Finding Jobs in Iceland


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Iceland, a Nordic island nation, is defined by its dramatic volcanic landscape of geysers, hot springs, waterfalls, glaciers and black-sand beaches.

History / Basics

The capital, Reykjavik, home to the majority of the population, runs on geothermal power and offers a renowned nightlife scene as well as Viking history museums. The glaciers in Vatnajökull and Snæfellsnes national parks are popular for ice climbing, hiking and snowmobiling.

Iceland is a country of sharp contrasts. A place where fire and ice co-exist. Where dark winters are offset by the summer’s midnight sun. A country where insular existence has spurred a rich and vibrant culture.

Capital: Reykjavik
Dialing code: +354
ISO code: ISL
Currency: Icelandic króna
Continent: Europe

Finding Work

There are a number of ways to go about job searching, but it is a good idea to start looking for a job before you move to Iceland. Visiting the EURES Job Mobility Portal is a wise first step for job seeking in Iceland:
The Directorate of Labour/ Public employment service –  : At Iceland we do all that – so if you want to know more about us and our people… read on! Working at Iceland · Industrial Program Jobs. : This site generally doesn’t have an incredible amount of vacancies, but it sure has a ton of people LOOKING for work.
For further information, please visit these links: 

Accommodation / Mobile / Tax / General

The site has a user-friendly search engine that lists accommodations (and contact info) by location. Hotels in Iceland ( and Reykjavik Center ( take it up a notch by indicating availability of rooms or sleeping spaces within a specified time frame. The latter site, despite its name, covers the whole country. 

Work Permit:
Those who wish to apply for a residence permit (and work permit) in Iceland must have secured a job in Iceland and signed an employment contract.The employment contract must accompany the application which should be lodged before the applicant arrives in Iceland.
Please visit the website of the Directorate of Immigration in Iceland for detailed information on the application process, documentation needed, and which steps to take next in order to be given a residence and work permit.
Link: General Information for non EEA and EFTA citizens.

Taxes : 

First 309,140 ISK 37.30%
Next 527,264 ISK 39.74%
Above 836,404 ISK 46.24%

Mobile and Internet :

The largest Internet service providers in Iceland:
Iceland Telecom (Síminn hf)
Vodafone Iceland (Fjarskipti ehf)
HIVE (IP-fjarskipti ehf)
Vortex (Hringiðan ehf)

There are three big phone companies in Iceland: Siminn, Vodafone and Nova.