A guide to moving to Reykjavík and the capital region.
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- Finding a temporary place to stay
- Working in Iceland
- The Local tech scene
- Mobile and internet access
- Kennitala (national ID)
- Auðkenni (electric identity)
- Finding a permanent place to stay
- Guide to neighborhoods and postal codes
- Public transport
- Getting a car
- Shopping for furniture and electronics
- Grocery shopping
- Getting a bank account
- Driver’s license
- Access to healthcare
- International schools
- Getting help
- Eating out and ordering in
- About the Icelander
The Trinity: Kennitala, Mobile Plan and Bank Account¶
You’re basically a tourist until you get a kennitala. It’s a ten digit personal identity that is used everwhere in Iceland. If you have employment in Iceland and are willing to wait up to 5 days with your foreign SIM card until you acquire kennitala, this is the order of things:
- Get a kennitala → Kennitala. This takes five days to process if all documents are submitted correctly. Start this process online before you depart for Iceland.
- Get a mobile plan → Mobile plans. You'll need to visit a telco branch and bring your passport. Use your non-Icelandic credit card for billing as you haven't opened a bank account yet.
- Get a bank account → Bank account. Visit a branch to open a bank account and set up your electronic certificate.
You can activate the electronic certificate on your visit to the telco branch and skip the bank visit if you like, opting instead to sign up via one of the bank apps.
There are of course other ways to go about it, but this is probably the quickest way to onboard.
- Jökull Sólberg
- David Blurton
- Kristinn Árni L. Hróbjartsson
- Brynjar Örnu- og Guðnason
- Alex Couper
- Bryndís Jónatansdóttir
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