Aberdeen, the third largest city in Scotland, bears its unofficial title of “The Flower of Scotland” proudly, having won multiple Britain in Bloom awards in recognition of its wealth in beautiful parks and floral displays. The spectacular architecture and captivating museums add their mark on the city, and the abundance of art, culture, fascinating history and a vibrant social scene is reason enough to visit Aberdeen again and again. Icelandair’s sister company, Air Iceland, operates these short flights on Q400 Bombardier aircraft.
“The Granite City”
Inspired by the scenic granite buildings glittering in the post-rainfall sun, Aberdeen is also known as “The Granite City”. A trip to the famous Aberdeen "Granite Mile" on Union Street, home to more than 800 shops, restaurants and bars, is an absolute must for every visitor. You can also relax there in the beautiful flower-filled gardens, try out the local food & drink, go shopping and enjoy all that Aberdeen has to offer. After exploring the city, end your day with a stroll on Aberdeen’s famous golden coast.
Castles, historic buildings and fascinating landscapes
With our new flights to Aberdeen, you can see for yourself why Queen Victoria fell in love with this charming area of the Scottish Highlands. Check out national treasures such as the Duff House, where you can see a remarkable collection of art and furniture; Leith Hall and its surrounding property; and the magnificence of Haddon estate. Plus, check out Kinnaird Head Lighthouse on the east coast. Once a castle, this historic building is now the museum of Scottish lighthouses. The charming nature in the town of Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms national park area just outside Aberdeen are also not to be missed. To top off your sightseeing excursion, revel in the history of the area by trying Scotland's only dedicated Castle Trail which brings together 17 of Aberdeenshire's most iconic castles. Also, consider visiting the whisky distilleries to indulge in their fine product and toast with the friendly locals while you visit and experience this Flower of Scotland.
Good to know
Four weekly flights throughout the year
Flights between Keflavik International Airport and Aberdeen are operated by Air Iceland on Q400 Bombardier aircraft, which are smaller than Boeing jets and don’t have in-flight entertainment or Wi-Fi. Ipad minis are available on board.
Aberdeen Airport is located approximately 10 miles from Aberdeen city centre in the suburb of Dyce.
Airport shuttles depart regularly from Aberdeen Airport and take you to downtown Aberdeen in about 35 minutes. The ticket costs £ 2.70. By taxi the journey takes a little over 25 minutes and costs about £ 15.
Free admission is available for many museums and exhibitions in Aberdeen, such as the Maritime Museum and Aberdeen’s Art Gallery.
The Royal Deeside nature conservation area, renowned for its beauty, is home to the Braemar Highland games and also serves as the British Royal Family’s vacation resort.
Transportation can easily be arranged when travelling to the Royal Deeside area in the west, Dunnottar castle in the south, the golden beaches of the north and the whisky province in the northwest.