The Icelandic Coast Guard (ICG) is a law enforcement agency responsible for maritime and aeronautical search and rescue, and maritime safety and security.


The Icelandic Coast Guard resides under the Ministry of Justice. Headquarters, operations centre, Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, and aircraft and vessel bases are located in Reykjavik. The control and reporting centre operated by ICG is located in Keflavik.

Main duties

The ICG’s duties include search and rescue, pollution surveillance and response, natural resource and ecology protection, fisheries control and enforcement, salvage and rescue diving, explosive ordnance disposal, emergency medical transport, hydrographic surveying and nautical charting, protection against illegal migration and drug trafficking, assistance to law enforcement on land and civil protection, and support to scientific research at sea. Another entrusted duty of the ICG is the operation of the Iceland Air Defence System.

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