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Travel to Iceland

Flying to Iceland

Icelandair (www.icelandair.com) operates direct flights year-round to Reykjavík from multiple cities in the UK, Europe and North America. Other airlines operating non-stop flights to Iceland from the UK include British Airways (www.ba.com) and easyJet (www.easyjet.com).

There are also some highly seasonal flights from Europe to Akureyri, in the north of Iceland.

The major airport is: Keflavik International Airport.

Notes

Prices and frequency of flights vary considerably depending on the time of year. Winter (apart from Christmas and New Year) is the cheapest time to go, with the least regular flights. June is the most expensive, with a wider choice of flights.

Airport Guides

Keflavík International Airport

Code

KEF

Location

Keflavík International Airport is located on the Reykjanes peninsula, a short drive from the centre of Keflavík (Reykjanesbaer), and 50km (31 miles) southwest of the capital Reykjavik.

Telephone

+354 425 6000

Address
Keflavík International Airport
235 Keflavíkurflugvollur

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Flight times

From London - 3 hours; New York - 5 hours 30 minutes.

Departure tax

None.

Travelling to Iceland by Rail

Driving to Iceland

Getting to Iceland by boat

The main port is Seyðisfjörður, on Iceland's east coast.

Water note

From Seyðisfjörður, it takes 8-9 hours to reach Reykjavík by bus. There are bus routes from the port to all of Iceland’s major towns. Tourist information is available at the ferry port.

Cruise ships

Many cruises also call at Iceland. Fred Olsen (www.fredolsencruises.com), P&O (www.pocruises.com) and Cunard (www.cunard.com) are just three of many operators that include the country on their itineraries. These routes might typically include stops at Reykjavík, Akureyri and Isafjörður, and may include Greenland and other parts of Scandinavia. Many routes go via the UK, including the major ferry port of Southampton.

Ferry operators

The Faroe Islands' Smyril Line (www.smyril-line.com) operates a weekly passenger- and car-ferry service from Denmark and the Faroe Islands. Passengers can add a three-day stopover in the Faroe Islands on the way to Iceland, or a two-day stopover on their return, if they wish. This is the only way to bring your car, caravan or motorbike to the island and is a comfortable way to travel, with a swimming pool, sauna, children’s playground and restaurants.

Note that while it does sail between November and March, crossings are frequently cancelled due to bad weather, and it is more reliable between April and October. While the journey takes a long time compared with flying, it offers sensational views of the Faroe Islands and Iceland on approach.