The easiest way to get to Reykjavik from Keflavik airport is with the Flybus shuttle coach. Flybus shuttle coaches are offered in connection with all arriving passengers flights. Flybus departures are organized 35-40 minutes after each flight arrival and the buses are located right outside the terminal building. In case flights are delayed, there will still be a Flybus waiting for you.
Tickets can be purchased at the ticket desk on your right as you exit the arrivals area into the main terminal. Tickets can also be ordered online and during your flight. Two sorts of tickets are available. The Flybus ticket brings you to the main bus terminal in Reykjavik (BSÍ Umferðarmiðstöðin). The Flybus+ ticket takes you to and from most hotels and guesthouses in Reykjavik.
Conference and Workshop Venues
The FWAV workshop will take place on the campus of the University of Iceland on the top floor of the building Árnagarður in Room 201.
The DiGS conference will take place in the next building, Oddi, in Room 101.
Click here for a map of the University campus (PDF).
Registration will open at 8:30 am on the days of the workshop and the conference. On 28th May, the registration desk will be located on the 2nd floor in Árnagarður. On 29th May, the registration desk will be on the 1st floor in Oddi.
Please be aware of possible strikes which may affect your travels (see here for an overview: http://icelandmonitor.mbl.is/). It is difficult to predict whether the relevant trade unions will reach an agreement before the conference. Please consult the conference website and the Icelandic media for updates. For example: http://icelandmonitor.mbl.is/ and http://icelandreview.com/
The dates of the possible strikes have been changing lately as some of the strikes were postponed. Currently, the following dates are important to know about:
- 2-3 June: Bus drivers. This may affect travel to and from Keflavik airport.
- 4-5 June: Hotels may have limited service.
- 5-6 June: International flights may be delayed or canceled.
Right after the workshop, Thursday 28th May. 6 pm – 7 pm, at the location of the workshop in Árnagarður on the University of Iceland campus.
Saturday 30th May, 19:00 (7pm) at Höfnin Restaurant: http://www.hofnin.is/
A map of the route from the University campus to Höfnin (click to enlarge):
There will be an open internet hotspot in Árnagarður and Oddi: connect to CONFERENCE (no username or password required). Those who have access to the eduroam system can also access the university campus wireless network using their usual eduroam log-in information.
Here is some random visitor-related information that you might find useful:
- Duty Free – You have access to the duty free on arrival in Iceland — it is right by the baggage collection carousels. So if you want to buy wine, beer or spirits, either for your own enjoyment or as gifts, it is easiest to buy it there. Alcohol is only sold in special state-licensed shops in Iceland, not in supermarkets or convenience stores…
- Tipping – There is no need to tip in Iceland, whether in a restaurant or a taxi.
- Icelander use credit and debit cards for almost all purchases and card readers are available in most places (including taxis). The major cards in Iceland are EUROPAY/ MASTERCARD and VISA. Diners and American Express are also accepted. Cash can be obtained at every bank branch as well as in all ATMs throughout the country. There is an ATM at the airport as well as in Háskólatorg (HT) on campus. Please note that there might be a difference between the official currency exchange rate in Iceland and the exchange rate that the credit card companies charge.
- The Icelandic monetary unit is the “króna”. Currency rates tend to fluctuate. For current exchange rates see: http://www.cb.is/exch.-rates/.
- Office hours are generally 09:00–16.00 or 17:00. Shopping hours vary, but most stores are open Mon–Fri 10:00/11:00–18:00, Sat from 10:00 to 16:00. Some supermarkets are open to 23:00 or even 24/7. Banking hours are Mon–Fri 09:15–16:00.
- It’s a good idea to bring a swimsuit with you – public pools in Iceland are part of the local experience – outdoor and geothermally heated.
- The weather is very changeable and visitors should be prepared for the unexpected. When travelling in Iceland you should bring along lightweight woollens, a sweater or cardigan, a rainproof (weatherproof) coat and sturdy walking shoes.
- The electric current in Iceland is 220volts, 50 HZ AC. Euro plug/Schuko-Plug (CEE types).
Public transportation consists of buses (strætó), many of which stop by campus. Schedules can be found here.
There is a strætó app for Android and iPhone smartphones which allows one to buy electronic tickets using a credit card, plan a trip, and it has live GPS tracking of the current location of your bus on the map. This can be useful to have installed when using the bus system.
There are several 24 hour taxi companies in Reykjavik; Hreyfill, tel: +354 588 5522, BSR, tel: +354 561 0000.
Háskólaprent is open Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm. It is located at Fálkagata 2 close to the university.
Various tourist information sites:
- The official travel guide to Iceland: www.visiticeland.com
- The official tourism website of the Reykjavík capital area: www.visitreykjavik.is
- Check the weather in Iceland: www.vedur.is
- Iceland Review: What’s on in Iceland: www.whatson.is
- Keflavik International Airport in Iceland: www.airport.is/english
Various organised excursions are available to visitors. For scheduled tours from Reykjavik you can check the following websites.
Reykjavík Excursions: www.re.is
Iceland Excursions: www.icelandexcursions.is
Icelandic Mountain Guides: http://www.mountainguides.is/