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Keflavik Airport

Hello, I have a concern about only a 55 min. layover between flights.
On Sept 7th. my wife and I leave from Sacramento to Seattle, change planes to Icelandair then on to Keflavik, Iceland.
As I said we have only 55 min. before we board another Icelandair going to London. We arrive in Iceland at 6:45 am. and depart for London at 7:40 am.
Is that enough time? Do we have to go through customs in Keflavik or do we do that in London.
If I check our 2 bags in Sacramento will they go through to London or should we do carry on to speed up the process?
Does anyone have experience with this?
Thank you in advance for any help or information you may provide.
Tom

Posted by
6872 posts

Nothing to worry about. Keflavik is very small and all connections (and bags) will go through. I've flown through there twice. Next time consider doing the Iceland stopover - it's worth it...like getting a 2 for 1 deal.

Posted by
285 posts

You should be fine. I have done the fight from Seattle with a shorter layover in Keflavik (40 minutes) and we didn't have a problem. We checked our bags in Seattle and they arrived in Munich. Have a great trip!

Posted by
51 posts

Thank you for your quick replies. I really appreciate your help.
I feel much better now.
Tom

Posted by
4637 posts

Keflavik is indeed a small airport. 55 minutes is more than enough. Your checked bags will go all the way to London. And by the way Iceland is considered to be in Europe, not beyond Europe.

Posted by
1750 posts

Sorry to rain on your parade but the air traffic controllers at Keflavik have been having a work to rule strike that has not been resolved yet. Some incoming flights have been delayed by an hour.

Posted by
4637 posts

Hopefully the strike will be resolved by September 7th.

Posted by
1750 posts

And not all flights are delayed. And if your ongoing flight is Icelandair then they have to get you to your destination. Our outbound flight from Keflavik to Portland, Oregon was delayed by an hour. We were waiting for passengers to arrive from another flight that had been delayed.

Posted by
51 posts

Once again, thank you for the information.
We do depart on Icelandair.
Hopefully any type of strike will be settled when we arrive.
The fact that Iceland is considered part of Europe has been duly noted. Thank you for pointing that out.
One final thought,,, if the worst thing that happens is a missed flight or delay that is just a minor inconvenience compared to the terror being inflicted around the world. So sad.
Thank you all.
Tom

Posted by
110 posts

@Ilja: So, are you going to quibble about the seven other Iceland discussions happening right now in this section or just this one?

Until there's a dedicated Iceland forum (which it seems like just isn't going to happen) Iceland gets stranded between "beyond Europe" and "general Europe."

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Iceland is considered part of Europe so I would put in under General Europe. By the way they played pretty well in Eurocup (only European countries play there {I know, Turkey - most of it is in Asia but small part is in Europe}), they made it to quarterfinals.