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How To Reach Iceland
There is an interesting saying among the globetrotters, that Greenland is no green and all ice, while Iceland is all green and little ice. Well, for the most part, this may be true. Iceland, in spite of its name, has a lot of greenery through its summer. With its dormant and active volcanoes, ice caves, fjords and beautiful cities, Iceland has been on the radar of many travellers over the past couple of years - especially for those looking for the Northern Lights. If you are one among them, then here’s our guide to help you reach Iceland.
Reykjavik is the capital city of Iceland and hosts its most important and busy international airport - the Keflavik International Airport located 40 km away. The airport in itself is not as dynamic but functional for your basic and some luxury needs. For people travelling from India, you get regular flights from cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad etc with carriers like Icelandair, Etihad, Lufthansa and SAS.
Iceland is a desolate island country in the north of Europe, so reaching it by road or rail is not possible. Water, however, is possible. And many travellers find the cruises and ferries an added adventure to reach Iceland. Smyril Line sails from Denmark’s Hirtshals every week and reaches Seyðisfjörður in Iceland in 2 full nights. This journey is made via Faroe islands and is pretty scenic. You can also have your vehicle on board at an added extra cost. The water option is however, only available through the summers, i.e. between April and October.
Keflavík International Airport forms the hub of all domestic flight travel through all of Iceland. From the airport, you get taxis to ply the 40 minute route into the capital city of Reykjavik, while Flybus airport shuttles also run between the two. Flybus+ will take you directly to your destination.
In terms of inter-city travel, flights are not the most reliable as the network is not so frequent and often suspended due to snow storms and winds. Hence driving is the best isf you want to explore Iceland. Rent a car and trace the highways on your own. Campervan Iceland also rents out caravans and stay-in trucks.