Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Cheaply to Iceland via Air Berlin in the summer


Making your grand plans for your dream vacation in Iceland, but not wanting to spend much on your air travel?

We have great news from Air Berlin flying to you for the summer season of 2014, but you will have to be fast booking, as there´s only limited number of seats available for less than 100 EUR per leg.

The flights are available between June and September and there´s no limit for the length of your stay.

We´ve checked a few options and as of today (December 31st), these are just 2 examples to give you an idea of what's there for you:

June 11th 2014: Frankfurt - Reykjavík 104,42 EUR / flyClassic
June 26th 2014: Reykjavik - Frankfurt 85,88 EUR / flyClassic
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TOTAL: 190,50 EUR


September 2nd 2014: Berlin - Reykjavík 105,78 EUR / flyClassic
September 11th 2014: Reykjavik - Berlin 129,05 EUR / flyClassic
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TOTAL: 244,33 EUR

Not bad, is it? And we´re talking Air Berlin here, a kind of low cost that is ready to talk to you, unlike some other low cost airlines. So what are you waiting for? At least go and check it out.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Getting from Reykjavík to Akureyri in wintertime

And with wintertime, we mean from the middle of September to the end of May. I must tell you that I was quite disappointed and frustrated when wanting to compare the prices and different ways of transport between RVK - AKU in winter time. It turned out that figuring out all possible bus connections and their costs via internet can take muuuch longer than one would like to spend on this topic.

That´s why I decided to write this overview article here, but please double check the info that you find here by checking the relevant companies, as these things can change rather fast in Iceland, and sometimes the updated info on the web comes in quite late :(

Well, so for those, who are clear on travelling up north at some point during their winter stay, i.e. from the middle of September til the end of May, the transport options are as follows:

1, BUS CONNECTION RVK-AKU
For the winter season 2013-2014, there´s only one bus company (STRAETO) operating the route and it´s basically the same company that operates the public transport in Reykjavík. The easiest way to get an overview on how often they depart is by clicking here. The page that opens, however, is not available in English, and what you see is a schedule of the route 57 (RVK-AKU and AKU-RVK) for:

  •  working days (Mánudaga-Föstudaga), 
  • Saturdays (Laugardaga) and 
  • Sundays and public holidays (Sunnudaga og helgidaga)

One can say that most often the buses depart according to the list below:
From Reykjavík to Akureyri:
9.00 (arriving 15.20) and at 17.30 (arriving 23.45)
From Akureyri to Reykjavík:
10.45 (arriving 16.59) and at 16.35 (arriving 22.49)

Departure from Reykjavík is from the bus terminal at Mjódd in Reykjavík (and also from Ártún and Háholt in Mosfellsbær). 
Departure from Akureyri is outside the Cultural house Hof by Strandgata 12 (the busstop is marked). 
The journey takes about 6 hrs and it costs around 7.000 isk.  I say around, and recommend you to contact the company directly either by phone (+354) 540 2700 or by their online question form
Tickets can be bought on board of the bus (you can also pay by card) or at the tourist info center in Hof in Akureyri. The company has also their own web www.straeto.is , but unless you´re really patient and understand some Icelandic, I do not recommend spending much time there. It can be rather challenging to find the relevant information there, especially when you want to use their engine for connections (out of Reykjavík :(. I can imagine that it works really for RVK itself, though.

2, FLIGHT CONNECTION RVK-AKU
Air Iceland offers scheduled flights between Reykjavík and Akureyri (and vice versa). The flight takes about 45 minutes. For information and bookings visit their webpage directly Air Iceland and bear in mind that prices can be as low as 6.800 isk (limited Net offer) - thus even cheaper than the bus, but it can get as high as around 21.000 isk for one leg. The webpage is very friendly and bookings really straightforward, and you pay as you book.

3, CAR CONNECTION RVK-AKU
Here you have 3 main options:
  • hitch-hiking,
    rather safe and popular in Iceland, but I can imagine that you don´t want to risk it in winter time. The weather conditions can get quite harsh :(
  • car sharing,
    you can read more about this option in my older article here and the cost between RVK-AKU is around 3.000 isk per person, but it all depends on your agreement with the driver
  • car rentalthere are several car rentals available in Akureyri. Below you find a list of the companies with contact information and there are a few more available in Iceland so do give it a good search and ask for credentials.
Europcar car rental
Tryggvabraut 12
IS - 600 Akureyri
Tel: (+354) 461 6000
Email: holdur@holdur.is
Web: www.holdur.is/en

Hertz car rental
Opposite the Akureyri airport, Eyjafjarðarbraut
IS - 600 Akureyri
Tel: (+354) 522 44 40 / Fax: (+354) 522 44 41
Email: hertz@hertz.is
Web: www.hertz.is

Avis car rental
Akureyri airport
IS - 600 Akureyri
Tel: (+354) 461 2428
Email: lilja@avis.is
Web: www.avis.is

Dollar Thrifty Car Rental
Tryggvabraut 5
IS - 600 Akureyri
Tel: (+354) 515 7110
Email: booking@dti.is
Web: www.dollar.is and www.thrifty.is

Icelandcar.is Car Rental
Fjölnisgata 2b (Also loccated at the harbour close to the Cruise ships during the summer)
600 Akureyri
Tel: (354) 611 5666
Email: info@icelandcar.is and booking@icelandcar.is
Web: www.icelandcar.is

Hope you will enjoy your travel to the north, whichever option you choose and should you have some more queries, do not hesitate and contact me directly: lenka.uhrova@gmail.com - I might be able to assist :)

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Iceland - what2see...where2go???

Many of you have approached us with questions related to your limited time in Iceland and recommendations of places to visit and things to do.

Well, as a starter, I encourage you to read a bit about 'going around Iceland' that will tune you well for the topic.

And here is a main dish that should help you make up your minds much easier when working on your Icelandic itinerary.

SEASONS:
Peak season for visiting Iceland is summer time - that´s when most tourists are here. The numbers of tourists have been increasing really fast in the past years and one can say that JUNE, JULY and AUGUST are the months with highest density of tourists on the island. Based on the recent statistics from the Icelandic Tourist Board, 90.000 tourists have passed Keflavik int. airport in June 2013 (bear in mind, though, that there´re around 320.000 people living in Iceland).

In the past years, there have been efforts to stretch the season to May and September, but it´s been going slowly and in case you prefer avoiding tourists crowds and some overpriced services, you might want to consider these months too.
There´s a nice timeline available that will give you an idea of some pros and cons of choosing certain months for your travel to Iceland - just bear in mind that the temperature is average and that we get to have beautiful sunny days with up to 24 degrees Celcius. This year, it even lasted for two weeks in a row in June, here in the North Iceland  - most likely to compensate for our hard winter :).

PLACES TO SEE
Apparently,  everyone seems to know that Iceland is a cool weekend for U.S. East Coasters: 
Reykjavik, the Blue Lagoon Spa and the Golden Circle are the popular stops on that quick trip. BUT! We, at Go local Iceland, love thinking beyond those spots and motivate you choose certain bit of Iceland and give your self enough time to discover that particular area with all its unique places and people it has. One option is to take a 45-min. flight north to Akureyri (Iceland's second-largest town with population 17,000) and  check out North Iceland,  or Arctic North, as they call it. You can easily be here for a week and be left with the feeling that it was not enough to discover all what you´d originally planned.

It might be of immense help to study the official website of a marketing office of North Iceland that lists all the tourism providers registered in the area. Not only are you getting the overview of what is there to see, but also some objectivity level.  It is an agency responsible for advertising everybody in the  concerned area, the only thing to bear in mind is that all providers can buy themselves a membership at this agency and then they´re listed with the picture also. Other than that, you´re getting an overview of all providers who have obtained licenses to operate their services and it´s rather objective or at least aims to be.

I´ll leave you thinking and while you carry on with your planning, this is a desert for today:
Myvatn Nature Spa offers a mini version of the Blue Lagoon -- without the tourists.

Our advice on MUST SEES to be continued in the next article.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Dalvík campsite and neverending snow...

I had visitors last Friday. A couple, travelling mindfully in Iceland, decided to make it all the way to Grímsey too, having Dalvík as the 'basecamp'. Their original intention was to pitch a tent at Dalvík campsite and stay overnight there, before and after the Grímsey trip. (local campsite is perfectly located by a local outdoor swimming pool, with hot pots and showers ready for a tired traveller.

But, when they wanted to pay for their tent, to their big surprise, they were told that the campsite is not open yet for the season. The reason? Well, believe it or not, there´re still some small spots of snow and the ground was rather wet and the main campsite facility with toilets and kitchenette were not ready to receive guests yet. So, they were allowed to stay for free and use the showers of the local pool instead.
Since they were the only guests then, it made most sense to 'inhabit' the wooden floor of the main campsite facility with the toilets and kitchen and be well insulated from the still wet ground. (I´ll publish the picture here, as soon as I get it from them), but can already tell you that it was an impressive and unique sight - seeing one and only tent at the most unusual spot of the campsite (where, under normal circumstances, nobody would pitch a tent, due to obvious reasons).

Nevertheless, I felt that our campsite was 'baptised' by my friends for the upcoming season, especially thinking back to, hm...like 3 weeks ago, when quite some layer of snow was still covering the campsite and me thinking that it would not melt by the middle of summer...).

Those following this blog regularly, you know by now that this winter has been extremely heavy and as a result of this, snow lasted really long and we still have a lot of it in the mountains here on the Peninsula of Trolls. The latest news on the site of the Rescue Team is that there´s even an avalanche danger here these days. But, once you decide to go on some hike, after having chosen and consulted your route carefully, it is highly recommended to leave your Travel Plan here. WHY? Icelandic Rescue Team is highly professional and can be of immense help, in case you come across some unexpected troubles.

And last but not least, some useful info on mountain roads opening so that you can plan well your highlands travels - just BEWARE, that as you read this, most of the roads are still closed due to melting snow and lots of mud.

Happy and safe travels from GO LOCAL ICELAND.


Friday, May 17, 2013

The best way to get from Keflavík to Reykjavík???

Yes, you´ve made it. You´ve finally landed on this barren island and can´t wait to explore it. BUT. Wait a moment, your landing town was Keflavík and not Reykjavík. Hm, what to do next? How do you get from Keflavík airport to Reykjavík, that are around 50km away from each other????

Well, there´s no public transport between the two and a few years ago, there used to be one particular company running business on this route. (for more details read here). That´s not the case anymore, as there´re two bus companies you can choose from these days:
FLYBUS and AIRPORT EXPRESS with the following similarities and differences:

FLYBUS

  • operated in connection with all arriving and departing flights at Keflavík airport
  • buses depart 35-40 minutes after each flight arrival
  • one-way to Reykjavík Bus terminal costs 1.950 isk
  • possible drop off at chosen guesthouses and hotels, including domestic Reykjavík airport for an extra charge of 550 isk 
  • your seat is always guaranteed and if you are arriving late at night or your flight is delayed, there will be a Flybus waiting for you
  • free WIFI on all buses.

AIRPORT EXPRESS
  • transfers must be booked in advance for guaranteed departure
  • schedule to be found on their web and adjusted according to the seasons
  • one-way to Reykjavík Bus terminal costs 2.090 isk
  • complimentary pick-up/drop-off service from all major hotels in the capital area, inlcuding the domestic Reykjavík airport
  • schedule is subject to changes.
Choose what fits you best and go ahead and book on their pages directly.

Now, those who would stay in Keflavík after their arrival and consider leaving to Reykjavík from there, you have the following options:
Taking a taxi to your place of stay from the airport (they´re parked outside the terminal building), stay over night  and then take a bus run by a company called SBK from their station located in Keflavík. 
One-way ticket to Reykjavík Bus terminal costs 1.600 isk and both winter and summer schedule is to be found here (look for departures from SBK). There are only 3 connections during weekends, though.

ARE you renting a car in Iceland?
Most of the bigger car rental companies in Iceland offer pick up in Keflavík for some extra fee. It can happen that the fee will be so small that if there’s more than two of you, it will be cheaper to pay the fee, than taking the bus to pick up the car in Reykjavík. So if you are renting a car anyway, you should keep that option in mind and compare the prices.

Last but not least, taxis can take you all the way to Reykjavík, but it´s the most expensive option. The average price for 1-4 people is around 15.000 ISK. But, you don’t have to worry about being ripped off by taxi drivers in Reykjavík. Taxis run by the meter between Reykjavík and Keflavík but sometimes they offer a fixed price which comes to about the same amount as the meter anyway.

This post was inspired also by this article.

Good luck with your journeys between Keflavík and Reykjavík and do post comments about your experience.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Crossing the Arctic Circle II.


Once you come up all the way to Akureyri, then you literally are just a few miles away from the Arctic Circle.

And who would say no to an inviting trip all the way to the northmost inhabited island of Iceland - Grimsey -lying on the Arctic Circle that is a home to a very special community of around 150 people and around 1000 seabirds?

The island (of about 5 square kilometers in area) stands alone far out on the horizon as a blue cliff, sourrounded by the wide Arctic Ocean, about 40 km off the north coast of Iceland.
The islanders live in a small village by the harbour - a prosperous and fertile community with many children. The courages fishermen of Grimsey harvest the rich fishing banks all around the island but often venture bravely in their small motorboats much further north on the Arctic Ocean.

Summer in Grimsey means sun 24 hours until late July, when twilight begins to decsend around midnight. Something very special for all those who are used to stars on the dark summer skies at nights. The birds nesting in 100-metres high cliffs are a paradise not only for birdwatchers and it´s not a surprise that Grimsey belongs to one of the best birdwatching sites in the country.
Are you motivated enough to check this island out, enjoy unique local life and even get a certificate for crossing the Arctic Circle? Here are the possibilities:
You can get to Grimsey either by ferry from Dalvík or by plane from Akureyi.
Taking the ferry
It´s an experience on its own to sail for 3 hours from Dalvík, eventually spotting whales on the way, exploring the island including its 800-year old church and going back the same day.

It´s important, though to bear in mind that boat departs from Dalvík only 3 times a week. It leaves from Dalvík at 09:00 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The ferry comes to Grímsey about 12.00 at noon and departs back to Dalvík again at 16.00, the same day. This goes for the summer schedule (May 16th - August 31st).
In winter time (September 1st - May 15th)the ferry returns as soon as it has loaded the cargo (normally after 1-hour stop) arriving in Dalvík around 16.00.

Bookings are to be made at the following e-mail: samskip@samskip.is

Taking the plane

Norlandair offers scheduled flights and charter flights all year around. Daily during the summer (aprox 10th of June till 20th of August) and three times a week (Sun, Tue, Fri) during the rest of the year. Flying time is 30 minutes.
During the stop in Grímsey one can cross the Arctic Circle, have a guided walking tour and during the bird season also watch rich birdlife.
During high summer the stop is approx. 2 hrs and 15 minutes and during other times of year it is shorter or approx. 20 minutes.  Longer stop is possible during winter upon request.
It is also possible to combine the tour with flight one way and ferry the other. Thus getting a longer stay, especially during summer, where one gets about 6.5 hrs stop in Grímsey. Then take the morning flight to Grímsey at 9.30 and the ferry back to Dalvík at 16.00. 
Detailed flight schedule is to be found here and bookings are to be made via AIR ICELAND.

PS: Although Grímsey lies on the Arctic Circle, the island enjoys mild climate.
We look forward to hearing all your impressions from your local Grímsey experience, in this special and warm community of 100 islanders and thousands of puffins.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Going local through local culture

I´ve just come back from a breathtaking performance that was shown in our local cultural house in Dalvík and thought of all of you hungry for exploring small Icelandic places inside out and decided to post some useful advice.

Dalvík is, among other things, famous for the fact that the tallest man of the world (at his time of living) was born and raised in a nearby valley. If he was still alive he´d be celebrating his 100th birthday anniversary this year. No wonder that a group of locals including the local museum, that is partially dedicated to the life of this unique man, decided to prepare a rich programme to bring back memories and discuss different parts of life, of so called Jóhann Svarfdælingur, as well as opening up the topic of 'being different'.

The programme was built up as a sort of 'forum' with presentations in Icelandic, not so inviting for a foreign tourist who does not speak Icelandic. But! its last line-up was an absolute must for somebody interested in getting to know local culture (no matter what language you speak) through a story of the tallest man of the world.

Imagine a circus like atmosphere with its typical music and costumes - this was a grand opening of the performance, when roughly 30 locals, who all belong to a local choir, were rushing to the stage.
Then we were lead through the life of this unique man from the day he was born, through his ups and downs in growing up and trying to find his place in a society all the way until he died. All done very authentically with different voices reading bits and pieces of his own diary, while scenes would be performed or pictures or video scenes projected on the screen. This all very well spiced up by powerful singing of the local choir colorfully dressed up with songs fittingly chosen to underline the atmosphere of the parts performed.

I must say that I was impressed and truly astonished by the way the director combined all the little details to create this powerful experience for a viewer. I felt as I was living the life of that man throughout the whole performance.

Last but not least, I kept on thinking about the power of these local communities like Dalvík with its surroundings is. A bunch of locals who love singing, besides having their jobs and most likely lots of other activities they do or volunteer for, are still able to put their strengths together and show up for practice so that they can share this beautiful piece with their fellow locals. The age range of the performers was all the way from roughly 6 years old up to 85 or so, is my humble guess and the professions of performance are just as diverse as employees of local fish factory, teachers, pensioners, municipality reps, artists, you name it.

And now, dear reader, the precious advice. The fact is that most of these local cultural events are very poorly advertised in English (if at all). Us locals, we know about them because we get leaflets directly to our post box. And since all these little communities have loads of cultural stuff going on in the summer time, I highly recommend the following:
Once you know the dates of your visit to a certain place in Iceland, do check official town web-pages and write to some municipality representative asking for a list of events for the period you´re there. If you were not getting the answer on time, then feel free to drop me a line and I´ll gladly assist with phoning around and getting you the details you might need.

All the best in your off the beaten track exploring through power of local cultures.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Neverending winter?

It´s Thursday, April 11th today and looking through the window it feels like a proper winter day, here in Dalvík.

On Tuesday, this very week we travelled between Dalvík and Akureyri and it looked as if winter was slowly leaving us and we´d be getting at least some sort of spring time for a while. Well, it looked like it when we were on the way from Dalvík to Akureyri -around lunchtime. But after the arrangements in AKU (abbreviation for Akureyri), a few hours later, heading back to Dalvík (which is around 40 mins drive from AKU) the sky started 'falling down' a grey colour covered the fjord and it was a matter of a few hours and there we got it - yet another snow storm visiting us.

When I went to walk our dog in the evening, I had to put my overall and skiing goggles on and the roads which were only covered with sand during lunchtime were carrying around 10-centimeter layer of snow.

Oh yeah, that´s our reality here in the north and since this winter was one of those heavy ones (as they say here - like the one from old times), it will be interesting to see what kind of summer we get this year :) Well, as it looks now, quite some snow might be in the mountains, making hiking a bit more challenging than usual.

Why am I writing all this? Just to remind us all that weather changes in Iceland are very usual and an unprepared tourist or a local for that matter can unpleasantly be caught by surprise.

So, we do encourage you to check the weather forecast right before you set off to your planned destination.

And last, but not least - having had considerably shaky grounds around Grímsey (North of Dalvík) at the beginning of April and us in Dalvík being able to feel those few strong ones, we´ve discovered a great webpage to follow up on precise numbers and so are sharing it with you here. The page updates itself every minute and adds up a record of earthquake, should there have been any and marks it with a red circle on the map.

Enjoy and should you have any questions or comments, do write to us.

Monday, April 1, 2013

19 airlines flying to Iceland, did you know?



Yes, that´s true no matter how unbelievable it sounds. Although, not all of them fly to our island all year round, ...but many do.

And here is the list in the alphabetical order, so that you can find the one that suits you best, simply click on the relevant link:
Airberlin website

Air Greenland

Air Iceland website

Astraeus Airlines website

Atlantic Airways website

Austrian Airlines website

Delta Air Lines

Deutsche Lufthansa website

EasyJet website

Edelweiss Air website

Germanwings website

Niki Luftfahrt website

Norwegian Air website

Primera Air website

Scandinavian Airlines website

Transavia France website

Vueling Airlines website

WOW air website

And enjoy following our BLOG, as soon we´d like to launch a discount scheme for your GO LOCAL ICELAND bookings.

Happy experiential travelling.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Going around Iceland

Everything has its pros and cons and travelling a round trip around Iceland is no exception.
What shall I see...?, where shall I travel...?, should I take a round trip around Iceland...? are just a few examples of usual questions of those coming to Iceland for the first time.

I´d love to share some thoughts here on the topic and encourage all of you with experience to comment.

But before I start, I´d like to point out that many of those who took a round trip during their first visit, when coming for the second time, opt for choosing a particular part of Iceland and spend the same amount of time exploring that rather than touring around.

When I lived in Iceland as a volunteer for a year, I could not imagine leaving that island without taking a round trip. It was 2006 then and me and my 2 friends, who came for a visit in May 2006, ended up renting a car and simply going for it - round trip around the island.

I think it was between 7-9 days that we had at disposal and went from RVK towards the east first, then north and then down south again along the western shores. One thing is for sure, one spends a loooooooooot of time in the car, when squeezing a round trip into a week, as distances are really big. And it might be great for some, but for me this does not work and that´s why I would not recommend this to people who really like getting connected to places and exploring them and giving themselves time to EXPERIENCE, not only watch through a car window.
This is not to say that I did not enjoy the trip at all. Indeed, it was fun, and I have some nice memories sticking out, such as us discovering spots that somehow caught our attention, regardless whether they were in the guidebook or not. Walking on soft moss on endless lava fields, listening to a story of a young family settling at an old farm in the highlands, watching seals hiding on icebergs floating in a lagoon where the glacier meets the sea, taking a walk on my favourite beach close to dalvík...and...yeah,many others, just that now, I know that I would take a round trip around Iceland if I had a month and not a week.

So, should you take a round trip or not? Ask yourself, what kind of traveller are you? Do you prefer speeding and rushing through places and seeing as much as possible in the time you have, even at the expense of seeing most of it through a car window and not experiencing much on 'your own skin'? Or do you prefer using the same time rather to explore much less, but in depth and taking real experience where all the senses are involved?

Whatever the answer is, I motivate you to find your sacred place in Iceland. One is enough and there´s plenty to choose from.

As an inspiration, here are some already chosen by others, where only wind makes you company.

Langanes peninsula, northeast Iceland, great place to see the midnight sun.

Grímsey, Iceland’s northernmost inhabited island, is the best place to feel the wind and enjoy the view of the “continent” we call Iceland.

Adalvík bay in the remote Hornstrandir region in the West Fjords is a great place for hiking.
The natural hot pot, in Gjögur, in the Strandir region on the eastern West Fjords peninsula, is located directly on the beach where you can touch the Arctic Ocean.

Mt. Sveinstindur, by lake Langisjór in the central highlands, has the best mountain view in Iceland.



And last but not least, a great video to tune you for your Icelandic visit.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Walk on the Ice...where and how?

So it happened that Dalvík got unusually loads of snow during the winter of 2012 and 2013. We´ve had a few proper snow storms and ended up with snowdrifts,  big piles and literally hills of snow all over Dalvík. And as time has been passing by, and temperature has been changing, some parts have naturally started melting away and then freezing again and melting and freezing and...

Well, it´s middle of February right now and most of the pavements, that we locals walk on, have been covered with a thick layer of ice. There were days when Dalvík was simply one big ice-rink.
Well, local municipality has been taking care of sanding it, but the weather is so erratic that on some days even with sand on pavements you simply slide and can hardly walk unless you have some 'city' crampons on.

Why am I writing all this? Simply because I realized one thing when I went to train our boxer dog as usual to our local mountains above the church. I had my crampons on and still, it was quite a struggle to make steps in  an easy and relaxed way. It actually felt as if I was walking on one big glacier. And I tried glacier walking only once, here in Iceland - then it was without crampons on.

So, training our boxer dog, watching him run full speed and me struggling to keep the balance, I´d thought to myself: Dalvík has suitable conditions for tourists who feel like trying glacier walking, yet are not ready to pay tourism companies for guided tours on one of those famous Icelandic glaciers.
It´s important to follow the weather conditions, though so that you can decide when is it most likely to be really slippery to get the most out of the experience.
Well, and on a closing note, I´d love to share a website of one great Icelandic landscape photographers Daniel Bergmann. I was browsing through his book he published 2 years ago and was truly thrilled, once and again.
And remember, if you catch yourself asking, when is the best time to visit Iceland, answer with a following question:
WHAT IS IT THAT I WANT TO GET OUT OF MY ICELANDIC STAY???

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Finding your cheap way to Iceland

Another year is here and we, at GO LOCAL ICELAND, are curious to see how competition on reasonable air travel all the way to this island will develop in 2013.
For those who prefer sea travel, do check our article here out.
As things are now, there are two main operators flying all year round between Europe and Keflavik (Icelandic international airport):
  www.wowair.is and www.airiceland.is
 The first one mentioned is a budget airline, which has recently merged with IcelandExpress operator. The latter one is an Icelandic airline, with its origin dating back all the way to 1937.
There is quite some difference in the number of operators flying to Iceland during the high season only (June, July, August) and low season. Now, during the low season, there are the 2 above mentioned airlines on offer, however, during the summer, one can get to Iceland from Europe within a direct flight by choosing from at least 5 companies. Since we are specifically connected to Czech and Slovakia, I´ll make a few recommendations on possible flights to Iceland over wintertime, presuming that you live in one these 2 countries. There are no directs in winter time from Prague, but there are flights from Berlin and from Warsaw that might be interesting. Try using the above links of the airlines directly or use your favorite flight scanner such as e.g. skyscanner to find the best deal that suits your dates.

Last but not least, it is definitely interesting to use inland air travel too, so if you´re considering reaching also North, then do check this out: www.airiceland.is. It´s very likely that there will be some direct flights on offer between Europe and Akureyri (so called Northern capital of Iceland), just half an hour drive from Dalvík.

And here, one very good link full of beautiful pictures to tune you well before coming to iceland.