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Keflavik

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Travel Guide Europe Iceland Keflavik

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Introduction

Keflavik is a town with population of around 8,000 inhabitants. The town is located 3 kilometres east of Keflavik International Airport.

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Sights and Activities

There is a nice promenade where you can enjoy the sea. It goes through the entire coast so it's the best place to walk through the city.
At the port you can see several old ships being renovated or just abandoned.

Abandoned ship in Keflavik

Abandoned ship in Keflavik

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Events and Festivals

Keflavik Music Festival which in 2013 was held between 5 - 9 June .

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Getting There

By Plane

Keflavik International Airport is 3 kilometres away. Many hotels and guesthouses offer free pickup from the airport. Surprisingly there is no public bus service connecting the airport and the town. As a last resort, the distance is walkable.

By Bus

You can reach Keflavik by bus from Reykjavik. Go to the Mjodd bus station and ask for a ticket to Keflavik town. Be clear you are not going at the airport.

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Getting Around

By Foot

Keflavik is a small town and is excellent to go around by foot. Use the coastal alley as a guide, you can never get lost.

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Sleep

There are several hotels and hostels in the town. If you have no reservation just go on the main street and look around. It will not take you much time to find a place to stay.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Most of Iceland is well connected. Most homes have ADSL connections which work well most of the time. There is however a firewall which can cause connections problems especially at busy times. Most hotels, guesthouses, hostels, cafés etc. have a working Wi-Fi network. Generally it's free of charge, but sometimes there might be a small fee or limited amount of time. There are a couple of public computers at the University of Iceland and the National Library that you can use for free and without the need to log in.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The international telephone code is 354. National numbers in Iceland are seven digits long and generally written in the form xxx xxxx or xxx-xxxx.
There are no area codes in this closed numbering plan and the international call prefix is 00. Numbers of mobile phones tend to begin with either 6xx xxxx, 7xx xxxx or 8xx xxxx, while land line numbers start with 5xx xxxx (in Reykjavík) or 4xx xxxx (the country side). The Icelandic emergency number is 112 for all services.

Internally, phone calls in Iceland are very reasonable priced and most providers offer friends and family discounts or free calls/messaging to same network phones. International calling cards are available in most convenience stores which can significantly reduce the cost of international calls.

There are three main companies who supply personal internet connections: siminn Vodafone and Talk. It is very important to get full details of the charges and excess charges as it is very easy to run up a huge bill without being aware of it, especially on a mobile connection. You can buy a local SIM card, if you have an unlocked mobile phone. The major internet companies can supply 3G mobile internet on a monthly basis. If you are travelling be sure to check the coverage because the mobile connection is not as wide as the mobile phone connection.

Post

Iceland's Postal Service (tel. 580-1200) is reliable and efficient. General post office hours in Reykjavík are 9:00am to 6:00pm weekdays, but post offices close earlier elsewhere. Mailboxes are bright red and marked Pósturinn. Stamps are sold at many locations, including Nóatún supermarkets; N1, Olís, and Shell gas stations; and some bookstores. Mail typically takes 3 to 5 business days to reach Europe or the United States. If you are importing goods through the post, it takes a while to sort out the customs and tax based on the value of the item, so be sure to have receipts readily available. For sending packages you can also use international courier companies like TNT, UPS, FedEx or DHL, since they are fast, reliable and generally competitively priced as well.

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