Keflavik airport (IATA code: KEF) is the main gateway welcoming international travellers into Iceland. Aside from the fact that almost all overseas flights to the island country are operated to and from its passenger terminal as opposed to Reykjavik airport, mainly handling domestic operations, its location is particularly convenient for tourists who want to visit the Blue Lagoon and explore Reykjavik –the capital city– as both can be reached by car or bus after about 20 minutes in the former case and 35 minutes in the latter. Bus transfers depart from Arrivals every hour, while taxis are also available all throughout the day. Hiring a vehicle after landing, though, will give you greater independence and flexibility to travel around Iceland during your trip.
Keflavik International is the main hub of Icelandair and serves as operational base for WOW Air, however, many other airlines offer scheduled flights to Iceland all year round as well as seasonal ones. Keep reading to find out which airlines fly to Keflavik and what services you will find upon arriving to your destination.
International airlines flying to Iceland
The following carriers operate regular flights to Iceland (KEF) from a wide range of cities across Europe and North America: British Airways (London Heathrow), Delta (New York – John F. Kennedy), Easyjet (Edinburgh, London Gatwick, London Luton, Manchester), Finnair (Helsinki), Icelandair (Amsterdam Schiphol, Berlin Tegel, Brussels, Boston, Chicago O’hare, Copenhagen, Dublin, Frankfurt, Glasgow, Munich, Oslo, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Stockholm Arlanda), Lufthansa (Frankfurt), Norwegian (Barcelona El Prat, Oslo), Wizz Airlines (Budapest, Gdansk, Katowice, London Luton, Prague, Riga, Vienna, Vilnius, Wroclaw) and WOW Air (Brussels, Berlin Schonefeld, Gran Canaria, Los Angeles International, Pittsburgh, Tel Aviv Ben Gurion, Warsaw Chopin).
If you have a favourite airline you frequently fly with, check with them whether they offer seasonal flights to Keflavik, as with the recent increase of tourism to Iceland a large number of carriers has added this route to their operations.
Transport from Keflavik airport in Iceland
Travelling to Reykjavik from KEF airport implies taking a taxi, hiring a car or using the Airport Express or FlyBus coach services. The FlyBus departs about 35 minutes after each plane landing, so keep an eye on the information panels while you claim your baggage so that you do not miss this bus connection to Reykjavik.
If you are going to Grindavik instead and you are travelling in a group of up to eight people, you are advised to book a mini bus service at the Arrivals hall. Also, if you are staying in a hotel near the Blue Lagoon, ask them if they offer airport pick up and drop off services.
Terminals and services in Keflavik International airport in Iceland
KEF airport in Iceland has one Main Terminal building and an adjacent one known as the South Terminal. The facilities provide free unlimited WiFi to travellers and a vast array of passenger services to ensure everything is sorted out before either flying back home or commuting to your final destination in Iceland.
The Main Terminal of Keflavik airport comprises the tax free and foreign currency exchange offices, the check-in counters, the self service check-in kiosks, the bag drop, a supermarket, a Dunkin’ Donuts outlet, car rental offices, ATMs, bus info and ticket office, the arrivals areas and the access to gates (on the second level). The upper floor of this terminal accommodates a concourse with restaurants and shops -including a Duty Free Iceland store- for those boarding through gates A1 and A2 to enjoy, and a corridor leading to gates A11 to A16 yet also linking this zone to gates C and D in the South Terminal.
South Terminal of KEF airport. As is the case with the main building, this is a two-storey one with a restaurant, a bar, a coffee place and several shops on the ground floor along with border control, whereas the Icelandair lounge and the Duty Free are located on the upper floor. Stay on the lower level if your gate is amongst D16 and D34, and go upstairs if you will be boarding through gates C21 and C36.
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