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How to get to North Iceland

To get to North Iceland, one can fly, drive, or take a scheduled bus.


Akureyri airport keeps track of all flights from and to Akureyri. You can see the list here,

To Akureyri:
Air Iceland Connect flies out of Reykjavik to Akureyri. There are several departures every day. Check their homepage for the schedule of arrivals and departures.

To Grímsey island, Þórshöfn and Vopnafjörður:
Norlandair operates flights to these destinations. It is possible to book flights all at once, with Air Iceland Connect to Akureyri and onwards with Norlandair. See their webpage for the schedule.

To Husavik:
Eagle Air flies out of Reykjavik to the whale watching capital Husavik. Several departures every week. Check their homepage for schedule.


By bus:
Strætó operates bus transport around the country. The distance from Reykjavik to Akureyri is 380km, and the trip takes about 6 1/2 hrs. For further information and schedule check their timetable at

By car:
Renting a car and driving yourself is another possibility. Ring Road no. 1 goes around the island and is mostly an asphalted two-lane road. Check the homepage of the road administrator at for the distances and condition of the road and all other roads.

Please note that there is one tunnel near Akureyri that is a toll tunnel. Please visit before you drive through them to pay the toll.

During the summer months, it is possible to cross the highland on a 4x4 vehicle.
The two most common routes are the Sprengisandur route, road no. F26 or the Kjolur route, road no.35
Check the homepage for further information on the conditions of those roads.

If you are coming from Europe, it is possible to bring your vehicle with the ferry Norræna by Smyril line. The ferry sails from Denmark via the Faroe Islands to Seyðisfjörður, on the east coast of Iceland. For further information, check

Domestic flights
Iceland has a few airlines, international ones as well as local. Flights can be booked through their websites or via telephone.
Car Rentals
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.Please note that there is one tunnel near Akureyri that is a toll tunnel. Please visit before you drive through them to pay the toll.
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.
Bus tours
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.
Public Transportation
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 and
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.
To Iceland by Sea
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.