Leifur Eiríksson International Keflavik Airport is the main airport in Iceland. It is the gateway of more than 90% of tourists coming to the country. Get to know all about Flights to Iceland with this article.
As many of the locals have experienced, tourism in Iceland has dramatically been increased in 260% since 2009. There is a Master Plan to improve the airport facilities and services in order to maintain the high level of passenger’s satisfaction and accommodate more airlines. The new plans aim to promote all year-round airlines implementation and winter tourism. Currently there are 12 companies that opera flights during the whole year.
Icelandair is probably one of the best known airline as it’s the international airline of the country. They connect 27 gateways in Europe with 16 gateways in North America trough Iceland. Air Iceland is part of the Icelandair group and operates domestic flights as well as international flights to Faroe Islands and Greenland.
Wow air is probably the most famous low-fare company to travel to Iceland. They operate flights from Europe and North America.
There are many European airlines that operate in Iceland as British Airways, Easyjet, Czech airlines, Iberia Express, Lufthansa, Germanwings, Norwegian, Vueling, Wizz Air or Air Berlin.
If traveling from outside Europe, you can flight with Delta from North American or SunExpress from Turkey.
How to get to and from Keflavik airport
To get from Keflavik airport to the capital, Reykjavik, you have different options: bus, taxi, car rental or private transfer.
Regarding the bus options, Airport Direct offers convenient direct transfers from the airport until hotels in Reykjavik using minibuses. There are other companies as Flybus that also offer transfers to Reykjavik, you would go on a big buss until the capital and then at BSI station passengers change to small busses depending on their destination hotels. Gray line is another low cost airport transfer company which drops off at many hotels and guesthouses in Reykjavik. There is also a public bus available; you would have to take the bus route nr. 55 and it runs 9 times a day.
Many taxi companies are available right outside the airport terminal as well us car rental companies. Some hotels in Keflavik also offer shuttles to and from the airport, just double check before you book your accommodation.
Airport services and facilities
Keflavik airport offers all the services you might need, as lost and found property office, assistance for passengers with reduced mobility or VAT refund service at Arion bank desk. Free unlimited Wi-Fi is available as well as charging stations to avoid running out of battery in your phone or laptop. At the Keflavik airport, you can also find showers and family rooms. There are food stations and kiosks as well to grab some snacks or candies and beverages. In case you have enough time before your flight, you can eat at the restaurants on the upper floor.
For the little ones of the family, there is a play area and the strollers are free to use. They will be given a colouring book and colours when going through security… Isn’t that great?
There are also luggage storage facilities on site; you can get more information about it on this other post.
Flights to Iceland
Some useful stuff about Keflavik airport.
As you might already know, Iceland is not a cheap destination, and so alcohol and wines are quite expensive. Don’t forget to pass from the supermarket inside the duty-free at the airport: all your shopping will be tax-free and it’s open 24/7. All arriving and departing passengers can shop there–bear in mind restrictions for alcohol and tobacco that visitants can import. You can also find there cosmetic products made in Iceland by local manufacturers such as Sóley Organics, Villimey, Purity Herbs, Blue Lagoon and Zopure. This is a really good option if you have to buy souvenirs to bring back home, so you don’t have to carry them all the way and also you will save some money!
If planning to change your home currency to Icelandic Krónas before leaving the airport, there is a bank inside the terminal as well as 14 ATMs.