How to get there
How to get to North Iceland?
To get to the north, one can fly, drive or take scheduled bus.
If you want to fly up north there are three domestic airline companies that offer scheduled flights, to Akureyri and Husavik.
Akureyri airport keeps track of all flights from and to Akureyri you can see the list here www.akureyriairport.is.
Check the domestic airline Air Iceland; www.airiceland.is
Air iceland flies out of Reykjavik to Akureyri in the north. Several departures every day, check their homepage for schedule. You can fly from Reykjavík and Keflavík to Akureyri.
During the summer Icelandair will offer a connection between Keflavik Airport and Akureyri Airport. Flights are offered on Thursdays and Sundays from 6 June until 22 September.
Departure from Akureyri at 14:30, landing in Keflavik at 15:20.
Departure from Keflavik at 16:20, landing in Akureyri at 17:10.
For further information and booking: www.icelandair.is.
Air Iceland connects with flights Icelandair via Keflavík the International airport, more information here www.airiceland.is/information/our-services/keflavik-akureyri
Check the domestic airline Eagle air; www.eagleair.is
Eagle air flies out of Reykjavik to the whale watching capital Husavik. Several departures every week, check their homepage for schedule.
Occasionallythere are direct flights from Europe to Akureyri airport. Information about these flights will be shown here.
Charter flights / Sightseeing flights:
If the scheduled flights do not suit your itinenary you can contact these airlines for special charter flights:
There are two companies that run scheduled bustours to the north, Strætó. They operate 7 days a week in summer and Strætó operates 7 days a week all year. The distance from Reykjavik to Akureyri is 380km, and the trip takes about 6 1/2 hrs. For further information and schedule check their homepages at www.straeto.is.
If you are travelling around Iceland you can always use Strætó. Fill out the empty boxes below to see the schedule:
Renting a car (www.holdur.is) and driving yourself is another possibility. The Ring Road no. 1, goes around the island and is mostly asphalted two lane road. Check the homepage of the road administrator at www.vegagerdin.is for the distances and condition of the road.
During the summer months it is possible to cross the highland from on a 4x4 vehicle.
The two most common routes are Sprengisandur route, road no. F26 or Kjolur route, road no.35
Check the homepage www.vegagerdin.is for further information on the conditions of those roads.
If you are coming from Europe it is possible to bring your own vehicle with the ferry Smyril line. The ferry sails from Denmark via Faro islands to Seydisfjordur, on the east coast of Iceland. For further information check www.smyril-line.dk
Iceland has a few airlines, international ones as well as local. Flights can be booked through their websites or via telephone.
There are plenty of car rentals all over the country. Some are part of an international chain and others are privately owned. Prices and quality may vary so it´s important to carefully examine all the possibilities.
Most of the more populated areas of Iceland have taxis. They all have meters, and charge a starting fee and on top of that they charge by the minute.
Buses operate all over the country. Some routes are driven year round but some roads are only open during the summer. Detailed maps of different routs are available at the tourist informatin centers as well as in certain other public areas.
Buses go around the greater city area every day from early in the morning until late in the evening. The same bus company also has schelduled routes outside of the city. For frequent users, special bus cards are a good option but those who use the bus less frequently may want to purchase some bus tickets for a slight discount. You can also use this site publictransport.is
Several ferries sail from the mainland to the local islands. The international ferrie Norræna also docs in Iceland, in Seyðisfjörður, which is in the east part of the country.
Though the most common way of traveling to and from Iceland is by plane, several people travel by ship. The ferrie Norræna docs in the east part of Iceland but the country is also visited by quite a few cruise ships during the summer, which dock in different parts of the country.