Practical Information – Travel, Visa, Healthcare
Getting to Iceland and Akureyri
The following airlines arrange flighs to Iceland:
You can also use the DoHop service to check the schedule of many airlines simultaneously.
The international airport is located in Keflavík, a 45-minute drive from Reykjavík. Flybus runs in connection with flights to the Bus Terminal - BSÍ, which is located by the domestic airport in Reykjavík (see schedule at http://www.re.is/).
- Air Iceland (http://www.airiceland.is/) mainly operates domestic flights to and from Reykjavík - up to 8 flights a day to Akureyri
- Höldur car rental (http://www.holdur.is/en/)
- Bus company strætó (timetable)
- NAVTEQ (http://www.is.map24.com/), interactive map of Iceland with travel information and locations of guesthouses
- Phone book (http://ja.is/hradleit/), a lot of information here, including maps
The least expensive accommodation, both for members and guests, is at the Youth Hostel (Farfuglaheimilið), Sundlaugavegur 34, 105 Reykjavík. Tel: +354 553 8110, fax: +354 588 9201. Various guesthouses offer accommodation that costs less in winter than during the high season of tourism.
The following website has lists of accommodation: http://www.visitreykjavik.is/
Accommodation throughout Iceland: http://accommodation.is/accommodation-iceland-map/
Accommodation in Akureyri: http://www.visitakureyri.is/en/accommodation
Visa and residence permit
Students coming from countries outside the European Economic Area need a residence permit and also a visa. An application for a residence permit can be obtained from the web page of the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration http://www.utl.is/. Students must apply for a residence permit before obtaining a visa.
It is essential that students who need a residence permit study the home page of the Directorate of Immigration in detail.
The following documents need to accompany the application:
- an official criminal record certificate for the last five years
- Icelandic health insurance for the first six months of your stay in Iceland
- a statement of economic support, bank statement or letter from funding institute for the time period applied for
- a copy of your acceptance letter
- a confirmation of housing in Iceland
- a photocopy of your passport.
Students coming from countries inside the European Economic Area need a residence permit if they are staying for more than three months, but they can apply for this permit after they enter the country. Such students do not need visas.
Students coming from the Nordic countries do not need a residence permit but if they are staying for more than six months, they must bring the inter-nordiske flyttepapirer from their home municipality.
Inform the National Registry of your departure
„All international students need to go to the National Registry (where you applied for your Icelandic ID number) before leaving Iceland with the form Notification of Change of Address in Iceland, which can be downloaded from here. This indicates a change of address in Iceland; there is no form yet available for people moving from Iceland. You can also fax this form to +354 569 2949 after leaving Iceland, but it is advised to do this before leaving.“
All information regarding healthcare in Iceland is to be found here. Please see also:
- European Health Insurance Card
- Heilsugaeslan (public clinics in Akureyri)
- Sjúkrahúsið á Akureyri (Akureyri Hospital)
- Health Insurance
What to pack
The climate in Iceland varies and the daily weather is often unpredictable. It can be very windy and wet, even during summer, when the temperature is generally 10-12C°. Autumn and winter are windy, dark seasons, usually cold during the day and at times below freezing. You will need warm clothing - a warm coat and waterproof shoes or boots are advisable. In Iceland we can never trust the weather. Remember that there is no such thing as bad weather, only a poor choice of clothes. You might need to bring sheets, a blanket and towels (ask your landlord).
Remember to pack:
- Adaptor for electrical appliances (220V, frequency 50Hz)
- Cash (Icelandic Kronas) or credit/debit card
- Tickets and insurance papers
- Acceptance letter from the university
Cost of living
NOTE: the list is subject to change
- Bye = Bæ
- Cheers = Skál
- Cold = Kalt
- Could you help me, please? = Gætirðu hjálpað mér?
- Do you speak English? = Talarðu ensku?
- Goodbye = Bless
- Good evening = Góða kvöldið/Gott kvöld
- Good morning = Góðan daginn
- Good night = Góða nótt
- Hello = Halló
- Hi = Hæ
- How are you? = Hvernig hefurðu það? (Hvað segirðu?)
- How much? = Hversu mikið?
- How much does this cost? = Hve mikið kostar þetta?
- I don’t like this = Mér líkar ekki við þetta
- I have to go now = Ég verð að fara núna
- I like this = Mér líkar við þetta
- Left = vinstri
- Let’s go! = Förum!
- My name is… = Nafn mitt er... (Ég heiti...)
- Nice to meet you = Gaman að kynnast þér
- Okay = Ókei/Allt í lagi
- No = Nei
- No thank you = Nei, takk
- Right = hægri
- See you = Sjáumst
- See you tomorrow = Sjáumst á morgun
- See you tonight = Sjáumst í kvöld