Iceland – Power plug, socket & mains voltage in Iceland
Last updated: 13 March 2021
What type of plugs and sockets are used in Iceland?
When you are going on a trip to Iceland, be sure to pack the appropriate travel plug adapter that fits the local sockets. But what do those electrical outlets look like? In Iceland, types C and F are the official standards. Like almost all European countries, Iceland has standardized on the German plug and socket system.
used almost everywhere in Europe & Russia, except for the UK & Ireland
Typically, type C plug sockets are not allowed to be installed in Iceland: these outlets are not earthed and are therefore considered dangerous. Only type F power points are permitted because they are grounded and therefore significantly safer.
The only (and rare) exception to this rule is that an old type C outlet should be replaced by a new one. After all, if you hook up a grounded wall outlet (i.e. type F) on a two-wire circuit, the socket will not be grounded, but people will get the wrong impression that it is actually grounded. No need to say, this would be a potentially dangerous situation.
Nowadays, however, type C receptacles are not frequently installed anymore, since older properties are almost always completely rewired when they are renovated or significantly altered.
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