The volatile currency means better deals for foreign visitors in Iceland

The Icelandic krona continues to lower in value against major currencies, an ongoing trend over the past year. The volatile krona has decreased in value against the Euro, the US dollar, the Danish krona and the British pound; meaning Iceland has become a cheaper tourist destination for many than it was a year ago. Increased … Lesa meira

Nine Icelanders introduce “The A-Ö of Iceland”

“The A-Ö of Iceland” is the name the new campaign that is initiated under the brand of Inspired by Iceland. The marketing campaign uses the Icelandic alphabet as a guide to the country and its people. The guide has three parts: “Journey” which introduces Iceland as a destination, “Taste” which introduces Icelandic food and drink”, … Lesa meira

Primera Air owner makes structural changes and rebrands his company

Primera Air filed for insolvency on October 1st only a few months after starting regular flights from London Stansted and Paris Charles de Gaulle to North-America. However, the history of the failed low-cost airline is much longer. The company was founded in 2003, focusing on charter flights for Nordic tour operators that were part of … Lesa meira

Alipay can now be used at Keflavík Airport

This week, Keflavík Airport became the first service provider in Iceland to offer customers the option of paying for goods and services with Alipay through ePassi. The partnership of Alipay and ePassi has been a great success, as the direct marketing of ePassi through Alipay plays a key role in gaining the attention of Chinese … Lesa meira

Collapse of Airberlin greatly affected Icelandic tourism sector

During the pre-financial crisis years, few international carriers offered direct year-round flights to Iceland. Back then, the now bankrupt carrier Airberlin was one of the few airlines to offer scheduled flights to Iceland year-round: the carrier flew to Iceland from numerous German air hubs during summer months, and twice-weekly from Berlin and Dusseldorf during low-season. … Lesa meira

Return ticket to Iceland for as low as 62 GBP

With summer behind us, thrifty travellers can now snag up cheap low-season flights between London and Keflavík International Airport. Six airlines offer direct flights between London and Keflavík this winter, making Iceland an ideal winter get-away for travel-thirsty Londoners who wish to experience the magnificent Northern Lights or do some Christmas shopping. British Airways and … Lesa meira

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WOW air completes its bond offer

The Icelandic low-cost airline, WOW air, has completed its bond offer. The size of the bond issue is 60 million Euros, of which 10 million Euros will be sold to investors. Initially, WOW air had hoped to issue a bond amounting to 50 million Euros within a framework amount of 100 million EUR. According to … Lesa meira

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Half of Iceland’s visitors travel with WOW air or Icelandair

Overseas residents made around 2.2 million visits to Iceland in 2017, and according to statistics accumulated by Túristi, nearly 1.2 million of those visitors travelled with either Icelandair or WOW air to the country; the remaining 1.2 million travelled with one of the roughly 30 foreign airlines offering scheduled flights to Keflavík International Airport. In … Lesa meira

Two new upscale hotels open in Reykjavík’s city centre

Two new hotels have opened in Reykjavík’s city centre: the Reykjavík Konsulat Hotel, located on Hafnarstræti; and the Exeter Hotel on Tryggvagata. The former is part of Hilton’s Curio Collection, an upscale hotel brand within Hilton’s diverse portfolio. The latter, however, is owned by Icelandic hotel brand Keahotels. The Reykjavík Konsulat is a 50-room hotel … Lesa meira

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Airport taxi transfer more expensive in Iceland

The taxi fare from Keflavík Airport into Reykjavík city centre is considerably higher than in Oslo and Stockholm, although the distance is approximately the same. The taxi company BSR charges 15,500 ISK  for airport pick-up and drop-off while Hreyfill, Reykjavík’s other main taxi service company, charges 16,000 ISK for the same service. However, it is … Lesa meira