Health care

It is your own responsibility to ensure payment for health care services. You will need to take care of appropriate insurance yourself, so make sure your insurance covers health care in foreign countries.



Just like in many other countries, the emergency number in Iceland is 112. You can dial it free of charge to reach emergency services like ambulances and the police. However, the ambulance service cost approximately 40.000 ISK per hour.


Most pharmacy chains are open between 09:00 and 18:00, but the Lyfja pharmacies in Reykjavík are open until 24:00, and Lyf og heilsa at Háaleitisbraut 68 is also open till 24:00.

Emergency dentist

If you need immediate dental care, you can go to Tannlaeknavaktin, the dental emergency care facility in Reykjavík. Only urgent conditions will be taken care off immediately and follow-up dental care is done at a later time. They are open between 8:00 and 22:00 on weekdays and between 10:00 and 20:00 on weekends. If you have a dental emergency after the closing time of Tannlaeknavaktin, you should go to the hospital emergency room.


Telephone numbers

Health Care Institution of West Iceland

Head Office Merkigerði 9

300 Akranes

Tel. 432 1000

In case of emergency please call 112.

Day time service as listed below,  please call your health care center, phone numbers below.

On call doctor/nurse, after day time service, at 16:00 – 08:00 and on weekdays, please call 1700

HVE Akranes - health care clinic

Merkigerði 9

300 Akranes

Tel.: 432 1000

Switchboard open 07:45–18:00 on working days.

Accident department open 08:00–16:00 on working days – 24-hour emergency service in the surgical ward.

HVE Borgarnes - health care clinic

Borgarbraut 65

310 Borgarnes

Tel.: 432 1430

Open 08:00–16:00 on working days.


Health care in Reykjavík

If you are in need of instant health care, but don’t need an ambulance, the emergency room in Fossvogur is where you should go. Their phone number is +354 543 2000. This emergency room is meant for people that have been in accidents, have an acute illness, have been poisoned or have injuries following violent attacks. If you go there with an injury that does not require instant care, you will probably wait for hours before you get help. Urgent cases have priority, and usually there will be an incoming stream of people that need acute care.

If it is possible, don’t go to the emergency room in Fossvogur, but wait till the next day and make an appointment with a general practitioner. There are several health care centers in Reykjavík (heilsugæslustöð in Icelandic) and you can call +354 513 5000 to make an appointment. You can also go to the daily walk-in hours in the late afternoon (only possible on weekdays).

On Háaleitisbraut 68, you can visit an after-hours clinic, Læknavaktin, which is open between 17:00 and 23:30 during weekdays and between 08:00 and 23:30 during weekends. You do not need an appointment to get care there, and the general practitioners can prescribe the medicine you need. You can then head to a pharmacy in the same building to pick up your medicine. The clinic is open to anybody, so tourists and visitors are welcome to go there if they need medical help.




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