2, 101 Reykjavík – Open Monday – Friday 9:00-18:30 saturday 10:00-16:00
  • Lyfja – Laugavegi 16, 101 Reykjavík opening hours: monday – friday 9:00-18:00 saturday 11:00-16:00
  • Akureyrarapótek – Mýrarvegur (At Kaupangur), 600 Akureyri – Open Monday – Friday 10:00-18:00 and Saturdays 10:00 – 16:00 – Sunday 12:00 – 16:00
  • Lyfja Pharmacy, Kaupvangur 6, 700 Egilsstaðir – Open Monday – Friday 10:00-18:00 and Saturdays 10:00-14:00
  • Lyfja – Austurvegur 44, 800 Selfoss Open Monday – Friday -9:00-18:30 and Saturdays 10:00-14:00
  • Lyfja – Pollgata 4, 400 Ísafjörður – Open Monday – Friday 10:00-18:00 and Saturdays 11:00-13:00

Optical Stores in Iceland

  • Gleraugnamiðstöðin, Laugarvegur 24, 101 Reykjavík
  • Gleraugnaþjónustan, Skipagata 7, 600 Akureyri

Prosthetics and Medical Support in Iceland

  • Eirberg Medical Supplies – Stórhöfði 25, 110 Reykjavík
  • Stoð Orthopaedics – Suðurlandsbraut 34, 108 Reykjavík

Remember that you are on holiday and you don’t need to be in a hurry, especially out on the roads. Save your time elsewhere.

Kristján Helgi Benjamínsson
Originally posted in January 2014
Updated in November 2018

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