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!