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Aerial view of scenic road in Iceland

Aerial view of scenic road in Iceland

Discovering Iceland can feel like visiting a new world with nature at center stage, and there are easy ways to get around.

Glaciers glint on mountaintops, and puffins swirl around sheer coastal cliffs at this dynamic destination. The distinctive and sparsely populated scenery still offers plenty of transportation options that allow you to explore in your preferred way.

A Zicasso Iceland travel specialist will always ensure that you can enjoy the country in comfort by minding all your transportation logistics, whether you wish to explore by private transfer, rental car, bikes, and more.

  1. Best for Long Distances: Flights
  2. Best for Short Travel: Private Drivers & Car Rental
  3. Best for Urban Travel: Taxis & Local Transportation:
  4. Best Alternative Travel: Bikes
  5. More Travel Information & Tips

Best for Long Distances: Flights

Icelandair airplane in flight

Icelandair airplane in flight

Domestic flights are a fast and easy way to travel far distances around Iceland. While Iceland only covers approximately 39,769 square miles of land, it has around 464 international and domestic airports. The rugged terrain and island setting make some destinations reachable only by plane. A flight allows you to reach your intended destination much faster while also giving you a different perspective of the scenery below. For example, a flight between Reykjavik to Akureyri or Egilsstadir can take 45 minutes instead of a five- to nine-hour drive.

Best for Short Travel: Private Drivers & Car Rental

Roadside pull-off to enjoy the scenic view

Roadside pull-off to enjoy the scenic view

Private Driver:

A private driver is one of the best ways to experience the beauty of Iceland’s famous landscape. A private driver knows the roads and better understands the conditions of even the most untouched regions of the country. This not only gives you more opportunities to explore farther afield, but it also means you can sit back and relax in the car, enjoying the scenery along the way as your driver navigates the diverse terrain.

Car Rental:

Renting a car is an easy way to explore Iceland and turns some destinations that may feel inaccessible into an option. With a diverse landscape and unique culture, renting a car could take away from your surroundings as you concentrate on the road, road signs, and any unpredictable conditions that change with the weather, but a travel specialist can direct you with good logistics and trip design.

Best for Urban Travel: Taxis & Local Transportation:

Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland

Taxis are available in Iceland but are mainly found in Reykjavik. Inside Iceland’s capital city, taxis are abundant, easy to find, and reasonable but when traveling outside of the city, taxis can be hard to find and expensive. Other forms of urban transportation in Iceland includes buses, which is an easy and affordable option. The local buses offer an extensive service around the city running early in the morning to late at night with a schedule accessible on its app.

Best Alternative Travel: Bikes

Biking on a winter day in Iceland

Biking on a winter day in Iceland

Cycling around Iceland is a lesser-known option for travelers. While it takes more time and requires experience, cycling around Iceland is a great idea when the weather allows to enjoy nature and experience the culture in a different way.

More Travel Information & Tips

Taking in the view of view of Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Taking in the view of view of Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Iceland can feel like another world steeped in nature’s grandeur traveling the country is relatively easy. The best time to visit Iceland depends greatly on the experiences you want, which can change depending on the seasons from ice cave walks to bird watching, Northern Lights excursions to glacier hikes. Our Iceland Travel Guide can give you much more information on how you can have your perfect trip. You can also speak to an Iceland travel specialist by filling out a Trip Request or by calling 1-888-265-9707.

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