Saturday, August 5, 2017

Keflavik good and cheap accommodation

Having been involved in international educational projects I happen to travel frequently to Europe and often need a place to stay in Keflavik for reasonable price.

So, I´ve been testing various options, every-time I travel and am glad to share my personal experience here.
Living in the north of Iceland in a small fishing village Dalvik, I normally need to get to Keflavik a day before my flight, as most of the flights I take to Europe leave early in the morning.

I do that by flying from Akureyri to Reykjavik (local city airport) and from there taking public transport all the way to Keflavik - ideally to a place of my accommodation. Today, I´d like to share a few words about Bed and Breakfast Keflavik airport hotel, which is located in old NATO base area in the blocks that used to belong to American army. The surroundings is not impressive at all, as you can imagine - streets full of blocks on a flat land. However, their location is very good - cca 10 mins drive from Keflavik airport and what´s more they´re 5 mins walk from the nearest public transport bus stop, called Keilir. This place has a good standard, basic accommodation with breakfast and shuttle service included and that´s what makes their prices reasonable. It´s rather big place for Icelandic standards, as they can host up to cca 150 people and this place tends to get full in the summer time.

Now, how to get to them by using public transport (STRAETO), after  having reached RVK airport. There´s a STRAETO bus stop right across the parking lot, outside of the airport - not well marked, so you´re better off asking locals for the directions. It´s bus number 15 that you take first and get off at the second stop - if you want to be sure you can tell the drive that you need to get off at BSI (Central Bus Terminal).
There, you need to find a bus top for the bus number 55 - you need to cross the road and walk in the direction of the BSI. The buses leave once in an hour in the rush hours and once in two hours when the traffic is less busy.
The name of the bus stop where you get off is Keilir and from there it´s quite straightforward to find the hotel after having walked for about 5 minutes.
Remember to agree on the shuttle bus at the reception.

Good luck and we look fwd to hearing your feedback.