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


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.