Best Sim Cards for Iceland Travels
Iceland is a wonderful country to visit in any season of the year. Hence before you board your flight down here, it’s important you check what options phone companies have to offer regarding their coverage and cost. Getting an Iceland Sim Card is a great idea. This way, you don’t have to incur in unnecessary roaming charges that can likely eat into your traveling budget - if you are not careful.
Also, keep in mind that using your phone in Iceland can be very expensive. To keep cost on the low side, it's better to switch to a local prepaid option when you enter the country so as to take advantage of the better deals and tariffs. Moreover, you can encounter extreme weather conditions, having phone service will warrant you to contact friends and families or in more severe cases calling the police if you are in dare need of emergency.
Where To Buy a SIM Card In Iceland?
It is important that you have a prepaid SIM card if you are planning a road trip to Iceland so you can get around with ease. Also, make sure that your phone is unlocked before you get here so you won’t have any problems with the prepaid sim cards here.
Getting a SIM card at the Keflavik airport should be super easy. In fact, it should take you less than 10 minutes to get your prepaid sim card set up all by yourself and working smoothly before you leave the airport. All you need is to get to one of the convenience stores within the airport area. Among them, you have 10/11 store, and Eymundsson bookstore both are inside the Keflavik airport terminal. There, you can buy the plan that suits you best.
TIP 1: All SIM cards here will likely come in all 3-in-1 fitted package sizes - the standard size, the Micro size, and the Nano size.
TIP 2: All SIM cards here are also likely to have a 4G coverage, except in some remote areas where 3G is the norm.
About Iceland’s telco providers
There are lots of places you can buy your prepaid mobile SIM cards when you arrive. You can get it from the terminal stores, supermarkets, drug-stores, and kiosk and even at the official outlets. The good thing about Icelandic phone operators are, you don’t need any form of ID before you purchase any SIM card. That is because your mobile phone number is already active when purchased. Adding credit is also super easy as there are lots of prepaid card machines, shops and supermarkets all around Iceland.
Here are some mobile operators you might likely need to know more about:
If you are looking for the widest coverage of mobile phone operators, the Síminn Company easily comes to mind. Not just that they have the widest coverage, they also stand as the oldest phone company in Iceland. Therefore they boast of the better quality in data and voice calls.
The first point of contact when you arrive Iceland with Siminn is at the Keflavik airport either at their SIM kiosk or behind the claim your baggage area at the duty-free shop. If you are coming in with your smartphone, tablet or computer they have you covered with their plans and packages with varying prices depending on the deals you prefer.
They are the market leader for 3G network and steadily growing their 4G operation.
Their plans come with 2 options:
1. Voice and Data
2. Data only
The voice and data go for ISK 2,900 which include the 50 minutes’ voice call, 50 SMS, and 50GB of data.
The data-only SIM card can be purchased at ISK 2,000 with 1GB of data.
You can also get the following data packs added to both SIM cards
· 1GB ISK 1, 700
· 5GB ISK 2, 700
· 10GB ISK 3, 700
· 50GB ISK 5, 700
The next best prepaid SIM card operator in Iceland is the Vodafone Company. They are the biggest rivals to Siminn and they also, just like their competitor, offer 2G, 3G, and 4G/LTE networks. Because of their competitive nature, they tend to offer lower prices and competitive packages to subscribers. Their SIM cards can also be purchased at the Keflavik airport (their official kiosk and at the duty-free shop), supermarkets, gas stations, kiosks, and drug-stores. They also offer varying prices and packages for your computers, smartphones, and tablets. You can also purchase credits from most local retailers, departmental stores or corner stores.
For Vodafone, you have the options for prepaid voice and data usage for the sum of ISK 2,000 and unlike their competitors, they offer unlimited local calls including 1GB of data which is valid for 30 days.
After the first 30 days you can activate the following package depending on your preference:
Plan S: ISK 500 credit, 500 local minutes, 1GB of Data, and unlimited local SMS and is sold for ISK 1,100
Plan M: ISK 1, 000 credit, 1,000 local minutes, 5GB of Data, and unlimited local SMS and is sold for ISK2100
Plan L: ISK 3, 500 credit, unlimited local SMS and minutes, 15GB OF Data and is sold for ISK 3,500
Vodafone also has these data packs added to their plan:
· 300MB ISK 690
· 500MB ISK 1,090
· 1GB ISK 1,390
· 5GB ISK 2,490
In conclusion, as you purchase your prepaid SIM card, keep in mind that, you now have a brand new Icelandic phone number. Therefore, it is highly recommended, if you want to save cos, to use your data mobile for text and calls via your skype or WhatsApp. Use your Icelandic voice minutes when you are doing your restaurant reservations, renting a car in Iceland or a hotel accommodation booking.