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Transportation in Iceland

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Getting there by Air

Main International Airports:

Keflavík International (KEF) - located 48km (30 miles) southwest of Reykjavík. Transportation to and from the airport by taxi or Flybus that operates after each flight and stops at all major hotels in Reykjavík. Airport facilities include: duty-free shop, bank, foreign exchange office, post office, car rental, Wi-Fi.

Airlines flying to & from Iceland: Atlantic Airways (RC), British Airways (BA), Flugfélag Íslands (NY), Icelandair (FI), Iceland Express (HW), SAS (SK).

Approximate flight times: 3 hours from London, 5 hours 30 minutes from New York.

Getting there by Water

There are weekly ferry services to Island connecting the country with Denmark, Norway, the Faroe Islands and Scotland (Scotland only in summer). The ferry is operated by Smyril Line.

Getting around by Air

Getting around by air is the fasted way of moving from place to place in Iceland. The network of domestic flights is pretty good, but a lot of schedules have to depend on the weather conditions. There are two main airlines operating domestic flights in Iceland: Flugfélag Íslands (also operates flights to Greenland and the Faroe Islands) and Landsflug.

Getting around by Bus

There are regular bus services from Reykjavik to most parts of the country, operated by several bus companies under the supervision of BSI. Bus travel is inexpensive, comfortable and efficient. During the winter bus services are limited. Reservations are normally not necessary.

Getting around by Car

Getting around by car is the most flexible option for travelers in Iceland, but driving may be more challenging than many of the visitors are used to. The roads are mostly gravel than paved. Most roads in the mountains are only accessible in the summer and require 4WD cars.

Car rental is relatively expensive and availability of four-wheel drive vehicles is very low, due to high demand.

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