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Flights and charters

Icelandair operates domestic flights to Reykjavík airport, with multiple flights available daily.  Booking a single ticket for both international and domestic flights from Reykjavík airport is possible. Learn more: www.icelandair.com

Norlandair offers flights from Akureyri to domestic destinations such as Vopnafjörður, Þórshöfn, and Grímsey Island. The airline also offers flights to Greenland.
Learn more: www.norlandair.is/en

Starting in October 2023, easyJet will fly directly to Akureyri from London Gatwick twice a week through March 2024. easyJet Holidays offers package deals with those flights as well. Learn more: www.easyjet.com 

In June 2024, Edelweiss Air will operate flights from Zurich to Akureyri. Offering eleven departures from June to August, the airline now offers more flights compared to the successful summer of 2023. The airline also flies to Keflavík, making it possible to combine flights from the two airports.
Learn more: www.flyedelweiss.com/EN/destinations/akureyri

Starting in February 2024, the Swiss travel agency Kontiki will offer direct charter flights to Akureyri from Zurich. This is the first winter that Kontiki offers these trips with a direct flight.
Learn more: https://www.kontiki.ch/nordisland-im-winter

Charter flights from the UK and Netherlands have been regularly offered in recent years. Voigt Travel, a Dutch travel agency, provides trips to North Iceland in both summer and winter.
Learn more: www.voigt-travel.nl/ijsland-winter

When you arrive in Akureyri, there are options for transfer from the airport.

The Akureyri Airport Bus is run by a local tour company Sýsli, and tickets can be booked before arrival. The bus drives you to your destination of choice in Akureyri. Click here to see more.

Geotravel offers transfer to accommodation options by Lake Mývatn. Click here for more information.

Are you Due North?

 

 

North Iceland is an all-year-round destination filled with energy, magic, and tranquillity. Local travel agencies and tour operators provide quality service, and vast accommodation options are available. Friendly locals make visitors feel welcome.

Explore geothermal areas, impressive waterfalls, canyons, and glacial rivers. Make sure you experience popular activities such as whale watching and bathing in various geothermal pools. In vibrant towns, you can taste local food in different restaurants and cafés after a day well spent out in pure and vast nature.

Enjoy the midnight sun in summer, and in winter, you have a 90% chance of seeing the northern lights during a five-night stay.

North Iceland is the leading winter destination for Icelanders. Try skiing from mountaintops down to the Atlantic Ocean, in designated ski areas, or by heliskiing. Hike on snowshoes to discover frozen waterfalls and visit exotic locations dogsledding, on snowmobiles, or in super jeeps.

Discover two magnificent tourist routes in North Iceland. On the Arctic Coast Way, travel between fishing towns and villages, going off the beaten path to discover some of the remotest areas in North Iceland, close to the Arctic Circle. On the Diamond Circle, you will be astounded by some of the rarest and most stunning sights and views of unearthly landscapes.

2024 schedule

Incentives and support for new routes


The Icelandic Route Development Fund supports new routes for Akureyri Airport. In addition, Isavia offers discounts on airport charges. Visit North Iceland, and North Iceland tourism companies also offer their support and cooperation in developing new routes for Akureyri Airport.

ISAVIA

The Icelandic Development Fund (IRDF)

  • The IRDFoffers support for new routes to Akureyri International Airport for up to 3 year.
  • Applications require a minimum of a series of 6 flights on a new route.
  • IRDF operates in two divisions:
    • Route Division - offering incentives per arriving pax.
    • Marketing Division - supporting up to 50% of marketing costs
  • Click here for more information.

Visit North Iceland

  • Visit North Iceland offers support for press trips, FAM trips, participation in workshops and travel trade shows, as well as communication and co-operation with local authorities, North Iceland tourism companies and Promote Iceland.
  • North Iceland tourism companies offer support, including co-operation with airlines and travel agents, investment in development and marketing efforts.

 

Air 66N – Support and Marketing

Air 66N comprises a cluster of tourism companies and municipalities in North Iceland. The co-operation encourages and supports direct international flight connections to Akureyri International Airport. Air 66N works with local and national authorities to create incentives for flight operators and facilitate new routes for Akureyri Airport.

Air 66N was established by Visit North Iceland in 2011 and has from the start been seen as one of the most important projects of the region. Visit North Iceland is a tourism authority representing more than 250 companies and all of 16 municipalities in North Iceland.

A substantial route support scheme is currently offered to airlines and travel agencies that start to operate new routes to Akureyri Airport.

Technical information

Akureyri Airport has one runway 2,400 m long and 45 m wide, which can safely accommodate large airplanes. The Airport is controlled by highly qualified air traffic controllers (ATC). Akureyri Airport is open all year round and has excellent winter services.

In 2023, ongoing developments at Akureyri Airport will be completed, including a larger apron and a bigger terminal to better service international flights.

For more technical information, click here.

News

  • Direct flights have significant impact on tourism

    "Direct international flights to Akureyri naturally increase access to our area. It's quicker to come to us, so it matters. Especially over the winter period, it is not always feasible by land route, but possible by air. So, it has a significant impact," says Freyja Rut Emilsdóttir, CEO of 1238: Battle of Iceland.
  • Photo by Departmen of Civil Protection

    Tourism in North Iceland unaffected by new volcanic eruption 500 km away

    A new fissure eruption started on the Reykjanes Peninsula by Mt. Stóra-Skógfell on Thursday, February 8th. Akureyri International Airport is open and in service. All flights are on schedule.
  • Photo: Isavia

    Kontiki arrives to North Iceland from Zurich

    The Swiss travel agency Kontiki arrived in North Iceland with its first aeroplane flying directly from Zurich to Akureyri last Sunday. The inaugural flight went very well, with majestic views and clear skies as the Edelweiss-operated plane arrived at a snow-covered Akureyri.
  • Direct flights a turning point for tourism in North Iceland

    "Direct international flights to Akureyri are a turning point for tourism in North Iceland, I believe, and hopefully we are just seeing the beginning of it," says Fjóla Viktorsdóttir, co-owner of Syðra-Skörðugil, a horse rental and a guesthouse.