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Flights to Iceland overview
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Going found the most deals with travel dates in October.
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Going found the least deals with travel dates in July.
Top tips for finding a cheap flight to Iceland
Book in the Goldilocks Window
We recommend looking for flights about 1-3 months before a domestic trip and 2-8 months before an international trip. This period, aka the Goldilocks Window, is not too last minute but not too far away, either. And it’s the time we’ve seen the best deals. The less flexible your dates and the busier the season, the earlier you’ll want to book.
Iceland has a pretty clear busy season from June-August. So, if you know you want to travel in June, start looking for flights in November or December. People ask us all the time about last-minute deals. Sadly, during popular travel periods, they’re hard to come by. It’s better to plan ahead than wait for a once-in-a-blue-moon deal to pop up. And we know fares jump pretty consistently 21, 14, and 7 days before departure dates. So book before then if at all possible.
Search alternative departure airports
Only a handful of cities offer direct flights to Iceland, so naturally, those cities often have the best deals. If you live in Indianapolis, try searching for flights from Chicago. You might have to take a road trip to reach O’Hare, but you could save a few hundred dollars and fly direct.
If you live in the Southwest, there are no airports offering direct flights nearby. It might seem odd to look for flights out of Denver, especially if you live nowhere near that airport, but if you see a $400 flight deal from Denver to Iceland, it could be worth booking a $150 flight from Phoenix to Denver.
Fly when it’s cheaper
Iceland is very busy during the summer when kids are out of school and families take vacations, and the days are long with lots of light. But the off-season in Iceland can be pretty magical, too, and much cheaper. It’s a different type of trip, but if you’re into geothermal baths under the stars or have always wanted to see the Northern Lights, it’s a great time to visit. Plus, you’ll be free of crowds and can find much better hotel and flight deals. Shoulder season, just before peak season from April-May or after from September-October, is also a good time to visit. The weather will be warmer than in the winter, but you’ll likely find cheaper flights than in the summer.
If you do plan to travel during high season, try to avoid flying on Fridays and Sundays. Those are the most expensive days to travel. We’ve found Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays are usually cheapest.
Set alerts for specific trips
Don’t take time out of your busy day to refresh that flight search page. Leave it to the experts, aka technology. Set up a fare alert from your home airport to Reykjavik, and you’ll get an email when fares drop into your price range or by a noteworthy amount. If you’re considering alternative departure airports, set alerts for those, too. Or, sign up for Going, and we’ll monitor all flights from your home airport and let you know when we find the best deals. We recommend doing this before the Goldilocks Window to find the best prices.
Iceland is decently serviced from the US. There are direct flights from 11 cities, mostly on the East Coast and in the Midwest. Most US travelers will be able to reach Iceland directly or with one connection.
Frequently asked questions about flying to Iceland
When is high season in Iceland?
Like much of Europe and the US, summer is high season in Iceland. Kids are out of school, so families can plan longer trips. But Iceland is unique to other popular summer destinations in that its days are very long and bright from June to August. The sun barely sets in June, which is a draw for tourists hoping to take advantage of all that daylight to hike volcanoes and see glaciers.
When is the best time to visit Iceland?
If you’ve never visited Iceland before, the best time to go is probably from June to August, when you have the most opportunity to hike, see waterfalls in the daylight, and have warmer temperatures. But November-March can also be great times to see the country in a new light: the Northern Lights. It’s also significantly cheaper and less busy, meaning you’ll actually be able to enjoy the famous Blue Lagoon without hordes of people. And if you love winter weather, you’ll love exploring ice caves and taking part in the mid-winter festival in January.
Some people visit Iceland for specific wildlife reasons. If you hope to spot whales, April to September is your best bet. Enamored with puffins? Visit in April during the puffin and golden plover migration. This is also during shoulder season, making it a great time to visit for decent weather without high prices.
How many airports are there in Iceland?
There are several domestic and private airports around Iceland, but only one international airport. The vast majority of international travelers will arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), located about 45 minutes from the capital, Reykjavik. There is also a small airport in Reykjavik (RKV), but the airport does not receive long-haul flights.
Which city in Iceland is the easiest to get to?
Keflavik is the gateway to Iceland and the only city with international flights. It is by far the easiest to reach. There are also some flights to Akureyri, in the north, from Europe.
Which city in Iceland is the shortest flight from the US?
Keflavik, which serves Iceland’s capital and largest city, Reykjavik, is the shortest flight from the US. Flights from the Northeast are 5-6 hours, depending on your departure city.
Which city in Iceland has the most direct flights from the US?
Keflavik is the only airport in Iceland with direct flights from the US. New York, Boston, DC, Detroit, Denver, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, Minneapolis, and Orlando offer nonstop flights. It serves the capital city, Reykjavik, which is about 45 minutes away.
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How long is the flight to Iceland?
The flight to Iceland depends on where in the US you’re flying from. The quickest flights are from the Northeast, like New York and Boston, and take 5-6 hours. From the Midwest, including Chicago, Detroit, and Minneapolis, direct flights take 6 hours. From Orlando and from Seattle and Portland, flights are about 7.5 hours.
From elsewhere in the US, you’ll have to make a connection in one of these US cities, and flight times could range from 8 hours to around 20.
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