Airports in Iceland: The Main Hubs
Updated: Oct 20, 2020
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 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 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.
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.
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.
Helsinki, Icelandair Finnair
Moscow, S7 Airlines
Riga, Air Baltic
Stockholm (Arlanda), Icelandais, SAS
Oslo, Norwegian, Icelandais, SAS
Gdańsk, Wizz Air
Warsaw, Wizz Air
Katowice, Wizz Air
Kraków, Wizz Air
Wrocław, Wizz Air
Budapest, Wizz Air
Vienna, Wizz Air
Prague, Czeech Airlines
Berglin (Tegel), Icelandair
Frankfurt, Icelandair, Lufthansa
Dortmund, Wizz Air
Copenhagen, Icelandair, SAS
Milan, Wizz Air
Amsterdam, Transavia, Icelandair
Barcelona, Vueling, Norwegian
London Gatwick, EasyJet, Icelandair
London Heathrow,Icelandair, British Airways
London Stansted, Jet2
London Luton, EasyJet, Wizz Air
Manchester, easyJet, Jet2, Icelandair
Leeds/ Bradford, Jet2
Edinburgh, easyJet, Jet2
Glasgow, Jet2, Icelandair
Belfast, Jet 2
Nuuk Air Greenland
Sorvagur, Atlantic Airways
Philadelphia American Airlines
New York Icelandair, United Airlines
New York City Icelandair, Delta
Montreal Air Canada
Toronto, Icelandair, Air Canada
Seattle / Tacoma Icelandair, Icelandair