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  • Læknavaktin provides walk-in medical services for the Greater Reykjavík Area. It is open from 17:00 to 23:30 on weekdays, and from 9:00 to 22:00 on weekends. ​
  • Læknavaktin has physicians on staff who provide healthcare services. ​
  • It is not necessary to book an appointment, it is enough to simply turn up and take a number. A patient fee must be paid. ​
  • Phone consultation with a nurse is available for the whole country 24 hours a day, in 1770. ​
  • House calls by physicians in the evenings and during weekends are requested through Læknavaktin. ​
  • Læknavaktin is located at Háaleitisbraut 68, 103 Reykjavík.
  • Rural areas will often provide afternoon medical services at health clinics and critical care at the hospital for that region. ​

Critical Care

  • Critical care services for injuries and acute illnesses are located at Landspítali in Fossvogur, 108 Reykjavík. Critical care (ER) is available 24 hours a day.
  • The phone number is 543 1000. Staff can also be contacted via online chat. ​
  • This is where people with serious injuries, who have suffered violence, and people who are acutely ill should go. ​
  • Children who are seriously injured should also be taken there. ​
  • For example: head trauma, fractions, burns, incised wounds, and chest pain. ​
  • Critical care for rural areas is usually provided in the hospital for that region.​

Emergency Care for ​Victims of Sexual Abuse ​

  • Emergency care is in the Critical Care Unit at Landspítalinn, Fossvogi. It serves both women and men.
  • In emergency care, those who have been the victims of sexual violence (rape, attempted rape, another form of sexual assault) can seek help. ​
  • They can receive consultation, support, medical examination and treatment. ​
  • These services are provided free of charge to victims. ​
  • Anonymity and full confidentiality is maintained for each case. ​
  • Legal consultation and support in filing a complaint are available. However, the availability of services is not dependent on the victim's decision to file a complaint. ​


  • At hospitals, all medical treatment, pharmaceuticals, stay, and meals are paid for by the state. ​
  • Only physicians are able to decide if someone should be hospitalised. ​
  • Landspítalinn in Reykjavík is the country's largest hospital, but other hospitals are found in larger towns outside the major metropolitan area. ​
  • Minor surgeries are performed at both hospitals and private surgical clinics. A higher rate is paid for operations in private clinics but the waiting list is shorter. ​

 Outpatient Care

  • Patients in outpatient care will receive treatment in the hospital (or other health establishments) but will not stay there.​
  • People return home following treatment or consultation. ​
  • A fee is paid for outpatient services. ​

 Ambulance - 112

  • The phone number 112 is the national emergency number for ambulances, the fire brigade, and the police. ​
  • When a person contacts 112, it is important to be able to communicate clearly:​
    • You name – What your name is​
    • Location – Where you are​
    • The reason for the phone call – What happened​
  • is also available as a website with information and an online chat service. Information and consultation can be found there on subjects such as domestic violence. ​
  • An individual who is transported by ambulance will pay a fixed fee for the transportation, regardless of distance. The invoice is sent to the individual afterward. ​
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