Iceland has more options and resources for travelers with disabilities than ever before, but you must call well in advance to secure your plans. Reykjavík and Akureyri are fairly accommodating, and new public buildings have to meet a strict code for wheelchair access. But, in the countryside, accessible facilities are few and far between, and tours often involve traversing long distances over rough ground or unpaved paths. (One bright spot is Iceland's top tourist attraction, The Blue Lagoon, which has good wheelchair access.)
Always make specific inquiries at hotels before booking. The website www.whenwetravel.com lists wheelchair-accessible hotels around the world; although listings for Iceland are not great at present, the situation will hopefully improve in the future.
Most museums and other tourist attractions offer reduced admission prices for travelers with disabilities.
All airlines flying to and from Iceland can accommodate visitors with disabilities, and Air Iceland, the main domestic airline, generally has no trouble with wheelchairs. Buses in Reykjavík are all wheelchair-accessible, and the largest tour operators each have a few wheelchair-accessible buses. Most car ferries are wheelchair-accessible.
Tour operator Nordic Visitor (Laugavegur 26, Reykjavík; tel. 511-2442) has experience in putting together tours for visitors with disabilities.
Sjálfsbjörg, Hátun 12, Reykjavík (tel. 550-0300; Mon–Fri 8am–4pm), Iceland’s association for people with disabilities, can answer questions or offer advice on your itinerary.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.