Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions 


Icelandic words explained 

Selected Icelandic words explained in various languages. 

Healthcare centres and pharmacies

Healthcare centres are first and foremost considered community service providers for residents who live in that municipality or neighbourhood. Health care centres provide all general health care services and treatment for minor injuries and ailments. These centres should be the first stop for treatment unless you need emergency health services.


It is recommended that you register at the nearest healthcare centre or healthcare facility and apply for a General Practitioner (GP). In addition to general medical services, the healthcare centres provide maternity care, infant and paediatric health care, nursing service in schools and home care/nursing services.


Note that once your registration has been confirmed, you will need to grant the healthcare centre permission to access any past medical data. Please also note you have the right to apply for registration to the centre of choice.


Here below are lists of health care centres in the capital area and in municipalities in rural Iceland.


In Iceland children and youth under the age of 18 do not pay fees for services at health care clinic or fees for house calls for healthcare providers from the healthcare centre. Additionally, if children need specialist care it is best to get a referral for specialist care from the health care centre you are registered.


People, children included who have not acquired rights to health insurance must pay all cots and fees for health care services.


Heilsugæsla Höfðuborgasvæðisins is responsible for the operation of 15 healthcare centres in the capital region. Locations can be found here on this interactive map.


Healthcare centres in rural Iceland are operated by local health authorities in those districts. Information regarding locations and general information can be found hereAdditionally, here is a list of pharmacies in rural areas. (sites in Icelandic)

Health service map

Click here to find the nearest healthcare centre

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