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Flying or chartering a private business jet at Keflavik International Airport in Iceland – the Land of Fire and Ice – is sure to lead to an adventure in which you’ll see majestic, almost magical, sites. Places almost impossible to get to.

That’s in large part because – except around the three major airports of Keflavik, Reykjavik City and Akuyeri – Iceland’s airspace is uncontrolled. Want to land on a glacier? If it’s long enough and flat enough, go ahead.

Air travel in Iceland, where there are more than 30 airports for 330,000 people, is common and often necessary, especially in winter and especially between airports. It’s easy to charter a private business jet at Keflavik from Paramount Business Jets to take you to another airport.

Keflavik Airport

Aerial View of Keflavik Airport. Picture Source.

What is the airport code for Keflavik Airport?

The ICAO code for Keflavik Airport is BIKF and its IATA code is KEF.

Airport Information for Keflavik Nas Airport (BIKF, KEF)

AIRPORT INFORMATION
ICAOBIKF
IATAKEF
LOCATIONKeflavik, Iceland
FACILITY TYPEAIRPORT
Runway Length (ft) Width (ft) Surface Type Elevation (ft)
29/11 10056 197 ASP 170.88525
20/02 10019 197 ASP 170.88525

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What’s the best airport in Iceland?

Almost all international private and commercial jets come through Keflavík International Airport, which is located about 30 miles southwest of Reykjavík. Keflavik is about a three-hour flight from London and a five-hour flight from Boston or New York.

Because of its near-arctic location, northwest of the United Kingdom, between Greenland and Denmark, winters can be rough with high winds and unpredictable weather so most people come to Iceland between June and August.

Why charter a private jet at Keflavik?

With so much of the airspace above Iceland uncontrolled, private business jet pilots and passengers are able to fly just about anywhere. Its volcanic topography is breathtaking. It’s the place to see the Northern Lights, lava fields, mountains, glaciers, fabulous waterfalls that cut through volcanic rock, geysers, active and dormant volcanoes, lakes in volcanic craters and Nordic culture. On the southern shore are black sand beaches edged by volcanic rock.

Summer’s daylong nights and nearly lightless winters are wonders seen few places in the world.

If you hire a private business jet at KEF, your pilot is likely to take off on one of six VFR (visual flight rules) routes and be over a vast stretch of wilderness in 10 minutes.

It’s such a great place to see by air that flying clubs are popular and the country has one of the highest, if not the highest, per capita of licensed pilots.

There are no landing or other fees for planes with max takeoff weights under 2,000 kilograms (about 4,409 pounds).

What is the FBO at KEF?

The lone fixed base operator at Keflavik International Airport is SouthAir Iceland. SouthAir has more than 40 years’ experience serving private jet customers with VIP service. Its newly renovated and enlarged terminal, which opened in 2016, is located on the serene and easy to find eastern ramp at Keflavik International Airport.

SouthAir Iceland

SouthAir Iceland FBO. Picture Source.

Its amenities include:

  • One of the world’s most acclaimed duty-free stores
  • Immigration and customs (Iceland belongs to the Schengen Group of European countries who have a joint customs and immigration procedures. Iceland is one of Europe’s gateways to and from the United States. Even with short notice, SouthAir Iceland offers full customs and immigration clearance at its terminal.)
  • Diplomatic clearance
  • VIP passenger lounges
  • Conference facilities
  • Crew rest areas
  • Staff can arrange hotels, cars and tours
  • A fleet of ground service equipment
  • 24/7 service
  • Swift turnaround
  • Weather briefings
  • Flight planning
  • Airport information
  • Internet access
  • Full catering service
  • De-icing
  • Large, lighted, secure ramp space

What’s the history of Keflavik Airport?

Keflavík International Airport’s past dates to World War ll when Allied troops invaded Iceland and took it over from the Nazis that had defeated its ruler, Denmark.

The U.S. military built Keflavik International Airport during the war. Since opening in 1943, Keflavik Airport has played a big role in the development of commercial flights to Iceland and has become a stopover and refueling stop between Europe and the United States.

A new terminal was built in opened in 1987 but there has been continuing ongoing development, modernization and expansion. More and more tourists are coming to Iceland. The airport expects to serve 10 million passengers a year by 2020.

Elite international travelers flying into Keflavik can easily charter a private business jet into Reykjavík Airport, a mile from the nation’s capital. Air traffic at Reykjavik, which has shorter runways than Keflavik, is limited to general aviation domestic flights, flights to Greenland, small international charters and private jets. To distinguish it from Keflavík International Airport, it is often referred to as Reykjavik City Airport.

Air ambulances regularly bring patients to the large hospital in Reykjavik because there are so few people and so few roads in the country. It would take many hours to get to the hospital on Ring Road, the road that rings the exterior of the island while a plane can get patients there in less than an hour.

Seeing Iceland in a private jet

Every year, more and more tourists are coming to the island nation with to visit the wonders of its surreal landscape. Some describe it as moonlike and they aren’t the only ones. In the 1970s, the Apollo 11 astronauts practiced for their moonwalks on a barren lava field near Lake Myvatn in northern Iceland.

Iceland from Air

Aerial View of Reykjavik. Picture Source.

As you leave the relatively flat and green coastal regions, the island becomes more varied. Volcanic mountains and their accompanying bluffs, craters and mesas start small and get bigger and bigger as you get closer you the center of the island. Lush grasslands are interspersed with the mountains and sheep that appear more and more as white dots the higher you fly.

Some volcanoes have crater lakes on the top of them; others have glistening, white glaciers.

On the land below the glaciers are twisting and turning rivers of melted glacial ice flowing out to the sea.

Some two-thirds of Iceland’s population lives in – and most tourists visit – the southwest portion of the country so the further you get from there, the further you get from the crowds.

Are there elves in Iceland?

It’s Iceland’s shared secret: they believe in elves. Well, not just elves, huldufólk, or hidden people. These include gnomes and trolls and fairies as well as elves. It is said that more than half the residents believe in the existence of hidden people, described as being less than 3 feet tall with big ears (no pointy hats).

Elves can only be seen by people with second sight, which explains why not everybody believes in them. However, enough people believe in the folklore of the hidden people that roads and other construction projects have been rerouted or moved to keep from disturbing them after strange happenings started to occur near the building sites. And, a former member of parliament even said a family of elves saved his life after a car crash.

Christmas time is a great time to spot an elf because that is when they supposedly move around looking for new places to live.

Visitors can go on an elf walk in Hafnarfjörður, the seaside town located outside Reykjavík where clans of them are said to live in the rocks at the city’s center.

Or, you can earn an elf degree at the Elf School in Reykjavík, where you’ll learn, from native Icelanders, things like there are 13 types of elf, four kinds of gnome, three kinds of trolls and three kinds of fairies. One important lesson you’ll learn is to never throw rocks. You might hit an elf.

Many people have elf houses in their gardens and, of course, visitors can find elf souvenirs in local shops.

When is the Midnight Sun?

Iceland is located so close to the Arctic Circle that summer days – from May to late July – are very long and daylight in the depths of winter is almost non-existent.

The Midnight Sun happens during the summer solstice, from June 20 to 22 when the sun sets a few minutes past midnight and rises before 3 a.m. The strange light and shadows give the island an eerie, almost magical feel.

How many volcanoes are in Iceland?

Iceland has 130 volcanoes and about 30 of them are active. The most recent eruption came in 2010 when the Eyjafjallajokull Volcano sent so much smoke into the air that it disrupted air travel. It is perhaps the most famous volcano on the island but there are many others to explore.

What is Iceland’s most famous waterfall?

Iceland is a country of waterfalls. Located where two tectonic plates meet and volcanoes erupt, it only stands to reason there would be many places where water must fall great distances. Some of the country’s most spectacular waterfalls are located on the eastern side of the island, which is beautiful and sparsely populated and the location of the East Fjords, 75 miles of natural coastline.

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall in Iceland. Picture Source.

Waterfalls are scattered around the country, many along the south coast, including the popular Seljalandsfoss, a narrow and tall waterfall that visitors can walk behind; and the Skógafoss one of the most beautiful of all Iceland’s waterfalls that can produce multiple rainbows on sunny days. What are Icelandic horses?

There are many interesting animal species in Iceland but perhaps the most famous are the Icelandic horses, a friendly but sturdy and sure-footed pony-size breed with shaggy hair over its eyes.

And then there are the puffins, the adorable clowns of the sea. Iceland has more of these small birds than anywhere else in the world. Iceland is the breeding spot for most of the Atlantic puffins. You can see hundreds of them if you take a boat trip to a tiny island called Papey. Once a home to monks, the island is now inhabited by puffins and seals.

Where is the Blue Lagoon?

Iceland is filled with natural hot springs but the Blue Lagoon isn’t one of them. It was accidentally made in 1974, when runoff from a nearby power plant settled into hardened lava. It is the most famous destination for tourists going to Iceland. Its geothermal water hovers about 100 degrees year-round and there are views of snow-covered lava rocks in every direction. The sun makes it look blue but if you pour it in a glass, you can see that it’s white from the silica, algae and minerals it contains.

Geothermal energy is also used to heat homes and bathing in communal geothermal baths is common.

If you have time before or after your flight into Keflavik, you can stop and soak in the Blue Lagoon. It’s much closer to Keflavik than it is to Reykjavik

Can a plane land on a glacier in Iceland?

If you hire a private business jet at KEF and you can’t get close enough by landing at any of the country’s 30 airports, you can fly to a glacier, land on it and maybe even go inside it.

The uncontrolled airspace over Iceland allows planes to go to remote spots like Langjökull, in western Iceland, where they have dug a tunnel about a third of a mile into a glacier. It’s a little frightening to walk through a glacier but the bright blue ice at the deepest section of the tunnel is amazing.

There are also many natural ice caves in Iceland next to or inside glaciers.

Can you see the Northern Lights in Iceland?

Iceland is one of the best places in the world to see the aurora borealis, or Northern Lights. They light up the night sky from October to March. The magical dancing lights above the North Pole are made when the upper section of the atmosphere is struck by supercharged electrons caused by the solar wind.

Where to scuba dive in Iceland?

Diving the Silfra Fissure is called one of the top 10 best places to dive in the world. The water is so clear – and so cold you need a wetsuit – in the crevice between the North American and Eurasian continental plates that divers can see 500 feet in every direction. There is very little marine life but the rock formations are beautiful.

Alcohol is expensive in Iceland

Iceland is one of the most expensive places in the world in which to live. Perhaps the one caveat about going to Iceland that appears most often on websites and in blogs is that alcohol is expensive so don’t pass up that duty-free stuff you find in the Keflavík International Airport. It may seem expensive but wait until you get to a restaurant or your hotel. Customs limits you to 1 liter of wine or 6 liters of beer, plus 1 liter of spirits. If you’re not carrying spirits or beer, then you can bring in 2.5 liters of wine.

FBOs and Handlers at Keflavik Nas Airport, BIKF, KEF

NAME ADDRESS PHONE WEBSITE
Airport Associates  BUILDING 10, KEFLAUIK AIRPORT  +354 420 0709  www.airportassociates.com 
Igs Ground Services  IGS GROUND SERVICE  (354) 425-0277  www.igs.is 
South Air Icelandic  Building 787
Keflavik IS-235
+354 425 5520
ops@southair.is 
(354) 425-0520  www.southair.is 
Base Operations    (354) 425-2280   
Eagle Air Ltd    (354) 552-9511   
Ace Fbo     +354 424 6400  www.acefbo.com 

METAR Weather Data at Keflavik Nas Airport, BIKF, KEF

STATIONBIKF
OBSERVEDWed Oct 17, 21:00 EDT
NOWWed Oct 17, 21:04 EDT
AGE4 min ago
WINDSE at 25 mph
VISIBILITY16 miles
CONDITIONSlight rain
CLOUDSmostly cloudy
TEMP43°F (6°C)
WIND CHILL33°F (1°C)
DEWPT41°F (5°C)
HUMIDITY93%
BAROMETER1001 hPa (29.56 in Hg)
METARBIKF 180100Z 13022KT 9999 -RA FEW012 BKN029 BKN035 06/05 Q1001

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