Keflavík International Airport

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Keflavik, Iceland

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Chokk Chokk
1733 reviews
Nice and welcoming Jan 10, 2011
It was my first time in Keflavik International Airport and I was quite pleased with what I experienced. When I landed it was at the first gate closest to the main arrival area. One of my friends who had travelled a lot to Iceland had told me about the large tax free area just next to the baggage reclaim and I naturally had a peak at their prices which turned out to be quite reasonable on some of their products.

The baggage handling went fast and smooth; so did the custom and them you were out in the arrival hall, all really fast.

At the time of my departure I was there a bit too early so I had time to stroll around in the huge shopping area which was nice and quite modern in their design. There were some nice shops, bars and restaurants and I had been recommended to buy fresh Icelandic caught fish with me home but I passed on that one.

The entire airport gave a really nice and clean impression and I had no problems in returning there again.

The airport original and old airport was built by the United States military during World War II. The U.S. Army Air Forces desired an airfield at Keflavík capable of operating heavy bombers, in addition to a fighter strip. Funds were allocated in January 1942 and construction began on the fighter strip in May. Two runways of the fighter field were in use by July when Operation Bolero commenced.

The bomber field was begun in July by military and civilian contractor crews, but the civilian contractor was soon relieved by the newly formed U.S. Navy construction battalions Seabees, by May 1943 stopover service for transatlantic military flights was in operation.

During the war the airport complex only served military purposes, but at war's end it became a refuelling stop for the quickly developing international civil aviation crossing the Atlantic.

At the withdrawal of U.S. forces in 1947, the airport was handed over to Iceland and renamed Keflavík Airport. The Airport was operated jointly by Iceland and the United States for transiting civil and military flights.

U.S. forces returned to Keflavík in 1951 under the auspices of NATO and joint operation continued until 30 September 2006, when the military installation was handed over to the government of Iceland.
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3 / 3 TravBuddies found this review helpful/trustworthy
Chokk says:
Well - I didn't notice the tree either :D
Posted on: Feb 01, 2011
sUrAbUyA says:
Wow you are the first person I know who was at Kevlavik. I was there once just for a few hours when a plane had to make an unscheduled stop. Later a man back home at work in Orlando asked me if I had noticed a tree just to the right of the airport as he had planted it years before when he was at the base there. (sorry to say but no I hadnt noticed any tree in particular haha)
Posted on: Feb 01, 2011
Chokk says:
Thank you :D
Posted on: Jan 26, 2011
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Africancrab Africanc…
777 reviews
Great Experience at this small Airport Oct 08, 2010
Mark (Mark184)and I, had a great experience at this rather small International Airport. Located 60 minutes away from Reykjavik. It is a modern airport with contemporary structures, art and check-in machines. Inside the terminal are a few shops offering great last minute shopping. Coffee shop and restaurants are available. The shops are duty free.

We did not use the automatic check-in machines available to passengers. Mark and I did fly in and out of the same airport. On both occassions, we transited with ease, the only line we had was on the inbound while we waited to check our bag in. On the outbound, we arrived very early morning, there immigrations was a breeze as we walked through the terminal to the bus waiting to take us to the airport exit stands.

I believe this is the first airport that I have gone through with so much ease and peace of mind. It was busy but not crowded. Kept clean with plenty of space to move around. Generally a pleasant experience.
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Africancrab says:
Elegant, that is the word I could not find. Great experience.
Posted on: Nov 04, 2010
Mark184 says:
It was an elegantly laid out airport that was classy in appearance. One of the, if the the, nicest airport I've gone through.
Posted on: Nov 04, 2010
GeorgeLeach GeorgeLe…
70 reviews
Keflavík International Airport Jan 25, 2009
Keflavík International Airport is Iceland's biggest airport and the one nearest to the capital Reykjavik. It is also the hub of Icelandair and althrough fairly large doesn't have huge traffic, only a few flights per day so as such is never particularly crowded.

In order to get into Reykjavik, the best choice is the bus which for a few euros will take you to the main bus station and get you on a small taxi-bus to take you to your hotel. There is no train connection from Keflavík International Airport and there seemed to be few taxi's when I arrived so I guess this is the best system.
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