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Can I get Alcohol in Iceland?

YES you can. IcelandTollkvoti_A4_EN actually has quite a lot of breweries, both big once and at recent years Microbreweries have been popping up. Icelanders like (or love) to drink and have a good time. Iceland also makes Vodka, Whisky and many other spirits. Beer was banned in Iceland from 1915 until March 1st 1989, yes 1989. Until then you could buy strong alcohol in Iceland and also pilsner (alc. 2.25%). What people used to do if they wanted a beer was to add a shot of vodka or Icelandic Brennivin (black death) to the non alcoholic pilsner and have what was called bjórlíki (e.beer alike). The times have changed and the Icelandic people can now have a wide range of beer and other spirits that are made in Iceland. You can of course also get all the major brands too if you want to stick to something you usually drink, but we highly recommend that you give the Icelandic beers and other spirits a try, it is well worth it. When you buy alcohol in Iceland, you can not buy it in any grocery store, you will have to go to special stores called “Vínbúð” (e. Wine Store) that is  run by the government. What you see in the normal grocery store is a non alcoholic pilsner 2.25%, so if that is what you are looking for, you get it there. Alcohol in Iceland is quite expensive and if you would like to buy some we recommend that you buy as much as you are allowed in the Duty Free at the airport. Here you can find information about the Duty Free allowances.

 

I am flying from the USA to Germany and I have a layover in Iceland. Do you think a two day stop in Iceland would be a good idea and could you recommend what I could do?

Yes, that is definitely a good idea, even a great idea! Even though we always recommend staying longer there are numerous things you could do in two to three days. The best thing for you to do is send us a quote with the dates and we will give you some great recommendations for your layover in Iceland.

What airlines fly to KEF Iceland?

There are two international airlines operated in Iceland, Icelandair and WOW Air that fly from Keflavik airport to numerous locations in Europe and North America. As well as the local airlines there are many more airlines with scheduled flight to Iceland. Here is a list of them, hope we are not forgetting any 🙂

  • Icelandair is Iceland’s oldest airline and flies to many cities in Europe, the USA and Canada. www.icelandair.com
  • WOW Air is a low cost airline that flies to many cities in Europe and now to Washington D.C. and Boston. In 2016 WOW Air will start to fly to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Canada as well. www.wowair.com
  • EasyJet flies directly to Iceland from numerous locations in Europe although depending on seasons which ones. www.easyjet.com
  • Delta airlines offer daily flights seasonal between Iceland and JFK New York (available Feb to Sept) and Minneapolis (available May to Sept). www.delta.com
  • British Airways offers regularly flights between London Heathrow (LHR) and Iceland. www.ba.co.uk
  • SAS offers regularly flights between Oslo (OSL) and Iceland www.flysas.com
  • Norwegian offers regularly flights from Oslo (OSL) and Bergen to Iceland www.norwegian.com
  • AirBerlin offers regularly flights from Berlin, Munchen, Dusseldorf & Hamburg to Iceland between May and September www.airberlin.com
  • Niki offers regularly flights between Vienna and Iceland from June to September www.flyniki.com
  • Germanwings offers regularly flights from Berlin, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Hamburg & Stuttgart to Iceland between June and September www.germanwings.com
  • Austrian Airlines offers weekly flights between Vienna and Iceland from June to August www.austrian.com
  • Lufthansa offers regularly flights from Frankfurt and Munchen to Iceland between May and September www.lufthansa.com
  • Vueling offers regularly flights from Rome (FCO) and Barcelona to Iceland www.vueling.com
  • Primera Air offers all year round flights between Tenerife and Iceland and seasonal from Alicante, Almeria, Barcelona, Billund, Bologna, Khanaria Souda, Las Palmas Malaga and Milas Bodrum to Iceland www.primeraair.com
  • Edelweiss Air offers weekly flights in the summer from Zurich and Geneva to Iceland www.flyedelweiss.com
  • Iberia offers regularly flights between Madrid and Iceland between June to September, starting in 2016 www.iberia.com
  • Air Greenland offers regular flights between Greenland (Nuuk) and Iceland www.airgreenland.com
  • Greenland Express offers seasonal flights between Greenland and Iceland www.greenlandexpress.com
  • Atlantic Airways offers regularly flights from Bergen, Copenhagen and the Faroe Islands to Iceland www.atlanticairways.com
 

How long does it take to fly to Iceland?

Flight times to Iceland of course depend on where you are flying from. For example here are some estimated flight times from few cities in a direct flight.

  • Amsterdam – 3 hours
  • Barcelona – 4 hours & 30 minutes
  • Berlin – 3 hours & 30 minutes
  • Birmingham, UK – 2 hours & 45 minutes
  • Boston, US – 5 hours & 30 minutes
  • Copenhagen – 3 hours & 20 minutes
  • Edinburgh – 2 hours & 30 minutes
  • Florida, US – 7 hours & 30 minutes
  • Frankfurt – 3 hours & 45 minutes
  • London – 3 hours & 10 minutes
  • Los Angeles, US – 8 hours & 45 minutes (8 hours & 20 minutes from Iceland)
  • Miami, US – 7 hours & 35 minutes (8 hours from Iceland)
  • New York, US – 5 hours & 30 minutes
  • Oslo – 2 hours & 30 minutes
  • Paris – 3 hours & 25 minutes
  • Pittsburgh, US – 6 hours & 5 minutes (6 hours & 30 minutes from Iceland)
  • San Francisco, US – 8 hours & 25 minutes (9 hours from Iceland)
  • Seattle, US – 7 hours & 30 minutes
  • Washington, US – 6 hours & 25 minutes

Flying from another destination or have a question about your Iceland Travel?  Contact us and we will get back to you.

What is the weather like in Iceland? Is it freezing all the time?

weatherA popular saying in Iceland is “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes”. That should give you the impression that it can change quickly and that is something that should be taken seriously when traveling in Iceland and especially in the highlands or at winter.

Although it is not under the constant state of freezing and the temperature are not that low as many people assume the fact that the country is an island in the middle of the Atlantic ocean you never really know how the season is going to be. With that being said, it can get quite cold in the winter and even some days in the summer although the summer is usually quite mild and nice.

Prepare for anything while packing and make sure you bring a lot of warm clothes, no matter what season. If you go to the hot tubs in one of the many swimming pools around Iceland, you can guaranty that the locals will be talking about the weather.

When can I see the Northern Lights?

Norther lights in iceland

Although it is never possible to guarantee you seeing the Northern Lights, your best bet of seeing them is from mid September until mid April. We say it’s never a guarantee as it is off course a natural phenomenon and chances of seeing them depend on many variables as weather, time, clear skies and location.

If you are on the haunt to see the northern lights the best time is to come sometime between September and April and it is recommended to stay for at least 7 days to increase your chances. In the meantime you can enjoy so many other activities or sights in Iceland since you are here.

For Northern Lights forecast you can follow this link http://en.vedur.is/weather/forecasts/aurora/