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Travelling to Iceland from the UK

Iceland is a country that many people have on their travel bucket lists, and it’s easy to see why. With stunning mountains, glaciers, volcanoes, geysers, hot springs and lava fields, Iceland is certainly a stunning sight to behold, whilst the inspiring culture, arts, and wonderful food simply adds to the stunning nature experience. Iceland is one of the safest countries in the world, with extremely low crime rates and excellent medical care available for those in need. However, for those travelling to Iceland, especially around the winter months, it’s important to take precautions in case of hazardous weather conditions.

Top tips on travelling to Iceland from the UK:

South of England

If you are flying from the South of England, the main airlines that fly to Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland, tend to be based at London Gatwick or London Heathrow, two major international airports located no more than thirty miles from Central London. From either of these airports, your journey will end at Keflavik International Airport, the main airport serving Iceland. We flew from London Gatwick via WowAir, Iceland’s equivalent of Uk’s EasyJet, low budget airline.

From Kaflavik Airport, international travellers can also find flights to various European countries, along with international flights to the U.S. and Canada. Both Heathrow and Gatwick airports are home to a range of hotels for travellers, and there are car parking facilities available at the airports for long stay. (To cover the cost of airport parking, why not rent your driveway at home whilst it’s empty?)

North of England

For travellers setting off to Iceland from the North of England, Manchester International Airport is home to various airlines which travel to Reykjavik, including budget airlines EasyJet and Jet2 Airways. Manchester Airport is perhaps a cheaper option for travellers than the London airports as the hotels nearby tend to be more reasonably priced along with the fact that Manchester is a far less busy city when compared to the capital, meaning cheaper prices for accommodation, food, parking and transport. For travellers based in Yorkshire, flights to Keflavik Airport regularly depart from Leeds Bradford Airport.

Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

For Welsh travellers, the best option for flights to Iceland is to travel from Bristol International Airport, as there are few non-stop flights to Reykjavik Keflavik from Welsh airports. For those living in North Wales, Manchester airport will be the obvious departure choice.

Scottish travellers can find flights to Iceland from either Edinburgh or Glasgow International Airports with budget airline EasyJet or Iceland’s national airline, Icelandair, which also flies to Aberdeen Airport.

Travellers based in Northern Ireland can find flights to Reykjavik with EasyJet from Belfast International Airport. The Visit Iceland website provides full information on which airlines fly to Iceland and the airports at which they are based.

Do you regularly travel to Iceland from the UK? With Iceland becoming more and more of a popular tourist destination, more UK travellers are landing in Reykjavik to check this awesome country out, as we did!

If you’d like to share any tips regarding airlines, airports, hotels, transport, saving money or tourist activities on a trip to Iceland, we’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Article written by Adam Boston

Discover the most inspiring travel stories, must do adventures, and photography of the world seen through the eyes of Adam. Uncovering what the world has to offer, from one country to another.


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  • Tim UrbanDuniya

    Commented on 21/12/2016 at 02:51

    Stunning pictures, as always. Good to know there are so many options to get to Iceland. Living in Australia and Pakistan, I wouldn’t even know where to begin with getting to Iceland – it just seems like so far away.

  • Tim UrbanDuniya

    Commented on 21/12/2016 at 02:52

    Stunning pictures, as always. Good to know there are so many options to get to Iceland. Living in Australia and Pakistan, I wouldn’t even know where to begin with getting to Iceland – it just seems like so far away. Good read 🙂

  • Stephanie

    Commented on 20/02/2017 at 14:21

    Gorgeous Photos, I can’t wait to visit Iceland later this year.
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  • Gwyneth Clover

    Commented on 01/05/2017 at 10:49

    Iceland is a very cool place, in all senses of the word, and Icelanders are very cool people. I’ve only visited once and arriving at Reykjavik is like landing on the moon (OK. I imagine.) The ‘lunar’ Icelandic landscape has been used to train astronauts and no wonder. But the country is fascinating, with its Arctic landscapes, glaciers, geysers spouting hot steam and water and the extraordinary Blue Lagoon where you bathe in volcanically heated water on a freezing cold day in a cloud of steam created by the icy air. Iceland also has unique and fragile arctic plant life, a vibrant capital – Reykjavik – towns that are thermally heated, the world’s oldest parliament (10th century), and the most literate population in the world.

    Cheers then.
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  • Sandy

    Commented on 09/09/2017 at 13:27

    Can you please tell me where some of these pictures are taken. Specifically of the Northern Lights


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