Wednesday, 31 December 2008

New Years fireworks in Reykjavik, Iceland

The fireworks "display" in Reykjavik on New Years Eve is amazing. I say "display" because this is not anything organised. The fireworks in Reykjavik over the last decade have been as a result of " keeping up with the Jones' " meets an over heating economy. Families have their own fireworks display and everyone wants their own to be better than their neighbours.

What I am wondering is, as a result of the economic crisis and crashed Icelandic krona how will the 2008/2009 fireworks be compared with recent years. In 2007 a rumoured US$21million went up in smoke. If anyone is in Reykjavik please let me know by posting a comment !

Have a look at the video below from 2006. If you fancy going to New Years Eve in Reykjavik have a look at flights with Iceland Express but best to book early !


Win a dogging trip to Lapland ;)

Free trip to Sweden up for grabs

If you head over to The Original Source website before 15th Jan 2009 you will get the chance to enter a free competition to win a dog sleigh safari in Sweden.

Thursday, 25 December 2008

Win a trip to Iceland


Just spotted a good opportunity to get a free trip to Iceland. And not an ordinary trip at that. You get to stay at Hotel 101 and go scuba diving in a lake as part of a jeep safari.

How can you win ?

It's free to enter. Head over to the competition page at IWOOT website before the end of January and enter.

Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Julmust - an Xmas must have in Sweden


Julmust / "Julemust" is a Christmas alternative to coke / beer. The dark, fizzy drink and is made from water, sugar, hops, malt extract, spices, citric acid, and preservatives. Similar to a dark beer then, but not fermented so non-alcoholic. The dark colour of Julmust is from caramel.

The translation of Julmust is simply Jul = Xmas, must = must.

Population of Sweden : Approx 9 million
Litres of julmust consumed in December in Sweden : Over 45 million

Monday, 22 December 2008

Free GPS with car hire in Iceland

If you lucky enough to be travelling to Iceland in 2009 here is a special offer on car hire.

Book your car hire with holiday autos and receive one of these 3 amazing extras for FREE.

A GPS system
An Icelandic road atlas
An Audio Explorer CD & map

GPS system
If you're all fingers and thumbs when it comes to maps then choose the free GPS navigation system, sit back, relax and take in the awe-inspiring scenery. This option must be pre-booked on the Booking Details page of your car hire booking.*

Icelandic road atlas
For detailed street maps, popular routes to take and places to visit select the road atlas - with everything you ever needed to know about Iceland, it's a must-have.

Audio Explorer CD & map
Opt for the audio CD and get your own personal guide with some traditional Icelandic music to keep you entertained. There are six amazing CDs and six different routes, covering the whole country, to choose from.

At Holiday Autos website you can book a car from downtown Reykjavik or at Keflavik airport.

Terms & Conditions
Important information: The free Icelandic GPS, Atlas or Explorer CD & Map offer is subject to availability at time of pick-up. holiday autos is not responsible for fulfilling this offer. This offer applies to all bookings made before 30 April 2009 for pick-ups until 30 April 2009. Customers can choose either a free Icelandic Road Atlas, a free Audio Explorer CD & Map when they pick-up their car OR a free GPS system, but this must be pre-booked with holiday autos online before the customer picks-up their hire car in Iceland (when pre-booked for pick-ups during the designated dates, the GPS system will cost £0.00). Offer is not transferable and cannot be applied retrospectively. Standard holiday autos terms and conditions apply.

Saturday, 20 December 2008

Nuclear bomb off Greenland coast

A Nuclear bomb lies off the coast of Greenland

Evidence indicating that a lost atomic bomb from a B52 plane which crashed in Greenland in the late 60's remains lying off the coast is not news to Greenlanders, despite a lot of media attention recently.

A BBC investigation claimed they have discovered information about an undiscovered A-bomb from an American B52 bomber plane that crashed in 1968 near the now closed USA air force base near Thule, Greenland.

The BBC reported this week that the fourth bomb may still lie on the seabed off Greenland's western coast. After the plane crash, the Pentagon insisted that all four of the atomic bombs were destroyed.

According to CPHPost, Greenlanders call the incident 'The Thule Crash', and Danish employees at the base already knew about the fourth nuclear bomb back in 1999, says Jens Zinglersen, chairman of the association representing employees affected by radiation connected with clean up work at the crash site.

Zinglersen worked at the Thule base in 1968 when the American B52 plane crashed on the ice nearby. It had been carrying four nuclear weapons, but the high explosives in a security casing surrounding the bombs detonated, melting the unarmed nuclear devices.

However, during the process of obtaining compensation for the radiation stricken workers in the 1990s, the employees’ association got access to the American National Archives, where they found evidence of the undiscovered fourth bomb.

‘We all knew then that there might be something out there,' said Zinglersen. 'Why else would they have sent a submarine out from the base that summer looking for something in the sea?’

Zinglersen said that they brought the information to the media in 2000, but that their discovery was overshadowed by news of the Russian nuclear submarine Kursk, where 118 sailors died. The documents obtained by the BBC are the same documents seen by the organization in 1999.

'The BBC is known as a very credible source and we hope that it will push the case proceedings forward as the media focuses on the issue. We want the full truth to come out,' said Zinglersen.

Greenland's minister for foreign affairs, Per Berthelsen, said he was also well aware of the fourth bomb. He added that the government takes any new information about the Thule case seriously, but said nothing new has been brought to light by the BBC investigation.

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

earthquake hits Copenhagen and Malmo

An earthquake shook southern Sweden and Eastern Denmark this morning.

According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake had a magnitude of 4.7

Copenhagen Police duty officer Jens Kristiansen told politiken.dk that they have received many calls from concerned residents, but no reports of injuries. Likewise in Sweden the emergency services received.

The Oresund bridge between Malmö and Copenhagen is operating normally, and there is no impact on flights departing from Malmo or Copenhagen airports.

Link to Satelite view of the epicentre

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Win an trip to see the Northern Lights

Fancy winning an 8 day / 7 night trip to search for the Northern Lights ?



All you have to do to win an absolutely fabulous Northern Lights holiday for two people is fill in your details at this page on the website of adventure holiday company "Activities Abroad" and you will be entered into their free prize draw

Here is the agenda :

Day 1 – Flights, Arrivals and introduction
Day 2 – Snowshoeing
Day 3 – Snowmobile Safari to Aurora House
Day 4 – Husky Safari
Day 5 – Amethyst mine
Day 6 – Free day and evening sleigh ride
Day 7 – Free day and Northern Lights snowshoe trek
Day 8 – Departure, transfer and flights

Enter before 31st Dec 2008

Good Luck !

Cheap hotels in Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway this Christmas


This offer could work out very nicely if you are travelling to Scandinavia this christmas, particuarly if you have kids. Perhaps you are staying with relatives but want some extra space.

Stay dates :  19Dec - 7Jan

Special offer code : XMA (Online bookings only)

The prices per room per night are 590 Swedish crowns, Danish crowns or Norwegian crowns as applicable, and €55 for Finland. 

Included in the price :

  • Overnight stay in a single- or double room 
  • Overnight stay for children under the age of 13 in adult's room
  • Extra beds are subject to availability
  • Large buffet breakfast for all 

Win a £25 Isango voucher

Update, 02JAN. Happy New Year to all our readers, we have a lucky winner for this prize who has been contacted. Chris from Wilthsire is going to use the voucher on a trip to Helsinki this year. Thanks for all your entries.

Win with Nordic Travel.

As it's the season of goodwill, we have got a £25 gift voucher to use at Isango up for grabs.




Easy to enter:
Just email us "info [@] nordicflights.co.uk" and tell us which, out of all the trips and tours at Isango in the Nordic countries, you would like the most. Please put "Xmas Comp" in the subject line.
All Emails only used for competition and will be deleted once a winner has been drawn at random after the closing date of 24th December 2008. We only need your email address to contact the winner.

Winners name and region will be announced here after they have been contacted.

For everyone else we have a discount code for a 12% discount for all non discounted products. The voucher is valid until 15 Jan 2009. Enter : XMAS_UGZGH


Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Stockholm Jumbo Hostel Update

Jumbo jet hostel at Arlanda ready for guests mid January.

The 85 bed jumbo jet hostel in Stockholm we have written about before should be open for business by early next year. Stockholm will then have a really good range of unusual hostels including a boat and a prison



- Brief facts about Jumbo Hostel -

Airplane type: Boeing 747-200
Year of manufacture: 1976
Name: Liv (after owner’s daughter)
Number of rooms: 25
Number of beds in total: 85
Number of beds per room: Three bunk beds
Room size: Circa 6 square metres, 3 metres to ceiling




Monday, 1 December 2008

Sterling Airlines

Sterling Airlines was an Icelandic owned airline that operated flights from, to and within Scandinavia. Sterling Airlines filed for bankruptcy on 29th October 2008 and ceased operating.

If you are fed up of low cost airlines by now, here are some alternative airlines to get you to Scandinavia :

SAS - The largest airline in Scandinavia. Doesn't charge for baggage but doesn't have free snacks or drinks. Tends to have some good prices. Under £120 return is possible from UK to Copenhagen, Olso or Stockholm. As SAS have so many domestic routes within Scandinavia there are plenty of onward connections.

Cimber Sterling - A family owned Danish airline that bought the name Sterling after Sterling went bankrupt. Now flying from Gatwick, Edinburgh and Newcastle to Copenhagen and from Gatwick to Billund. Included in the flight price is a drink and chocolate and when you fly with Cimber Sterling there is no extra charge for checking in luggage.

KLM - Worth considering because they actually fly from 15 UK airports to many destinations in Scandinavia but via Amsterdam. By doing an official connection at Amsterdam you don't have to worry yourslef with connecting luggage (just check it in at your departure airport and collect it at your Scandinavian destination). You may also save money (and the environment) because you can depart from your local airport and there are no hidden extra for luggage. KLM have a very good range of destinations in Norway (Bergen, Stavanger, Kristiansand, Sandejford, Oslo and Trondheim), as well as Sweden (Stockholm, Gothenburg, Linköping,)

Air France - Using the same logic as KLM (above), Air France fly to from 17 UK airports and can transport you via Paris to Copenhagen, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Helsinki and Oslo.

BA - Fly from Heathrow to Helsinki, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo with very regular flights.
You can also fly to these Nordic capitals via Heathrow from

bmi - Flies to Copenhagen from Heathrow, Edinburgh and Leeds Bradford as well as Esbjerg direct from Aberdeen, and you can also book SAS flights at bmi from Heathrow to Oslo, Copenhagen and Stockholm.

Travel Tips : Could be worth visiting Opodo to search for flights as you can combine the different airlines as you please. . . . . .and if you fancy something a bit different DFDS offer sailings from Harwich in Essex to Esbjerg on the West coast of Denmark.

Saturday, 29 November 2008

Ystad in the news

The video below comes from The Telegraph and is a few minutes description of Skåne in Southern Sweden thanks to the start of the Wallander movies which will be on the BBC this weekend. Ystad is probably hoping for an influx of visitors from the UK if Wallander becomes as popular as inspector Morse.



Here also, is the written article on Max Davidson's trip to Ystad and southern Sweden.

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Visit Lapland Finland this Christmas






Fancy escaping the wet British weather and the credit crisis to the snowy wonderland of Lapland ?. Monarch holidays ( until recently known as Cosmos ) offer day trips, 3 & 4 night trips and even 5 night trips over Christmas and New Year. All trips include a wide range of winter activites and all ski suits and boots are included. Monarch flies to Kittila airport.




To get an idea of what it is all about have a look at this Lapland Video

Monarch have two resorts to choose from in Finland - Levi Fell and Yllasjarvi.

A day trip from Gatwick is likely to cost around £900 for a family of three.
Click here to see the itinerary and what is included.
For those with more time ( and cash! ) have a look at these 3 night, 4 day trips



Friday, 21 November 2008

Wallander on BBC this weekend

Wallander, the BBC films based on Henning Mankell's books and starring Kenneth Branagh are coming soon to the BBC.... Wallander will air on BBC1 on Sunday 30 November at 9 pm.

The films were shot in Southern Sweden.

Here is the trailer now being shown in the UK.




The BBC Wallander films on DVD is now available from Amazon

Friday, 14 November 2008

New New York Sweden flights




As part of a major long haul expansion, Delta Airlines plans to add 15 new international routes to its network in summer 2009, including a new service to Scandinavia !


There will be a new service to Gothenburg Landvetter (GOT) on the west coast of Sweden.

The service will start in June 2009, and there will be 4 flights per week on offer with the first flight planned for 12th June.



Win a dream holiday to Scandinavia

Edit : 23rd November, comp now closed.

Fancy winning a £3500 Expedia voucher in time for Christmas ?

In this simple to enter competition you could be one of two lucky winners of a £3500 Expedia.co.uk gift voucher. Think about the amazing holidays to Scandinavia and the wider Nordic region you could have with that sort of cash !

Tip: find more free to enter competitions at http://nordicflights.co.uk/Competitions.aspx




The Prize must be redeemed in a single transaction by 30th April 2009 and travel must be completed within 6 months of the booking date. Usual booking terms and conditions apply.

Monday, 10 November 2008

Stockholm Berns Hotel Review




Review from Mr and Mrs Smith :


"Boutiquey but big, with 65 rooms, Berns Hotel was originally built as a restaurant in 1863; it got reincarnated 14 years ago as a unique hotel and entertainment palace. Our room was cosy but not tiny, and we loved its style: wood panelling felt both modern and warm, and the groovy cylindrical TV console not only looked great, but also provided me with a screen for undertaking mysterious changes of attire while Mr Smith caught up with current affairs from the comfort of the bed. The modern bathroom was fine, but not as attractive as the room itself, which had the feel of a first-class cabin, without being painfully retro. "

Friday, 7 November 2008

Hotel Fox, Copenhagen




















Hotel Fox

You can book the hotel fox in Copenhagen at Hotels.com, we found rooms for £79 a night

This Hotel is "ultra modern" and "ultra chic" and all rooms were decorated by 21 artists. In the lobby a "feather chandelier" greets the guests and the lift is "graffiti-decorated". You can choose your room and stay in "kitsch", "magical", "the sultry" or have a good night in "sleep well". Some rooms are a little bit "extreme", but the bathrooms are "utterly white tiled". The lobby-cafe is "very cool" and has arts "extended" on the walls. Right in front of the hotel you will find shops and cafes.

The hotel rents out bikes and ipods

Here is a short video of hotel fox in Copenhagen.

New Gatwick flights to Denmark

Cimber Air have announced a new route from Gatwick (LGW) to Billund (BLL). The flight will operate daily except Saturday. The flights will leave Gatwick at 1655 and leave Billund 1545. The first flight will be on 24th November.

easyJet have announced a new route from Gatwick to Copenhagen (CPH). The flight will operate daily at 17:30 from Gatwick and 20:55 from Copenhagen.
The first flight will be on 15th January.

Thursday, 6 November 2008

Video Tour of Copenhagen

Ten minute Copenhagen Tour video. . .

Well worth a look if you are thinking of a trip to Scandinavia and need some inspiration.

Friday, 31 October 2008

A tribute to bankrupt Sterling Airlines

Following Sterling's bankruptcy on 29 October 2008, this tribute has popped up on youtube. (Watch it with the sound on.)

Monday, 27 October 2008

Icelandair to cancel Glasgow Reykjavik flights

Icelandair have said they are stopping their Glasgow - Reykjavik service for the winter.


Icelandair said there had been a drop in demand for travel from Iceland following the country's recent economic difficulties. It also blamed the exchange rate between the Icelandic krona and the British pound. The decision mean the only direct flights between Glasgow and Reykjavik will be around New Year. Icelandair said it planned to re-introduce a twice-weekly service between the cities in spring 2009.

A spokesman for the firm said: "On that particular route, a large proportion of the passengers are from Iceland and heading to Scotland for Christmas shopping.

"The business has just dried up. People in Iceland have no confidence in their currency and its exchange rate, while they are also worried about things like job security.

"By the time March 26 comes we will be into the summer season for flights. If anyone has booked directly with Icelandair then they should contact us for a refund or alternative flight."


Story from BBC

Icelandair profile

Low Cost Iceland Bargain Holiday

- Iceland is back on the map as a low-cost tourist destination,” said reporter Jim Boulden on CNN. The US Dollar has gained 50% in value again the Icelandic Krona over the last year which puts Iceland in the top 5 bargain destinations according to USA TODAY.

The beauty of Iceland is the same as before and so is the hospitality of Icelanders. You can watch Jim Boulden reporting from Reykjavík HERE


Icelandair


Iceland Express

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Scandic Hotels and Time Out in book partnership

New guidebook will offer the hotel chain’s guests tips on unexpected experiences

For the first time ever, the world’s leading travel guide, Time Out, is cooperating with a hotel chain to publish a joint guidebook. In listing less mainstream attractions, Scandic is looking to provide added value for its guests.

The Scandic hotel chain has entered into an exclusive partnership with the world’s leading travel guide publisher Time Out, best known for its city listings magazines of the same name and for its guidebooks with titles such as “1,000 things to do in London”. For the first time, Time Out is now working with a hotel chain to produce a guidebook telling guests what there is to see and do around Scandic’s almost 150 hotels across the Nordic region and Northern Europe.

“I’ve spent thousands of hours with Time Out guides around the world and think it’s fantastic that they’ll be informing our guests about the attractions near our hotels in Scandic-land. Time Out will be sniffing out things beyond the usual and revealing local secrets in its own inimitable style, which will make the read itself part of the experience,” comments Henrik Johnsson, project manager and head of Scandic’s partnerships.

“The excitement and challenge of working with Scandic is that they are present in small towns and major cities across ten countries. Our task is to help Scandic give its guests added value and something to talk about when they get home,” explains Mark Philips, commercial director at Time Out Guides.

Time Out is in the process of exploring the streets around Scandic in ten countries. The first edition of “1,000 things to do when staying at Scandic” will be published in Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish and English in March next year.

Thursday, 9 October 2008

Bargain Break to Reykjavik


Update : Sold out. Try Icelandair deals at Opodo or Iceland Express instead.

The pound is currently very strong against the Icelandic krona, so it's an excellent time to grab this brand-new deal: three nights in Reykjavik with flights for just £199. That's three nights for the price of two! For extra reassurance this package is ATOL bonded.


Flying from London Heathrow, Manchester or Glasgow from 1 November to 22 March, you'll stay at the 3-star Hotel Cabin on a bed-and-breakfast basis. Depart from Glasgow on Thursdays (until the end of December only), Manchester on Fridays and daily from London Heathrow. You must book by 20 October.


Icelandair has recently relaunched its fleet, and its refurbished cabins now feature a new in-flight entertainment system, meaning your journey to Reykjavik will be even more enjoyable.

About the hotel: Hotel Cabin is located 20 minutes' walk from Rekjavik city centre. It's a clean, modern and simple hotel that features a bar, restaurant and some great views. It's also near to the biggest geothermal swimming pool and spa in Iceland.

Iceland - The time is now . .

Fall in Icelandic Kroner makes now a good time to visit Reykjavik and Iceland.

About a year ago 1 of your British pounds would have bought you 125 Icelandic Kroner, today you will get more like 170 Icelandic Crowns to the pound. This is despite the fact that Sterling has fallen against many other currencies, notably the Euro. So while a trip to Spain is getting that much dearer, Iceland (never cheap, mind you) is now more affordable than for a long time.

Another nice thing is that Iceland is not in the EU so you can do real duty free shopping.
The national beer of Iceland is "Viking"
For a cheap flight to Iceland try Iceland Express / Wow Air / easyJet or Icelandair

See also our article on cheap accommodation in Iceland.

Low cost terminal at Copenhagen


Having vetoed a plan for a low cost airport on their own land
, Copenhagen Airports has announced plans to construct a low-cost terminal designed to "provide new opportunities for growth for the airlines during these difficult times and more cheap fares to choose from for the passengers,".

Passenger charges for airlines using CPH SWIFT will be half those applied to carriers using Kastrup's main infrastructure. Airlines wanting to fly SWIFT will have to meet a number of efficiency requirements, including a 30-min. turnaround, while passengers will be expected to check in mainly via the Internet, a mobile phone or at self-service kiosks.

The LCC terminal will be an extension of existing facilities and have six aircraft stands, with an initial capacity of 6 million passengers annually and the potential to double that if the need arises. Passengers will use CPH's central security checkpoint and the existing baggage sorting system, helping to keep construction costs at around DKK200 million ($36.3 million). Construction is expected to commence in early 2009 and operations are expected to start in the summer of 2010.

Friday, 5 September 2008

Low cost airlines to Dennmark

Low-cost airlines are running out of options in Denmark, as Copenhagen Airport vetoes plans to build a low-cost terminal and Ryanair slashes its Danish routes.

Terminal A promised to be a haven for low-cost carriers looking to expand their routes to Copenhagen. However, Copenhagen Airport has refused permission to private investors to build the new terminal on airport property.

Backers of the proposed terminal had already reached agreement with Danish low-cost airline Sterling to use the new facility. The building was to cost 400 million kroner and would have been ready for 2010, according to the head of the project Mogens Kornbo.

The current crisis in the aviation industry is hitting many airlines hard and the low-cost models are looking for cheaper options.

'Copenhagen is one of the dearest airports in Europe and a low-cost terminal would help increase traffic. This is especially relevant now, when oil prices are high and all airlines are fighting to reduce their costs,' said Oliver Aust, the European head of easyJet.

Meanwhile, the largest European low-cost carrier has cut a third of its Danish routes. Ryanair has announced that the Pisa, Valencia and Madrid routes will close for the winter season, while flights to Dublin and Barcelona will be reduced in frequency. Its Barcelona route from Århus Airport will also be dropped and flights to London have been reduced to one a day. Airport authorities in both Billund and Århus said they expect some of the routes to reopen when there is more passenger traffic next summer. Ryanair made a similar move last winter, closing down routes to Malmo.

Friday, 29 August 2008

Stockholm 747 hostel

Visitors to Stockholm could soon have a new option for cheap airport accommodation – a Boeing 747 at Arlanda airport. Plans have been approved to open up a Jumbo hostel which may open as early as December.



Stockholm could then have a really good range of hostels including a boat and a prison

Uppsala businessman Oscar Diös has been given permission by airport owner LFV and the Swedish National Roads Administration to open a youth hostel in a Jumbo Jet parked by the airport entrance.

Diös plans to rip out the plane’s 500 seats and instead install 80 beds. The cockpit will be made into a suite, and some of the equipment will be preserved.

”The challenge is that nobody has done this before, so there’s no precedent. But essentially it’s like fitting out any kind of metal barracks,” Diös told newspaper UNT.

Uppsala Council’s building and traffic committee said it was positive towards the unusual hostel.


The plane (pictured above) being used by Diös was previously owned by Swedish charter company Transjet. It has been grounded since the company had its license revoked in 2002. It has since then stood by the airport’s third runway.

Until it's ready we recommend hostelbookers for bookings hostels in Stockholm

Friday, 22 August 2008

BA sale on Stockholm and Helsinki Flights

BA sale now on !

Book by 23rd September at British Airways website.
We like BA sales because there is usually good availability at the advertised prices.

Included in this sale are flights to
Helsinki - from Heathrow (£69), and to Helsinki via LHR from Aberdeen; Glasgow; Edinburgh; Newcastle and Manchester (all at £113)

Stockholm - from Heathrow (£55), and to Stockholm via LHR from Aberdeen; Glasgow; Edinburgh; Newcastle and Manchester (all at £99)

Why it might be worth paying a bit extra to fly BA
Fly to the main airports of Stockholm / Helsinki
Snack (usually a sandwich) and drink included
You can change flights for £30 plus any fare difference
Business class upgrade available - £69 on Stockholm, £122 on Helsinki.


For Stockholm, also check Sterling, who also fly to the main airport (Arlanda).
From Britain, Sterling flies from Gatwick, East Midlands and Edinburgh.

Prices are one way and include taxes and charges.

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

DFDS Denmark wildlife cruise

DFDS Seaways has just launched a fantastic two-night ORCA sealife-watching mini cruise to Denmark for the bargain price of just £84 per person -- a small price to pay for the chance to see whales, dolphins and seals in their natural habitat.




















Departing from Harwich, Essex, the offer is available to book between 4 September and 31 October, and includes the following:

  • Two nights' Inside Cabin accommodation on the Dana Sirena
  • A wildlife pack including an onboard ORCA presentation, storytelling for kids and wildlife watching on deck
  • An afternoon to explore the Danish coastal city of Esjberg
Click here to find out more.
Telephone booking fee of £10 applies so book online.
All prices are inclusive of charges and taxes and correct at 20th August 2008.

Stieg Larsson paperback

The Stieg Larsson book that has been a phenomenon in Scandinavia is now out in paperback.

The Observer called it:
A striking novel, full of passion, an evocative sense of place and subtle insights into venal, corrupt minds


It's half price at Amazon at the moment.

Monday, 18 August 2008

Cheaper Sterling Airlines Flights

Sterling Airlines have announced a late summer sale on flights to Scandinavia.
It is possible to save 50% on that total cost of flights.

Book between 18th August and 25th August.
Travel between 1st September and 29th March.

List of Sterling flights from the UK:


Gatwick
Aalborg
Billund
Copenhagen
Gothenberg (Via Copenhagen)
Malmo
Oslo
Stockholm

East Midlands
Copenhagen
Oslo
Stockholm

Edinburgh
Copenhagen
Stockholm

Friday, 1 August 2008

Hostels in Iceland















We have been looking for budget accommodation for a trip to Iceland and have to hand it to website "Hostelbookers" which have a great selection of Hostels in Iceland including 20 options in Reykjavik. It's not just hostels, it's also guesthouses and other inexpensive lodging. Despite the recent fall in the Icelandic Crown, Reykjavik isn't exactly cheap so pre-booking accommodation so you know how much you will be paying is a good idea.

Here's why we rate this website :
  • Hostels rated and reviewed by previous customers
  • Over 2,500 destinations worldwide
  • Search hostels by location then by price or ratings
  • No registration required - just search and book!
  • No booking fees
For more up-market hotel options in Iceland have a look at www.nordichotels.co.uk for more.
If you want to compare hotel prices try Kelkoo.

And for cheapish flights to Reykjavik have a look at Iceland Express

Thursday, 31 July 2008

This weeks video includes what could happen if Vikings were given jobs as cabin-crew.

Icelandair / Icelandexpress anyone ?



List of Airlines in the Nordic Region

Friday, 25 July 2008

Dinner date with a viking

This weeks video is a warning to anyone thinking of going to Iceland for beautiful food and traditional women.

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

KLM flights to Scandinavia

Although not the cheapest option for flights to the Nordic countries, KLM, does offer more regional UK departures than anyone else.

You can with fly KLM from :

Aberdeen
Birmingham
Bristol
Cardiff
Edinburgh
Glasgow
Humberside
Leeds Bradford
Manchester
Newcastle
Norwich
Southampton
Teesside


And connect via Amsterdam to all of these destinations in Scandinavia :

Copenhagen
Helsinki
Gothenburg
Stockholm
Oslo

Thursday, 17 July 2008

Isango Discount Code




Isango is one of the leading online suppliers of destination tours and experiences.
They offer all sorts of hand picked products in the Nordic region.
We also love Isango because they guarantee you the lowest cost, even in the resort. If you find the same product cheaper within 3 days of booking you can get double the difference.

Isango cover Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden so check out their website for inspiration !

Discount Code : AFKJFOC gets you 10% off

Scandic Airlines Alliance

Sterling and Norwegian / FlyNordic have announced an alliance to codeshare on routes from Oslo and Stockholm.

The routes involved are
Oslo to :
Alicante
Barcelona
Copenhagen
Faro
Malaga
Nice
Tenerife

Stockholm to :
Alicante
Copenhagen
Gran Canaria
Malaga
Nice

The deal will need clearance from competition authorities but will start to take affect from September 2008.

Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Ready Steady Snow ! Lapland Holidays


Lapland Holidays

Monarch Holidays have over 16 years experience of organising Lapland adventures for kids of all ages. You can choose from Lapland day trips, 3 and 4-night stays or 5 night Christmas and New Year trips. Included are ski suits and boots, toboggan, husky, reindeer and snowmobile rides, a trip to Santa's Post Office and a gift for everyone!



Departure Dates : 3rd - 28th December 2008

Departure Points : Gatwick, Luton, Birmingham and Manchester.

FAQs : Flight time, Clothing and more. Your questions answered

Bonus. . . Monarch Holidays, Lapland - Weekend Sale
• "Guaranteed Savings of up to an EXTRA £40 per Couple"
• All Day Trips = £10 OFF per person discount
• 3, 4 and 5 Night Trips = £20 OFF per person discount

easyJet Gatwick Helsinki route

Seems easyJet is starting to appreciate the Nordic region. Up until now their only route from the UK has been from London Stansted (STN) to Copenhagen (CPH)and that was inherited from their takeover of "GO". Today a new route goes on sale from Gatwick to Helsinki's main airport(HEL).

The new route will fly daily from 3rd November at 15:00 from Gatwick (LGW) arriving Helsinki 19:55 local time. The flight back is scheduled for 20:30 arriving London 21:40. This schedule applies every day except Saturday which will be an early morning flight.

Friday, 11 July 2008

New elephant house at Copenhagen Zoo

The new Elephant house at Copenhagen Zoo has opened.
At a cost of around £30 million, the new home for the seven elephants that live at Copenhagen Zoo features two large domes and is around 5000 square metres.







More info on the Norman Foster Elephant house at Copenhagen Zoo

Swansea City FC in Sweden.

Like last year, Swansea City FC have gone to Sweden for pre-season training.

"It's been a good exercise so far,'' explained Roberto. "The news boys have bonded well with the rest of the squad and you can start to see their true characters coming through.

"We've worked them hard so far with an average of four sessions and five hours a day.

"The fact that we are at high altitude (around 1,000m) makes it a bit tougher, but the boys have responded well. The fact that we haven't picked up any injuries is a bonus.''

"It's been a good exercise so far,'' explained Roberto. "The news boys have bonded well with the rest of the squad and you can start to see their true characters coming through.

"We've worked them hard so far with an average of four sessions and five hours a day.

"The fact that we are at high altitude (around 1,000m) makes it a bit tougher, but the boys have responded well. The fact that we haven't picked up any injuries is a bonus.''






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Monday, 7 July 2008

Danes are happiest in the world

Denmark has yet again come out as the happiest nation on Earth.

The World Values Survey, published by the United States National Science Foundation, asked people in 97 countries to rate how happy they were by gauging their responses to two questions:


1) Taking all things together, would you say you are very happy, rather happy, not very happy, or not at all happy?


2) All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days?


Behind the smug Danes, the sun-kissed inhabitants of Puerto Rico came second, followed by Colombia, Iceland, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Switzerland, Netherlands, Canada and Austria.

Great Britain managed 21st spot while the USA – the world’s richest nation – came 16th. Bottom of the poll, perhaps unsurprisingly, was hyper-inflated Zimbabwe, with Armenia, Moldova and Belarus almost equally miserable. Indeed, many of the countries deemed gloomiest had histories of repressive regimes or turbulent power struggles.


So what is the secret to Danish happiness? No hills? Bacon?

It seems happiness is all relative. In an interview with CBS, Professor Christensen of the University of Southern Denmark remarked that, “it’s because they’re so glum [they] get happy when things turn out not quite as badly as they expected.”

Monday, 30 June 2008

Big Robert in Copenhagen

Height: 72.5 metres.

Weight:1,800 tons.

Price: € 27 mio.

These are the hard facts of the huge sculpture, which the family of the late world famous Danish artist Robert Jacobsen and a number of private foundations and companies are ready to present to the city of Copenhagen, writes Berlingske Tidende.

The sculpture’s name is Store Robert (big Robert) and it was recently officially presented by “The Society of Creating Store Robert”, which is a group of business people and lovers of Robert Jacobsen’s art.

“Store Robert may become not only Copenhagen’s new landmark – but a landmark of Denmark and the Nordic countries,” says Frank Jensen, one ot the promotors of raising Store Robert.

Berlingske Tidende has written earlier that the sculpture is to be placed in the water outside the Port of Copenhagen and according to the plan little boats will shuttle between the harbour and the sculpture making it possible to get very close to Store Robert, which will be ready at the end of 2010.

The sculpture has been on the way for 20 years. Back in the 1980s Robert Jacobsen made a small model af the sculpture, which was intended a place at Langelinie at the harbour front.

A majority of Copenhagen City Council is in favour of Store Robert, and the promotors hope that the sculpture may be created at the Lindøværft (shipyard), where the main part of Robert Jacobsen’s larger works were made throughout the years. However, Kristine Jensen from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts doubted if there was a need for this sculpture in the same way as the Statue of Liberty in New York. She said that the Statue of Liberty symbolised a gateway of freedom in the US, but it was hard to see what the 'Store Robert' sculpture symbolised.

Should the sculpture get the go-ahead, its 1800 tonne frame will stand in place by 2010.

Thursday, 12 June 2008

Scandic capitals, nice to live in and pretty girls

Monocle has rated 3 Nordic capitals in its top 20 liveable cities article.
Months of good-natured, frequently late-night and jetlagged debate have produced Monocle's definitive (and just a little subjective) guide to the world's most liveable cities.

In second place they have Copenhagen
"There's no shame coming second, particularly when phase two of your new metro is about to go live, your airport is a joy, you can bike safely through the city and you have so many stunning residents."

In Sixth place they have Helsinki
"The fastest flying times from Europe to Asia's hubs make Helsinki more than Nokia-town."

In Eighth place comes Stockholm
"An eye for detail, good street style and strong public services make this a pleasant place to build a nest ."

In addition to the Monocle feature, Magazine Travelers Digest has recently unveiled a list of the top ten cities with the most beautiful women in the eyes of male tourists.


The Top Ten Cities with the Most Beautiful Women:

10. Amsterdam (the Netherlands)
9. Tel Aviv (Israel)
8. Montreal (Canada)
7. Caracas (Venezuela)
6. Moscow (Russia)
5. Los Angeles (California, the U.S.)
4. Varna (Bulgaria)
3. Buenos Aires (Argentina)
2. Copenhagen (Denmark)
1. Stockholm (Sweden)

P.S. Have a look at this comparison of Swedish Vs British nightlife.

Friday, 6 June 2008

DFDS stops Newcastle Norway

It has been announced that DFDS Seaways with effect from 1 September 2008 will no longer be sailing between Newcastle and Bergen-Haugesund-Stavanger in Norway.

John Crummie, UK Managing Director, commented 'the result in 2007 fell well short of expectation and as reported in last weeks DFDS? Quarter 1 2008 results, the current financial development has fallen below the level required to continue operating the service. Furthermore, dramatically increasing oil prices, downward price pressure from over capacity in the travel market place and the current economic slowdown are burdening the service. Consequently, we have taken the difficult decision to close the service from 1 September after the summer season.'

DFDS Seaways will continue to operate the Newcastle-Holland, Harwich-Denmark and Copenhagen-Oslo routes.

Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Norway airport strikes over

The strikes at Avinor (the Norwegian Airport authority) are over.

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Norway airport strike update

The strike by airport staff in Norway has been expanded to include more airports. Most worryingly is the statement that the two sides involved in the dispute have not even been in discussions since 16th May. . . .

On Tuesday, May 20., six additional airports, including Stavanger airport Sola, were closed due to the airport strike. There has been no contact between Avinor and LO Stat after negotiations did not lead to a solution during the night on May 16.

"Any future dialogue will be between Avinor’s employer organization Spekter and LO Stat, but for now, we can not say anything about when such contact will be re-established," says Director Public Affairs and Communication, Ove Narvesen, in Avinor.

He regrets the consequences passengers and airlines face because of the strike.

From Tuesday, May 20., six additional airports got closed. These are:

  • Stavanger airport, Sola
  • Alta airport
  • Leknes airport
  • Sandnessjøen airport, Stokka
  • Sogndal airport, Haukåsen
  • Svolvær airport, Helle

Sola airport closed at 0700 on May 20. The five other airports will be closed from normal opening hours. The strike will also be extended to Oslo Airport Gardermoen, but except for flights to the closed airports, traffic will run normally.

Bergen airport Flesland, Harstad/Narvik airport Evenes, Molde airport Årø, Mo i Rana airport Rossvold and Mosjøen airport Kjærstad have been closed due to the strike since May 16.

Monday, 19 May 2008

Airport Closures in Norway due to strike

Since Friday 16 May the following airports in Norway have been closed due to a strike.

Bergen airport
Harstad/Narvik airport
Molde airport
Mo i Rana airport
Mosjøen airport

Now Kristiansund airport has also been closed.

If the strike continues the next airports to be closed will be

Stavanger
Alta
Leknes
Sandnessjøen
Sogndal
Svolvær

The strike may eventually be expanded to Oslo airport.

Tips :
  • Keep in touch with your airline about possible cancellation /rebboking and also arrangements to change your flight to alternative open airport in Norway.

  • Keep an eye on the Avinor homepage. They own and operate 46 airports in Norway

Thursday, 15 May 2008

Icelandic Kroner falls makes Reykjavik cheaper

Fall in Icelandic Kroner makes now a good time to visit Reykjavik and Iceland.

About a year ago 1 of your British pounds would have bought you 125 Icelandic Kroner, today you will get more like 150 Icelandic Crowns to the pound. This is despite the fact that Sterling has fallen against many other currencies, notably the Euro. So while a trip to Spain is getting that much dearer, Iceland (never cheap, mind you) is now more affordable than for a long time.

Another nice thing is that Iceland is not in the EU so you can do real duty free shopping.

Check Iceland Express for cheap flights to Reykjavik. Iceland Express fly daily from London and other European cities.

Saturday, 3 May 2008

Free to enter holiday competitions

Do you Really want to go to one or more of the Nordic countries but don't want to pay for it ?

Try your luck at these free to enter competitions and you might be lucky enough to win a free holiday.

Or try the National Lottery

Good Luck !

Friday, 2 May 2008

Deal : Cruise Tour to Norway

Good deal here on a Bergen and Stavanger Cruise and sightseeing package

The Queen of Scandinavia sailing from Newcastle





















What's included


• 3 nights onboard ship in a Seaways Class Cabin with twin beds
• Sightseeing Coach trip from Bergen to Stavanger
• Live onboard entertainment

Price based on 2 sharing an inside cabin, single supplement applies.
Cabin upgrades possible, best prices for these seem to be on 9th September sailing.

See the full itinerary


Departure Dates
20th May
3rd June
9th October
7th, 28th November

Days and times
Outward: Dep: Tuesday at 18:30 Arr: Wednesday at 23:00
Homeward: Dep: Thursday at 11:00 Arr: Friday at 15:00

Thursday, 1 May 2008

Sterling airlines TV ad

A while ago we wrote about the rebrand by Sterling airlines.

Here is the TV commercial that goes with it....



Seems the song is creating quite a stir so turn your sound on !

If you know who the artist behind the song please let everyone know by leaving a comment.

Monday, 21 April 2008

BA puts Stockholm and Oslo on sale

BA sale now on !

Book by 29th April at British Airways website.
We like BA sales because there is usually good availability at the advertised prices.

Included in this sale are flights to
Oslo - from Heathrow (£49), and to Oslo via LHR from Aberdeen; Glasgow; Edinburgh; Newcastle and Manchester (all at £86)

Stockholm - from Heathrow (£45), and to Stockholm via LHR from Aberdeen; Glasgow; Edinburgh; Newcastle and Manchester (all at £82)

Why it might be worth paying a bit extra to fly BA
Fly to the main airports of Stockholm / Oslo
Snack (usually a sandwich) and drink
You can change flights for £30 plus any fare difference

Why you might want to reconsider
T5 chaos and lost luggage recently


Also check Sterling, who also fly to the main airports at Stockholm (Arlanda) and Oslo (Gardermoen).
From Britain, Sterling flies from Gatwick, East Midlands and Edinburgh.

Prices are one way and include taxes and charges.

Friday, 18 April 2008

Music Festivals in the Nordic Region

Music Festivals in the Nordic region

Denmark

3-6 July, Roskilde Festival, Headliners - Chemical Brothers, Radiohead, Slayer

Finland

13-15 June, Provinsrock, Headliners - Foo Fighters, Linkin Park

Iceland

15-19 October, Iceland Airwaves, Headliners - TBA

Sweden

12-14 June, Hultsfred Festival, Headliners - Rage against the machine, Babyshambles, The Hives

7-9 August, Way Out West in Gothenberg, Headliners - Franz Ferdinand, Sonic Youth

Tuesday, 15 April 2008

New direct flights Newcastle Stavanger

Eastern Airways has announced a new daily non-stop weekday service from Newcastle (NCL) to Stavanger (SVG) launching on 12 May 2008. The independent carrier previously provided a link to Stavanger via Aberdeen.

Flights will depart from Newcastle at 9.50am, arriving in Stavanger at 12.40pm local time. Flights leave Stavanger at 1.10pm, landing in Newcastle at 2pm local time.

The direct flights will appeal to north east businesses with Norwegian links, particularly those in the oil and gas industry. Many major energy companies are located in Stavanger as Norway is one of the world’s largest oil producers. The north east is also recognised as a world leader in subsea oil exploration, which has further enhanced its energy links with Norway.

Stavanger is the European Capital of Culture 2008 and the non-stop service will also be beneficial to leisure travellers taking short breaks in both regions.

Monday, 14 April 2008

Oslo Opera House Opens

The new Oslo Opera House we wrote about at the end of last year is now open.

Construction began in 2003 and was officially opened on Saturday 12th April by King Harald. Among the guests were Denmark's Queen Margrethe, Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as well as Iceland's Presdent Olafur Ragnar Grimsson and Finland's President Tarja Halonen.

The opera has four auditoriums including a main 1,350-seat auditorium and a smaller 400-seat auditorium.
Apparently it's visible from aircraft landing and taking off at Oslo Gardemon airport.

More from around the web :

Interview with director of Norske Opera, Bjørn Simonsen

Norway king opens new opera house

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Population of Iceland

How many people live in Iceland ?

John Cleese has the answer :




The video is a commercial by John Cleese for the Icelandic bank, Kaupthing.

Saturday, 29 March 2008

SAS exclusive offers with Opodo

Have a look at these SAS offers to Scandinavia through Opodo who recently won a travel industry survey for most usable site:

Stockholm £104, Copenhagen £114, Oslo £122, Helsinki £170

Not the most amazing prices I hear you cry. True but we have had a look through and the availability is very good. When we checked it was still possible to book the May bank holiday weekend at these prices.

As always, it is wise to compare with other airlines and make sure you are comparing the total cost of the trip including travel from your home.

Friday, 28 March 2008

Sterling Airlines gets a rebrand


Sterling, the Icelandic owned airline who fly to Scandinavia from Gatwick, East Midlands & Edinburgh launched a rebrand today. The new Sterling logo & aircraft livery was revealed at Copenhagen airport, their main base along with this manifesto below :




What makes a good airline?

We at Sterling have given it a great deal of thought. A part of being a good airline is obviously getting people to where they want to go. But that’s what any other airline does. We aim to do better than other airlines by emphasizing reliability, flexibility and fair price. The fact that Sterling has
been a leading punctual airline demonstrates how serious we are about these things. Having a wide range of destinations is also good. Landing at the main airports is even better because that saves valuable time for our customers. This, combined with an ever growing number of passengers, is a testimony of how good our airline really is. We would fly with us.



Reliability, Flexibility and Fair Price sound good to the team at NordicTravel.co.uk

List of Sterling flights from the UK:

Gatwick
Aalborg
Billund
Copenhagen
Gothenberg
Malmo
Oslo
Stockholm

East Midlands
Copenhagen
Oslo
Stockholm

Edinburgh
Copenhagen
Stockholm

Wizz air changes Stockhom airport

Wizz Air, the low-cost airline announced that it would move its flights serving the Stockholm – Poznan route from Stockholm Skavsta Airport (NYO) to Vasteras International Airport (VST). The effective move of the current flights will take place on 15 May 2008.

Vasteras International Airport is another alternative airport for passengers willing to travel to and from Stockholm. The airport is located in the Stockholm/Malar Region which is an industrial centre of Sweden and is to the same distance from the Swedish capital as Skavsta Airport. Vasteras Airport offers easy access to Stockholm by fast train and bus links.

Passengers who have already booked their flights for the Poznan - Stockholm Skavsta flights will be informed about the schedule change individually.

The airline offers flights to Stockholm also from Katowice, Warsaw, Gdansk and Budapest. Tickets can be bought on wizzair.com or via the call centre.

List of Nordic airports

Source: Wizz Air

Thursday, 20 March 2008

What's on in Malmo, 2008 ?

Big events in Malmö, (Malmoe) 2008

Van Morrison, 25 April,
Paul Potts, 23 May, 26 May
Quicksilver bowlriders, 12 June - 15 June
Flower festival, 13 June - 15June
Malmo festival, 15 August - 22 August
European masters games, 29 August - 7 September
José Carreras, 22 November,

Sport
Football (soccer), Malmö FF, season runs from 31 March - 9 November
Ice hockey, Malmö Redhawks,moving to a new stadium, November 2008

Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Web Cams

Quite a bit of snow around the Nordic region ready for easter.
Have a look at this collection of web cams.
If you want to recommend another web-cams please feel free to leave a comment.

Sweden Webcams - includes Icehotel, Stockholm, & Malmö

Webcam from the Danish island of Bornholm

Harbour at Torshavn, capital of Faroe Islands


Webcam of runway at Copenhagen airport

Helsiniki harbour and surroundings

Webcam of the new arena in Malmö

Webcam of down-town Reykjavik

Friday, 7 March 2008

Giant iceberg blocks Greenland port

A massive iceberg that floated into Paamiut harbour on Greenland's southwestern coast last week has since prevented cargo ships from docking, seafood giant Royal Greenland is among the businesses unable to use the port.

A demolition team has now been called in to blow up the iceberg and will use 500 kilos of dynamite. If we find a video we will post it here.

As in the other towns of West Greenland the sea is normally free of ice during the winter. The occupation of the 2.100 inhabitants of Paamiut, is mostly connected to the fishing industry. Icebergs, coming adrift along the east coast of Greenland and continuing up along the west coast normally arrive in the autumn bringing numerous seals marking this season as a great time for the local hunters.














Photo: pretty church in Paamiut which dates back to 1909

Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Greenland, a fragile Arctic environment




















Greenland is the largest island in the world which isn't considered a continent. Composed of many icy glacial areas, Greenland is very sparsely inhabited.













Currently a self-governing territory of Denmark, Greenland was settled by viking Eric the Red around 982 AD. The island is only home to about 56,000 residents, about 15,000 of which live in the capital of Nuuk. As there is no road or rail system, the only practical means to travel is by boat or air. On foot is less practical and far more strenuous, but somewhat plausible.

Ice covers 81% of the island. The main industries there include fishing, mineral extraction and tourism.

Coverage from around the web
Kangerlussuaq is now the gateway for adventure tourism in Greenland


Official Greenland tourism portal

Naturism in Scandinavia

5 in Denmark, 3 in Norway and 10 in Sweden. No, not millions of people but the number of naturist resorts.


























It's not just Scandinavia, we have also found a site dedicated to naturism in Iceland

Need to know - beaches
There is a slight difference between Denmark on one side and Norway and Sweden on the other side with regard to nude beaches.

In Denmark there is really no difference between a nude and a textile beach. It depends on whether the people using the beach happens to wear clothes or not.

In Sweden and Norway they have signposted (official) nude beaches or well defined stretches of beach (spontaneous) where you may be nude.

More info
Scandinavian naturist portal

Thursday, 28 February 2008

Iceland Express birthday

Budget airline Iceland Express celebrated its fifth anniversary on February 27. On that day in 2003 the inaugural flight from Reykjavik to Copenhagen and London was airborne, starting an active competition between international carriers in Iceland that travellers welcomed with open arms. The number of passengers has increased every year, as well as destinations.

Since the first flight five years ago, Iceland Express' European destinations have increased from two to fourteen and in addition to operating from Keflavik Airport the airline now operates flights from Akureyri and Egilsstaðir to Copenhagen during the summer months. Iceland Express' goal from the beginning has been to enable Icelanders to travel more easily at a lower price. For the last few summers the people in Akureyri and Egilsstaðir have been able to fly directly abroad, saving both time and money and increasing the number of tourists in Akureyri and Egilsstaðir at the same time.

Iceland Express' destinations this summer will be Copenhagen, London, Alicante, Basel, Berlin, Billund, Eindhoven, Frankfurt Hahn, Friedrichshafen, Gothenburg, Paris, Stockholm, Barcelona and Warsaw. The Warsaw route marks the first time a direct route between Poland and Iceland is operated. Barcelona is also a new summer destination, the airline started servicing the route last fall and will continue this summer.

The founding of Iceland Express marked the beginning of an active competition between international carriers in Iceland in recent years. The airline has since day one offered tickets at considerably lower prices than were previously available. Travellers can purchase tickets at a low price regardless of how long the trip will be but previously had to stay abroad over Sunday night in order to get a lower price. Iceland Express has also offered one-way tickets at a low price.

"Iceland Express has grown substantially in the last five years and we will continue to do so. We have enjoyed a great reception from Icelanders and tourists from the beginning, which shows that it is important for Icelanders and the Icelandic travel industry to have an active competition on international routes," says Matthías Imsland, CEO Iceland Express.

Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Helsinki-Vantaa rated top in survey

Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (HEL) has once again attained the top rank in the extensive international Airport Service Quality (ASQ) survey. The 2007 survey ranked Helsinki-Vantaa as the third-best airport in Europe.

Helsinki-Vantaa Airport has been among the top airports in the world since 1997. Its success factors include its general pleasantness, staff courtesy, clean terminals and a sense of security.

Finavia Airport Director Juha-Pekka Pystynen notes that the worldwide ASQ survey is an important service development tool.

- The results of that survey are by no means self-evident. We strive to keep passengers happy every day of the year," he says.

In the ASQ survey, passengers are asked to appraise 34 airport service quality factors. The survey is conducted by Airports Council International (ACI). The 2007 survey covered 90 airports and involved interviews with nearly 200,000 passengers all around the world.

In 2007, passengers ranked Helsinki-Vantaa Airport the third-best in Europe, after Porto Airport and Zurich Airport. Helsinki-Vantaa shares third place with Munich. The complete results of the ASQ survey are available at the ACI website.

Helsinki-Vantaa Airport has received several other distinctions too, being placed in the top rank in Europe by Reader's Digest, the Skytrax Internet survey and the Wanderlust travel magazine.