Air Bases and Airfields


This page gives details of some of the makor air bases and airfields on Iceland which are, or have been, used by the Icelandic Coast Guard and other countries. Several other smaller airfields are also available for use. The ICG also operates from three ships – see below. Contrary to reports in other publications, there is no airport at Seydisfjordur – which is located at the bottom of a very narrow fjord.

Akureyri (ICAO code: BIAR)
Civil airport located at the southern tip of Eyja fjord in northern Iceland.
Runway data: Rwy 01/19 Size: 6365 x 148 ft (1940 x 45 m) Location: N65 39 35.98 W018 04 21.73, Elev: 6 ft (2 m).

Bildudalur (ICAO code: BIBD)
Bildudalur is a port on Arnarfjord in north west Iceland. It has a civil airport.
Runway data: Rwy 05/23 Size: 3084 x 98 ft (940 x 30 m) Location: N65 38 28.79 W023 32 46.21, Elev: 26 ft (8 m).

Egilsstadir (ICAO code: BIEG)
Regional civil airport located in the central portion of Eastern Iceland. It is the backup airport for Keflavik, and is located 15 km inland from Seydisfjordur. Egilsstadir’s runway is long enough for Boeing 747/C-5 Galaxy sized aircraft.
Runway data: Rwy 04/22 Size: 6562 x 148 ft (2000 x 45 m) Location: N65 17 00.00 W014 24 05.00, Elev: 76 ft (23 m).

Hornafjordur (ICAO code: BIHN)
Regional civil airport local near the town of Hofn on the south east coast of Iceland.
Runway data: Rwy 18/36 Size: 4921 x 148 ft (1500 x 45 m) Location: N64 17 44.00 W015 13 38.00, Elev: 24 ft (7 m).

Husavik (ICAO code: BIHU)
Husavik is located on the north coast of Iceland, east of Siglufjordhur. Regional civil airport.
Runway data: Rwy 03/21 Size: 5266 x 157 ft (1605 x 48 m) Location: N65 57 08.38 W017 25 33.52, Elev: 48 ft (15 m).

Isafjordur (ICAO code: BIIS)
Isafjordur is located in the north west tip of Iceland, on one side of Isafjardhardjup fjord.
Runway data: Rwy 08/26 Size: 4593 x 148 ft (1400 x 45 m) Location: N66 03 29.00 W023 08 07.00, Elev: 8 ft (2 m).

Keflavik (ICAO code: BIKF)
Joint civil and military airbase. Iceland’s International Airport – also called Leif Erickson IAP. The largest airport in Iceland, with longer runways than Reykjavik. Used by the USAF and the US Navy since it was formally opened on 23 March 1943. Located 30 miles (50 km) west of Reykjavik on a peninsula in South West Iceland. It has two pairs of parallel runways. Official airport website, NAS Keflavik website.
Runway data: Rwy 02/20 Size: 10019 x 197 ft (3054 x 60 m), Rwy 11/29 Size: 10056 x 197 ft (3065 x 60 m), Location: N63 59 06.00 W022 36 20.00, Elev: 171 ft (52 m).

Patreksfjordur (ICAO code: BIPA)
Patreksfjordur is located on the western coast of north west Iceland.
Runway data: Rwy 14/32 Size: 4593 x 148 ft (1400 x 45 m) Location: N65 33 21.00 W023 57 054.00, Elev: 11 ft (3 m).

Reykjavik (ICAO code: BIRK)
Iceland’s main domestic civil airport. Main base for all ICG aircraft and helicopters. Located in South West Iceland, just 2 km from the capital city. Reykjavik is not an international airport, as it’s runways are too short for aircraft the size of a Boeing 737 or larger. It was originally built by the British in 1940, and handed over to the Icelandic authorities at the end of WW2.
Runway data: Rwy 01/19 Size: 5141 x 148 ft (1567 x 45 m), Rwy 06/24 Size: 3150 x 98 ft (960 x 30 m), Rwy 13/31 Size: 4035 x 148 ft (1230 x 45 m), Location: N64 07 48.00 W021 56 26.00, Elev: 48 ft (15 m).

Siglufjordur (ICAO code: BISI)
Siglufjordur is located in the central portion of the northern coast.
Runway data: Rwy 07/25 Size: 3556 x 105 ft (1084 x 32 m) Location: N66 08 00.00 W018 55 00.00, Elev: 10 ft (3 m).

Vestmannaeyjar (ICAO code: BIVM)
Vestmannaeyjar is an island off the south west coast of Iceland, due south of Hella.
Runway data: Rwy 04/22 Size: 3806 x 148 ft (1160 x 45 m), Rwy 13/21 Size: 3953 x 148 ft (1205 x 45 m), Location: N63 25 27.49 W020 16 43.95, Elev: 326 ft (99 m).

Ships

The ICG has three cutters, each equipped with a hangar and facilities for one (small) helicopter. The Hughes 500 and Ecureuil have been regularly flown from these vessels.

Name Service
Tyr 1975 – present
Aegir 1968 – present
Odinn 1968 – present
Thor 1951 – 1982

The flag ship is Tyr, her sistership is Aegir and the oldest ship is Odinn. The ICG has previously operated another ship, called Thor, which is now used as a sailor safety school by ‘Slysavarnafelag Islands’, the Icelandic Sea Rescue. They are all named after Nordic gods: Tyr is god of the sea, Aegir is god of fear, Odin is the god of gods and Thor is the god of thunder.

Thanks to Olafur Sigurdsson for additional information.

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