Getting there & away
Smyril Line (Seyðisfjörður 472 1111; www.smyril-line.com) has a car ferry from Hanstholm or Esbjerg (Denmark) through Tórshavn (Faeroes) to Seyðisfjörður in east Iceland. Boats run all year, but Iceland is only part of the itinerary from mid-April until the end of September. Between October and early April the ferry only travels between Denmark and the Faeroes. Passengers have a choice of couchettes (bed-seats) or one- to four-berth cabins. From Hanstholm to Seyðisfjörður, the one-way couchette fare for a car and two passengers is €445/286 in high/mid-season. A cabin with two lower berths and no window costs an additional €323/115. High season runs from the end of June to the end of August, mid-season from May to mid-June and late August to mid-September. Children, seniors and students qualify for reduced rates year-round.If you are travelling from Denmark to Iceland and would like to have a stopover in the Faeroes, you will have to disembark and board the next ferry (the following week). Contact the Smyril Line for details.
Iceland’s main international airport is Keflavík International Airport (KEF; 425 0600, 425 6000; www.kefairport.is), 48km southwest of Reykjavík. Internal flights and those to Greenland and the Faeroes use the small Reykjavík Domestic Airport (REK; www.reykjavikairport.is) in central Reykjavík. A couple of international flights from Copenhagen land at tiny Akureyri Airport (AEY; www.flugstodir.is) in Iceland’s ‘second city’ in the north.
Only a handful of airlines fly to Iceland. All have great safety records:
Air Iceland (NY; 570 3030; www.airiceland.is)
Icelandair (airline code FI; 505 0700; www.icelandair.net)
Iceland Express (airline code HW; 550 0600; www.icelandexpress.com)
SAS (airline code SK; 505 0300; www.scandinavian.net)
Icelandair has regular flights between Keflavík and Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, Paris, Frankfurt, Helsinki and Amsterdam. Icelandair also has seasonal flights between Keflavík and Barcelona, Bergen, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Madrid, Milan, Munich and Stavanger. In summer, Iceland Express flies to Alicante (three times weekly), Basel (twice weekly), Berlin (three times a week), Billund (twice weekly), Copenhagen (nine times weekly), Frankfurt (twice weekly), Gothenburg (twice weekly), Luxembourg (twice weekly), New York Newark (four times weekly), Oslo (twice weekly) and Warsaw (twice weekly), with one flight a week to Aalborg, Barcelona, Bologna, Birming ham, Geneva, Kraków, Milan, Paris and Rotterdam. From September to May, the flight schedule is reduced to Alicante (twice weekly), Berlin (twice weekly), Copenhagen (seven times a week) and Warsaw (once a week). SAS operates direct flights from Keflavík to Oslo (2¾ hours) three times a week.
Icelandair (0870 7874020; www.icelandair.net) has flights to Keflavík from London Heathrow (three hours) at least twice daily, and regular service throughout the year to Glasgow (two hours) and Manchester (2½ hours). Iceland Express (550 0600; www.icelandexpress.com) flies nine times daily (seven in winter) from London Gatwick to Keflavík (three hours). Two weekly flights from London Stansted also fly to Keflavík in winter.
In summer, Icelandair flies daily from Keflavík to Boston, Minneapolis, New York and Toronto, with additional services from Keflavík to Orlando, Halifax and Seattle. In winter daily flights continue to/from Boston and New York, with several flights per week to/from Toronto. You can also include Iceland as a free three-day stopover on the way to Britain or continental Europe.