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02, Getting to Iceland

Travel planning
Due to the ongoing uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, we recommend that our international participants wait until the spring before finalising travel plans and booking flights. This will allow time for a clearer view of any possible disruption that may be caused. Updated information about the coronavirus situation in Iceland is available on the Directorate of Health website,

Flights to Iceland
When organising their flights, most of our volunteers will need to add one day at the start and end of the placements to allow time for the bus journey to and from Thórsmörk. The Thórsmörk buses leave Reykjavik early in the morning on the placement start day and return to Reykjavik in the afternoon/evening of the placement finish day. Due to changing road and river crossing conditions in the Thórsmörk area, delays to scheduled bus times are possible. A full list of airlines operating services to Iceland’s Keflavik airport can be found on their website. We recommend comparing prices when possible.

Ferry to Iceland
If you are looking for an alternative to flying, it is possible to travel to Iceland by ferry. The Smyril Line operates a services from Denmark and the Faeroes to Seyðisfjörður on the east of Iceland. We include a link to to guide you through the process. Please note that there are limited bus connections to Seyðisfjörður and that it will take a day to travel from the port to Reykjavik or Thórsmörk .

Getting to Reykjavik from Keflavik Airport
Keflavik Airport is about 50km from Reykjavik and there are regular bus services for all incoming flights. The journey time to Reykjavik is about 45 minutes and buses drop-off at the city’s hotels, guesthouse and hostels, simply ask when you buy your ticket. Here are two companies operating airport services. Their ticket offices can be found in the airport arrivals area and buses depart from nearby:

Map of the BSÍ Coach Terminal

Getting to the meeting point at Hvolvöllur.

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