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National Emergency Number - 112

In the event of serious injury, life-threatening illness, emergencies such as fire, or police assistance, call the emergency telephone number 112. The number is the same no matter where you are in Iceland.
You should call this number immediately if any emergency arises. There is no charge and all persons regardless of status are entitled to emergency assistance. The telephone number is open every day at any hour.

Medical and Psychological Services

Off-hour medical clinic (Læknavaktin) tel. 1770
If you need to see a doctor outside the opening hours of regular clinics (i.e. evenings, nights and weekends) you can seek the services of Læknavaktin at Smáratorg 1, 200 Kópavogur (about 10 mins from Reykjavík). In case of a medical emergency, call 112.

The Red Cross Helpline tel. 1717
The Red Cross Helpline 1717 is a toll-free number open 24 hours a day for those who need assistance due to grief, anxiety, fear, depression and/or suicidal thoughts.


Travelling in Iceland can be perilous if you are ill-prepared and unfamiliar with conditions. It is not umcommon for tourists to land themselves in dangerous situations, even if they are experienced. If you are planning to travel within Iceland, we strongly recommend that you read the information on the website above. There you can find weather updates and warnings as well as general guidelines for travel in Iceland.

You should always exercise caution when travelling in Iceland, whether you are hiking, walking, driving, swimming, or riding. Be aware that terrain and weather conditions are unique and may be very different from what you are accustomed to, even if you are a seasoned traveller.

Note that driving off-road is illegal and perpetrators can expect to be heavily fined or even imprisoned. Remember to respect speed limits at all times and take appropriate caution when driving in bad weather conditions, which are common in Iceland. See this video: Driving in Iceland with Elfis – Drive safe!

Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue

Thousands of volunteers dedicate themselves to work for the ICE-SAR rescue teams. The mission is to prevent accidents and save human lives and valuables. Groups of volunteers are always available, night and day, all year round. 

Violence and abuse

For Reykjavík local police, the telephone number is 444-1000 for matters not requiring immediate assistance.

For emergencies, always call 112.

Emergency clinic for victims of sexual abuse tel. 543 2094
The Emergency clinic is located at Landspítali National Hospital in Fossvogur, 108 Reykjavík. It provides medical and psychological services for victims of sexual abuse or sexual assault as well as legal counselling. Full confidentiality is provided.

In case of sexual assault, it is best to seek assistance immediately by calling the emergency clinic, tel. 543 2094. However, you can also go straight to the clinic if you are unable to call first. Currently, the clinic‘s website is only available in Icelandic. We apologise for the inconvenience.

Women‘s Shelter (Kvennaathvarf) tel. 561 1205
The Women‘s shelter provides accommodation and counselling for women and children who are victims of domestic  and/or sexual violence.

We also recommend services listed on the island.is website on accidents, traumas and emergencies.

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