Leif Eriksson Air Terminal at Keflavik International Airport has been named the second best airport terminal in the world by Frommer’s Travel Guide. The world’s best, according to Frommers, is Hajj Terminal at King Abdul Aziz Airport in Saudi Arabia.
Keflavík Airport was chosen the Best Airport in Europe in 2009. The airport is about a 45-minute drive from the capital Reykjavik.
“Iceland’s cozy little international airport looks like it arrived in a flat pack from IKEA. It’s all blond wood and volcanic-looking stone with big windows looking out on the dramatic Icelandic landscape. There’s a lot more wood in this airport than you’ll find in most terminals, and instead of being a design accent near the ceiling (as in Madrid), it’s on the floor, making the terminal feel much more natural and less sterile than usual.
The best buildings capture a bit of the soul of a place, and the Keflavik terminal does that perfectly: it’s cozy (maybe a little too cozy in some of the gate areas), made of local materials, relatively spare and utterly embedded in the landscape. As a greeting to Iceland, it’s perfect.” – frommers.com
14 passenger airlines fly into Keflavik Airport during the summer, including Icelandair and SAS, which operate year-round service.