Stopping over in Iceland and not wanting to venture too far away from the airport? You’re in luck. Iceland is one of the most beautiful places in Europe and a bucket list destination. Be sure to make the most of your Iceland stopover with these top 3 things to do near the Keflavik International Airport.
1. Bridge Between Two Continents
The Bridge Between Two Continents, while admittedly not particularly visually appealing, is a pretty cool thing to say you’ve been to. The scientific theory is that the mid-Atlantic rift lies across Iceland and actually separates Iceland between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates.
The actual bridge is just a small footbridge, slightly raised above the ground and is definitely more a symbolic bridge than a required bridge. The area below, that the footbridge crosses over, is argued to be a ‘major fissure’ caused by stress and tension as the two tectonic plates below move slowly away from each other.
Located only a 20 minute drive from KEF Airport, the Bridge Between Two Continent is an easy sight to tick off during your Iceland stopover.
2. Blue Lagoon
Located only a 20 minute drive from Keflavik International Airport, the Blue Lagoon is not only one of the best Iceland stopover activities, it is also one of the easiest. It is such a popular stopover activity that you can even be picked up from the airport by the Blue Lagoon as they operate hourly airport transfers.
The Blue Lagoon is also equipped with showers, hair dryers and large changing rooms so you will feel refreshed before heading back to the airport (although with full disclosure my hair did take a while and a few moisturising treatments, to completely recover post-lagoon).
We visited Blue Lagoon after checking out of our accommodation and before checking in for our flight back to England. We stayed for about 2-3 hours making it an ideal activity to relax and recoup before continuing on with your journey.
Blue Lagoon is one of the 12 Places in Iceland That You Must Visit
3. Reykjavik City Centre
A 45 minute drive from KEF Airport, Rekyjavik is worth a good look around if you have the time between your connecting flights. Whether you stroll through the city, admire its street art and take it the atmosphere (like we did) or enjoy a good Icelandic meal (like one of these 7 dishes you have to eat in Iceland) at one of the many restaurants, Reykjavik is a quirky city that is worth ticking off.
To visualise just how close these places are to Keflavik Airport, see the below image.
Happy Iceland stopover!