Transportation Getting to Iceland | Getting Around Iceland
|Getting To Iceland
Approximate Flying Times
From Several Cities:
|Transportation to Iceland for North
American travelers is possible by air only. Icelandair offers non-stop ser-
vices from Bostson, Baltimore, Halifax, Minneapolis, New York, and Orlando. Icelandair's route network is a hub and spoke system
with Keflavik in Iceland as the hub. Flights depart from the six North American cities in
the evening and arrive in Iceland early the next morning, approximately 60 to 90 minutes
before departures to ten destinations in Scandinavia, the UK, and Central Europe. In the
afternoon, flights arrive in Iceland from Europe and the UK shortly before the Icelandair fleet takes off for North America.
Eriksson Terminal at Keflavik International Airport is a joy to behold for the
mega-airport weary traveler. A restaurant, a bar and shops with Scandinavian delicacies,
wines and liquors, and luxury items from around the world are all close at hand in this
well-designed and unusually quiet building characterized by an untrestrained emphasis on
passenger comfort. Unveiled in April 1987, the Leifur Eiriksson Terminal is small by
international standards but remarkable both for its ease of use and its comfort, warmth,
and spaciousness. Many travelers passing through this terminal opt for a one to three day
Awesome Iceland Stopover Package.
Airline fares are subject to constant change, so check with the airlines or your travel
agent for the best fare when you plan a visit to Iceland. In addition to normal one-way
and return fares a number of attractive excursion and family fares are available, as well
as group fares for various sizes of groups. Air fares also differ between seasons. For
full details of fares and services contact your local travel agent or any airline
IcelandAir maintains regular scheduled flights to
Iceland from the following cities:
(All Year:) London, Glasgow, Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, Faroe Islands, Amsterdam,
Hamburg, Frankfurt, Luxembourg, Halifax, Boston, New York, Orlando and Baltimore.
(Summer Only:) Paris, Zurich, Vienna, Barcelona, Milan, Cologne and Berlin.
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IcelandAir's contact information.
Scandinavian Airline System
SAS maintains regular scheduled flights to Iceland from Copenhagen from early spring to
late autumn. Kindly contact your SAS sales agent in your country for further
The Faroe Islands' Smyril Line operates a weekly passenger- and car-ferry service during
summer from Bergen in Norway and Esbjerg in Denmark to the Faroe Islands and
Seyðisfjörður in Iceland. For further information contact the following office:
Smyril Line Island
IS-101 Reykjavik, Iceland
Braurfoss, Eimskip's flagship, sails every two weeks from Reykjavik to the Faroe Islands,
Hamburg, Aarhus, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Gothenburg and Fredrikstad. Although primarily
designed for cargo transport, the Braurfoss has comfortable and modern facilities for
passengers. There are altogether six cabins on board, each accommodates two passengers.
For further information:
|Getting Around in Iceland
By Air | By Bus
| By Car
|Air Iceland and Islandsflug offer scheduled service to
most parts of the country. For further information please contact the following:
|Islandsflug Reykjavik Airport
Air Iceland Passes
Two-, four-, five- and six-sector passes valid on any segment operated by Air Iceland.
This arrangement is valid year round. There is no minimum time limit but the trip must be
completed within 30 days. The Air Iceland Pass is sold by all Icelandair offices.
Price from US$ 180. Also look for "Fly As You Please" which offers 12 days
unlimited travel on all Air Iceland domestic routes at US$ 470.
Air Bus Rover
Fly one way, drive the other. An air service operated in connection with a bus service,
offered by Air Iceland and BSI Travel. Air Bus Rover is valid from 1 June until 30
September. There is no minimum time limit, but the round trip or circle trip must be
completed within 30 days. It can be purchased at all Icelandair offices, BSI Travel, or
any other travel agency. For a typical fare, Reykjavik/Akureyri costs US$ 150.
Sector Pass Arrangement
Islandsflug offers tourists the opportunity of traveling between two and four of their
destinations in scheduled domestic flight. Islandsflug has ten different destinations in
their schedule, with offices and agents at each of these destinations and they all sell
and provide information on the Sector Pass. The Sector Pass is valid for 30 days from the
time of the first flight, any time of the year.
|There is extensive bus service to most parts of the
country, and to the highlands, as well as a large number of organized bus tours.
Reservations are not needed, and tickets can be bought either at the bus station or from
the driver. Children under 4 travel free of charge, and half price is charged for children
from 4-11. A few main routes and fares (one way) are as follows:
|daily (duration 6 hrs)
|daily summer (duration 9 hrs.)
|2 times weekly (duration 10 hrs.)
The Full Circle Passport
Passage around Iceland on the main road (the ring road) with scheduled buses. There is no
time limit, and an unlimited number of stops may be made, although only along a continuous
route (Valid May-Oct).
Unlimited travel on all scheduled coach routes, main roads and secondary roads. The time
limit is 1, 2, 3 or 4 weeks, chosen by the traveler. Stop-overs can be made anywhere on
the route and as often as one likes.
Valid on interior and highland bus tours.
Travelers with the above mentioned passports are given various discounts. They
can be purchased from airline offices or travel agencies in Iceland or abroad, or
Special warning signs indicate danger ahead, such as sharp bends, but
there is generally not a separate sign to reduce speed. Please choose a safe speed
according to conditions. Motorists are obliged by law to use headlights at all times day
and night. In Iceland all driving off roads or marked tracks is forbidden. Passengers in
the front and back seats of an automobile are required by law to use safety belts.
Icelandic law forbids any driving under the influence of alcohol.
|The general speed limit is 50 km/h in urban areas, 80
km/h on gravel roads in rural areas, and 90 km/h on asphalt roads.
Motor Vehicle Insurance
A "Green Card" or other proof of third-party insurance is mandatory for
motorists driving their own cars in Iceland, except from the following countries: Austria,
Belgium, Channel Islands, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, France,
Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg,
Monaco, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia,
Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Vatican. Drivers without a "Green Card" (or
equivalent) must buy a separate third-party insurance policy on arrival.
Most mountain roads are closed until the beginning of July, or even longer because of wet
and muddy conditions which make them totally impassable. When these roads are opened for
traffic many of them can only be negotiated by four-wheel-drive vehicles. For some
mountain tracks it is strongly advised that two or more cars travel together. Also, before
embarking on any journey into the interior collect as much information as possible
regarding road conditions from a travel bureau, tourist information office or the Public
Roads Administration, Tel: +354-563-1500. A booklet called "Mountain Roads"
can be obtained at Tourist Information Centers and the offices of the Icelandic Tourist
Board abroad. Always take along a detailed map.
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