Which Airlines Fly to Iceland?
Iceland has been for a few years one of the hottest destinations in the Western World. And we can’t blame them; Iceland is magnificent – we’re, of course, completely unbiased!
In all seriousness, travelling to Iceland is much easier than just ten years ago. There are now at least 19 airlines flying to Iceland from at least 78 locations.
The Icelandic airlines, Icelandair and Play Air, unsurprisingly fly to the most locations. But there are quite a few other airlines that fly to Iceland. Let’s check out the airlines and destinations from which they fly.
So how do you fly to Iceland?
Icelandair, Play, Delta, and United Airlines fly to Iceland from the United States and Canada.
Icelandair‘s history can be traced back to 1937 when Flugfélag Akureyrar was founded in Akureyri, Iceland’s biggest town outside of the capital area. When the airline moved to Reykjavik in 1940, it changed its name to Flugfélag Íslands (Flight Company of Iceland), but the name Iceland Airwaves was used for international flights. Another airline, Loftleiðir (Icelandic Airlines), was established in 1944. In 1979, these two companies merged and became Icelandair.
In the United States, Icelandair flies from Anchorage, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis-St Paul, New York, Orlando, Portland, Raleigh-Durham, Seattle and Washington.
In Canada, Icelandair flies from Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.
Play is a low-cost airline founded in 2019 after WOW air’s bankruptcy. Play’s maiden flight was at the end of June 2021.
Play flies from New York, Boston, Washington, and Orlando.
Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines is one of the major airlines of the United States and one of the world’s oldest airlines in operation. It was founded in 1925 as a crop-dusting operation but began passenger flights in June 1929. The airline officially became Delta Air Lines in 1945.
Delta Air Lines will fly to Iceland from Boston, New York and Minneapolis, starting 1 May 2022.
United Airlines is one of the United States’ major airlines and is the third-largest airline in the world (if measured by fleet size and the number of routes). Its origins can be traced back to 1926, but United Airlines’ name came in 1931 when a few airlines were united in one.
United Airlines flies to Iceland from Chicago.
Icelandair, Play, Air Baltic, Atlantic Airwaves, British Airways, Easyjet, Eurowings, Iberia Express, Jet2, Lufthansa, Norwegian, SAS, Swiss, Transavia, Tui, Vueling, Wizz Air, all fly from various locations in Europe to Iceland.
Icelandair flies from these locations:
Britain: London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Manchester, and Glasgow
Denmark: Billund and Copenhagen
France: Paris and Nice
Germany: Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, and Munich
Greenland: Ilulissat, Kulusuk, Larsarsuag and Nuuk
Italy: Milan, and Rome
The Netherlands: Amsterdan
Norway: Bergen and Oslo
Spain: Alicante, Madrid and Tenerife
Switzerland: Zurich, and Geneva
Play flies from these locations in Europe:
Czech Republic: Prague
Germany: Berlin, and Stuttgart
The Netherlands: Amsterdam
Norway: Trondheim, and Stavanger
Spain: Alicante, Barcelona, Malaga, Madrid, Tenerife, and Gran Canaria
Air Baltic is Latvia’s flag carrier airline and was established in 1995 with the signing of a joint venture between SAS and the Latvian State.
Air Baltic flies to Iceland from Riga (Latvia).
The Faroese airline Atlantic Airways was founded in 1987 as a competition airline to the Danish Maersk Air, the only airline to fly to the Faroe Islands from Denmark at the time.
Atlantic Airways flies to Iceland from Vágar, Faroe Islands.
British Airways was established in 1974 and is today the second-largest British airline after easyJet.
British Airways flies to Iceland from London Heathrow (Britain).
EasyJet is a multinational low-cost airline with headquarters at London Luton Airport. Established in 1995, the airline operates more than 300 aircrafts and has 29 bases across Europe. It is Britain’s largest airline.
EasyJet flies to Iceland from London Gatwick, London Luton, Manchester, Edinburg, and Bristol (all in Britain).
Eurowings is a German low-cost airline with headquarters in Düsseldorf and a wholly-owned Lufthansa Group subsidiary. The airline was founded in 1996 and serves a domestic and European destinations network.
Eurowings flies direct to Iceland from Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Hamburg (Germany). Eurowings offers flights from many other destinations with a layover in Germany.
The Spanish low-cost airline Iberia Express was founded in October 2011.
It flies to Iceland from Madrid, Spain.
Jet2.com Limited is a British low-cost leisure airline offering scheduled and charter flights from the United Kingdom. It is the third-largest airline in the UK, after easyJet and British Airways. The airline was founded in 1983. Jet2 does not fly to Iceland from May to September.
Jet2 flies to Iceland from Belfast (N-Ireland), Edinburgh (Scotland), Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and London Stansted.
Lufthansa is Germany’s flag carrier and the country’s largest airline. Lufthansa was established in 1926.
Lufthansa flies to Iceland from Munich and Frankfurt (Germany).
Norwegian Air Shuttle is the fourth largest low-cost carrier in Europe after Wizz Air, easyJet and Ryanair and the second largest in Scandinavia. The airline was founded in 1993.
Norwegian flies to Iceland from Oslo, Norway.
SAS or Scandinavian Airlines is the flag carrier of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. It was established in 1946, and in 2017 it was Europe’s eighth-largest airline.
SAS flies to Iceland from Oslo (Norway) and Copenhagen (Denmark).
Swiss Air Lines is the flag carrier airline of Switzerland, flying within Europe and North America. The airline was formed after Swissair was bankrupt in 2002.
Swiss flies to Iceland from Zurich, Switzerland.
Transavia Airlines is a Dutch low-cost airline founded in 1966.
Transavia flies to Iceland from Paris, France and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
TUI Airways is a British charter airline and was the world’s largest in 2019. Britain’s fourth-largest airline by total passengers carried after easyJet, British Airways and Jet2. Their flights begin in December 2022.
TUI flights to Iceland from Manchester and Bristol (Britain).
Vueling is a Spanish low-cost airline best in Barcelona. It is the largest airline in Spain, measured by fleet size and the number of destinations. Vueling flies to 122 destinations in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
Vueling flies to Iceland from Barcelona, Spain.
Wizz Air is a Hungarian ultra-low-cost airline with headquarters in Budapest, Hungary. The airline was established in 2003 and flies to 164 airports.
Wizz Air flies to Iceland from these locations:
Italy: Rome, Napoli and Milano
Poland: Krakow, Katowice, Waraw and Wroclaw