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Airports in Iceland: The Main Hubs

Updated: Oct 20

When planning your trip abroad, you need to do some preparation first. You settle the budget, plan the itinerary, but you need to plan the logistic side too. How you will be traveling around the country is very important. When coming to Iceland, the best choice is to rent a motorhome or a camper to have as much freedom as possible. However, if you don’t have much time but still want to know the whole nation, then we got an option for you. The most common and easiest way is to fly by plane and starting your trip directly from the airport. Most of the tourists coming to Iceland get a bit confused about their airport and its location. Let’s then clear this out and check what are the airports in Iceland, the main hubs, and what are your flight options.


Are there two airports in Iceland?

There are way more than two airports in Iceland. Among those, the most common ones are the Keflavik Airport (KEF), the international airport, and the Reykjavik domestic airport (RKV). Those two are usually confused, as the international flights arriving in Keflavik as regularly marked as „Reykjavik KEF.” Therefore most travelers think they will arrive at Reykjavik Airport. However, this airport is a domestic terminal and only serves Greenland as an international destination.

Among the other small airports are Isafjordur, Egilsstadir, and Akureyri. If you plan to move around Iceland by plane, as you can see, it is possible. In that case, your starting point is Reykjavik domestic airport. All the flights coming from Europe and the rest of the world will land at the Keflavik international airport.

Major airports in Iceland

The major airport in Iceland is Keflavik International ( KEF), Ísafjörður (IFJ), Egilsstaðir (EGS), Reykjavik( RKV) and Akureyri (AEY). Those are the main points connected, making it much easier for Icelanders to travel from one point to another.


Keflavik International Airport


The Keflavik International airport is Iceland’s main terminal, where most tourists put their first steps when arriving in our country. It is located on the east side of the Reykjanes peninsula, around 50 km away from Reykjavik, the capital. It takes approximately 45 minutes to get from one point to another. There are several bus companies offering transfers from the Bus Station straight to the terminal. The communication with the airport is quite well and several options for transfer are available.

The airport is open 24/7 and is also where most of the car and RV rentals are located. This is the most convenient option for those who want to start their trip around Iceland directly after arrival. For those going to the capital first, there are buses and taxis and also private faires available from the terminal. There are also several hotels and guesthouses nearby, even within walking distance if you prefer to get a night rest first. As for the number of flights and connections offered from Keflavik, the airport is relatively small and has only one terminal, but you can still fly to several places.

Reykjavik Airport

Reykjavik is a domestic airport located within the city borders. It has two terminals. The main one operates the only international route available here and domestic flights for Icelandair, and the second terminal offers connections for Eagle Air company. This airport also offers flights to the Faroe Islands and Greenland. Nearby you will find a parking lot for passenger cars, and inside the airport, there are some car rental companies. It is quite well communicated with the city center. Bus number two is going from the terminal to the Reykjavik BSI bus station, where you can transfer to other directions. Taxis are also available from here, but it is more expensive compared to choosing public transport.

Isafjordur Airport

Isafjordur Airport is a relatively small port and offers domestic flights. It is located in the beautiful but not easily accessible West Fjords. It provides connections with Reykjavik, a pretty excellent option for those who are not willing to drive on the roads in that part of Iceland. Do not expect the taxis to stand there at the terminal because it is not a busy airport. Usually, you will be lucky if there is at least one taxi driver on the spot.

Egilsstadir Airport

Located on the East side of Iceland in the Egilsstadir city airport is one of the four main hubs in Iceland that fulfill the requirements to be the international airport. It is set up upon the bank of the Lagarfljot lake. Found close to the center of the East side of the island, which is a perfect location. It serves as an alternative airport to the Keflavik international. Due to the very favorable weather conditions in this area, almost 99% of flights are on schedule.

Akureyri Airport

The North part of Iceland is home to another airport, Akureyri. It is Iceland’s third-largest airport and also offers international flights. It is also the only one that provides connections with Keflavik. This is a perfect option if you want to get down to Keflavik quickly and do not want to spend all day driving. There is, however, no public transport that you can use to get to the terminal.


Which companies have a direct flight to Iceland?

Many airline companies are offering direct flights to Iceland, among which are the most well-known ones. Below you can find the list of all the cities connected with Iceland and which airline company operates an specific flight. This will make it much easier for you to find the perfect connection and flights to Iceland.

Finland

Helsinki, Icelandair Finnair

Russia

Moscow, S7 Airlines

Latvia

Riga, Air Baltic

Sweden

Stockholm (Arlanda), Icelandais, SAS

Norway


Oslo, Norwegian, Icelandais, SAS

Bergen, Icelandair

Poland

Gdańsk, Wizz Air

Warsaw, Wizz Air

Katowice, Wizz Air

Kraków, Wizz Air

Wrocław, Wizz Air

Hungary

Budapest, Wizz Air

Austria

Vienna, Wizz Air

Czech Republic

Prague, Czeech Airlines

Germany

Berglin (Tegel), Icelandair

Munich, Icelandair,ufthansa

Hamburg, Icelandair

Frankfurt, Icelandair, Lufthansa

Dortmund, Wizz Air

Dusseldorf, Icelandair

Denmark

Copenhagen, Icelandair, SAS

Billund, Icelandair

Switzerland

Zurich, Icelandair

Italy

Milan, Wizz Air

Belgium

Brussels, Icelandair

The Netherlands

Amsterdam, Transavia, Icelandair

France

Paris, Icelandair

Spain

Barcelona, Vueling, Norwegian

Alicante, Norwegian

United Kingdom

London Gatwick, EasyJet, Icelandair

London Heathrow,Icelandair, British Airways

London Stansted, Jet2

London Luton, EasyJet, Wizz Air

Bristol, easyJet

Birmingham, Jet2

Nottingham, Jet2

Manchester, easyJet, Jet2, Icelandair

Leeds/ Bradford, Jet2

Newcastle, Jet2

Edinburgh, easyJet, Jet2

Glasgow, Jet2, Icelandair

Belfast, Jet 2

Dublin, Icelandair

Greenland

Nuuk Air Greenland

Faroe Islands

Sorvagur, Atlantic Airways

North America

Orlando, Icelandair

Washington Icelandair

Philadelphia American Airlines

New York Icelandair, United Airlines

New York City Icelandair, Delta

Boston Icelandair

Montreal Air Canada

Toronto, Icelandair, Air Canada

Chicago, Icelandair

Mineapolis, Icelandair

Denver, Icelandair

Seattle / Tacoma Icelandair, Icelandair

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