European power adapters - What plug adapter do I need for Iceland?

Power adapters for Iceland

If planning a holiday it can be helpful to know if you can charge all your common electronics like cell phones and laptop computers that you'll be bringing along. But, without knowing which wall socket is being used you could end up either over packing with unnecessary spare adaptors or bring the wrong power adaptor, meaning having to buy a suitable charger on arrival. Varying complicated voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning on visiting a new country if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Iceland. This page contains links to step-by-step instructions showing how to charge your devices when you're travelling to Iceland by using the F or C type Iceland 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, most Icelanders normally use the Type F sockets in their plug outlets. Power sockets are different from region to region therefore we suggest reading the list of World power adapters for a full list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Iceland?

The best power adapter for Iceland is a Type F power adapter [2] which allows you to use any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Iceland?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter is a compact and cheap plastic adapter that permits a different type of power plug on an appliance from a foreign region to correctly fit into an Iceland power outlet.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [3].

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter enables a visitor from a different location to use their own electronic and electrical appliances in Iceland simply by adapting the shape of the plug.

Do I need a power adapter in Iceland?

This will depend on where you are travelling from and the shape of plug you are using.

Do European plugs work in Iceland?

There is a chance that a power adapter that works in another country in Europe won't fit in an Iceland power outlet because there are eight different types of power outlets in Europe.

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Iceland?

Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Iceland power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a higher voltage. If you wish to safely use any 100-120 volt appliance then you will also need to bring a step down power converter for Iceland along with the correct power adapter.

Where to buy a power adapter in Iceland

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Iceland

On arrival power adapters could be found in local electrical high street shops and drug stores, but always check the build quality first as safety standards might be different in a foreign country as this is important when dealing with electrical goods. Keep in mind that a shopping trip searching for power adapters in an unknown location might be impractical, especially as this needs to happen quickly before batteries run out.

Hotel receptions could have a power adapter for sale, hire or as a complimentary extra for guests; however, availability is normally limited and a hotel might not have the exact type required for your country. If in doubt, call ahead to the hotel first and request a reservation as it is unlikely that an adapter will be found in your room on arrival.

Where to buy a power adapter for Iceland in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Iceland in the UK

Iceland to UK power adapters will most likely be available to buy in the UK from airports such as Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Stansted, Luton, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Birmingham prior to departure, however the range of adapters might be limited to popular destinations. It is recommended to research the exact type of adapter required prior to shopping at the airport. Look in the travel accessories section of airport newsagents, electronic stores and pharmacists such as WH Smith, Dixons or Boots but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices.

It will be more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. UK high street electrical shops, newsagents and chemists such as Currys PC World, WH Smith or Boots normally typically only sell popular types of travel adapters covering a limited number of countries however for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online. In January 2019 we checked 2 high street branches of WH Smiths without seeing any power adapters available to purchase and 1 branch of Boots only had a pack of European adapters available.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iceland - wikipedia.org entry about Iceland.
  2. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage, around £10.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor