Take your data global
SimCorner has prepaid travel SIM cards to get you connected almost anywhere in the world.
- Get cheaper data
- Avoid hefty roaming charges
- Calls or data-only SIMs available
- Worldwide delivery available
Iceland is popular with tourists looking to experience the natural spa waters and see this remarkable country. Using your phone there can be extremely expensive, so to keep costs down why not switch to a local SIM card so you can take advantage of better plans, deals and tariffs?
Iceland has prepaid SIM cards available for tourists, with reasonable offers at around ISK1,500 ($16.10) per GB. Although this might sound a little on the expensive side, it will certainly work out cheaper than roaming on your home phone there. So, whether you’re planning a quick break, or an extended trip, check out the best SIM card offers.
SimCorner has prepaid travel SIM cards to get you connected almost anywhere in the world.
There are three main telco providers operating in Iceland: Siminn, Vodafone and Nova. All three operators have been tried and tested by both locals and international visitors, and each one can be trusted. According to OpenSignal’s country coverage map, Iceland’s network coverage is great along the shoreline and the main cities. Speeds are quite fast and despite the country’s challenging topography, the signal is relatively good.
Iceland’s operators offer prepaid SIM cards, which you can buy from stores, supermarkets, kiosks, drug stores, official outlets and at the airport. 2G and 3G plans are available for unlocked GSM phones, and 4G/LTE services are being slowly introduced. You can purchase SIM cards without any form of ID, and your telephone number is already active when purchased. To add credit, there are several prepaid card machines around Iceland and you can find vouchers in shops and supermarkets. Iceland is not part of the European Union (EU), but it is part of the European Economic Area (EEA), which means it will be subject to European roaming caps to further bring costs down.
Below, we have broken down each telco provider to highlight exactly what they can offer you during your stay in Iceland.
One simple microchip sticker gives you discounted rates all over the world.
Síminn is Iceland’s market leader and offers relatively good 2G and 3G services. The best place to purchase a prepaid SIM card is at Keflavík airport, either at the SIM kiosk or at the duty-free shop by the baggage reclaim. They sell different plans and packages for smartphones, tablets and computers, and they vary in price depending on what deal you go for. Credit can also be purchased from most independent retailers, corner stores and supermarkets.
There are two prepaid SIM cards available – one's voice and data while the other is a data-only SIM. Síminn voice and data SIM cards can be purchased for ISK2,900, which comes with 100 local minutes, 100 SMS and 1GB of data.
The data-only SIM card can be purchased for ISK2,000, which includes 1GB of data. The following data packs can be added to both SIM cards:
There are also EU roaming deals on SIM cards, but “Roam Like at Home” plans have to be purchased to use this option. A good start is the ISK500 pack which gives you 500MB per day.
Siminn’s APN: internet, and website in English: https://www.siminn.is/english/
Vodafone is Siminn’s biggest competitor and offers good 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE networks. It offers better prices and competitive packages. You can purchase prepaid SIM cards from official outlets, supermarkets, gas stations, kiosks and drug stores. The best place to purchase a prepaid SIM card is at Keflavík airport either at the SIM kiosk or at the duty-free shop. They sell different plans and packages for smartphones, tablets and computers, and they vary in price depending on what deal you go for. Credit can also be purchased from most independent retailers, corner stores and supermarkets.
Prepaid SIM cards for voice and data can be purchased for ISK2,000, which includes unlimited local calls plus 1GB of data, valid for 30 days.
The following packages are available after the first 30 days of use:
These data packs can also be added:
In addition, there is a data-only SIM card available for ISK2,000 which comes with 3GB of data.
The following data packs can be added:
EU roaming caps also apply on all prepaid SIM cards.
Vodafone’s APN: gprs.is, website: http://vodafone.is/english
Nova is the smallest telco provider and offers good 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE networks. It offers reasonable prices and competitive packages. You can purchase prepaid SIM cards from official outlets, supermarkets, gas stations, kiosks and drug stores. The best place to purchase a prepaid SIM card is at Keflavík airport, either at the SIM kiosk or at the duty-free shop. They sell different plans and packages for smartphones, tablets and computers, and they vary in price depending on what deal you go for. Credit can also be purchased from corner stores and supermarkets.
The “Frelsi 0 kr. Nova í Nova” prepaid SIM card can be purchased for ISK2,000, which comes with the same amount of credit. The following data packs can also be added:
EU roaming caps apply on all prepaid SIM card plans.
Nova’s APN: net.nova.is, and website: http://www.nova.is
TripAdvisor reviews can help guide you through what SIM cards have been tried and tested in Iceland.
“Here is the siminn website https://www.siminn.is/english/ I know that they have at least the starter pack in the duty free store at KEF airport.”
“You can buy the starter pack from Icelandair and apparently at the duty free shop (ask cashier) but you will be charged per MB with the ISK2,000 credit. If you don't mind spending a little time going to the mall I think it is a better deal as I immediately purchased 5GB (less and more is available, see website) instead of adding the 5GB top off after the ISK2,000 was used up.”
“I bought a SIM card in Kringlan Mall at Siminn. Just spend 5 minutes and they can issue the nano sim card to you and help you with the set up.”
You will need a SIM-unlocked, GSM-compatible international phone. To double check you have this option, or if it’s possible to unlock your device, contact your provider before you set off on your travels.
finder.com.au is one of Australia's leading comparison websites. We compare from a wide set of banks, insurers and product issuers. We value our editorial independence and follow editorial guidelines.
finder.com.au has access to track details from the product issuers listed on our sites. Although we provide information on the products offered by a wide range of issuers, we don't cover every available product or service.
Please note that the information published on our site should not be construed as personal advice and does not consider your personal needs and circumstances. While our site will provide you with factual information and general advice to help you make better decisions, it isn't a substitute for professional advice. You should consider whether the products or services featured on our site are appropriate for your needs. If you're unsure about anything, seek professional advice before you apply for any product or commit to any plan.
Products marked as 'Promoted' or 'Advertisement' are prominently displayed either as a result of a commercial advertising arrangement or to highlight a particular product, provider or feature. Finder may receive remuneration from the Provider if you click on the related link, purchase or enquire about the product. Finder's decision to show a 'promoted' product is neither a recommendation that the product is appropriate for you nor an indication that the product is the best in its category. We encourage you to use the tools and information we provide to compare your options.
Where our site links to particular products or displays 'Go to site' buttons, we may receive a commission, referral fee or payment when you click on those buttons or apply for a product. You can learn more about how we make money here.
When products are grouped in a table or list, the order in which they are initially sorted may be influenced by a range of factors including price, fees and discounts; commercial partnerships; product features; and brand popularity. We provide tools so you can sort and filter these lists to highlight features that matter to you.
We try to take an open and transparent approach and provide a broad-based comparison service. However, you should be aware that while we are an independently owned service, our comparison service does not include all providers or all products available in the market.
Some product issuers may provide products or offer services through multiple brands, associated companies or different labelling arrangements. This can make it difficult for consumers to compare alternatives or identify the companies behind the products. However, we aim to provide information to enable consumers to understand these issues.
Providing or obtaining an estimated insurance quote through us does not guarantee you can get the insurance. Acceptance by insurance companies is based on things like occupation, health and lifestyle. By providing you with the ability to apply for a credit card or loan, we are not guaranteeing that your application will be approved. Your application for credit products is subject to the Provider's terms and conditions as well as their application and lending criteria.