Keflavik

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Introduction

Keflavik is a town with population of around 13,000 inhabitants. The town is located 3 kilometres east of Keflavik International Airport.

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Sights and Activities

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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Events and Festivals

Keflavik Music Festival

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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

There is a public bus option to economically get from the airport to downtown Keflavik (costs about $5), and the bus stop is just outside the terminal (ask the information desk). Taxis from the airport to downtown Keflavik are expensive and can range from $20-$35. The town itself is small and easily explored on foot, and it is possible to walk from downtown back to the airport via a trail that brings you along the perimeter fence of the airport.

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Eat

Rain (Restaurant/Bar), Hafnargata 19 (Downtown Keflavik), ☏ +354 421 4601. 11:00-01:00. By the seaside with beautiful view over the ocean. They profess to serve fine food and wine.

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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.

Guesthouse 1x6, Vesturbraut 3 (in the old cultural part of Keflavík overlooking the ocean), ☏ +354 857 1589, ✉ booking@1×6.is. Check-in: 16:00, check-out: 11:00. Charming and unique guesthouse created by a local wood sculptor. Offers a giant hot tub in the garden and an early bird breakfast with both homemade and organic products. Free Wi-Fi. Free pick-up from flights for air passengers, free drop off for departing air passengers. No pick-up from car rental. 20.000kr.
Hotel Keflavik. Offers a full gym, wireless internet, a restaurant/bar, and free transfers to the airport. The hotel will pay for the taxi ride to the airport when you leave, but not from the airport on your day of arrival (costs approx 2500kr). Rooms are clean and comfortable, and the staff is friendly and helpful. Cheaper rates can be obtained via internet booking on the hotel's web site. 12.480 (winter) and 16.640 (summer) when booked online.
Flughotel (next to the Hotel Keflavik).

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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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