Traveling To Iceland – What You Need To Know About Your Next Nordic Getaway

Iceland is now open to vaccinated travelers, including Americans, with no quarantine. As of April 6, 2021, all travelers (regardless of origin) who can show proof of a full COVID-19 vaccination or prior COVID-19 infection now have permission to enter Iceland. But before you start plotting your trip to see the still-erupting Fagradalsfjall volcano, there are some things to know.

Proof of Vaccination & Testing

Make sure you can show proof of one of two things: a full COVID-19 vaccination—be it Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, or Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)—via one of the officially accepted forms, or an accepted document that shows prior COVID-19 infection (for example, a positive PCR-test that’s older than 14 days). Note that you need documented laboratory results for proof of prior infection—clinical diagnoses and rapid diagnostic tests (antigen or antibody tests) are not accepted.

All visitors to Iceland, including children, need to preregister on this website before entering the country. A COVID-19 PCR test is not required to board your flight to Iceland—as long as you’re vaccinated or can prove a previous infection. Just don’t expect to have the plane to yourself on the way over. Between the excitement of Iceland’s volcano tourism, its reopening to vaccinated travellers, and the country’s perennial appeal, travel advisors are reporting a flood of interest and bookings.

All travelers are required to take one COVID-19 test (free of charge) upon landing at the airport in Iceland. You can head to your accommodations after but must stay there while you wait to get the result back via email or SMS, usually within 6 to 24 hours. After that comes back negative, you are free to explore the country. (There is no need to quarantine or to take another PCR test five or six days later.)

What airlines have flights to Iceland right now?

Delta’s daily service from JFK started back up on May 1. Delta will resume daily flights from Boston to Reykjavík–Keflavik on May 20 and from Minneapolis/St. Paul on May 27.

United begins daily service from Chicago to Reykjavík on July 1 to run through October 3. United’s daily flights from Newark to Reykjavík resume June 3 through October 29.


Icelandair is currently only guaranteeing flights to Reykjavík out of Boston, with more flights expected to resume in June. It is possible to book flights out of JFK-New York but they’re sporadic.

A recent search on Google Flights for round trips from Boston and New York were about $350 and about $800 from Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Sightseeing & Hotels

Fagradalsfjall Volcano is a popular tourist destination with spectacular lava flows streaming down the sides as seen below.

The Retreat at Blue Lagoon is a wonderful hotel with breathtaking views of the premises’ hillside and hot springs. It’s a fantastic place for tourists looking to be tranquil and reconnect with nature’s beauty. The In-house restaurants appropriately named Moss and Lava, offer freshly caught seafood dishes and Icelandic-themed cuisine. Prices starting at USD 1,336


After all the stress we’ve built up during this entire pandemic, Iceland provides the perfect place for tranquility and adventuring. So if you meet the health and safety requirements for entering Iceland, it is surely a place worth considering for your next travel adventure.


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