Information for prospective students & visitors

Below you will find links to a variety of information that you may find useful if you are considering a visit to Iceland, and in particular if you are contemplating studying or working at the University of Iceland:

Exchange rates: click here


Getting to/from Iceland:
Transport to/from the International airport (Keflavik, KEF): FlyBus


Travel within Iceland:
Travel within Reykjavik and the suburbs:
  • See listings here and here (brief translation: Til leigu = for rent, Herbergi = room, Heimilisfang = address [street name], Pnr. = postcode [101, 103, 104, 105, 107, 108 and Seltjarnarnes 170 are all fairly central], Leiga = price [ISK per month]) and also here
  • General information can be found here
Things to see and do
In Reykjavik and the surrounds:
Across Iceland:
  • Places of interest [search the web for info]: Golden Circle, Vestmannaeyjar, Ţórsmörk, Skógafoss, Skaftafell National Park, Jökulsárlón, East Iceland including the East fjords, Seyđisfjörđur and Egilsstađir, Húsavík (whale watching), Akureyri, Dettifoss, Lake Mývatn, Westfjords including Ísafjörđur and Dynjandi (amazing waterfall), Snćfellsnes Peninsula, Landmannalaugar, Kerlingarfjöll, Hveravellir (on the Kjolur route), Sprengisandur route (across the interior), the Herdubreidarlindir area, Mt. Askja and Kverkfjöll
  • Hiking trails, for example: Laugavegurinn (Ţórsmörk - Landmannalaugar) and Skógar - Ţórsmörk (Fimmvörđuháls between Eyjafjallajökull glacier and Mýrdalsjökull glacier). See here and here for descriptions
  • Guided walks/tours: see Ferđafélag Íslands (Iceland Touring Association) and Icelandic Mountain Guides  
Books/maps/publications: Iceland Road Atlas, Iceland Review, The Reykjavik Grapevine

Studying at the University
University of Iceland
General information can be found here, here and here
Registration fees
Academic calendar
School of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Institute of Biology
MSc in Biology
PhD in Biology (also email Hafdís Eyjólfsdóttir)
Graduate courses associated with MARICE: see here
Student ID card (also provides a number of discounts)
Student Association
Finding a part-time job

Moving to Iceland
All kinds of information can be found here
Everyone needs to apply for a social security number  - kennitala - from the National Registry (Ţjóđskrá), the form can be found here
Visa requirements (depends on your citizenship)
Income tax
Social insurance and health insurance
Opening a bank account: with Landsbankinn, Íslandsbanki, Arion Banki
Getting a mobile phone/home phone/the internet: see Vodafone and Síminn
Buying a car: see listings here and here
Learning Icelandic: Icelandic Online, Mímir, University of Iceland
Getting help: from the Intercultural Centre (Alţjóđahús)  
Public holidays in Iceland
Emergency numbers
Postal service
Telephone directory

MARICE members
  Guđrún Marteinsdóttir
  Steven Campana
  Kai Logemann
  Niall McGinty
PhD student  email
  Jónas Páll Jónasson
PhD student  email
  William Butler
PhD student  email
  Hlynur Bárđarson
PhD student  email
  Teresa Silva
PhD student  email
  Cecilia Kvaavik
PhD student  email
  Fraser Cameron
PhD student  email
  Jed Macdonald
MSc student  email
  Egill Guđmundsson
MSc student  email
  Elzbieta Baranowska
MSc student  email
  Ásthildur Erlingsdóttir
MSc student  email
  Sigurvin Bjarnason

MARICE pages

News archive
Work/study with us
Useful information
Seminar - Atlantic cod: Intra-stock diversity
ICES 2013


CODE Ocean Model
Marine Education in Iceland
University of Iceland


  Bruce McAdam
Postdoc  email
  Guđni Magnús Eiríksson
  Pamela Woods
  Tim Grabowski
PhD student  email
  Anthony Taabu Munyaho
PhD student  email
  Heather Philp
PhD student 
  Heidi Pardoe
PhD student  email
  Klara Jakobsdottir
MSc student 
  Erna Karen Óskarsdóttir
MSc student 
  Lilja Stefansdóttir
MSc student 
  Lísa Anne Libungan
MSc student  email
  Lovísa Guđmundsdóttir
MSc student  email
  Viđar Engilbertsson

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