By Melanie Lieberman
October 25, 2016
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If you booked an amazing flight deal to Iceland, or are planning a life-changing journey to the Land of Fire and Ice, you’re definitely going to be flying into Keflavík Airport, a solid 40-minute drive to Reykjavik.

But the odd thing about Iceland’s international airport is that, perhaps unlike any other, there are no domestic connections. If you’re flying out of Keflavík, you’re leaving Iceland.

Until now, that is. Skift reported that Air Iceland, an Icelandair subsidiary, in February of 2017 it will launch regular domestic flights between Keflavík and Akureyri. Until this time, Keflavík has only ever offered infrequent summertime routes to the north.

There will be three flights a week to Akureyri in the summer, and Air Iceland plans to offer six flights a week in the wintertime, when Iceland’s roads are regularly blocked by heavy snowfall and ice.

In addition to providing a greater service for locals, the new flights could very well make Northern Iceland more popular with tourists, who typically spend their trips orbiting the Golden Circle and west toward the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

In Akureyri alone, visitors to Iceland’s second-most populated area can take Northern Lights tours (the likelihood of capturing photographs of the aurora borealis is especially high in the north) and visit Eyjafjördur, the longest ford in Iceland.