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> there is sometime about compensation if they can't get you on a flight within X number of hours as a result of the fault of the airline

EU air passenger rights https://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/travel/passenger-right...

Do these apply? Iceland isn’t in EU.

The EU rules apply to Iceland.

The reason is that Iceland is in the EEA. Part of the rules for having free access to the market is that Iceland has to accept EU rules. Basically they get all of the regulations but have no seat at the table. Norway is in the same boat.

The site addresses this pretty well at almost the top of the page:

- If your flight is within the EU and is operated either by an EU or a non-EU airline

- If your flight arrives in the EU from outside the EU and is operated by an EU airline

- If your flight departs from the EU to a non-EU country operated by an EU or a non-EU airline

- If you have not already received benefits (compensation, re-routing, assistance from the airline) for flight related problems for this journey under the relevant law of a non-EU country.

So pretty much all flights departing from within the EU is covered.

Wow is an Icelanding airline, the flight was departing from Iceland, so none of the above are relevant.

> EU means the 28 EU countries [...] as well as Iceland, Norway and Switzerland.

It's in the next paragraph.

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