I’ve never really written anything about the airlines that fly to Reykjavík because basically they have huge marketing budgets, while I never made a penny of this blog until recently, and I didn’t see the reason to give them any free advertising. Icelanders also, in general, hold a grudge against the airlines because throughout the years there hasn’t been a lot of competition on the airline market here and we often have to pay an arm and a leg (plus a dash of the white of our eyes) to get anywhere. Meanwhile they offer great deals to foreigners coming to Iceland. From a marketing standpoint I see how it benefits the country to offer cheaper flights to Iceland (we want your tourist krónur) but as a disgruntled consumer it doesn’t make much of a difference.
I’ve also landed on the “only” plane in Icelandair’s fleet that doesn’t have an entertainment system just one too many times. I’m actually starting to think this is some sort of conspiracy at this point.
But since I usually have your best interest in mind I’m willing to overlook my flying-machine oligopoly policy this one time because I know it’s going to benefit some of you. If there’s an Icelandair marketing executive reading this you might want to consider giving me an upgrade the next time I fly with you to help me forget my grievances. Just saying.
Introducing the Icelandair Stopover Program
Anyway. If you are in Amercia or Canada and you are planning on going to Europe anytime soon you might want to look into the Icelandair stopover program. I’ve heard from a lot of people this summer that Icelandair offer pretty competitive prices to Europe but they use Iceland as a hub connecting America and Europe. To aid you in spending your hard earned cash in Iceland, and because like those food sampling people in the supermarkets giving away free stuff we know that if you get a taste of Iceland you will have to come back (try to deny it), Icelandair lets you stop over in Iceland on your way to Europe for absolutely 0 krónur for up to 7 nights. Now that’s a bargain if I ever saw one.
Of course you don’t always have time to stop for a long time but there’s plenty you can do in Reykjavík in just one day. Keflavík Airport is small and easy to navigate and it doesn’t take long to get into the city. Of course you’ll leave The States in the evening and arrive in Iceland in the morning for your outbound flight but if you stop over on your way back you can usually take an afternoon flight and then you leave Iceland again in the afternoon the next day. OK, two days is probably better but one day is totally doable.
You could join my tour in the morning (hint hint) and then spend the afternoon visiting museums and hot tubs and eating at one of the many yummy restaurants around town. If you don’t mind flying with a hangover (or still under the influence) you could even plan your trip so you can enjoy the famous Reykjavík nightlife before you will yourself back to the airport to leave the best city ever.
See, no excuses not to visit!