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Iceland Getting Around - Internal Travel
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Air Iceland (formed through merging with Icelandair Domestic and Norlandair) runs domestic services throughout the island to 10 main destinations which link up with regional carriers in the west, north and east of Iceland. For further details, please contact the local office or check online.

Islandsflug operates charter flights, special day tours and sightseeing flights.

Sea & Lake

Ferry services serve all coastal ports in summer, however weather curtails timetables in winter. There is a tunnel connecting Reykjavík and Akranes.

There are ferries between Vestmannaeyjar (Westmann Islands) and Reykjavík.


There is not a railway system in Iceland.


Roads supply all settlements. The 12,000 kilometres (7,500 miles) of roads are mostly gravel rather than tarred. The Ring Road is approximately 1,430 kilometres (894 miles) long, of which 80 % is tarred.


Traffic drives on the right hand side of the road.

It is compulsory to use headlights at all times of the day and night and to wear safety belts, both in the front and back seats. The Icelandic Tourist Board publishes a helpful brochure, The Art of Driving on Icelandic Roads.


Services are cheap and efficient, connecting all parts of the island during the summer. In winter, buses operate to a restricted number of destinations. Holiday tickets (Omnibus Passport) and Air / Bus Rovers are valid for unlimited travel by scheduled bus services, also Full Circle Passports are available, valid for circular trips around Iceland (with no time limit).


Taxis are available from all hotels and airports.

Car hire

Car hire services are available from Reykjavík, Akureyri and several other towns.


Drivers must be over 20 years of age. An International Driving Permit is advised, although it is not legally required. A temporary driving licence is available from local authorities on presentation of a valid United Kingdom driving licence.

Travel times

The following chart gives approximate travel times (in hours and minutes) from Reykjavík to other major towns and cities in Iceland:
  Air Road Sea
45 minutes 3 hours 30 minutes -
50 minutes 9 hours -
55 minutes 5 hours -
1 hour 6 hours -
65 minutes 9 hours 30 minutes -
70 minutes 1 hour -
Westmann Is.
30 minutes 1 hour 6 hours
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