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A variety of airlines fly direct to Iceland from the UK, including low-cost airlines such as easyJet, Norwegian Air and WOW, and most flights land at Keflavik Airport (KEF).
British Airways and Icelandair both fly from London Heathrow (HTR) while Icelandair, Norwegian Air, WOW and easyJet run the London Gatwick (LGW) to Iceland route. EasyJet also flies from London Stansted (STN) and Luton (LTN).
While the UK’s regional airports also offer flights to Reykjavík, the frequency of the services can be much lower. Nevertheless, between them, easyJet, Icelandair and WOW cover routes from Edinburgh (EDI), Manchester (MAN), Bristol (BRS), Belfast (BFS), Birmingham (BHX), Glasgow (GLA) and Aberdeen (ABZ).
Prices tend to be higher than on flights from London, but the further north you go, the quicker the flight. Flying from Edinburgh, for example, shaves 30 minutes off the journey.
Icelandair operates flights between the UK, Iceland and North America – meaning that a trip to Toronto can easily be broken up with a quick dip in the Blue Lagoon.
Most flights stop at Keflavík Airport, a 45-minute bus ride from capital city Reykjavík, but during the summer months, some airlines also put on flights to Reykjavik Airport (RKV) and Akureyri Airport (AEY), in northern Iceland.
Winter is when you’ll find the cheapest Iceland flights, as long as you avoid Christmas and New Year, while the most expensive time of year to fly is June and July.
However, booking a long time in advance can help to cut the cost. There is also more choice in terms of flight times and dates during the summer months.
For the truly adventurous, there is another way to get to Iceland – by boat. The Smyril Line ferry runs between Denmark and Iceland via the Faroe Islands. Crossings in winter can be rough and are often cancelled, but this is a spectacular way to arrive; the ferry arrives in picturesque Seyðisfjörður, on the east coast.
Another alternative to flying is to take a cruise. Plenty of cruise ships do tours around Scandinavia, Iceland and Greenland, calling in at Reykjavík, Akureyri and Isafjörður. It may not be the cheapest Iceland holiday, but a cruise is certainly a memorable way to see the sights.