Medical Assistance

Please note: The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the entities or individuals whose names appear on the following lists. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department or the U.S. government. Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. The information on the list is provided directly by the local service providers; the Department is not in a position to vouch for such information.

In an emergency – unconsciousness, serious bleeding, difficulty breathing – do not spend time trying to contact a doctor.  Dial 1-1-2 and ask for an ambulance.  Each ambulance is staffed with a resident physician and will transport you to the nearest hospital accepting emergencies.

If you are in Reykjavik and have an urgent medical problem you can also go straight to the emergency room at Landspitali University Hospital located in Fossvogur.  It is open 24 hours a day.  Telephone +354-525-1700.

After Hours Care

For urgent after-hours primary care, call 1770.  After-hours care is provided through a central primary care clinic located at Laeknavaktinn, Smaratorg 1 in Kopavogur staffed on a rotating basis by physicians from local clinics.  House calls can sometimes be arranged.  A nurse will answer, gather some information, and either:

  • Offer advice on how to handle the problem.
  • Suggest the patient come to the clinic to be seen.
  • Send a physician to make a house call.
  • Refer you to a hospital emergency room

You can visit the central primary care clinic in Smaratorg without an appointment from 17:00 23:30 on weekdays and 9:00 to 23:30 on weekends. From 23:30 to 8:00 you should call 1770 as described above.

Private Physicians

It is also possible to establish yourself as a patient with a private physician.  We have provided a list of doctors that you may use as a guide in finding a physician that meets your specific needs.  The U.S. Embassy assumes no responsibility for the professional ability or integrity of persons or practices whose names appear on the following list.