Getting to Alaska
From mid-May to mid-September, Icelandair operate direct flights between Reykjavik and Anchorage, departing twice weekly with connections from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester and Glasgow. Flight time from Reykjavik to Anchorage is 7 hours. Onward flights throughout the state are available with Alaska Airlines in conjunction with Icelandair.
Icelandair also offer regular flights from Reykjavik to Seattle (daily during the summer months), Toronto and Halifax.
Other airline options include Air Canada and British Airways.
Please note that none of our Alaska holidays include airfares; this way we can take advantage of the best available fares, routes and airlines for your own specific holiday requirements.
Icelandair Flight Schedules
Icelandair is our preferred partner for flights between the UK and Alaska, offering a quick and affordable journey via Reykjavik (Keflavik Airport). Please contact our team of accredited Alaska Experts for best available airfares and flight times.
Flights between Keflavik & North America
Direct flights between Keflavik and Anchorage depart twice weekly, from mid-May to mid-September. Flight time is approximately 7 hours.
Keflavik-Anchorage: Weds & Sun
Anchorage-Keflavik: Thurs & Mon (overnight flight - arrives next day)
Flights between Keflavik and Seattle depart daily. Flight time is approximately 8 hours.
Onward flights are available with Alaska Airlines in conjunction with Icelandair to major hubs throughout Alaska including Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka.
Icelandair also offer 4 flights a week direct from Keflavik to Toronto and to Halifax throughout the summer months.
Soft drinks, tea and coffee are provided during your flight. Meals are available to purchase on board.
Baggage allowance to North America is 2 checked bags up to 23kgs each.
Flights between UK & Keflavik
Regular flights from the UK to Iceland offer a variety of options for connections with onward journeys across the Atlantic. Fly straight through or break your journey with a few days stopover in Iceland.
London Heathrow – daily service
Manchester – Mon/Wed/Fri
Glasgow – Tue/Thu/Fri/Sun
London Gatwick – Tue/Thu/Sun
Flight time is approximately 3 hours.
Passport and Visa Information
The US requires all those travelling under the Visa Waiver Programme arriving by air or sea to provide details online at least 72 hours prior to travel. This is known as an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation or ESTA. This is mandatory. If you do not have an ESTA you will be refused travel to the USA. For more information, and to apply online, please visit the official ESTA website . ESTA is valid for a period of two years, or the validity of the traveller's passport (whichever is shorter). The US Customs and Border Protection department apply a $14 charge for an ESTA. Obtaining an ESTA should not be confused with the separate requirement, which will continue to apply, for you to provide your airline or carrier with details of your passport, country of residence and address of your first night's accommodation in the US.
If you are a British passport holder who has travelled to certain Middle Eastern countries since 2011, you will not be eligible to travel under the VWP but must apply for a Visa. Please contact us or refer to the Foreign and Commonwealth website for the most up to date list of visited countries to which this applies.
If you are arriving in the USA by land from Canada, and you qualify for entry to the USA under the VWP, you do not need to complete an ESTA prior to arrival. However, you will be required to complete an I-94W form on arrival at the border, and pay a processing fee.
While in the US under the VWP, you may go to Canada and re-enter the US using the ESTA and admission stamp you were issued when you first arrived in the US, although the time you spend there is included in the 90 days allotted for your visit.
Your passport must be valid for the proposed duration of your stay; you do not need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this. However, it is always sensible to have a short period of extra validity on your passport in case of any unforeseen delays to your departure.
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