Iceland is readily accessible by air, with Keflavk (IATA: KEF) in the southwest of the country, approximately 40 kilometers from Reykjavk, serving as the major international airport. The airport itself is sparse, so pack books or other kinds of entertainment if you have a long stopover.
Iceland is not a member of the European Union. This implies that travellers coming from outside Iceland whose ultimate destination is Iceland or who need to recheck luggage will be subjected to customs checks at the port of entry (typically Keflavk), regardless of their country of origin. However, a duty-free shop is located in the baggage claim section of the arrivals terminal, and duty-free items may be purchased while in transit to the European mainland.
Between the airport and the Reykjavk bus terminal, an airport transfer bus service (dubbed the FlyBus) operates (1950 kr one way, 45 minutes; 3,500 kr return, as of August 2011). A Flybus+ journey includes drop-off (and pick-up, if requested the day before) at a chosen selection of hotels in the Greater Reykjavk Area [web] for 2500 kr one way (4,500 kr return; as of August 2011). Even if you are not staying at one of these hotels, they may be within walking distance of where you want to go, thus utilizing the Flybus as a personal taxi service may be cost effective depending on your destination.
Another excellent alternative is to take the bus to or from the airport, which stops at the Blue Lagoon and then continues every half hour or so to Reykjavik. (The cheapest choice is Netbus.)
The cost of a metered cab from the airport to Reykjavik is about 9500 kr.
Keflavk is served by the following airlines:
- Icelandair offers the greatest value nonstop flights from the United States and Canada, with hubs in New York City (JFK), Seattle, Boston, Halifax, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Toronto, Denver (May 2012), and Orlando (Sanford). Most major European cities (such as Amsterdam, Bergen, Berlin, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Glasgow, Helsinki, London, Oslo, Madrid, Manchester, Milan, Munich, Paris, Stockholm, Düsseldorf, and Stavanger) are connected through Icelandair’s hub-and-spoke network via Keflavk. (Some locations are only available during certain times of the year.) You may even layover in Iceland on your way to Europe at no extra cost.
- Between New York (JFK) and Iceland, Delta Airlines offers a seasonal nonstop service.
- Alicante, Barcelona, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart, Salzburg, Zurich, Warsaw, Vilnius, Milan, Amsterdam, Paris, Lyon, Copenhagen, and London are among the European destinations served by WOW Air, a new Icelandic low-cost carrier.
- EasyJet flies to Geneva, Switzerland, from London, Manchester, Edinburgh, and Bristol in the United Kingdom.
- Germanwings operates flights from Cologne on a periodic basis.
- SAS has direct flights from Oslo to Stockholm as well as the rest of Scandinavia.
- Seasonal flights are also available from Niki and Air Berlin to a few European locations.
- Norwegian Airlines flies directly from Oslo.
Getting to Iceland is usually regarded costly because to a lack of competition (particularly in low season) or high demand (in high season), as well as the absence of any true low-cost airlines flying to Iceland. Travelers who are willing to be flexible can keep an eye out for special deals. Subscribing to Icelandair’s and WOW Air’s newsletters is the easiest method to do it. Once every couple of months or so, both airlines send out emails with special deals that allow you to purchase tickets at a reasonable price. These tickets are typically available for booking within 12 to 24 hours of the email being sent out. Furthermore, it is a good idea to browse around since other airlines that travel to Iceland sometimes have special deals.
Smyril Line runs a weekly service from Denmark’s Hirtshals. The ferry travels from Torshavn, in the Faeroe Islands, to Seyisfjörur, on Iceland’s east coast, in two nights. The cost of a Norröna (Smyril Line) journey varies depending on where you book it (a sales office or on one of their websites in different languages: .fo, .dk, .co.uk, .de, .is, that is the price is different on the different websites). The Smyril line sails to Seyisfjörur, from whence you may take a bus to Egilsstair, from where you can take a bus to Akureyri or fly to Reykjavik municipal airport. In the summer, when there is an afternoon bus from Akureyri to Reykjavk, the bus connection from Akureyri to Reykjavk can only be accomplished in one day. Furthermore, the bus journey from Egilsstair to Reykjavik will almost always be more expensive than flying.