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If every detour were like this, we’d look to get lost a lot more often.
If you’re looking for an excuse to visit Iceland — but not quite willing to commit to a dedicated trip — take note. Icelandair has launched a pretty impressive new promo, the Icelandair Stopover, which allows passengers to spend up to seven nights in Iceland en route to a final destination in continental Europe. (There’s no additional expense for finishing your flight plan later.) Even cooler? One of the potential accommodations is the recently refurbished, century-old Dyrholaey lighthouse in picturesque Vik, Iceland’s southernmost village.
Don’t worry, you won’t have to communicate by flashing beacons or anything like that. (“SOS! Room service!”) The lighthouse digs are being operated by Icelandair Hotel Vik, and is outfitted with elevated amenities: contemporary design, personal meet and greet on arrival, privately prepared breakfast and — drumroll, please — Wi-Fi! (Good thing, because this is an Instagram-worthy stopover if ever there was one.) There’s also the option to add on special activities like helicopter tours, waterfall excursions, horseback rides on a black sand beach and hikes up the Solheimajokull glacier. (If you can pronounce that correctly on the first attempt, your stay is free! Just kidding. But it should be.) You can also add on additional accommodations at the Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina, should you choose to pause on the island even longer.
The Stopover experiences will take place from September 1 through November 1, but head here to “apply” (per the web verbiage) for one now. Ice(land), Ice(land), baby.
[Photo courtesy of Icelandair]
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We know, we know. $99 for a flight from the U.S. to Europe is simply too good to be true. Obviously, with a fare as low as that, something must be wrong, right? Well, wrong. Not only is Icelandic ultra-low-cost airline Wow Air offering such deals, but there's nothing suspicious at hand here.
To prove it, and to test the airline's transatlantic service (we've flown them from Iceland to London previously), we purchased said $99 fare and flew it ourselves. Here's what happened.
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BTW - he's sitting in a "L" seat
We've spilled a lot of ink (virtual ink?) when it comes to talking about the ultra-low-cost carrier Wow Air. Wow, based in Iceland, has been flying since 2012 between Reykjavik and Europe, but only recently extended their insanely cheap flights to the U.S., with flights to Boston and, coming soon, Baltimore-BWI.
Some of their promotional fares, like $99 from Boston to Europe via Reykjavik, do seem unbelievable, but having flown Wow before, we bought, and recently flew, one of their new U.S. routes. The full review will follow, but for now we'd like to address one of the most confusing aspects of the booking experience: which Wow seat to choose?
We have been on the lookout for the northern lights for years, and thankfully we had a couple successful run-ins with the wonderful phenomenon. Now it might just be a little bit easier thanks to the folks over at Icelandair, as they’re pretty much guaranteeing a sighting on your next trip. That is—as long as you’re satisfied with an artificial airplane version.
Earlier this month Icelandair launched an airplane with a new aurora borealis-themed look that they’re calling the Hekla Aurora. The plane has special interior mood lighting to simulate things on the inside, and outside of the Boeing 757 there’s a new livery celebrating the beauty of the northern lights.
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It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2014 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Now we take a brief look back at the best and worst of 2014 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,or as we fondly refer to themThe Jauntys.
Does it seem like everyone and their mom went to Iceland in 2014?
Iceland had a stellar year, thanks in part to Mother Nature turning up the heat on Bardarbunga volcano just enough to attract the world's attention (but not to ground flights), and also thanks to irresistible travel porn videos like this one.
The premieres of filmed-in-Iceland movies like The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Oblivion put Iceland's incredible scenery in front of the eyeballs of the general public, while specialized travel like corporate retreats and destination weddings brought visitors who maybe wouldn't before have considered Iceland for a trip.
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As 2014 quickly comes to a close, there's no better time than now to think through exactly where we want the next 12 months to take us. Forget trend pieces trumpeting generic destination hotspots; over the next week, we'll share with you where our own Jaunted contributors personally want to go in 2015.
First up is Rayme, who splits his time between Chicago and Australia and looks for sun, scenery, and nightlife when he travels:
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Around 5pm EST, their US website finally went live, advertising specials and bookable deals in US Dollars, with some flights as low as $99 and $125 one-way. Despite those unbelievable numbers, the airline is a reputable one. WOW has been flying between Iceland and Europe since 2011, and we didn't think twice to book them earlier this year for a trip to go waterfall-spotting and hot spring-soaking in Iceland.
Think fast and have your credit card ready, and here's what you need to know to score WOW Air's cheapest US deals:
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We hope you are sitting down, because the long-awaited budget flights between the US and Iceland are finally happening and already on sale.
Icelandic low-cost airline WOW Air has been serving up spicy low fares from their home at Reykjavik-Keflavik Airport to Europe since 2011. This morning they announced their next destinations: Boston from March 2015 and Washington DC from June 2015, with flights from $125 each way.
Deep breaths. Notoriously expensive Iceland is indeed about to become a much more affordable hotspot for 2015 travel, but the deals don't stop there. WOW Air is also offering specials from their new US destinations to continue on to Europe and the UK, including £99 each way on over to London or Copenhagen.
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This has really been Iceland's year.
A slew of movies have used the country's famous landscapes for their setting, the erupting volcano of Bardabunga has opened up new tourism experiences (so long as there's no ash cloud), and it just so happens that we went to Iceland ourselves for the first time this year.
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This may sound weird, but our New Years resolution for 2014 was to fly WOW Air, a low-cost airline based in Iceland. Its awesome name aside, WOW intrigued us for its fleet of pink A320s, humor on Twitter, and promise of cheap flights to the notoriously expensive Reykjavik.
To complete that resolution, we booked Flight WW 201, departing Reykjavik-Keflavik at 6.45am and arriving London-Gatwick at 10.50am. That early flight and mid-morning arrival into Gatwick was ideal to then catch the train into town in time for lunch with a friend, followed by an afternoon napthe best way to ease back into London.
So here’s how it went...
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While commercial air traffic has been giving Iceland a wide berth over the past week or two, a few Icelandic airlines are eager to capitalize on the action.
For a start, an Icelandair pilot opted for a scenic routing and extra circle over the volcano, which provided passengers with a good view of the most active zone. A resulting smartphone photo quickly went viral.
Now the Iceland-based low-cost carrier WOW Air (yes, that's really their name) is promoting travel on their cheap fares from European airports to not only visit Iceland, but the eruption in particular. Fly to Reykjavik on Wow from one of their many destinations from 39 EUR each way (we paid $150 for a flight from London earlier this year on Wow), and then make your own way to the north of the country to connect to a sightseeing flight on Mýflug Air.
We opened this week by warning you that Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano - backgrounder from the Icelandic Met Office here, pronunciation tutorial embedded at bottom - had very pointedly begun to rumble. Let this be your official update that as of last night the volcano did indeed erupt, that an aviation red alert has been issued by Iceland's authorities, and that an air traffic ban is now in place around the entire Bardarbunga system. Happy Friday.
Technically there are no big ash problems yet, because the eruption doesn't seem to have kicked up any actual ash. Nonetheless Agence France-Presse is already throwing around phrases like "global travel chaos" in articles about what the next few days might bring. You guys did take our advice on Monday and purchase travel insurance, right?