Reykjavik Destination Guide
Clean, green and captivating, the colourful port of Reykjavik is one of Europe's most enchanting cities.
The world's northernmost national capital offers stunning views, a thriving arts scene and a warm welcome that belies its subarctic climate. A beautiful skyline, dramatic coast and rich cultural heritage come together in a city that also makes an ideal gateway to Iceland's glaciers, geysers and lava fields.
Flying to Reykjavik
Fly from London City Airport to Reykjavik and you’ll arrive in Keflavik Airport, the only international airport that serves Iceland’s capital city. The airport is outside Reykjavik on the north side of the Reykjanes Peninsula, and as soon as you land you’re confronted with the dramatic coastline. As the direct link between Central London and Iceland, the LCY–Reykjavik route is the most convenient way to reach Iceland without leaving London proper – here’s everything you need to know about flights on the route.
Flying from London City Airport to Reykjavik: Q&A
Although you might think of Iceland as way out in the Atlantic, you may find that flights to Reykjavik are quicker than you think. Here are some of the essentials, from flight duration to operators.
How long is the flight from London to Reykjavik?
It takes 3 hours 20 minutes to fly directly from London to Reykjavik. To get to London City Airport from the city centre, take the DLR from Bank and you’ll arrive in around 20 minutes. Once you arrive at Keflavik Airport, it takes between 45 minutes and 1 hour 30 minutes to travel to the centre of Reykjavik by bus. Alternatively, you can organise a transfer with your hotel, pre-book a taxi or hire a car – a good option if you’re planning a lot of travelling.
How many flights a week are there from London City Airport to Reykjavik?
There are two direct flights from London City Airport to Keflavik Airport every week – one on a Thursday and one on a Sunday. Thursday’s flight sets off in the morning, giving you plenty of time to reach your hotel in Reykjavik before dinner. On Sundays, an early afternoon flight arrives in Reykjavik by early evening. If you’re planning a weekend break, Sunday’s return flight to London departs in the early evening.
What airlines fly most frequently between London City Airport and Reykjavik?
British Airways operates all lights from London City Airport to Reykjavik under its BA CityFlyer subsidiary. That means you may also be available to book a business class seats on the route. If you’re looking for fares and see any available with other operators, take a close look at the details of the flight – it will be indirect with at least one stopover.
Practical information about flying from London to Reykjavik
Once you land in the Reykjanes Peninsula, there will be shuttle FlyBus or Airport Express buses waiting to take you into Reykjavik city centre. If you’d rather take a taxi, it’s best to book in advance – your hotel should be able to help you organise this. Keflavik Airport is the largest in Iceland and has many useful facilities packed into its bright, colourful buildings. If you need to get some work done while you wait to board, free unlimited Wi-Fi is available to all.
What to expect in Reykjavik
Reykjavik has become a popular tourist destination in recent years thanks to its midnight sun, unearthly landscapes and fascinating geology. Renowned for its live music scene, Reykjavik hosts a yearly music festival and there are regular jazz, electronica and classical shows at the Harpa concert hall. The city also has excellent culinary and craft beer scenes these days. If you’re flying here, the main attraction is arguably the extraordinary natural scenery you’ll find out of town, but Reykjavik will be your start and endpoint, whatever you’re planning, and it’s a charming city to bookend a trip in.