Organized day tours and other tours from Reykjavík
There are several private companies in Iceland from which you can order private tours f.ex. Mountaineers of Iceland and Activity.is and Iceland on track which will take you on day tours, Golden Circle tours, Lava tube caving, snowmobile, northern lights and midsummer night tours to name some of their tours - on super jeeps.
There are also:
Daytrips - they offer day trips by super 4x4 Jeep and by buses.
VIP tours which offer customized tours in Iceland, be it daytours or driving you around the country. They can seat up to 9 people.
BSI BUS STATION
The BSI bus station is where all the tour buses leave from. It is also where the airport bus picks up and drops off, anybody that has booked to be picked up and dropped off at their hotel will be ferried here by mini bus to get the bus to the airport. There is a café and vending machines for food and drinks.
The local buses do not go from here but buses leave here for other towns and cities around Iceland.
Opening hours: All days from 04:30-24:00
There is a desk at Reykjavik airport for the flybus. I purchased my transfer ticket online (there was also a desk in the airport to buy tickets). The bus was waiting outside to take people to the BSI bus station. Once at the bus station mini buses took people to their hotels if they had paid for that service. It was a well organised and speedy service. The cost for an airport to hotel and return service was 2500 ISK (£13) if you just wanted to go from the airport to BSI and back the cost was 1950 ISK (£10).
BSI Bus Station
The long-haul bus station is located near the Ring Road on Vatnsmýrarvegi 10. Inside the terminal, there's an ATM, a cafeteria, reasonably clean rest rooms, and a Reykjavik Excursions tour counter. You can also leave your luggage at the ticket counter for a charge of Kr 500 per bag.
Buses along the Ring Road, as well as the Kjölur buses through the interior to Akureryi via Geysir and Gullfoss (summer only) depart from here. Several Reykjavik Excursions day tours also depart from here, to include the "Golden Circle" day tour. Naturally, this is the departure and arrival point for Reykjavik Exursions Flybus service to Keflavik Airport, as well as the buses to the Blue Lagoon.
NOTE: Bus schedules posted on this site are not always reliable. Schedules change frequently, and the site is not always updated immediately. Always allow plenty of slack time for any travel involving a bus connection.
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Storage lockers in Reykjavik
Many people might want to store their bags while exploring Reykjavik or leave their luggage in Reykjavik while travelling around Iceland
Storage lockers in BSÍ bus terminal and Reykjavik Domestic Airport have easy to use lockers to store bags and backpacks of any size. More info here: www.luggagelockers.is
The international airport of Iceland is on the Reykjanes peninsula , near the place called and Keflavík Keflavík International Airport (or Keflavikurflugvollur ) . Almost all flights to Iceland from abroad arrive at this airport, the airport is located about 48 kilometers Southwest of Reykjavik is through a frequent bus connected to the city or with a rental car
The largest user of the airport is the national airline Icelandair, this company maintains include a timetable, in addition, schedules maintained with several other cities in Europe
Bus Through the Interior
A fun way to get from Reykjavik to the north part of Iceland is to take a rugged 4 x 4 bus through the interior along the Kjölur route F-35. During the summer (roughly late June - early September), scheduled buses run daily through the interior, stopping along the way for sightseeing at attractions such as Geysir, Gullfoss, and Hveravellir. The scenery is tremendous, and the experience is truly unique.
As of 2013, two bus companies serve the route. SBA Norðurleið has buses that depart both Reykjavik and Akureyri at 8 AM, arriving at the other end around 6:30 PM. The other bus company, Sterna, runs a more staggered and sightseeing-oriented schedule, with northbound buses making an additional stop at Thingvellir. The northbound buses also depart Reykjavik at 8 AM, but don't arrive in Akureyri until 10:55 PM. Southbound buses depart Akureyri at 8:30 AM, arriving in Reykjavik at 8:20 PM. Both buses arrive and depart Reykjavik from the BSÍ bus station. Tickets can be purchased in advance online, or at the bus station if there are still seats available.
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Bus to Keflavik Airport
Most international flights depart from Keflavik International Airport (Code: KEF), about 50 km (30 miles) from Reykjavik. The best way is get to Keflavik is to take the Reykjavik Excursions bus, departing frequently from the BSI bus station in Reykjavik. Cost of the bus is ISK 1950 one-way, ISK 3500 round-trip. You can also arrange connecting service to many Reykjavik hotels if you purchase a "Flybus Plus" ticket (ISK 2500 one-way, ISK 4500 round trip). If you fly Icelandair into Keflavik, you can save some time by purchasing your bus tickets from the flight attendants onboard. Otherwise, you can purchase them at ticket machines or ticket counters in the arrivals terminal. In Reykjavik, you can purchase a ticket inside the bus station, as well at Reykjavik Excursions counters located in several area hotels. Online purchase from the Reykjavik Excursions website or re.is mobile apps is also possible.
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The Bus - strætó.
Our bus is called "Strætó" short for "Strætisvagn" and is yellow. The buses from Reykjavík can take you all over the Great-Reykjavík-area, i.e. Garðabær, Hafnarfjörður, Seltjarnarnes, Álftanes, Mosfellsbær and you can even go by bus to the neighbouring town Akranes.
The main service areas are at Hlemmur and Mjódd (in Reykjavík) and at Fjörður in Hafnarfjörður and there you can buy tickets and get information.
Our buses run from 6:30/7-24 on week-days and 12-24 weekends. Most of our busses run every 30 minutes during the week-days, and every hour after 19h and weekends. There are some variations to that though. Following the financial crisis (2009) there were big changes in how the buses run, so do check it out at the time you visit. Now in 2011 there have been even more changes to the timetable - to the worse.
If you are only in the capital for a few days you can buy The Reykjavík Tourist card which gives you admission to the buses, all the geothermal pools in Reykjavík, the museums, Reykjavík Zoo and Family Park and discount on other tours and a lot more. You can get these cards at The Centre - The Official Tourist Information Centre in Reykjavík in Aðalstræti.
You will need to have the exact fare ready as the bus-drivers don't give you back change. The busfare (2013) if paid in cash is ISK 350 for adults and children alike. But if you buy a buscard then it is way cheaper, especially for children.
Jokingly it is said that the unwritten Icelandic bus-rules are that if there are 2 seats free, then one sits there and not next to another passanger. And that there is no talking to strangers ;)
The dramatic landscapes of Iceland can be viewed from the air on board of commercial flight. When flying to or from Norway in the afternoon and sitting on the side of the airplane facing north, one has the chance to witness the greatness of this island's ice caps. The only pre-condition for such an exciting experience would be a bit of luck with the weather conditions. This might seem as too much to ask for from an island in the middle of the Gulfstream but above all this is a saga country and luck as part of destiny is an integral part of life anyway.
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- Sky Diving
- Hot Air Ballooning
Iceland Air is still flying on its marketing campaign of the 60s. It supposedly offers cheap flights from America to Europe and a “free” stopover in Iceland is the cherry on top of the cake. Well, a ticket from Ottawa to Norway worth 1500USD is not cheap. One can fly for the same money with a whole slew of other airlines the same distance and some might even transport you further, in the depths of Eastern Europe. Moreover, this company has perfected the low cost experience without claiming to be a low cost carrier. Nothing new under the sun, especially under the one that illuminates the shores of “North America”. The distinction in this case is the arrogance or let’s say the sense of humor applied to make you feel that you are getting a better deal than you might for a moment suspect you were not. To help smooth down your gastronomical tract the airline claims that Leif the Lucky discovered America and on his trip he did not receive any complimentary drinks. I wonder why Leif is considered lucky at all having to sail the oceans without the marketing support of Iceland Air folks. As for the rest of us boarding at Toronto, we should feel terribly lucky that we got to drink one bottle of water during the crossing of this mighty body of water called the Atlantic, because there were people on the same ration flying all the way from Seattle.
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Reykjavik itself is manageable on foot. We stayed in Hafnafjordur and came in by bus number one. Bus tickets cost 350Isk per journey. It was 800 for a one day ticket, 2000 for a 3 day ticket. You can buy a single journey on the bus, but day passes from a bus company office.
Free maps of Reykjavik with bus routes and timetables are widely available. Many buses start from the bus station in Hlemmur. Bus one goes to Hafnafjordur, bus 18 to Perlan, bus 19 to the thermal beach.
Keflavik Airport is the airport for Reykjavik. Reykjavik is around 40 minutes away by bus. There are two bus companies Flybus (1950Isk one way; 3500Isk return) and Graylines (2200Isk one way; 4000Isk return). Graylines includes transfer to hotels, Flybus has an additional price for this.
There was an ATM in the airport in the baggage reclaim area. Duty free at the airport had a great saving on spirits compared to purchase in Reykjavik itself. Iceland makes its own vodka and various flavours of schnapps.
There were a couple of nice sculptures at the airport, too.
BSI - Bus terminal - The Flybus.
BSÍ - Bus terminal "Umferðamiðstöðin" is open from 4:30-24:00 and from there you can catch the Flybus to Keflavík airport and busses all around Iceland. The trip to the airport is ca 40-50 minutes and I have used the Flybus services a lot myself. They are fast, cheap and comfortable. And now they have installed wireless Internet in the Flybus.
From BSÍ you can take excursions with Reykjavík Excursions to go on the Golden Circle tour or the Blue Lagoon express f.ex. or just buy a bus passport and go where ever in Iceland your heart desires. Take a look at their website for a myriad of organised tours and other options.
The bus terminal is in Vatnsmýrarvegur 10, 101 Reykjavík, which is paralell to Hringbraut and right next to the northern-end of the domestic-flights' airport.
In the bus terminal there is a really popular restaurant which serves traditional Icelandic food amongst other food and there shinged-sheep-head is on the menu f.ex. You can often catch well-known people eating out in this restaurant. Last time I went there in June 2012 I saw that an another restaurant had opened instead of the old one.
To/From the City-From/To the Airport: Flybus
I think this is the best way to link the Airport and the City.
It takes about 45-50 minutes to reach the BSI Bus Terminal. After it, if you have bought the Flybus Plus ticket (a bit more expensive), there is a free shuttle that, on request, takes you to some selected hotels and guesshouses.
On the way back, from the hotel to the airport, you have to tell at the reception of your accommodation about it, and they will tell you the time the shuttle (free again), will pick you up to take you to the bus terminal; then, to the airport.
Important Note: I have heard that that service is not for free any longer; check it.
The link gives excellent and accurate information about everything I have described above. For the prices, also check the link.
It's also possible to book online; you only have to board the bus and show the confirmation e. mail the system will send you once you have booked.
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