Today we are going have a look at the bus companies that you are probably going to use if you’re traveling to Iceland.
Bus Reykjavík Excursions (Kynnisferðir)
The largest bus company in Iceland. They run the Flybus going from Keflavík airport to BSÍ bus terminal in Reykjavík and you can also stop in the Blue Lagoon on your way to the airport. They have plenty of day tours both for groups and individuals. Among those are The Golden Circle tour, Snowmobiling in Langjökull glacier, Take a Walk on the Ice Side (Hiking on Sólheimajökull glacier) and a day tour around Reykjavík, just to name a few.
Reykjavík Excursions also have some schedule buses running around the country, mainly on the South coast and the highlands. Þórsmörk and Landmannalaugar are places that come highly recommended. The also offer bus passports that are valid from 3-11 days and you can use those passes to jump on and off their buses when you want to.
Phone number: 580-5400
Sterna Bus Iceland
Sterna is a company that mostly focuses on schedule buses and their main attraction point are the affordable bus passports that they offer during the summer and most of them are valid for the whole of the summer, making them an attractive option for people that have plenty of time to explore Iceland.
The most popular one is the East Circle Passport that goes through the highland road called Kjölur that connects the South of Iceland with the North.
This passport will take you to such locations as Gullfoss, Geysir, Kerlingafjöll and many others.
Their second most popular passport last summer was the Full Circle Passport. With this passport you can travel around Iceland’s ring road with their scheduled buses from May 15th until the 15th of September.
It is perfect for those who do not wish to plan too much ahead as it connects you with all the other bus routes available and you can jump on and off whenever and wherever you like. Some of Iceland’s most interesting locations are found on the no. 1 ring road. Seljalandsfoss, Skógar, Skaftafell, Jökulsárlón, Mývatn, Akureyri and Goðafoss are all places that won’t disappoint you.
The Golden Circle Passport, The West of Iceland and Westfjords Passport, Snæfellsnes and National Park Passport and The Full Circle and Westfjords Passport are also worth looking at.
Sterna also does a day tour to the Westman Islands and Kerlingafjöll so there’s plenty to choose from.
Phone number: 551-1166
SBA (Sérleyfisbílar Akureyrar)
SBA-Norðurleið specializes in public transport. The company also offers scheduled sightseeing tours from Akureyri to the natural beauty spots in the North-East of Iceland as well as bus hire for groups.
Their headquarters are in Akureyri and among their day tours are trips to locations such as Lake Mývatn, Dettifoss (Europe’s most powerful waterfall), Ásbyrgi, Hljóðaklettar(Echocliffs) and Krafla.
From the 4th of July until the 15th of August there is also an interesting 3 day tour which includes a drive across the deserted Ódáðahraun lavafield, a thirty-minute hike on the slopes of Askja which takes you to Askja Lake and Víti, an explosion crater where travellers have a unique chance of bathing in geothermal waters in spectacular surroundings.
From there you head to the stunning Vatnajökull National Park before heading back to Akureyri.
Phone number: 550-0701
Stjörnubílar is a small company located in Ísafjörður. They mainly service the Westfjords. Their website is very poor and because of that, I’m not able to go into great details about their buses.
I know that they connect Hólmavík to Ísafjörður if you take the Sterna bus from Reykjavík to Hólmavík. They also go to Brjánslækur if you want to take the ferry from there over to Flatey and Stykkishólmur.
Stjörnubílar go to Látrabjarg, the westernmost point of Europe, it’s Europe’s largest bird cliff, 14km long and up to 440m high, hosting millions of birds.
The West fjords is one of the most amazing area in Iceland boasting stunning scenery wherever you look and it’s a crying shame that it’s not advertised and served better for tourists.
Website: www.stjornubilar.is (only in Icelandic)
Phone number: 456-5518
These four bus companies cover almost all the bus routes of Iceland and should be sufficient for the normal traveler. The point of this piece was only to give a sneak peek at the bus companies serving the main tourist areas and not to list all the bus companies in Iceland.
There are plenty of companies selling day tours and longer guided trips but it would take me all day to list all of those here.
Let this be a guide to you when you’re planning your trip to Iceland and don’t be afraid to send us questions or suggestions.
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