A Modern Airport for a Modern Nation
You’ve fallen in love with Iceland and have decided that now is the time to visit the country to see what everyone is raving about. Congratulations! We are rather proud of our patch of volcanic rock and there’s no better place to begin and end your journey than at Keflavik International Airport or KEF for short.
A small airport for a small country
The compact airport means that you never have too far to walk to get to your flight and the modern architecture makes use of Iceland’s abundant summer light to the full with high skylighted ceilings.The clean, spacious and sleek contemporary look is completed with the recent addition of new sofas and extra seating that have been added to ensure a comfortable wait. Having won the 2011 Best Airport Award for airports with less than 2 million passengers from the prestigious Airports Council International, KEF continues to strive to improve on all fronts as Iceland’s popularity as a tourist destination continues to soar.
Savour your last hours in style
I can’t think of a better way to spend one’s last few hours in Iceland than to relax in
the comfortable and cozy departure hall, reflecting on all you have seen during your stay. Grab yourself a sandwich and a coffee-to-go from Kaffitár or Bistro Atlantic or allow yourself the luxury of an unhurried light meal at one of the airport’s more elegant bistros such as Café Europe, destined for those departing to mainland Europe and Café International which serves passengers bound for the USA and the UK.
Up to 50% discounts on wine and spirits
Keflavik Airport is one of the few airports in Europe that offers passengers the possibility to shop tax and duty free, not only on departure but on arriving as well. It’s well stocked range of wine and spirits is the largest in the country and also offers tobacco, perfumes and cosmetics at prices that are up to 50% below Reykjavík prices. Make sure to take advantage of this tremendous saving before you start your Icelandic adventure! Duty Free Area Shops
Nothing says ‘I’ve been to Iceland’ better than an Icelandic wool pullover or cardigan. Worn for generations of Icelanders down through history, the ‘lopapeysa’ as it is called in Icelandic, is probably as close to a modern-day national costume as you can get, sported by virtually everybody. You will find a large selection handknit wool items for sale at Rammagerðin Gift Shop, including sweaters, hats, gloves, mittens, scarves and beautifully designed, pure wool blankets. Given the renaissance of crafts in Iceland, a fine selection of hand crafted items are also stocked.
Tax Free Shopping at its best
If you didn’t manage to do much shopping during your stay, now is the perfect time to find thoughtful gifts and souvenirs at prices at least 15% below prices in town. Epal Design, for instance, offers a wide array of imaginative and whimsical Icelandic designed items: jewellery and accessories, handbags, glassware and tableware, household items and even Christmas tree ornaments.The top names in Icelandic design from around the country, as well as several Scandinavian designers, are all conveniently located under one roof, giving you an unparalleled opportunity to find that special gift.
And if by chance you have lost or forgotten your glasses, or need to replenish your supply of contact lenses, Optical Studios can provide vision tests, using state-of-the-art equipment and can have standard prescription glasses ready in 15-20 minutes. How about a new pair of sunglasses or reading glasses?
Now, for something to read on your long haul flight...Eymundson ehf offers the largest selection of newly released, foreign and domestic books and magazines in the country. Paperback editions of classic works of fiction by all the most famous Icelandic authors are available in English, German and French. For the children there is a good selection of colouring books, crayons, puzzles and games to keep them happily occupied, while you get started on Nobel Prize writer Halldór Laxness’ epic novel, Independant People.
Nord Restaurant features early morning breakfasts, hot coffee, freshly baked croissants, takeaway food and open-faced sandwiches overflowing with smoked salmon, just to name a few of their offerings, all made with the freshest of Icelandic ingredients.
Lastly, the stylish Panorama Bar offers a range of imported and Icelandic wines, liqueurs schnapps and beer. Here you might want to indulge in a celebratory drink or toast to having completed a successful trip to Iceland, while enjoying the expansive views across the Reykjanes Peninsula.
We wish you a pleasant journey home, and see you again soon!