Flights & getting there
Iceland has become far more accessible in recent years, with more flights arriving from more destinations. Ferry transport (from northern Denmark) makes a good alternative for Europeans wishing to take their own car.
Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at lonelyplanet.com/bookings.
Airports & Airlines
Keflavík International Airport Iceland’s main international airport is 48km southwest of Reykjavík.
Reykjavík Domestic Airport Internal flights and those to Greenland and the Faroes use this small airport in central Reykjavík.
A growing number of airlines fly to Iceland (including budget carriers) from destinations in Europe and North America. Some airlines have services only from June to August. Find a list of airlines serving the country at www.visiticeland.com (under Plan Your Trip/Flights).
Air Iceland Connect The main domestic airline (not to be confused with Icelandair). Also flies to destinations in Greenland and the Faroe Islands.
Eagle Air Scheduled domestic flights to small airstrips.
Icelandair (www.icelandair.com) The national carrier has an excellent safety record.
WOW Air (www.wowair.com) Icelandic low-cost carrier, serving a growing number of European and North American destinations.
There is no departure tax.
It is not possible to travel here by land.
Smyril Line (www.smyrilline.com) operates a pricey but well-patronised weekly car ferry, the Norröna, from Hirtshals (Denmark) through Tórshavn (Faroe Islands) to Seyðisfjörður in East Iceland. It operates year-round, although winter passage is weather-dependent – see website for more.
Fares vary greatly, depending on dates of travel, what sort of vehicle (if any) you are travelling with, and cabin selection. Sailing time is around 36 hours from Denmark to the Faroe Islands, and 19 hours from the Faroes to Iceland.
It’s possible to make a stopover in the Faroes. Contact Smyril Line or see the website for trip packages.