Adapter needed

Do I need a travel adapter for a trip to Iceland?

Yes, you need a travel adapter (plug adapter) for a trip from Canada to Iceland. In Iceland, people are using different plugs and electrical outlets that are not compatible with plugs from Canada!

Iceland und Canada compared
Flag: Canada
AOutlets of type ABOutlets of type BOutlets
120 VoltVoltage
60 HertzFrequency
Flag: Iceland
COutlets of type CFOutlets of type FOutlets
230 VoltVoltage
50 HertzFrequency
Power sockets

Which types of power outlets are used in Iceland?

Iceland uses power outlets of type C and F. Electrical outlets of type A and B, which are common in Canada, are not in use in Iceland.

Country information

About Iceland

Flag: About Iceland

Iceland is a country in Europe (Northern Europe) with about 332 000 inhabitants on an area of almost 103 000 km². The capital of Iceland is Reykjavík (119 000 inhabitants).

People in the country are mainly speaking Icelandic, English, German, Danish, Swedish and Norwegian.

Iceland does not have a neighbor country.

TLD: .isCurrency: ISKCountry calling code: +354Country Code : IS
Mains voltage

What is the Electricity Voltage in Iceland?

The voltage in Iceland is 230 volts.

The voltage, therefore, is higher than the 120 volts in Canada. This difference means that you have to be cautious when using electrical devices purchased in Canada:

You should read the instruction manual of your device and check at which voltage it is safe to use.

If the voltage stated in the user's manual or on the device's power supply differs from the mains voltage in Iceland, you should either not use your device there, or buy a voltage converter before departing.

Utility frequency

What is the utility frequency in Iceland?

The utility frequency in Iceland is 50 Hertz.

The frequency, therefore, is lower than the 60 Hertz in use in Canada. This difference may not be a problem for most of your devices, but you still have to be cautious:

Devices that either measure time, or are equipped with moving and rotating parts, are particularly dangerous! So, if you plan to use shavers, heaters, kitchen appliances or alarm clocks in Iceland, read the instruction manuals to see if these devices are safe to use on the local utility frequency.

If the mains frequency specified in the manual or on the power supply is different from the rate used in Iceland, you should not use the device!