It took me 106 countries to finally travel to Iceland. As expected it turned out to be an epic trip with glaciers, hikes, caves, black sand beaches and even the northern light. On top of that I also took time for you to find the best prepaid sim card for Iceland travel. This is the best way to stay connected and save on high roaming costs.

As a full time world traveler the first thing I do in a new country is buying a local sim card. This is by far the best and cheapest way to stay online. I already wrote tourist guides for buying sim cards in: Canada, Mexico, Italy, Ireland and many more.

Iceland sim card and traveling in Europe

Since summer 2017 there are no roaming costs anymore within Europe and since Iceland is part of the EU you can use your European sim card without extra roaming costs. Looking for the best Europe sim card? Click on the link for a complete guide.

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5 Iceland sim cards to order online

All of the following European sim cards can be used for Iceland travel and can be ordered online. They will be shipped to you before your trip and you get online as soon as the plane lands.

1. Orange Europe sim card - 20 GB 

Click on the link to order it online and see if you can get free shipping. The best value for money is given by Orange and to me the best Europe sim card for tourists that you can order online.

Price: $50

  • 20 GB data in all of the EU
  • 120 minutes to any country in the world
  • 1000 sms to any country in the world
  • Valid 14 days
  • Free shipping to loads of countries

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2. Orange Europe sim Card - 3 GB

Orange also offers a cheaper version, but that one has obviously smaller bundles.

Price: $25

  • 3 GB data in all of the EU
  • 30 minutes to any country in the world
  • 200 sms to any country in the world
  • Valid 14 days

3. Three (3) Europe sim card - 12 GB

Slightly cheaper than Orange, but also 40% less data. Advantage compared to the Orange sim card: valid for 30 days!

Price: $40

  • 12 GB data
  • Unlimited calls
  • Unlimited sms
  • Valid 30 days
  • Valid in all of the EU

4. Three (3) Europe sim card - 5 GB

The smaller brother of the 3 Europe sim card above, less value for money.

Price: $30

  • 5 GB data
  • Unlimited calls
  • Unlimited sms
  • Valid 30 days
  • Valid in all of the EU

5. O2 Go Card Sim Card Europe

Another cheaper sim card for Europe travel I would recommend is this O2 sim card, but the data bundle is pretty small.

Price: $25

  • 5 GB data
  • $6.40 calling credit included
  • $6.40 texting credit included
  • Valid 30 days
  • Valid in all of the EU, excluding Switzerland.

Mobile internet operators Iceland

There are 3 mobile internet providers in Iceland: Vodafone, Siminn and Nova. All of them offer prepaid sim cards for tourists.

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Where to buy an Iceland sim card

Upon arrival you can buy an Iceland sim card at Keflavik Airport in Reykjavik. There aren’t any mobile internet stores, but the at the 24 hour convenience store they sell Iceland sim cards for tourists. You can also try gas stations and some convenient stores in Reykjavik.

In case you didn’t buy one online yet, it is advisable to buy your sim card for Iceland at Reykjavik airport Keflavik.

Buying an Iceland sim card at Reykjavik Airport Keflavik

As soon as you walk out of the Arrivals door on your right hand side you will see a lime green convenient store. Here they also sell sim cards for Iceland. They offer prepaid Iceland sim cards from Vodafone, Siminn and Nova.

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Iceland sim card insider tip: I asked the guy behind the counter which provider had the best network and he was clear in his answer… Siminn!

Unfortunately I couldn’t find any mobile network coverage maps for Iceland to see which network really was the strongest.

Buying an Iceland sim card in Reykjavik city center

Unfortunately in the city center of Reykjavik you can’t find any of the mobile phone stores. The Siminn, Nova and Vodafone store are all located out of the city center. 

As part of my research I went to the official mobile providers stores in Reykjavik and found out that Vodafone, Siminn and Nova sell the exact same Iceland sim cards as you can get at the airport and at gas stations.

Your best bid for buying an Iceland sim card if you missed the opportunity at KEF airport is actually at gas stations.

4 Prepaid Iceland sim cards

All the below sim cards for Iceland can be bought at Reykjavik Airport Keflavik at the lime green convenient store, at official stores and at gas stations. All the prepaid sim card packages are valid for 30 days.

1. Vodafone

  • 2000 ISK ($16) = 5 GB data + unlimited calling + sms.

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2. Nova

  • 2000 ISK ($16) = 1 GB data + unlimited calling + sms.

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3. Siminn 1

  • 2900 ISK ($23) = 5 GB data + 50 minutes worldwide + 50 sms.

4. Siminn 2

  • 2900 ISK ($23) = 10 GB data only.

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2 Portable WiFi devices for Iceland

Don’t want to change the sim card in your phone, than there are 2 alternatives for buying an Iceland sim card.

1. Hotspot.rent Iceland

In front of the convenient store at Keflavik Airport you will also find a Hotspot.rent machine to order a portable WiFi device for Iceland. It will let you connect up to 10 devices at the same time while it gives unlimited 3G/4G. Price? 1,200 ISK ($9.50) per day. You have to rent the device for minimal 3 days.

You can print out your voucher and pick up your portable WiFi device around the corner. Fairly easy. As I didn’t try it out myself I don’t know about the battery life of the portable wifi device and the speed if you connect with more than 1 person.

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2. TEP Wireless portable Wifi device for Iceland

A similar option but a little cheaper is to order a TEP Wireless WiFi device. You can order this portable wifi device for Iceland through the link above and get it shipped to your home address before your trip.

A Teppy lets you connect up to 5 devices at the same time and also gives you unlimited internet. Click on the banner below for more info. I have often tried it myself on my trips around the world and I am a happy costumer! :)

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Best Iceland sim card for tourists

Comparing the above options it is clear that Nova is a no-go as it offers much less value for money than Vodafone and Siminn. Even taking into consideration all the European sim card you can buy online…

Siminn is the best prepaid sim card for Iceland as for $23 you can already get 10 GB data plus they have the best network. For an expensive country like Iceland I can tell you this is actually pretty damn cheap. Two beers in a pub are more expensive! :)

Don't want the stress buying a local sim card on arrival, remember that you can order a sim card for Iceland online as well.

I hope all the above tips for buying an Iceland sim card at Reykjavik Airport Keflavik were helpful. If there is anything I can still help with don’t hesitate to send me a DM on my Instagram account: @traveltomtom. There you can also follow my journey to every country in the world.

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