Vendor of the Month: Icelandair
This month’s VOTM is Icelandair, Iceland’s main airline. Iceland is emerging as a major tourist destination—in 2010, 500,000 tourists visited Iceland, and that number is expected to increase exponentially in the next year. Hop over for your unforgettable vacation in the timeless land of glaciers and geysers!
Why choose Icelandair?
Icelandair offers three classes of service: economy, economy comfort, and SAGA class. In 2008, the entire fleet received an interior cabin upgrade and refurnishing. They also offer loyal clients the opportunity to earn miles. Their main hub, Keflavik Airport, is a small airport with Schengen immigration clearance to Europe. So you only have to pass customs once before entering other Schengen countries. Russian passengers can also transit without a visa through Keflavik, provided they are departing on the same day.
Icelandair airplanes are equipped with inflight entertainment system, complimentary soft drinks, and magazines. Economy comfort and saga class passengers can enjoy Keflavik’s exclusive lounges, and share those with partner airlines—for example, Icelandair’s Seattle lounge is the British Airways business class lounge. Willamette Intl Travel has contract fares in business and coach with Icelandair, call us for details.
Beginning October 2013, Icelandair will launch scheduled service from Newark Airport (EWR). This service will operate four times per week. This counts as the 11th Icelandair gateway in North America and the 36th gateway worldwide. For our readers living in the Pacific Northwest, one of the prime USA gateways is Seattle!
With over 75 years in operation, Icelandair offers service to Iceland from Boston, New York-JFK, Seattle, Denver and Toronto with seasonal service from Washington, D.C., Minneapolis-St. Paul, Orlando Sanford, Halifax, and Anchorage (starting May 15, 2013). Connections through Icelandair’s hub at Keflavik International Airport are available to more than 20 destinations in Scandinavia, the U.K. and Continental Europe.
New in 2013: Flights to Zurich and St. Petersburg. Beginning June 1, Icelandair will fly nonstop to St. Petersburg 2x a week through September 17. Head to St. Petersburg from June to September, the best season to visit, where the warm summer months and the legendary “White Nights” (June-July) are alive with festivities. St. Petersburg is a city bursting with incredible architecture, open air museums, historical sites and of course the Hermitage, where some of the world’s greatest treasures have been housed for centuries. The overwhelming beauty and opulence that was once the former capital of Russia is again a vibrant, walkable, friendly city that offers a hearty welcome to all. For US citizens, visas are required and may take up to six weeks to obtain.
Did You Know? Only Icelandair allows passengers to stopover in Iceland at no additional airfare. Stay up to 7 nights in Iceland and try out special stopover rates and packages! On your way to Europe? Have two vacations for the price of one!
What’s there to see/do in Iceland? There’s a plethora to see and do in Iceland, especially for lovers of the outdoors. See the Northern Lights, take an hour to unwind in the Blue Lagoon. Go horseback riding, puffin watching, snowmobiling, whitewater rafting, walk on glaciers and kayak in the sea. Depending on the time and season you go, there may be various options available.
If Iceland is not in your plans till 2014, WIT Agent Wailana is traveling in October to explore Iceland and its magnificent glaciers, geysers, and landscape, and would love to share her firsthand knowledge with you on her return Who knows—she may even spot a mountain troll or a dwarf!
Tune in next week for more on the destination of Iceland!