Departing from Iceland

Preparation for your flight

Have you checked in online, checked the flight schedule? 

Time to say goodbye or auf wiedersehen

Do you have your luggage, wallet and passport. If the answer is yes, let’s go the airport. We offer our shuttle service for a small charge or we can call you a cab. The shuttle takes you directly in front of the Airport. 


How early should I arrive at the airport?
The recommended arrival time is two and a half hours before scheduled departure.

Where is the check-in?
The check-in area is in the terminal’s departure hall on Level 1.


Passengers can check in through the websites of most airlines that operate at Keflavik Airport.  When you check in online you receive a boarding pass to your smartphone/mobile device or for printing at home. If you are only carrying hand baggage, you can go directly upstairs to the departure lounge. If you have luggage to check in you can use our self-check-in kiosks or regular check-in counters. (See table below showing options for each airline.)

There are 50 self-check-in kiosks in the check-in hall, which are open 24 hours a day. You’re welcome to check in more than two and a half hours before departure.

Self-check-in takes under a minute. You can choose your own seat and print your boarding pass and luggage tags (stickers). All you need is the flight’s booking number or your passport. (See table below for each airline check-in options.)


Once you have self-checked in, you can go to the self-service bag drop off. You only need to scan your bag and boarding pass and drop your bags off to the bag drop off belt. (See table here with details for different airlines.) Backpacks with loose straps must be placed in the section “Special bags” located at the entrance of the self-service facility. Please make sure that the luggage tag (sticker) is clearly visible.

There are numerous check-in desks where ground handling agencies take delivery of bags if you do not wish to use the self service bag drop off, where the bags are labelled and processed.

You can drop off your odd-size baggage in a special area in the check-in hall. Odd-size baggage cannot be dropped off at the self-service bag drop. Skis, golf sets, pushchairs/strollers, child car seats, etc., are considered to be odd-size baggage.

  Self-service check-in Ground handler check-in Online check-in Self-service bag drop Bag drop-off to ground handler
Icelandair x Only first-class x x x
SAS x     x x
Delta x x     x
Norwegian x x     x
easyJet   x x   x
WIZZ   x x   x
Air Baltic   x x   x
Eurowings   x x   x
Vueling   x x   x
Transavia   x x   x
Other airlines   x     x

Here are links to Icelandair and WOW air’s web pages showing maximum baggage allowances and other information:



You can speed up the check-in process by labelling all luggage carefully in advance and having your booking confirmations and passport(s) ready at the check in desk.
When packing for a trip, please bear in mind that cosmetic bags, toothpaste, hair products, perfumes, creams, aftershaves, deodorants, soaps, shaving cream and other comparable items are best kept in checked-in baggage.

Please remember to also pack any items not permitted in hand baggage in the checked-in bags. Items such as scissors, nail files and pocket knives must be placed in checked-in luggage. If such items are found in hand baggage during security screening, the passenger will, without exception, be prevented from continuing with such items through the security gate.


There’s plenty to see and do in Keflavik Airport’s departure lounge on the second floor. Passengers are advised to go directly through security screening after check-in and proceed to the departure lounge, which has a range of restaurants and shops, all of which are duty-free. The terminal has free unlimited Wi-Fi and numerous charging points for your devices.