airport/ planes, Reykjavík Region
Keflavik airport is clean and well-designed. The international wing where Icelandic Air operates is specially designed to work as a "hub": in other words, you deplane from your flight from Boston, Baltimore, JFK or Minneapolis and it is only a short walk of a few hundred feet to your connecting gate for London, Copenhagen, Oslo, etc.
(But it's probably not a good idea to book a flight on Icelandic unless you are going to or coming from Iceland. Icelandic has a terrible reputation for late and/or cancelled flights, connections times at the Reykjavik hub are very tight and it's easy to be stranded here, and there are more comfortable ways to cross the Atlantic than in one of Icelandic's 757s. But that's just my opinion.)
If you are stopping in Iceland, getting through customs formality is quite efficient. Be prepared to walk, though; Keflavik Airport is quite spread out.
There is a very good duty-free shop where you can avoid some of the scandalously high Icelandic taxes for a wide-range of consumer products.
The Flybus that operates between the airport and Keflavik is brilliant and effiecient. It departs approx 30-45 minutes after a plane's arrival and takes you to the central bus station in Reykjavik where you transfer to smaller buses to be taken to your hotel. It is worth buying a return bus ticket when you arrive at the airport as it saves you some money. Be sure to book your return pick time at your hotel reception, preferably the day before your departure.
By my knowledge, only Icelandair and Iceland Express have regular flights to and from Keflavík (the international airport).
Iceland Express is a relatively new airline and services the island from London Stansted and Copenhagen's Kastrup airport. See www.icelandexpress.com for more info.
I flew Icelandair. You can use them for your trip to Iceland, of course, but they are also a great deal for transatlantic flights. North American destinations are Boston, New York, Baltimore/Washington, Orlando and Minneapolis. Within Europe, services reach Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Berlin, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, London, Glasgow, Paris, Milan and Barcelona.
Most people coming to Iceland arrive at Keflavik airport. The airport is situated approx. 40 minutes from the city.
On the way from the airport you drive through vast lava fields and not a single tree is to be seen until arriving in Reykjavik.
The picture is taken by my father and is from the shoreline on the way between Reykjavík and Keflavík.
The Flybus meets every flight and the ride costs 13$ per person. The bus stops at some chosen hotels/guesthouses in Reykjavík. They also offer to include a visit to the Blue Lagoon (which is a very good idea to do upon your arrival or departure) and then the price is around 38$ incl. entry.
The national airline, Icelandair (FI), operates direct flights to Keflavík from London, New York, Orlando and many European cities. Other, predominantly Scandinavian, carriers also operate services. Flights are operated to the Faroe Islands and Greenland during the summer months.
Keflavík (KEF) is 51km (32 miles) southwest of Reykjavík (travel time - 45 minutes). Airport facilities include bus services, departing after the arrival of each flight; taxi services
There is only one airline that fly here from U.S. & that's Icelandair. Check its official website for discounts at http://www.icelandair.net.
Airfares can fluctuate quite a bit depending on the month & date of travel.
I paid about US$470 to fly from Boston to Reykjavik but it may be more expensive from June 15 to end August.
Keflavík Airport is the way to get here. Icelandair has competitive fares from major cities in Europe (London, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo, Glasgow, Frankfurt, Paris, Amsterdam) and the US (NY, Baltimore, Boston, Minneapolis) and offers 1-3 day stopovers on their relatively cheap transatlantic flights. The bus to Reykjavik from there is 900 ISK (10 €).
The cheapest and easiest way is to walk - most sights are within walking distance from downtown Reykjavik, even though the city spreads over a relatively big area. If you are going some distances you can use the not-so-frequent buses or the not-so-cheap taxis :) (tel 56 10000).
Buses leave for the sights outside Reykjavík from the BSÍ bus terminal and for far-off (but worthwhile) places you can also fly with Air Iceland from the downtown Reykjavik airport (www.flugfelag.is). There are no railways in Iceland.
Although Reykjavik has it's own airport, most visitors will arive through the international airport of Kevlavik, about 50 km south-west of the state capitol. Frequent bus-transfers are available.
The picture shows Reykjavik airport and a large portion of the city. When using this airport be sure to go to the right terminal! There are two, one for international and one for domestic flights. These are situated on both sides of the airport, and it will take you at least 30 minutes to walk from one to the other (as I have experienced!)
There is a lot of public transportation.