Iceland – how to get there and get around

Iceland, the land of lava fields, glaciers, hot springs, waterfalls, northern light and midnight sun. A land where you can still go exploring. As remote as it get’s. But how do you get there?The Tecla will sail from Scotland to Iceland and after 2 months in Iceland, she will sail back again. But not everybody will have the time to stay on board that long. Here you will find more information on how to get to Iceland and back again. And some highlights on other travel possibilities in Iceland.

Getting to Iceland:

Flying to Iceland is the easiest way. International flights to Iceland are offered by:

Iceland Air - www.icelandair.com

Flights from Europe are offered by:

WOW air - http://wowair.com

SAS - http://www.flysas.com

Easy Jet - www.easyjet.com

Book your flight as early as possible

Booking your flight months before flying can safe you up to €150! Flying from Reykjavik to Isafjordur, one way, costs €60 when booked early, and can cost up to €210 in the summer for last minute bookings (can also be very cheap, it is a gamble). Flying to Akureyri in advance costs around €90, and can get up to €230 last minute.

Rent a car

If you are feeling adventures, why not rent a car at the airport and drive to Isafjordur or Akureyri or back. Caras can be rented on Kevlavik and left at the airports of Isafjordur and Akureyri and vise versa. The drive takes about 6 to 7 hours. If you want to spend the night somewhere, think of Stykkisholmur where you can cross with a ferry on your way to Isafjordur.

Traveling to the ship

Flights to the international airport arrive on Keflavik airport (KEF - http://www.kefairport.is/english/). You can get to Reykjavik by bus or taxi. A bus to your  hotel will cost you €16 and will take 45 minutes. A bus to the bus station, will cost €13 and will take about 45 minutes. From the Bus station it is another 5 or 10 minutes in the bus to Reykjavik Domestic Airport. Or a 25 minute walk. 

If you are interested in seeing a little more of Iceland before coming on board the Tecla, there are several tours on offer with both bus lines, that will take you along some of Icelands highlights. Of course, we will see most of these highlights while sailing around as well.

...or... rent a car. 

Isafjordur

Flying to or from Reykjavik, the flight will take 40 minutes with Air Iceland www.airiceland.is. The inland flights are all from Reykjavik domestic airport. When arriving in Isafjordur, you can take the local small bus (always there) into town. It costs about €19 in Icelandic Krona and will take you to Isafjordur Hotel. From here it is a 3 minute walk to where the Tecla is moored, you will have seen her from the plane and the bus! 

Akureyri

Flying from Reykjavik will the flight will take about 45 minutes  with Air Iceland www.airiceland.is. The inland flights are all from Reykjavik Domestic airport. Arriving in Akureyri you can take a taxi or walk into town, it is a 3km distance to the city centre. The Tecla will be moored in the harbour close to the taxi stand. A taxi costs about €8 in Icelandic Krona. 

Visa’s

WikiTravel tells us:

Iceland is a member of the Schengen Agreement.

There are no border controls between countries that have signed and implemented this treaty - the European Union (except Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and the United Kingdom), Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Likewise, a visa granted for any Schengen member is valid in all other countries that have signed and implemented the treaty. But be careful: not all EU members have signed the Schengen treaty, and not all Schengen members are part of the European Union. This means that there may be spot customs checks but no immigration checks (traveling within Schengen but to/from a non-EU country) or you may have to clear immigration but not customs (traveling within the EU but to/from a non-Schengen country)

The world travel guide tells us that the passport of people entering should be valid until 3 months after your entering Iceland. The following schematic will show you what you need when entering from different countries, this is copied of http://www.worldtravelguide.net/iceland/passport-visa.

 Passport requiredReturn ticket requiredVisa required
AustralianYesYesNo
BritishYesNoNo
CanadianYesYesNo
Other EUYes/1/2NoNo
USAYesYesNo

The Tecla will not be responsible for any errors in writing or changes in rules in the country it self. If a visa is required the applicant is responsible for applying and receiving one before arriving in Iceland and on board the Tecla.