ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - VISAS & PASSPORTS
CITIZENS OF SCHENGEN AREA
The countries that participate in the Schengen Agreement are: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia and Malta.
Travel between these countries is, in principle, without border checkpoints and controls. Nonetheless, it is always recommended to travel with your passport.
CITIZENS OUTSIDE SCHENGEN AREA
All other visitors are required to have a passport or other travel document accepted by Icelandic authorities that is valid for at least three months beyond the intended stay.
Please consult with the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration for countries that are exempt from visa requirements or locations of embassies that can issue visas. In most instances, Danish embassies can handle visa applications on behalf of Iceland.
Special vaccinations are not required for travelling to Iceland.
For more detailed information on passports, visa requirements and Schengen area regulations, please visit the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration website.
FLIGHTS TO & WITHIN ICELAND
There are several flights, many on a daily basis in summer, from a number of major European and North American gateways to Keflavik International Airport in Iceland. Please note that some flight routes are summer-only; we recommend checking with the airlines for flight availability and timetables.
Flight times are approximately 3 hours from London and about 5 hours from New York.
Direct flights are also available to Greenland and the Faroe Islands from the Reykjavik Airport, the main hub for domestic flights in Iceland.
ARRIVING IN ICELAND
AT THE AIRPORT
The Leifur Eiríksson International Airport in Keflavik, located about 50 minutes by car from Reykjavik, is small by international standards and easy to navigate.
On arrival, passengers arriving to Iceland from outside the Schengen area (i.e. North America, Britain, etc.) will need to pass through another security check before continuing to customs and baggage claim. This is in accordance with Schengen security regulations.
While waiting for your luggage, we recommend visiting the duty-free store right next to the baggage claim area if you wish to purchase alcohol to consume during your stay in Iceland. Due to high taxes on alcohol, it is much cheaper at the airport than at the state liquor stores located around the country. There is also a fine selection of Icelandic candies and other goods at reasonable prices.
Most Nordic Visitor vacation packages include private transfer from the airport on arrival. Those receiving a private transfer to their accommodation will be greeted in the arrivals hall by a driver holding a Nordic Visitor sign with the customer’s name.
Those without private transfer are advised to take Flybus, the main airport shuttle service that offers scheduled departures to the BSÍ bus terminal in central Reykjavik in connection with flight arrivals. Tickets can be purchased from the Flybus information desk in the arrivals hall.
Nordic Visitor customers that are picking up a rental car at the airport will be met in the arrivals hall by a car rental agent who will take care of all rental agreements and answer any questions about insurance and other car-related issues. See more information about rental cars.