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  Cheap Flights to and from Iceland
Tips and guide to finding the best fares for your Icelandic trip!

Iceland is easily reached via air and the main international airport is Keflavík [IATA: KEF, ICAO: BIKF], located southwest of the country 45 km from Reykjavík. The airport itself is pretty desolate if you have a long layover you should bring books or other forms of entertainment.

Reaching Iceland can be very cheap: Both the airlines Icelandair and Iceland Express offer some good prices from time to time. Also check promotions on this site to compare prices. Nonstop flights on Icelandair are available at the best value from the U.S. and Canada, with gateways in New York City (JFK), Seattle, Boston, Halifax, Minneapolis / St. Paul, Toronto, and Orlando (Sanford). Destinations beyond Iceland include most major European cities (ie Amsterdam, Bergen, Berlin, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Glasgow, Helsinki, London, Oslo, Madrid, Manchester, Milan, Munich, Paris and Stockholm, with newly added to the cities of Düsseldorf and Stavanger), with Icelandair's hub-and-spoke network connection via Keflavík in Iceland. (Please note that some destinations are seasonal.) You can also have a stop in Iceland on his way to Europe at no additional airfare. There are two destinations for the price of one!

From 2010 be prepared to go through a security check immediately upon arrival in Iceland if you come from outside the EEA or Switzerland. This screening takes place before you go through passport control, but there is usually no further screenings if you do not clear customs. Also be aware that, even if in transit between the UK (not in the Schengen area) and North America, the airport staff routinely sends all arriving passengers through passport control, so make sure that visa, if necessary, is in order.

Iceland is not in the EU which means arriving passengers arriving from outside the Island as the final destination is the Island or who checks luggage will have to go through customs checks at the entrance (usually in Keflavík), regardless of origin. However, a duty-free shop present in the arrivals baggage claim area, and you can buy duty-free products when in transit to the European mainland.

An airport bus service called bus runs between the airport and Reykjavik bus terminal via various hotels (2000 ISK one way, 46 minutes). A return is 410 ISK cheaper than two singles. Another good option is to take the bus that stops at the Blue Lagoon either to or from the airport, then continues every half hour or so to Reykjavik.

For an additional 650 ISK (total cost 2200 ISK) you can buy a bus trip that includes drop-off and pick-up if necessary on a selected list of hotels in the Greater Reykjavík area. Even if you do not live in one of these hotels they can be within walking distance of where you want to go, so depending on destination using the bus as a personal taxi service may be economical.

Some useful discount card plans are for tourists, the two most important are the Nordic countries Voyager Card, run by the Nordic Association of Iceland, Reykjavik City Card, which is operated by the City of Reykjavik.


Tourism
Tourism is Iceland's second largest industry and especially summer tourism has a great significance. The number of hotel nights tourists in 2007 was 1,015,000. Approximately 75% of foreign tourists coming from mainland Europe, particularly from Britain, Germany, France and Scandinavia.

Given Iceland's location in the North Atlantic carriers benefit from increased tourism. There are many connecting flights from mainland Europe and the ferry flight from the Danish west coast to Seyðisfjörður with the Faroese ferry Norröna that continues to Faroese Islands.


What to see on Iceland:
Blue Lónið The Blue Lagoon, a geothermally heated saltwater with mineral water at Grindavík.
Geysir in Haukadalur in the South Island is the famous geyser, which has named the world's geysers
Gullfoss, with its large amount of water is a popular tourist destination.
Urriðafoss is with a water flow of 360 m³ / s one of the richest water waterfalls in Iceland, but scheduled a hydroelectric plant on the spot some 50 km east of Reykjavik.
Hallgrímskirkja, with its 73 m tall, distinctive tower Reykjavík's landmark.
Hekla is a 1491 m high volcano, ca. 110 km east of Reykjavik.
Hornstrandir refuge boundaries are from Hrafnsfjörður to Furufjörður.
Myvatn nature reserve recognized worldwide among nature's true wonders.
Vents just Namaskard is a protected area of geothermal activity in the form of hot, steamy solfatara sources.
Reykjanes is a geothermal area with hot springs and solfatara sources.
Vatnajökull National Park.
Þingvellir was the Viking parliament and is the place where the 2 continental shelves meet.
Vatnajökull, Europe's largest glacier with an area of approx. 8.100 km ²

 

 


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