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SIM Card in Norway, Denmark, and Iceland

Hi everyone,
Since I had a hard time finding this information, I would like to share my experience using a sim card in Norway, Denmark, and Iceland in July 2019. Hope this is the right place to post this.

We purchased sim cards in Oslo. The plan we used was Telia's Smart Kontant (250mb) and cost us 99 krone. We found a Telia store in Oslo station, and they helped us set up the sim card. Super easy.

I am happy to report that the sim card worked in Oslo, Copenhagen, and Reykjavik.

A few things to note:

We were required to show our passports to purchase them.
When you turn off your phone, we needed to re-enter your pin to activate the sim card.

We were told that we could purchase more data only in Norway. So we bought enough (my husband) or were careful using data (me).
Our phone numbers were on the receipts. We kept them and used the numbers to register services and transportations in Denmark without any issues.
No roaming fees in Denmark and Iceland.

Hope this helps someone who is planning to travel these countries. Happy traveling!

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This is helpful. Thanks.

FYI:

We were required to show our passports to purchase them.

Yes, this is true in most European countries too (with exceptions e.g. the Netherlands)

When you turn off your phone, we needed to re-enter your pin to activate the sim card.

This is true of most European SIMs I have used, too. But this is something you easily can remove in your phone with the SIM inserted, so you never need to type that PIN again. How? Depends on the type of phone. On my Android phone (Android 9) for example, I go into the phone settings, and under "Security & location" I find "SIM card lock." It would be turned on with your SIM cards. Just turn it off there. you'l have to enter that PIN one last time to turn it off...and never need it again.

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I like to highlight the risk that if you have a SIM with auto re-charging a thief could cause some damage if you erase the PIN from a SIM card.

Posted by
4695 posts

Yes, but how many tourists are auto-recharging their SIM? Most are using it for a month at most.