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Keflavík

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Keflavík (pronounce it "kep-la-vik") is a town in Southwest Iceland that is home to the country's international airport. The population is approximately 13,000.

Get in[edit]

Keflavík International Airport (Icelandic: Keflavíkurflugvöllur) (IATA: KEF) (ICAO: BIKF), [1]. Keflavik is easily accessible from the airport. Simply follow signs indicating "Keflavik." The airport is about 5 km away from the town proper.

Get around[edit]

The town itself is small and easily explored on foot.


Transport between the airport and Reykjavik city is by road only. The distance is 50 km. A new fast freeway (dual carriageway road) was opened 2008. The buses have a timetable adapted to the flight schedule. They go to and from the Reykjavik bus terminal, taking around 45 minutes. To get to the domestic airport a bus change is needed at the bus terminal.

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Keflavik from the harbor

Whale watching tours leave from the harbor. These tours generally last about 3 hours and see dolphins, orca, minke and humpback whales. There is also a festival of lights in late August. Numerous walking paths lead out from town, including a stone path along the water that meanders several miles past seabirds to the lighthouse on the point.

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There are plenty of things to do and see in Keflavik. The town is fairly close to the Blue Lagoon and is often chosen by travellers for that particular reason. Keflavik has a one of a kind historical Viking museum, Viking World, along with many other things to see and do.

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  • Rain (Restaurant/Bar), Hafnargata 19 (Downtown Keflavik), 421 4601, [2]. 11:00-01:00. We have been around since 1989. Located by the seaside with beautiful view over the ocean. We serve fine food and wine.  edit
  • Café Iðnó, Vatnsnesvegur 12 (Downtown Keflavik), 420 7000, [3]. 18:00-21:30. Café Iðnó is the restaurant in Hotel Keflavik. In a beautifull glass enclosure - we serve international and Icelandic cuisine 20-40$.  edit

Accommodation[edit]

  • Hotel Keflavik (First class), (downtown Keflavik), 420-7000, [4]. Hotel Keflavik is in the Heart of Keflavik town - only 5 minutes and 15 minutes to the Blue Lagoon. The four star hotel has been gaining a lot of positive remarks online and booking websites. It provides transportation to or from the airport and can arrange Blue Lagoon transfers as well. Breakfast is served early from 5:00 am for those leaving early. Hotel Keflavik has one of Europe´s largest hotel gyms (5000 sqft) where guests can attend spinning classes, go to a sauna bath and get a tan in the Solarium. Café Iðnó is open for both hotel guests,those staying at other hotels and local friends.  edit

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