Keflavik International Airport serves the world’s most northerly capital city, Reykjavik of Iceland. Not to be confused with Reykjavik Airport (the city’s domestic air transport hub) Keflavik International offers flights to dozens of international destinations worldwide and is the main hub of IcelandAir and WOW Air. Established in the 1940s, Keflavik International is the largest airport in Iceland, handling more than 3 million passengers yearly.
There is only one airport terminal in Keflavik International, and free wi-fi is offered throughout the facility.
Keflavik International Airport is located about 50 kilometres from Reykjavik. Buses heading to the city are available direct from outside the airport terminal – this includes the Airport Express bus, which takes about 45 minutes to get to Lækjartorg Bus Terminal in downtown Reykjavik, and Flybus (which also takes about 45 minutes to get to Hotel Viking in Hafnarfjörður and Aktu Taktu in Garðabær).
Otherwise, taxis are also readily available outside the airport.
What to see and do
If there is ever a city that is characterized by extremes, Reykjavik would be it. In summer, Reykjavik literally becomes the city that never sleeps as it enjoys almost 24 hours of sunlight whereas in winter, the sun almost never shines. However, the wintry darkness provides the best background for another luminescence to show itself: the famous northern lights. Though that by itself is a good enough reason to visit Reykjavik, there’s more – the city is geographically located next to majestic snow-topped mountains, one of the best salmon rivers in the world, and an ocean filled with magnificent marine wildlife.
Iceland is also one of the most active volcanic regions in the world, so what better thing to do while in Iceland than go into a volcano, all the way down to its magma chamber? The only place in the world you can do that is at the volcano Thrihnukagigur (Three Peaks Crater), located just a stone’s throw away from Reykjavik. Sounds crazy? Don’t worry; unlike the rest of the active Icelandic volcanoes, Thrihnukagigur is dormant and last erupted over 4,000 years ago, with no signs that it will be erupting again anytime soon. Once you’ve been carefully lowered down the volcano in a mining cart you can see one of the few intact magma chambers in the world that used to hold bubbling hot lava, which promises to be an amazing geologic experience.
After that heart-thumping experience, head over to the Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach for a relaxing soak. If taking your clothes off in freezing cold conditions doesn’t sound appealing to you, you can rest assured that the water in the lagoon is heated to a pleasant 18-20 degrees Celsius. The Geothermal Beach was opened in 2000 with seawalls that kept cold sea water apart from hot geothermal water, as well as the importation of golden beach sand all the way from Morocco.
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