Reykjavik airport in downtown Reykjavik REK serves ONLY domestic flights and international flights to Greenland and the Faroe Islands. If you are coming from elsewhere you will be landing at Keflavik international airport IATA: KEF; ICAO: BIKF, located near Keflavík pronounced /keplavik/ in the southwest of the country about 40 km from Reykjavík. The airport itself is quite barren; if you have a lengthy layover you should bring books or other forms of entertainment.
Be prepared to go through a security screening immediately upon arrival in Iceland if you arrive from outside the EEA or Switzerland. This screening takes place before you go through passport control, but there usually are not further screenings if you do not clear customs. Also be keenly aware that, even if in transit between the UK not in the Schengen Area and North America, the airport staff routinely sends all arriving passengers through passport control, so ensure that your visas, if needed, are in order.
Iceland is not in the EU. This means passengers arriving from outside Iceland whose final destination is Iceland or who have to recheck baggage will have to go through customs controls at the port of entry usually at Keflavík, regardless of place of origin. However, a duty-free store is present in the arrivals baggage claim area, and one can purchase duty-free products when in transit to the European mainland. The prices of many of these products are actually much cheaper than in downtown Reykjavik, especially of alcohol and cigarettes, so stock up on arrival if you need any of those. Make sure you are aware of the import limits for anything you buy, which includes also any goods you might be having on you before arrival. Duty will be charged for anything over the limit.
Airport transfer bus services called Airport Express (http://www.airportexpress.is/, 1900 ISK one way, and Flybus (https://www.re.is/flybus), 1950 ISK one way) run between the airport and Reykjavík bus terminal 45 minutes; 3,500 ISK return, as of April 2014. They can bring you to your hotel for an extra charge. These are the most popular options as they have a guaranteed departure for any scheduled flight possible arriving and departing.
It can be free to hitchhike outside of the parking lot - most people will be going towards Reykjavik or at least Hafnarfjörður, from where you can take bus 1 to downtown Reykjavik for 400 ISK in exact change or through their app but go figure that out if you have just arrived. The same public bus company Strætó also operates bus 55 that stops at the airport's Departures area. Check the route and times it does not run too often and only during the day at www.bus.is. The fare is 1600 ISK equals four normal tickets within the city, as you will be travelling through four zones, and allows you transfers within Reykjavik if your final destination is not near 55's route. Strætó usually have bicycle racks and should take bikes for free but call in advance to confirm and this is also subject to them having space. For more information about how to use Strætó check their website or the Getting around section.
For 2500 ISK one way 4,500 ISK return; as of August 2011 Even if you're not staying at one of these hotels they might be within walking distance of where you want to go, so depending on your destination using the Airport Express as a personal taxi service may be economical.
Another great option is to take the bus which stops at the Blue Lagoon either to or from the airport, then continues every half hour or so to Reykjavík. Bustravel Iceland Netbus, (http://www.netbus.is/ is the cheapest option. The trip costs 3,000 ISK, with a 10% online booking discount.)
Be warned, a metered taxi from the airport to Reykjavík costs about ISK12,000.
The following airlines fly to Keflavík:
Nonstop flights on Icelandair are available at the best value from the U.S. and Canada, with gateways in New York City JFK & Newark, Washington, D.C. Dulles, Boston, Chicago O' Hare, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Orlando, Denver, Seattle, Edmonton, Halifax, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and Anchorage. Destinations beyond Iceland include most major European cities i.e. Amsterdam, Bergen, Birmingham, Brussels, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Glasgow, Helsinki, London (Heathrow & Gatwick, Madrid, Manchester, Milan, Munich, Oslo, Paris, Stockholm, and Zürich with newly added cities Dusseldorf and Stavanger), with Icelandair's hub-and-spoke network connecting via Keflavík in Iceland. Please note that some destinations are seasonal. You can also have a stopover in Iceland en route to Europe at no additional airfare.
WOW Air(http://www.wowiceland.co.uk), is a new Icelandic low-cost airline, and the country's second biggest carrier since its 2012 acquisition of rival Iceland Express. WOW air operates flights from KEF to 14 European destinations : Alicante, Amsterdam, Lyon, Salzburg, Zurich, Paris, Stuttgart, Dusseldorf, Berlin, London, Vilnius, Warsaw, Paris, Milan, Dublin, Barcelona, Stockholm, and Copenhagen as well as to Boston and Washington, DC in the USA and Toronto and Montreal in Canada. Watch out for their tricks: they allow only 5 kg of hand luggage free of charge and you have to pay for more 2999 ISK or 29 USD for a cabin bag of up to 12 kg as of 2015, and more for hold luggage. Their prices can vary wildly between the different language versions of their website. Also, the price for add-ons luggage, seats etc varies depending on the currency you book in 29 USD is around 25% more than 2999 ISK, for example. Once you book in one currency, any services added later will be according to the prices in the same currency.
If you need checked in luggage, seat selection etc., on average, Icelandair and Wow Air end up having similar prices on their competing routes Icelandair tends to charge an arm and a leg where it has a monopoly, unless you are lucky with a promotion. If you are traveling light and don't care about Icelandair's awkward entertainment system, Wow Air is usually cheaper. Namely, on Icelandair, baggage, seat selection, coffee and water are included in the price but both airlines charge for food and snacks! Wow Air advertises itself as "the most punctual airline in Iceland" - they are both usually on time. Icelandair markets itself as a more serious airline, Wow Air is more fun.
Delta Airlines(http://www.delta.com/) operates a seasonal, nonstop service between New York JFK and Iceland.
EasyJet(http://www.easyjet.com) The popular European low-cost carrier fly from London Luton and Gatwick, Belfast, Bristol, Manchester, Edinburgh & Switzerland, Basel Mulhouse-Freiburg, & Geneva.
Germanwings(http://www.germanwings.com), has seasonal flights from Cologne.
SASoffers direct flights from Oslo, with connections to Stockholm and the rest of Scandinavia.
Niki(http://www.flyniki.com) and Air Berlin (http://www.airberlin.com) also have seasonal flights to a few destinations in Europe.
Austrian Airlines(http://austrian.com) offers nonstop flights from Vienna in the summer months june to august.
Atlantic Airways(https://www.atlantic.fo), the national airline of the Faroe Islands nonstop flights from the Faroe Islands to the REK airport in downtown Reykjavik, and also connections from its European destinations, sometimes at good prices.
Due to lack of competition especially in low season or heavy demand in high season, getting to Iceland is sometimes considered expensive. Flexible travellers might consider watching out for offers. The best way to do that is to subscribe to Icelandair and WOW air's newsletters. Both airlines tend to send out emails with offers once every week or so, where you can book affordable seats. These seats are usually bookable within 12 or 24 hours shortly after the email has been sent out. It is also good to shop around, as the other airlines flying to Iceland also have offers occasionally.
Overview of airports in Iceland: (http://www.flights-icelan...)
Smyril Line operate a weekly service from Hirtshals in Denmark. The ferry sails in two nights to Seyðisfjörður, on the east coast of Iceland, via Torshavn, in the Faroe Islands. Keep in mind that the price for the same trip on Norröna Smyril Line can vary depending on where you book a sales office or on one of their websites in different languages: .fo, .dk, .co.uk, .de, .is, that is the price is different on the different websites. Smyril line sails to Seyðisfjörður from where you can catch a bus to Egilsstaðir from where you can either catch a bus via Akureyri or fly directly to Reykjavík local airport. The bus connection through Akureyri to Reykjavik can only be made in one day on a few days in the summer, when there is an afternoon bus from Akureyri to Reykjavik. Besides, the bus trip will most often cost more than the air fare from Egilsstaðir to Reykjavík.