|Popular in||December||High demand for flights, 2% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||January||Best time to find cheap flights, 2% potential price drop|
|Average price||C$ 603||Average for round-trip flights in November 2020|
|Round-trip from||C$ 441||From Toronto to Reykjavik|
|One-way from||C$ 424||One-way flight from Toronto to Reykjavik|
Imagine passing by bubbling hot springs blanketed by a blue mist, waterfalls hitting black sand surrounded by rugged fjords and driving for kilometres amid lava formations with not a soul in sight. This could be an image of life on the Moon or some other planet yet to be discovered, but this fascinating place does exist on Earth – it’s called Iceland. Many travellers who come off a flight to Iceland are so enchanted by the place that they would rather keep it a secret than spread the word and have other tourists discover this serene and sparsely populated land.
Iceland’s population amounts to just under 300,000, most of which is concentrated either in or around the capital, Reykjavik.This buzzing city is quickly becoming a popular destinations and surprisingly boasts some of the best nightlife in the region. But most travellers who book flights to Iceland come here for more than just a good time; they come to experience the indescribable landscape, to bathe in natural hot pools, to explore ancient Viking sites or to catch a glimpse of the spectacular Midnight Sun.
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The flight time to Iceland from Canada is only 5h 40m for nonstop service out of Vancouver. Indirect flights run between 13h 30m and 16h 25m, depending on routes and stopovers. Icelandair has great Iceland travel deals for Canadian travelers, with direct service offering lower fares than most connecting flights, which is rare. Passengers capable of flying out of Vancouver should consider this option to save money and time.
Unfortunately, there is only one city offering direct service to Iceland from Canada, but it is possible more will be added. Vancouver provides nonstop service to Reykjavik, which is the only direct route available. One-stop flights and multi-stop flights are available to Akureyri and Eglissatoir, as well. Departure cities available for indirect service include Toronto, Edmonton, Montreal, and Halifax. Flights are offered by Air Canada, Icelandair, and others.
Traveling around Iceland is fairly easy, since it isn’t much larger than the U.S. state of Kentucky. The Ring Road offers a scenic tour around the island, and the Flybus can take visitors from the airport to downtown Reykjavík. Local flights across the country take around an hour or two, and they’re fairly affordable. Bus service is available, but limited outside of the summer tourist season. Car rentals are often overpriced and there are a number of unpaved roads, so driving can be difficult for international visitors.
Iceland is known for its natural beauty, offering lava fields, glaciers, black beaches, mountains, and beautiful valleys all over the country. Touring the volcano is a unique experience because it hasn’t erupted in over 4,000 years, so visitors are able to go inside to explore the volcano in a whole new way. Paragliding over the landscapes is a popular hobby, as well. Taking a glacier hike is popular, as well, and many people looking for unique cuisine will want to try the local delicacy: rotten shark. Visitors can also visit Solheimasandur Beach, where the wreckage of Dakota (DC3) can be found near the town of Vik. Geothermal spas are found in the country, and although there is not much of it on this list, the shopping and city life in Iceland can be appreciated by travellers, as well.
Canadian citizens will need to present a passport when arriving in Iceland. Passports allow travellers to come into the country without a visa so long as they are staying for less than 90 days. Your passport will also need to be valid for up to 90 days after your intended date of return. Anyone staying over 90 days can apply for a Schengen Visa, as Iceland is part of the Schengen area.
From November through February, temperatures in Iceland drop below freezing, but in summer the highs average 10 C and can climb higher than 24 C. It rains almost two-thirds of the year.
During the summer months there is almost continuous daylight making it the most popular time for travellers to book flights to Iceland. Early spring and late autumn feature long twilights.
From mid-November until the end of January, in the darkness of winter, the opposite is true, with the country only experiencing a few hours of daylight each day. The Northern Lights are often visible in autumn and early winter.
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Domestic Iceland flights are available from Reykjavik to various destinations from Air Iceland and Eagle Air. Flying – especially in the winter – is the easiest, quickest and often the cheapest way to get around.
Iceland Air also connects with bus services, to provide travel to destinations not served by flights.
Other than flying, the only reliable way of getting around is by bus. There is no train service in the country and, though car hire is available, this is not a recommended means of transport, due to ice and poor roads. The bus network is extensive. Advance purchases are not necessary and tickets can be bought from the driver.