Explore special fares and flight deals to Iceland from Australia.
Iceland is like no other place on Earth; its unique landscape is full of breathtaking surprises. More and more international tourists are succumbing to the chance to chase the Northern Lights across the island while taking in volcanoes, hot springs, geysers and waterfalls. Only a small part of the country is actually glacial. In fact, despite the name, it’s more verdant than its neighbour Greenland. The place is truly a paradise for lovers of the outdoors.
Australians can fly into the capital, Reykjavik (KEF), via Europe or the USA. Cosmopolitan Reykjavik is an artistic haven while old cultural traditions live on in the villages. This isn’t a cheap destination though, so finding the right flight deal to Iceland is imperative.
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Iceland flight times
- From Sydney: 27 hrs 10 mins +
- From Melbourne: 27hrs 05 mins +
- From Perth: 24 hrs 40 mins +
- From Brisbane: 28 hrs 15 mins +
Airlines that fly to Iceland
- Cathay Pacific
- Scandinavian Airlines
Iceland insider flight tips
Most flight deals to Iceland from Australia are with multiple airlines. You might be able to save money by booking a return flight to Europe or the USA separately and then a return flight to Iceland. If you do, make sure you leave enough time for the transfers because if there is a delay and you miss your connecting flight, you won’t be entitled to simply take the next flight for free.
Australians can incorporate a free stopover in Europe with a one-stop flight via the Middle East or Asia. Common hubs for connecting to Iceland are London, Manchester, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris. There are regular flights from these airports with Icelandic carriers Icelandair or Wow Air as well as with low-cost European airline, Easyjet. Reykjavik is only a three- to four-hour flight from these places although you may fly out from a different airport than the one you arrived at from Australia
Alternatively you can also find cheap flight deals to Iceland with low-cost carrier Wow Air from the USA. Fares are cheapest from the east coast for a flight that takes around six hours. Lead-in fares with this airline are seat-only though, so you’ll pay extra for cabin luggage as well as check-in luggage.
Consider taking an organised tour as the people of Iceland know all the secrets of their landscape. This is particularly worthwhile if travelling with children. Iceland’s terrain is potentially hazardous and there are not as many safety barriers as you might find in Australia.
How to get from the airport
Reykjavik’s Keflavik International Airport (KEF) is around 30 minutes from the city. There are two shuttle bus services from the airport, the Airport Express and Flybus. Both depart around 40 minutes after the arrival of each scheduled flight. It is best if you make an advanced booking online although you can also get a ticket at the airport. The shuttle buses serve the main bus station as well as a large number of hotels in the capital. You can also book a Flybus transfer with your hotel. Alternatively, public bus 55 goes directly to the centre of Reykjavik several times per day.
Car hire is available from major rental companies at the airport. It is a great way to fully explore Iceland’s landscape and you can travel right around the country on the Ring Road (Route 1). Just be prepared for difficult driving conditions in winter. If you’re driving off the Ring Road, you will need a 4WD.
You can also book popular transfers as well as tours such as the Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle or Northern Lights with several tour operators online. Flights from Keflavik Airport to Akyreyri (AEY) in North Iceland have recently launched several times a week with Air Iceland, but flights must be booked as part of your international flight ticket.