Flights to Iceland
Iceland is situated in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, midway between Europe and North America, and is easily accessible with high frequency of flights to and from the country. International flights arrive at Keflavík Airport, located 50 km south of Reykjavík city.
Iceland is a member of the EEA Agreement and associated member of the Schengen Agreement. Iceland joined the Schengen states on March 25, 2001, an agreement of 26 states to abolish checks at their common borders on the movement of persons and facilitate the transport and movement of goods at those borders.
All persons requiring visas; not holding a valid Schengen visa in their travel document, must apply for a visa at the applicable embassy/consulate before traveling to the Schengen area. Embassies/consulates representing Iceland handle applications.
Transport from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavík
Airport Direct and Reykjavík Excursions operate bus service between the airport and the city centre. Buses are located right outside the arrival hall and information desks and ticket sales are located inside the arrival hall.
The journey takes approximately 45-50 minutes and there are a few bus stops before reaching the city centre. Both companies offer a pick-up/drop-up service at your accommodation or at the nearest designated bus stop (due to traffic limitations within the downtown area).
Prices are from 2.999 ISK, one way, and tickets can also be bought in advance on the bus companies websites.
Taxis are plentiful at the airport and located right outside the terminal building. The taxi fares are from 16.000 ISK, one way, between the airport and the city centre.
We recommend the buses as it is the most environmentally, and economically, friendly way to travel to and from the airport.
Currency in Iceland
The currency in Iceland is the Icelandic krona. You can exchange your currency to Icelandic kronas at the exchange offices located at the arrival terminal and at bank branches. Icelandic banks provide foreign exchange and tend to offer much better rates than the airport.
Visa and Mastercard debit and credit cards are widely accepted in Iceland. American express is accepted as well, though not as widely.
Service and VAT are invariably included in prices in Iceland, hence tipping is not customary nor required in Iceland.
Telephones and Mobile Phones
The code for Iceland from overseas is +354. Direct long-distance calls can be made to Europe and the USA by dialing 00 plus the country code, and the number you wish to reach. The EU´s/EES´s “Roam Like at Home” rules apply in Iceland.
Pharmacies, Emergency and Medical Help
The emergency phone number in Iceland is 112. The location of the nearest ER to the university main campus (Landspítali Fossvogi) can be found here.
For non-emergency medical assistance contact Laeknavaktin (phone number +354 1770), location can be found here. Walk-in hours are 17:00-23:30 during the week and 9:00-23:30 on weekends.
The European Health Insurance Card is valid in Iceland. Pharmacies are called “Apótek” and are open during normal business hours, some are open longer. The location of pharmacies in Reykjavík can be found here.
Tap water is safe to drink in Reykjavik as well as throughout Iceland. We recommend to use reusable water bottle to fill up with tap water during your stay.