Iceland

Iceland: When to Go

The long days mean the whole summer is a great time to visit - June has the longest day, but is also the busiest month for visitors. The Northern Lights during winter are a big draw and are said to be at their best between November and February. Various events throughout the year attract visitors - Puffin Season and Reykjavík Arts Festival in May, Summer Solstice in June, and the Film Festival in September.

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Getting There

Note: flight, boat, train and bus timetables change constantly, and airlines come and go, so please do not rely solely on this information for your travel planning. Check with relevant companies, or a flight search engine like Skyscanner, first.

BY AIR

Reykjavik Keflavik (KEF) is 51km (32 miles) south west of Reykjavik (the travel time to the city is 45 minutes). Airport facilities include bus services, departing after the arrival of each flight; taxi services; a duty-free shop; banking and exchange facilities, open on arrival of all scheduled services; restaurants and bars and car hire.

The flight time to Reykjavik is 3 hours from London and 5 hours 30 minutes from New York.

From Europe:

Icelandair has non-stop flights to Reykjavik from London Heathrow, Manchester, Glasgow, Oslo, Paris, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Frankfurt. You can often get good deals between London and the USA with a stopover of up to 3 days in Iceland.

Iceland Express generally has cheaper airfares, with flights to Reykjavik from London (Gatwick and Stansted), Copenhagen and other European cities.

easyJet flies to Reykjavik from London Luton, Edinburgh, Manchester and Bristol (not daily).

From North America:

Icelandair has non-stop flights to Reykjavik from major cities including Boston, Minneapolis, New York, Orlando, Toronto and Vancouver.

Iceland Express has a seasonal (summer) service between New York and Reykjavik.

From the airport:

Taking a taxi into town is the easiest option but costs around ISK7,500(£60/US$100). Alternatively, hire a car from the airport as we did.

The only other option, and also the cheapest, is to take the Flybus coach which connects to all flights at Keflavik airport. It departs from directly in front of the terminal building and shuttles you into the BSÍ Bus Terminal in central Reykjavík. It takes 45 minutes, calling at most of the city's main hotels on the way, and costs ISK 1150 (approx. £10/US$18) per person one way. For afternoon arrivals, the Flybus also offers a stop off at the Blue Lagoon on the way to Reykjavik, costing ISK3,900 (£30/US$55 per person), which includes the entrance fee.

Getting Around

Car Hire: Renting a car gives you a lot of freedom in Iceland, where many of the breathtaking natural sights are outside of the towns. Parking in central Reykjavík is difficult so if you're staying in a hotel without parking, rent the car when you're leaving town. See our car rental recommendations.

There are few cars on the roads, the landscape is stunning and the main 900-mile Highway 1 encircling the country is mostly paved. Many of the roads in the interior are single unpaved gravel tracks that can become icey, flooded and impassable (check weather conditions before setting out and take extra care in winter when the weather can change dramatically in a short time).

Note that the speed limit on the main highways is 90km/hour (we got stopped by the traffic police between the airport and Reykjavik), driving is on the right hand side, you must have headlamps on at all times (this is the law), and you have to use a headset with a mobile.