Flying to Iceland has never been easier! Plenty of airline companies operate regular flights to Iceland. You can find direct flights our beautiful country from nearly 90 cities around the world. Some offer annual services while others are limited to the summer season.
Located halfway between North America and Europe, Iceland is a perfect place for a brief stopover on a transatlantic journey. Some airline companies even offer free stopovers in Iceland. Icelandair, Wow Air, and Air Canada are just a few of them. This is a great opportunity to explore the land of fire and ice!
The following list contains the approximate duration of direct flights from some major cities to Iceland.
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The majority of travelers go through Keflavík (KEF), Iceland’s largest international airport. Some other small airports like Efilsstaðir, Akureyri, and the Reykjavík Domestic Airport host international flights as well.
But Keflavik International Airport is by far the most popular Icelandic airport. It was built in 1943 by the U.S. military during World War II. Over 20 airlines fly in and out of Iceland now. The number of passengers has been growing rapidly, and it’s expected to increase even more in the near future.
The estimated number of passengers for 2018 is around 4.5 million. Some predictions suggest that by 2020 the number of passengers will reach seven million per year.
Keflavík International Airport
Despite the increasing number of visitors, the Keflavík airport is quite small and cozy. The waiting times at check-ins are minimal. In the peak season in 2017, 98 percent of passengers waited for less than ten minutes.
The airport is located 50 km from the capital city Reykjavík. The drive to the city lasts about 45-50 minutes. The maximum driving speed limit is 90 km/h or 55 miles per hour.
Express bus services and private taxis connect the airport with the city. They operate around flight arrivals and departures. You can find the buses outside the terminal building, waiting for your arrival. You can buy tickets online or in person at the airport.
Many car rental services offer airport pick-up as well. If you plan to rent a car during your stay, we advise you to book online in advance. Some hotels and guesthouses also offer pickup at the airport, especially if you stay in Keflavík town.
If you book a self-drive package with Extreme Iceland, we take care of your car rental, and airport transfers and accommodation.
List of Domestic Airports in Iceland: Akureyri, Bíldudalur, Egilsstaðir, Gjögur, Grímsey, Húsavík, Höfn í Hornafirði, Ísafjörður, Reykjavík, Vopnafjörður, Westman Islands, Þórshöfn.
Here is a list of countries and cities with direct flights to Iceland (the list is subject to change)
Photo: Markus Eigenheer from Geneve on Wikimedia
AirBaltic is a Latvian airline that is owned by the Latvian state and is considered the country’s premier airline and flag carrier. (A flag carrier is an airline that has been granted privileges by the government for international transportation.) AirBaltic offers direct flights to Iceland year-round. In 2010, AirBaltic received the anna.aero ANNIES Award for being Europe's largest flag carrier with new routes. The company was also recognized for being the most on-time airline in the world in both 2014 and 2015.
Air Canada is the largest airline on our list, according to fleet size and passengers carried. Perhaps this is why the airline is the flag carrier for Canada. Air Canada, a founding member of the Star Alliance, offers scheduled and private charter flights to over 65 domestic and 200 international destinations.
American Airlines, a major United States airline, is the world's largest airline according to fleet size, revenue earned, passengers carried, and destinations served. The airline, together with its regional partners, connects with 350 destinations in 55 nations. In 2018 the airline’s operations include a fleet of over 1,500 aircraft, making it the largest commercial fleet in the world
Keflavík International Airport on the Reykjanes peninsula. Photo: SuperJet International on Wikimedia
Austrian Airlines, the flag carrier airline of Austria, is headquartered at Vienna International Airport. A subsidiary of Deutsche Lufthansa Group, Austrian Airlines works with Tyrolean Airways and Lauda Air to provide scheduled flights to over 130 destinations in 55 nations. They also fly to several domestic destinations, of course.
British Airways, the largest airline in the United Kingdom in terms of fleet size and its service to international cities, is the second largest airline, behind EasyJet, in terms of the total passengers served. British Airways is headquartered near the airline’s main hub in London Heathrow Airport. The airline offers other hubs at Gatwick and London City Airport. In total, British Airways serves over 180 cities, including six domestic destinations in the UK.
Czech Airlines is the national airline of the Czech Republic. It operates scheduled, charter, and cargo flights to 66 destinations in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Delta Air Lines, a major American airline that is very well-known in the States, is one of the oldest operating airlines in the world. It is certainly the oldest airline still operating in the United States. Delta is also one of the world's largest airlines in terms of passengers served. The airline is also considered to have the world's largest fleet. Along with its regional carriers, Delta operates a large domestic and international schedule that services five continents, over 300 destinations, and more than 50 nations.
EasyJet is a low-cost British air carrier based in the London Luton airport. EasyJet offers domestic and international flights with a network boasting more than 800 routes, 130 destinations. EasyJet services over 30 countries, transporting more passengers than any other UK airline. EasyJet’s fleet consists of more than 190 aircraft, including its subsidiary EasyJet Switzerland. EasyJet has nearly 20 hubs across Europe.
Finnair, the largest airline in Finland, is based in Vantaa with the main hub at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. Finnair is the sixth oldest airline in the world with uninterrupted existence. It is also ranked as one of the safest airlines in the world, having had no deadly accidents since 1963. The airline serves more than 130 destinations in 40 countries, with its main market being Europe although it also serves Asia, Europe, and North America.
Germanwings is a low-cost airline based in Cologne, Germany is owned by Eurowing’s Lufthansa and serves 85 destinations with its fleet of about 25 aircraft. Additional Germanwings hubs are located at Hanover-Langenhagen Airport and Dortmund Airport.
Spain’s flagship airline is Iberia, which is also the leading carrier between Europe and Latin America. With Iberia Regional and the low-cost Iberia Express, Iberia serves almost 120 destinations in 45 countries across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, North America and Latin America.
Icelandair is the flag carrier airline of Iceland. It is part of the Icelandair Group. The airline operates scheduled services to about. 56 cities on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. The geographical position of Iceland neatly allows for one-stop transatlantic flights. Icelandair serves about. 60 cities in Europe and North America.
Jet2.com Limited is the fourth largest airline in the UK offering scheduled flights. This low-cost British airline is based at Leeds Bradford Airport in England. It operates services from eight UK hubs to more than 50 destinations. The airline also offers contract charter and air cargo services.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is the flag carrier airline of the Netherlands and part of the Air France-KLM group. It is also a member of the SkyTeam airline alliance. Founded in 1919, KLM is the oldest airline in the world still operating under its original name. KLM serves more than 160 destinations worldwide. Approximately 75 are intercontinental and nearly 90 are European.
Deutsche Lufthansa is the main air carrier of Germany. It is also the largest German airline. Along with its subsidiaries, Deutsche Lufthansa is the largest airline in Europe both in terms of passengers served and the size of the fleet. Lufthansa operates flights to 18 domestic and nearly 200 international cities, serving more than 80 1 countries in Africa, Americas, Asia, and Europe. With over 700 aircraft, Deutsche Lufthansa boasts the second-largest passenger airline fleet in the world.
Norwegian is a low-cost airline, the largest airline in Scandinavia and one of the largest low-cost airlines in Europe. It is also considered one of the lowest-cost airlines in the world. Norwegian Air serves Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East, offering 500 routes to 150 destinations in 35 countries.
Primera Air Scandinavia, part of Primera Travel Group, focuses on Nordic tours. This Nordic leisure airline offers scheduled and charter flights from Northern Europe to over 90 cities in over 20 countries, covering the Atlantic, Caribbean, Middle East, Asia, and the Mediterranean.
Scandinavian Airlines, often called SAS, is the largest air carrier in Scandinavia as well as the eighth-largest airline in Europe. SAS is the flag carrier of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, flying to more than 280 cities in Scandinavia, Finland, Europe and Asia.
Thomson Airways is a charter airline offering both scheduled and charter flights from the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Thomson Airways flies to Iceland out of Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, Belfast International, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, and Manchester. Thomson Airways is headquartered at Luton Airport in the UK. Most scheduled flights serve tour groups and their guides. Thomson serves over 90 destinations in the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, and the Indian Ocean.
Transavia.com is a Dutch low-cost airline that is part of the Air France-KLM group, offering scheduled and charter services to tourist destinations all over the world. Transavia serves more than 100 destinations in Europe, North Africa, and Asia.
United Airlines, a major airline of the U.S., is the world's third-largest airline in terms of revenue. United operates a large domestic and international route network with an extensive presence in the Asia-Pacific region as well. United is a founding member of the Star Alliance, the world's largest airline alliance with a total of 28 member airlines. United Airlines serves over 800 destinations worldwide.
Vueling Airlines, S.A. is a Spanish airline serving more than 100 destinations in Africa, Asia, and Europe. Vueling is the second largest airline in Spain, serving all the main cities in Spain, Europe, North Africa and the Near East.
Wizz Air is a low-cost Hungarian airline serving many cities in Europe and the Middle East. It has the largest fleet of any Hungarian airline and serves over 40 countries. It offers direct flights to Iceland out of Vilnius, Gdansk, Warsaw Chopin, Katowice, and Budapest. In 2016, Wizz Air was named “Value Airline of the Year” by Air Transport World. Wizz Air offers more than 500 routes connecting 134 cities in over 40 countries.
WOW air is an Icelandic low-cost carrier founded in 2011. WOW air operates scheduled flights to more than 50 destinations in Europe, the U.S., Canada, and the Middle East.
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Air Greenland is the flag carrier airline of Greenland. The airline is owned by the government of Greenland, Denmark, and the SAS Group. The airline’s helicopters ferry passengers from smaller communities to the domestic airport locations. Internationally, Air Greenland connects Greenland to Copenhagen from Kangerlussuaq, Nuuk, and Narsarsuaq. Many towns and cities are accessible only by air. Air Greenland serves a total of 63 domestic destinations.
Air Iceland is a part of Icelandair Group. It is a dynamic regional airline with firm roots that go back to the start of aviation in Iceland. Air Iceland serves domestic flights in Iceland and the West Nordic countries. It operates scheduled services to domestic destinations across Iceland. It also flies to Greenland, the Faroe Islands (operated by Atlantic Airways) and the United Kingdom.
Atlantic Airways is the flag carrier of the Faroe Islands, offering domestic helicopter services, international flights, and search and rescue missions. Atlantic provides regular air service between the Faroes and a number of cities in Denmark and nearby countries. Its network also covers England, Scotland, Iceland and Norway, France, Malta and Spain. The helicopter service is a vital connection to many of the islands, which otherwise can only be reached by sea. They provide round trip and air sightseeing services to each of the islands, which is also ideal for tourists looking for aerial views. The helicopters also provide search-and-rescue activities.
Eagle Air is a domestic Icelandic airline offering domestic flights, charter services, emergency response and adventure tours in Iceland. With nearly 40 years of flying experience, this family-operated business continues to be committed to providing its clients with the highest level of safety and services.
Norlandair is an Icelandic airline founded in 1974. Norlandair, which is tied to Air Iceland’s airline, has three scheduled destinations: Grímsey, Vopnafjörður, and Þórshöfn. Norlandair also operates various charter flights in Iceland and Greenland, to Svalbard and other arctic regions.