Iceland’s Keflavík International Airport, about 40km west of Reykjavík, is connected by an ever-increasing quantity of flights to Europe, the UK, Scandinavia, the US and Canada. It’s also possible to reach Iceland year-round by sea via the Faroese superferry Norröna, which performs a regular crossing of the North Atlantic.
Airfares always depend on the season, with the highest being around June to August, when the weather is best; fares drop during the “shoulder” seasons – September to November and April to June – and you’ll get the best prices during the low season, November to March (excluding Christmas and New Year).
An all-inclusive package tour can sometimes turn out to be the cheapest way of doing things. Deals range from a weekend city-break to Reykjavík and its surrounds to all-singing, all-dancing adventure holidays involving snowmobiling across Vatnajökull and whale watching in Húsavík. Check the specialist tour operator websites.
The cheapest airfare deals are always available online, either direct through the airline website or via a discount travel website.
Flights from the UK and Ireland
Icelandair (icelandair.co.uk) flies daily to Keflavík from London Heathrow, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow. Return fares from London Heathrow start at £200, whereas from Glasgow and Manchester they cost from £150.
The only direct flights between Ireland and Iceland are from Dublin with WOW (from €200); otherwise you’ll need to travel via mainland Britain with Aer Lingus (airlingus.com) or discount masters Ryanair (ryainair.com), and then pick up a connecting flight to Keflavík.
Flights from the US and Canada
Icelandair (icelandair.com) flies out of many cities across the US and Canada. The frequency – and cost – of flights is reduced during the winter months; schedules change each year, depending on demand, and some routes are suspended altogether.
Broadly speaking, you’re looking at fares upwards of US$1500 return from the western US, or US$500 return from the eastern US or Canada. Budget airline WOW (wowair.com) also fly from Boston or Washington DC from US$500 return.
Flights from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa
There are no direct flights to Iceland from Australia, New Zealand or South Africa, so you’ll need to find a discounted airfare to somewhere that does – such as London – and arrange a flight to Reykjavík from there.
All return airfares to London from Australian East-Coast gateways are similarly priced, with the cheapest deals via Asia costing around AU$2000/2400/2800 (low, medium or high season). From Perth or Darwin, scheduled flights via Asia cost AU$110–220 less than if departing from eastern gateways, while flights via the US cost around AU$400 more. From New Zealand you can fly from Auckland to London via mainland US or Asia for NZ$2600/2900/3200. From Wellington and Christchurch all options cost NZ$200–300 more. To get to London from South Africa, count on around 6000/6400/6800 ZAR for a Cape Town–London return.
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