Essential Apps for Travelling in Iceland [2024 UPDATE]

You’ve got your tickets booked, dusted off suitcases, and downloaded a packing list so you won’t forget anything. Well, don’t forget your smartphone. A handful of apps and websites are essential to all travelers (and even locals). I compiled a list of essential apps for traveling around Iceland safely and saving you time and money. We will also cover some helpful but not crucial resources so you can make the most out of your upcoming trip. 

A woman in a car holding a tablet, parked in front of waterfall

Essential Apps & Websites

Google Maps

Make sure to have at least one reliable navigation app. Google Maps is a market leader, time and time, has again proven to be a great app that you can depend on. You should download maps to make them available offline because there are spots in Iceland where WiFi or cellular data may not work. 

Download: Google Play | App Store


Icelandic weather is unpredictable; therefore, it is very important to follow the forecast and always be ready to change your plans accordingly. Vedur app is simple and minimalistic but has everything you need – forecasts and an option to sign up for weather alerts. 

Download: Google Play | App Store

Safe Travel

This is a website that should be bookmarked in every traveler’s browser. It contains a lot of useful information and tips on how to prepare for your trip. You can leave your travel itinerary if you want to be safe. It is recommended,  especially if you are traveling alone or exploring off the beaten path. Always keep an eye on their alert & warning section, or you can request SMS updates to be sent your way. 

Bookmark: safetravel.is 

Download: Google Play | App Store

Road.is / Færð og Veður

It is not uncommon for roads to get closed during storms, especially in wintertime – even the main roads. Road.is has all up-to-date information about road conditions so you can plan your trip and safely reach your destination. You can either bookmark road.is or download Færð og Veður app (it means travel and weather app) for easy access anytime.

Bookmark: road.is 

Download: Google Play | App Store


Park is an app used to pay for parking in downtown Reykjavik, Akureyri, as well as tourist destinations. Another useful thing is that you can pay for many campsites in Iceland (you can find the list on their web page). Their mobile web page is well-designed, so even without the app, you can easily navigate and make a payment. 

Download: Google Play | App Store

Icelandic Coupons

Looking for ways to save money? Icelandic coupons have a wide selection of discounts that will help you save up to 50% on food, drinks, tours, and other experiences. Some coupons are available for free, or you can unlock the full catalog for $9.99

Download: Google Play | App Store


Speaking of savings – gasvaktin.is is a great tool to locate the cheapest gas station in the area you are in. Gas is expensive, but there are ways to reduce the amount of money you spend. Check out our blog to learn about more ways to save on gas in Iceland.  

Bookmark: gasvaktin.is 


Music is a crucial part of any road trip. With Spotify, you can create your playlists, download them, so you don’t need to rely on WiFi or mobile data and enjoy driving around Iceland while bopping your head to your favorite tunes. 

Download: Google Play | App Store

Other Useful Apps 

A lady with a backpack standing next to a red campervan at the foot of the mountain.


Klapp is a public transport app for both – the capital area and busses going around the island. In Iceland, you won’t find kiosks that sell single tickets, and on a bus, you can only pay cash and the exact amount – drivers do not carry any change. The Klapp app is a great way to avoid the hassle, and you can connect your bank card and pay directly through the app. You can also find timetables and live maps to help you plan your trip. 

Download: Google Play | App Store

My Aurora

If you are traveling in wintertime and plan to chase the northern lights – get the Aurora app. Those who enable notifications will be alerted if there is a high chance of seeing northern lights in the area. The map also shows the forecast so you can drive towards the best locations to see Northern Lights.

Download: Google Play | App Store


Don’t waste money on drinks in Iceland. Download the Barhopp app if you plan to grab a beer or a glass of wine downtown. It lists all happy hours so you can choose the bar with the best deal at any given time. You can also find events happening nearby if you are looking for ideas on how to spend your evening in town.

Download: Google Play | App Store


Trust me, you don’t want to spend all your vacation in the car. On those days when you want to get out of the car to walk around Reykjavik or hike in nature – check out the Wapp app. It has many cool routes you can take; many of them are guided, so you can put on your headphones and learn about Iceland’s nature, history, and culture. 

Download: Google Play | App Store


Thingvellir is a national park inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage list and one of the most visited places in Iceland. It has unique and spectacular views, but it also is a significant place in Icelandic history. You can learn all about nature, history with this virtual guide, listen to Icelandic poetry and explore the park using their maps. 

Download: Google Play | App Store

Kringum Iceland

I saved my favorite app for the end. Kringum is your personal guide in your pocket. It offers thousands of sights around the country, from nature to culture to history. All you need to do is simply open the app, and it will show you all the places nearby. You can read interesting stories and bits of history. It’s a treasure chest for those who love learning about the place they are visiting. I absolutely love this app.

Download: Google Play | App Store