Iceland’s only international airport, Keflavik International, is located just outside of Reykjavik, in the southwest corner of the country. Nearly all visitors to Iceland arrive here, coming on direct flights via the US, Canada or Europe. Flights to and from other destinations in Iceland will arrive and depart at Reykjavik City airport, about 3 kilometers from the city center. Other towns with airports include Akureyri, Grimsey, Hofn, Husavik, Selfoss and Vestmannaeyjar.
Keflavik International Airport
Located about 45-minutes from Reykjavik, Keflavik Airport is the country’s only international airport. It offers a small array of shops including clothing outfitters and a duty-free shop where you can stock up on discount booze (and with Iceland’s high prices for alcohol, you’ll want to). There’s a handful of cafes and the tax refund office, where, if you’ve spend at least 4,000 ISK on qualifying goods, you can get your tax back before you leave.
Getting to Keflavik
There are a few rental car agencies located in the the terminal and parking is ample, but there is really no cheap public transportation option to get to or from the airport. If you don’t want to spring for the very pricey cab ride into the city (about 10,000 ISK), your only other option is the Flybus. The Flybus departs about 30 minutes after every arrival at Keflavik and runs from the city to the airport on a set schedule. One way tickets are 1950 ISK (about $15) and 3,500 round trip per person. The bus picks up at hotels around the city (for an extra fee) or at the Reykjavik bus terminal, about a 10 minute walk from the city center.
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Visiting the Blue Lagoon from Keflavik
If you’ve only a short layover in Iceland, or if you want to visit the Blue Lagoon on your way to or from the airport (the best option if you don’t have a car), you can combine your Flybus ticket with a trip to Iceland’s most popular attraction.Combined tickets with admission to the Blue Lagoon cost 6,300 ISK. Towel and locker rental are extra and lockers are large enough to hold average carryon bags.
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