How to get to Iceland and Akureyri

Travel Information

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Arriving to Iceland

By plane

Over 25 airlines maintain scheduled flights to Iceland. The Leifur Eiríksson International Air Terminal in Keflavík (48 km from Reykjavík) is the gateway for most passenger flights to and from Iceland. Please see this complete list of airlines offering flights to Iceland.

TIP: The Leifur Eiríksson International Air Terminal’s code is KEF. However, there is not consistency among airlines, some of them use “Reykjavík”, others “Keflavík”, but you are landing in Keflavík unless you are flying with Air Iceland Connect from Greenland or the Faroe Islands. 

By Ferry

Smyril Line car ferry M/S Norröna sails between Seyðisfjörður in Iceland, Hirtshals in Denmark and Tórshavn in the Faroe Islands once a week. The ferry gives travellers the option of bringing their own vehicles to Iceland. For more information and booking, please visit the Smyril Line website

TIP: Check the road conditions and weather, every time when driving in Iceland.

Arriving to Akureyri

By Plane from Reykjavík

Air Iceland Connect offers daily scheduled flights between Reykjavík and Akureyri, all year round. The flight takes about 45 minutes. For more information and booking, please visit the Air Iceland Connect website.

If you arrive at Keflavík International Airport, you need to change to the Reykjavik Domestic Airport, located in downtown Reykjavík. The most convenient way between the two airports is by bus. The trip takes about 1 hour. Check out the the schedule for two bus companies, FlyBus and Airport Direct.

By Car

There are several car rental companies in Iceland you can choose from. You can have your car ready at Keflavík airport on your arrival to Iceland. You have to have a valid credit card and a driver license. The distance between Keflavik airport and Akureyri is 430 km and it takes approximately 5 hours to drive.

Weather conditions in Iceland by the end of March can be very challenging due to snow, ice, wind or blizzard. Do not drive if you are not acquainted with these conditions.

TIP: Check the road conditions and weather, every time when driving in Iceland. 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, rural roads. Learn more about driving in Iceland

By Bus from Reykjavík

Strætó offers scheduled bus tours between Akureyri and Reykjavik via route 57. Departing from Reykjavík at the bus terminal at Mjódd in Reykjavík (and from Ártún and Háholt in Mosfellsbær) and arriving to Akureyri outside the Cultural house Hof by Strandgata 12. The route takes about 6 hours.

Time schedule for route 57 can be found on the Strætó website. You can buy bus tickets for a trip at the Mjódd Bus Terminal in Reykjavik, at the Cultural House Hof in Akureyri or directly from a bus driver with cash or a credit/debit card.

VISA information

Iceland joined the Schengen Area in 2001, an agreement of 26 states to abolish checks at their common borders on the movement of persons and facilitate the transport and movement of goods at those borders.

If you do not hold a valid Schengen visa in your travelling document, you must apply for a visa at the applicable embassy/consulate before travelling to Iceland or another country of the Schengen area. Visas may be granted for business trips, tourism, private reasons (family and friends), official visits, short term studies and for political, scientific, cultural, sports or religious events. Read more at the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration

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