The 10 Best Travel Apps for Iceland

The 10 Best Travel Apps for Iceland

Iceland Apps for Every Aspect of Traveling There

Iceland is defined by nothing if not its natural beauty – streaming waterfalls, majestic mountains, and sprawling vistas. It’s also defined by two other characteristics: an insanely expensive economy and weather that is temperamental as all get out. Here are ten travel apps for Iceland that will help you get the most out of your trip without spending too much or having your plans thwarted by the weather.

I highly recommend renting a mobile hot spot for your travel in Iceland. We rented one from Trawire, and it cost $63 for one week. We picked it up right at the airport and when it was time to go home, we just dropped it in a mailbox, also at the airport. It kept us connected every day with very little down time. We were able to upload pictures to social media, text message each other, and do everything that we would have done at home.  It was worth every penny!

Transportation & Weather

1. Iceland Aurora forecast ( Okay, technically this is a web site, not an app. But you can bookmark it in your phone’s browser. If you want to maximize your chances for seeing the Northern Lights while you are in Iceland, this is the place to check. It rates solar activity on a scale of 0-9 (the higher the better). It also shows projected cloud cover for all of Iceland. If the number is a 3 or higher and there aren’t many clouds in your area, you have a good chance of seeing the Northern Lights! However, just like the weather, this forecast changes too, so check it often.

Best Travel Apps for Iceland - The Icelandic Aurora Forecast helps users determine the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights!

2. 112 Iceland. This is the Iceland version of 911, and should only be used in an emergency. Thankfully, I never needed it, but I was glad it was on my phone just in case.

3. Vegagerdin. If you’re driving in Iceland, this app is a must, as it shows you real time what the road conditions are like. It will also show you wind strength, which can factor into how easy it will be to drive, and webcams if you’d like to take a look real time.

Best Travel Apps for Iceland - Vegagerdin will show you road conditions, wind speed/direction, and even web cams.

4. My Aurora Forecast is another app for determining whether you’ll be able to see the Northern Lights. It is not Iceland-focused, but gives the forecast for whatever your current location is.  It’s also a little more science-heavy than the web site.

Best Travel Apps for Iceland - My Aurora Forecast helps predict the likelihood of seeing the Northern Lights.

5. Your Airline’s App. in a country where weather can be unpredictable, you want to be notified as quickly as possible if there is a delay or cancellation. Remember to enable push notifications for the app, and you will not only be informed of any changes, you will also get prompted when online check in is available.

Money Saving

6. Appy Hour. In a country where a bottle of beer costs over $10 and a restaurant quality hamburger is $25, you need to save as much money as possible when you’re out and about. The Appy Hour app will list all restaurants and bars in Reykjavik with happy hour specials. You can search for a specific place or browse the list. Beer price is listed to the right (and you can sort by price!), or you can click on the restaurant listing for more details. Some, but not all of the places listed in Appy Hour also have food specials.

Best Travel Apps for Iceland - Appy Hour Shows You where the best happy hour specials are in Reykjavik.

7. My Postcard is a hassle-free way to send postcards to your friends and family back home. Instead of buying a postcard, you can custom make a postcard featuring a photo you actually took. The postcards are produced on high quality cardstock and look just as good as the ones you would buy at a souvenir shop. The upside, though, is that you don’t have to worry about finding a post office or buying stamps.  It’s all done inside the app.

Best Travel Apps for Iceland - My Postcard lets you send postcards to loved ones back home without a trip to the post office.
The front of the postcard I sent with the My Postcard app. (Faxi Waterfall)
Best Travel Apps for Iceland - My Postcard lets you send postcards to loved ones back home without a trip to the post office.
The back of the postcard – I don’t really care for the way the postmark runs over part of my message, but other than that, no complaints!

Recommended Places

8. Hand Picked Iceland is a great app if you aren’t really sure what to do, where to eat, or where to stay. Curated recommendations come in six simple categories: Eat, Sleep, Shop, Play, Kids, and Culture. You can restrict the app’s picks to Reykjavik, or view them for the entire country.

Best Travel Apps for Iceland - Hand Picked Iceland gives great recommendations for places to go, including a special category for traveling with kids.

9. The Iceland Restaurant Guide app lists establishments in three categories: restaurants, bars, and cafes.  Each has a brief description, a link to the website and menu, and directions from your current location. The only caution I would give is that this app has a date of 2016. Just double check and make sure a place is open before making any concrete plans.

Best Travel Apps for Iceland - the Iceland Restaurant Guide offers thorough summaries and menus for local restaurants, bars, and cafes.

10 The Reykjavik City Guide has a lot to offer travelers, with a total of 29 categories to explore.  You’ll find recommendations on places to shop for Icelandic fashion, countryside restaurants, gas stations, architecture, weather, statues & monuments, and much more. The information might not be terribly in depth, but it is a good starting point for planning your activities.

Best Travel Apps for Iceland - Reykjavik City Guide is a great springboard for figuring out how to spend your day.

I hope you find these apps useful.  They certainly came in handy on my trip! If you have any others to add, please leave a comment below!

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