Health Care

Information about Health Care in Iceland and Vestmannaeyjar.

Icelandic Health Insurance Sjúkratryggingar Íslands -

After getting a kennitala, there is a six-month period in which we do not have health insurance. This period can be shortened by completing the "Application for health insurance" form from and submitting the E104 certificate to confirm that we were insured in the country in which we lived previously.

European Health Insurance Card/ Evrópska sjúkratryggingakortið - a card that says person is insured in Europe, more information about the card in English can be found at It can be ordered online and it is free.

Vestmannaeyjar Health Clinic and Hospital Heilbrigðisstofnun Suðurlands -

General Information: The clinic is located at Sólhlíð 10 and is open from 8-16 on working days. The general number of the institution is (+354) 432 2500. When ordering a doctor's appointment, you can ask for an interpreter by phone, just ask for it and specify the language.

Outside of opening hours: If you need help outside of opening hours, you must call the number 1700, before you come to the facility, this number will send you to the nurse center in Reykjavík, there you have to tell them where you are from, what is the situation and that you need contact with a doctor in Vestmannaeyjar. If there is an accident, please call 112.

Without an appointment: At the moment when individual does not have an appointment, one can come to the emergency room, also open from 8-16, wait there in the queue to see the nurse, and later, if the nurse decides, visit the doctor.

Pregnancy: When person needs health care during pregnancy, person goes to the midwife (ljosmóðir). Health care during pregnancy is free if one is insured at sjúkratryggingar. During pregnancy, it is necessary to go 1 time for ultrasound at the Landspítali in Reykjavík around the 20th week of pregnancy. Nuchal translucency test (hnakkaþykktarmæling) is also offered at Landspítali to screen for genetic defects. This study is not mandatory, it is performed around 13 weeks of pregnancy and it is not free. All other tests (in most cases) are performed at the Vestmannaeyjar Hospital. You can get a refund for a trip to Landsspítali at the Sýslumaðurinn building at the Sjúkratryggingar Íslands window, if you bring in all your travel bills. One can get some information about the return here

Childbirth: Durning first pregnancy it is recommended to go to other clinics, because we do not have an anesthesiologist at Vestmannaeyjar Hospital and in case of severe complications, it may be necessary to transport the patient by airplane to Reykjavík, but if one were about to go into labor earlier and there were no complications, you can still give birth here, but this is not common. After delivery, the midwife visits the newborn several times and talks to unew parents and supports them in the first steps of parenting. The contact number in an emergency to the midwife is (+354) 8979620.

Maternity / paternity leave: Individual applies for maternity leave at fæðingarorlofssjóður. Each parent is entitled to four months of maternity / paternity leave and two months to share (in year 2020). In 2021 maternity/paternity leave will be 12 months but it is not clear yet how it will be split between parents. Maternity/paternity leave can be spread over a longer period of time (24 months). More information about this can be found at