The public bus network in Iceland is called Strætó. Our public buses have a distinct yellow color and they are easily recognizable on the streets. (See picture below) Strætó is owned and operated by the six municipalities which make up the capital area (Reykjavík, Kópavogur, Garðabær, Hafnarfjörður, Mosfellsbær and Seltjarnarnes).
Local bus networks operate in Akureyri, Ísafjörður, and the Reykjanesbær and Eastfjords areas.
Most taxis in Iceland operate in the Reykjavík area, but many of the larger towns also offer services. Outside of Reykjavík, it’s usually wise to prebook.
Taxis are metered and can be pricey. Tipping is not expected.
Four websites every traveller should know about:
Safetravel (www.safetravel.is) Learn about minimising risks while travelling in Iceland.
Icelandic Met Office (www.vedur.is) Never underestimate the weather in Iceland, or its impact on your travels. Get a reliable forecast from this site (or call %902 0600, and press 1 after the introduction). Download its app, too (called Veður).
Vegagerðin (www.road.is) Iceland’s road administration site details road openings and closings around the country. Vital if you plan to explore Iceland’s little-visited corners and remote highlands, and for information about winter road access.
Carpooling in Iceland (www.samferda.is) Handy site that helps drivers and passengers link up. Passengers often foot some of the petrol bill. It’s a savvy alternative to hitching (for passengers), and a way to help pay for car rental and fuel (for drivers).