How To Open A Bank Account In Iceland

When Iceland’s banking system collapsed in the 2008 financial crisis, the government let the banks go bankrupt, rather than bailing them out, and secured a loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). In addition, the government guaranteed in full all deposits in Iceland, and they asked Belgium, Luxembourg and the UK to insure deposits in … Read more

How To Learn The Language In Iceland

Iceland is a reassuring country to visit if you are English-speaking: a large percentage of the population speaks English and you should have few difficulties making yourself understood across the country. However, you may also wish to learn some Icelandic whilst you are resident here. We will look at some of your options below.Icelandic itself … Read more

How To Rent Or Buy Property In Iceland

Iceland is host to an enviable standard of living and, as such, is popular with both tourists and expats. However, recently, the country has been saturated with visitors looking for short-term rental opportunities, meaning that the availability of long-term lets is low, particularly in and around Reykjavik. Due to the high demand and relatively low … Read more

How To Apply For A Visa In Iceland

Iceland is a fascinating country that appeals to both tourists and potential expats. It is a member of the Schengen Agreement, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and the European Economic Area (EEA), despite not being a member of the European Union (EU). Will I need a visa? Whether or not you will need a … Read more

How To Find A Job In Iceland

This northern European nation, like other countries in Scandinavia, has a reputation for progressive politics and it is an appealing choice for more adventurous expats seeking employment. The advantages are that you will have an interesting and unusual working environment; disadvantages include possible difficulty in finding work, since Iceland is a small nation with few … Read more

How To Purchase Property In Iceland

Iceland retains a strong property market and has 130,000 residential units in the country. According to figures from, the average residential property comes in at ISK42 million which is an increase of 12.3% from the same time last year. From the beginning of the year to August 2016 the nationwide residential property price index … Read more

Cat Gundry-Beck, Reykjavík

Who are you? I am Cat Gundry-Beck, a photographer from Ireland. Where, when and why did you move abroad? I moved to Reykjavík, Iceland in April 2018 because I wanted to fully immerse myself in Icelandic culture and to discover the country’s beautiful nature.I emigrated from Ireland in 2011 when I was 18 and have … Read more

Mari, Akureyri

Who are you? I’m Mari, a 36 year old female from Helsinki, Finland. Where, when and why did you move abroad? The very first time I moved abroad was to do an Au Pair year in Zürich, Switzerland, in my very early 20’s.Experiencing living abroad had been playing in my mind forever, and a year … Read more

Crystal Chilcott, Reykjavik

Who are you? I’m Crystal, an American figure skating coach working in Iceland. I’ve travelled through 24 countries and write about my various adventures and even more clumsy mis-adventures.Where, when and why did you move abroad? I first moved abroad to study literature at Queen Mary, University of London during the 2014-2015 academic year. In … Read more

Iceland – Recommended Blogs

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Iceland and some of the blogs that might be useful for expats there.Unlocking Kiki Lead to Reykjavík by love, this American native has … Read more

Kaelene Spence, Reykjavik

Who are you? Hi! My name is Kaelene and I come from the lovely Oregon where I have lived my entire life up until I moved to Iceland two years ago. You can find me blogging over at where I talk about my life as an expat in Iceland and all the adventures I … Read more

Managing Your Money As An Expat In Iceland

The home of the first Viking explorers of North America and a volcanically active territory, the Nordic island country of Iceland spans an area of 103,000 sq. km and has the lowest population density among all the European countries. Nature is at its breathtaking best in Iceland, although the region is also prone to natural … Read more

How Do You Find A Job In Iceland As An Expat?

Ever since the UN described it as the third-best place in the world to live in, Iceland has become a dream destination for many expats from around the world. There are currently about 15,000 immigrants working in this country. Even though it has had some recent economic struggles, Iceland’s living standards remain very high. The … Read more

Christina, Iceland

Who are you? My name is Christina also known as Tine, Efia or Efiabruni because I’m a Russian spy posing as an indecisive German. I’m currently trying to juggle my day job with finishing my master in public health, political activism, opening a micro bakery, hacking around on my blog script and life in Reykjavík/Iceland … Read more

Mariska, Iceland

Who are you? My name is Mariska, I’m 27 years old and I operate my own book editingcompany. I work for different publishing houses in the Netherlands andBelgium. I love reading, photography, swimming, board games, musicand carrot cake.Where, when and why did you move abroad? I moved to Reykjavik, Iceland in December 2013. I’d always … Read more

Why Iceland Is The Best Place To Be An Expat

For years now, Iceland has been rated as one of the best places to live in terms of health, happiness and overall satisfaction. The country’s rich culture, social welfare system, natural beauty and close proximity to other places in Europe have attracted many expats in the last few years. If you are thinking about a … Read more

Accessing Healthcare In Iceland As An Expat

Settling down in Iceland is a great experience for most expats, even if the weather, the language, and the cost of living can present challenges. The cost of living in Iceland is particularly high compared to the US and the UK. Yet foreigners from various parts of Europe choose to settle on this island for … Read more

Iceland – Top Five Expat Blogs

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Iceland and some of the bloggers who write about living there. Sky As A Kite Christina blogs about her daily life and misadventures as … Read more