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flying or ferry to Heimaey (Westman Islands)

by DragonLady78 Online Now Apr 20, 2009 at 7:43 AM

I am trying to decide between flying or taking the ferry to the Westman Islands. My travel guide says that flying can be "sometimes terrifying" with planes knocked around by the winds, and that flights are "regularly canceled" due to the weather.

This raises several questions for me:
1. How often are the flights canceled (once a week, twice a week, etc)?
2. If a flight is canceled, are all the flights for that day usually canceled?
3. How hard is it to get booked on the next non-canceled flight?
4. Are the flights really scary/bumpy?

We will be renting a car regardless. I am considering two scenarios:
1. Fly from Reykjavik to Westman Islands
2. Fly from Westman Islands, to Reykjavik, to Akureyri
3. Rent car in Akureyri, drive clock-wise back to Keflavik

or:
1. Fly from Reykjavik to Akureyri
2. Rent car in Akureyri, drive clock-wise back to Keflavik
3. Take ferry to/from Westman Islands

If we do the 1st scenario (flying to Westman Islands), we rent the car for 2 fewer days.

I appreciate any advice you might have!

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