A Guide to Working in Iceland

Looking to work abroad in Europe? Choose Iceland for an incredible experience! Jobs for foreigners in Iceland can be found throughout the country in areas like hotels, hospitality, bars, restaurants, healthcare, tourism, finance, biotechnology, energy, IT, software, childcare, agriculture and farming. Although most people want to find employment in the capital city of Reykavic there are opportunities throughout the country.

You can find paid jobs in more remote areas of the country working in farming and agriculture, some farms and fish processing plants in seaside towns and villages hire international staff throughout the year.

Some local and international companies offering au pair jobs in Iceland where you will live with a local host family and look after children. You will need to go through an application process and also have previous experience to apply. This is a great way to experience the country on a budget though as your costs will be low, don't expect to make a lot of money either though. 


Visa and Immigration Information for Working in Iceland

Although Iceland is not part of the European Union (EU) most EU citizens do not need a visa or work permit to enter the country and work. If you are planning to stay in Iceland for more than three months you will need to apply for a residence permit which is very easy to apply for once in the country.


What to Think about Before Applying

There are also several things you will need to consider when thinking about working in Iceland which include the high cost of living. You will need some funds to cover basic costs like accommodation, food and transport - this is not a cheap country to work in. When looking for jobs try to see if there are any benefits like free accommodation - this will make the transition easier.


Top Tips for Working in Iceland

You will find most Icelanders speak English which they learn from an early age but you might want to also consider learning some local words and phrases.


How to Apply

You can search and apply for jobs in advance of arrival which will give you a headstart over other job seekers or just seek out employment locally. If you have a degree and a skilled career then you stand a better chance of increasing your chances of landing a dream job. 


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