So you’ve landed to Iceland. Welcome! Chances are you’ve arrived by plane, so the first interaction you’ll have with this land of ice and fire is its airport, situated in Keflavík, on the Reykjanes peninsula, some kilometres away from the city of Reykjavík. You’re probably feeling a little tired after your flight but luckily, we’re here to guide you through this process. So, what’s your first question?
What’s the airport like?
Iceland’s International Airport is located 45 minutes from the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik, near a town called Keflavik. There are 26 airlines flying to and from Iceland to almost 100 destinations. The airport is pretty small compared to other international airports around the world but despite its size, almost 7 million passengers visited the airport last year!
Okay, I’m at the airport, what do I do now?
So, you just landed and want to get into the city and start exploring the beautiful country of Iceland. As you might have read the prices in Iceland can be pretty high and that is why you should visit the tax-free store before you leave the airport. The Tax-free store in front of the baggage claim area. The prices are way lower than the prices in Reykjavik, especially for wine and beer, so be sure to check it out.
Thanks for the tip! Now, how do I get from here?
There are a few different ways to get from the airport and into the city. You can take a bus, hire a car, or take a taxi. There are no trains in Iceland (yet). All these modes of transportation have their pros and cons.
Okay, so maybe I just take the bus?
If you choose to take the bus you will get on a big bus that will take you to the bus terminal. From there the bus company will take you to your hotel. A one-way ticket at the time of writing is 3.000 ISK while a return-ticket will cost you 5.500 ISK. The benefits of taking a bus are that it is convenient, the buses run around the clock, whenever there are incoming flights and you don’t have to wait. If you’re a single passenger, the bus is also the cheapest way to get to Reykjavík but if you’re in a larger group, it can be expensive.
I’m travelling with a group of five, what should I do then?
Well, you can also take a taxi from the airport. A taxi will set you back around 16.500 ISK for a five seater and around 20.000 ISK for an eight seater. If you are a big family a taxi might be a more convenient way to travel.
Well, I also need a car for my trip. Can’t I just rent a car?
Of course, you can rent a car! You can rent a small car for around 10.000 ISK per day and a bigger car for around 18.000 ISK. A big advantage of a car is that you have a lot of flexibility. There are four car rental companies in the arrival terminal but you can of course rent from a company located outside if the airport. In that case, they will meet you at the arrival hall and take you to their office. If you need tips on driving in Iceland, check out our guide!
We’re on our way back to the airport now, what do we need to know before we leave?
As mentioned before, the airport is pretty small compared to other international airports. Therefore, you should reserve two hours at the airport before your flight, especially if your flight is between 06:00–09:00, 15:00–18:00 and 00:00–02:00, all periods of rush hour at the airport. Check in can be done by 2 ½ hours before departure by a self-service check-in station. If the airline does not offer self-service check-in stations you can go to a traditional check-in desk, which usually opens 2 ½ hours before departure. Once you checked in, your bags can be dropped off at a bag drop-off station. After check in you should head up to the second floor and go through the security. Once you through the security check you will see the main tax-free store. The prices are at least around 20% lower than in the city. There is also a range of other shops and restaurants, which all are tax-free. There is also a children’s play area. For those who can´t get their hands off social media, I have good news. The airport offers free wireless Internet throughout the whole airport.