Iceland Layover Guide

Don’t worry if you have a layover in Keflavík International Airport (KEF) in Iceland. It is only 31 mi from Reykjavik and is Icelandair’s hub. This airport is for all global flights, while Reykjavik Airport nearer to the city is for domestic flights.

There is a lot to do in the airport if you are there for a layover. There are a lot of duty free items. For more info on restaurants and shops, click here. Click on the following links for more info on banking, Internet access, and play areas. For wireless internet click here.

If you are traveling out of the Schengen zone, view the Icelandic  promotional video in the Leifur Eiriksson Terminal. If you are arriving in the evening, there are a lot of places to stay.

For those wanting to get out of the airport, there are taxis, which have meters as well as day trip pricing to several different spots in the country. You can also get rental cars with many different car rental companies. In addition, there is a public bus system, Flybus, that leaves the airport every 35 to 40 mins. To get to the city takes around 45 mins. Lastly, you can also get Private transfers.


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Things To Do During A Layover In Reykjavik:

City Tour

If there isn’t a lot of time, consider taking a tour. There are a lot of options including spa tours, day tours, helicopter rides, whale watching, as well as much more!


The Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is only about 20 mins from the airport and 40 mins from the city. Svartsengi is a main tourist attraction in the country. The water is approximately 104 F and is filled with minerals such as sulfur and silica. You can read out Blue Lagoon experience guide.


The Golden Circle

The Golden Circle Route is a 190 mi. loop that takes in most of the country’s main sites such as Gullfoss falls, Tjomgvellir, and Geysir.



Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach is a manmade hotspring with imported Moroccan sand. You can do things such a row boats and canoes as well as enjoy the warm water. Make sure to go check out the select days/hours the park is open.


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