Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Iceland flights from Seattle

Icelandair has announced a new route. . .

From July 2009 they will be flying direct from Reykjavik (KEF) to Seattle (SEA).

There will be four flights a week and connections will be offered to other Nordic capitals - Helsinki, Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm. Icelandair will be selling flights from London to Seattle when the new service starts. Flights from Manchester will also be offered, but the timetable requires an overnight stop in Reykjavik (great!)

It's good to a new route and some positive news after all the doom and gloom surrounding the US and Icelandic economies of late.

I've only ever heard good things about Seattle as a tourist destination so a holiday combining Seattle with Iceland could be a wonderful experience.

Thursday, 19 March 2009

Free Stockholm City Card

SAS have sent out an email with a decent offer.
Book a flight to Stockholm and get a free Stockholm city card.
These are the lowest one way fares but you have to book a return to get the offer.

London Heathrow from
Stockholm £59
London City from
Stockholm £66
Manchester from
Stockholm £58

To get the card you have to ....
  • Book a return SAS ticket to Stockholm to travel between 01/Mar/09 and 30/Apr/09.
  • When you arrive at Stockholm Arlanda Airport, present your SAS ticket/itinerary at
    the Visitor Centre in Terminal 5 and receive your free card. The Visitor Centre is open
    7 days a week, from 6am to midnight.Pick up the card at Arlanda Visitor Center in
    Terminal 5 arrival hall.
Here's some more info on the Stockholm card :

The Stockholm Card is amazingly extensive, offering a thorough selection of the best that Stockholm has to offer in terms of attractions and sights. Ride the subway, the bus or a streetcar. Browse excellent museums with art, aristocrats, world heritage, Vikings, the Nobel Prize, technology, and design. The city is yours.

The Stockholm Card includes:

  • Free admission to 75 museums and sights
  • Free public transportation - underground, buses and local trains
  • Guidebook in English including maps
  • Bonus offers

Max. 3 children's cards per adult card (Children ages 7 - 17).
Offer is applicable for a 24 hrs card.

SAS have a sale on flights to over 60 Scandinavia destinations until 22 March.

Win Scandinavian food in London

If you fancy winning lunch at a Scandinavian inspired restaurant in London, here's your chance.

Courtesy of Madsen Restaurant you could soon be sampling herring or smørrebrød if you are the lucky winner of an easy to enter online competition.

The prize is a lunch for 2 worth £40.
Valid 12-16 hrs, Monday to Friday until 1 June.

Entry form at

Closing Date 11th April 2009

Monday, 16 March 2009

Valid Isango Promotion Code

If you are booking trips or tours with this year you might want to take advantage of this promotional code I have just been sent : CJHLNAK

This should give you 7% off anything you buy and is valid for purchases until the end of May 2009

isango have a great range of trips and excursions across the Nordic region and their website is well worth a look for inspiration

Happy Travels !

Sunday, 15 March 2009


Just looking through the 50 best travel websites list in The Independent on Sunday and noticed that the only tourist board site on the list belongs to a Nordic country. It's which is the official tourist organisation website for Gothenburg and the surrounding area.

Thursday, 12 March 2009

Largest Red Nose in the world on DFDS ship

The DFDS ship, m.s. KING of SCANDINAVIA has what is believed to be the largest red nose in the world. DFDS, which sails between Harwich in Essex and Esbjerg in Denmark reckons they have implemented the largest red nose in the world, ever!

Find out more and watch a video

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Romantic Scandinavian hotels

I posted a quick article on the Clarion in Stockholm making it into a top ten hotels list yesterday but have also noticed a couple of Nordic Hotels in the top ten most romantic hotels !

Hotel Kamp, Helsinki - Five Star. A 19th Century hotel 100 metres from Helsinki cathedral. Marble bathrooms are equipped with heated floors, bathrobes and slippers. Two restaurants serving Finnish and international cuisine.

Victory Hotel, Stockholm - Four star in the old town / Gamla Stan of Stockholm. My Stockholm contact informs me the restaurant here has a great reputation too.

If you are from the UK, it's a pretty good time to take a trip to Sweden now. The Swedish crown (SEK) has fallen versus the Euro just as the pound has, so the £ / SEK rate is similar to what it was a year ago. The other "bargain" for Brits at the moment is Iceland. Denmark and Finland are relatively expensive since Finland is in the Eurozone while the Danish crown is pegged to the Euro.

Monday, 9 March 2009

Stockholm's most popular hotel

Clarion Hotel in Stockholm
has made it onto the top ten most popular hotels as measured by guests. As a double check, I have been over to TripAdvisor to check there and it also does very well. Ranking third most popular out of 166 hotels in Stockholm.

Here are few excerpts I have taken from the reviews :

"great location"

"spacious and relaxing"

"great breakfast"

"sauna and pool ... lovely"

"The breakfast was the best I have ever had"

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Photo from Greenland

Greenland, Greenland, Greenland, you have eluded me all these years, please take care of your fragile environment and wait for me to come and visit !

Monday, 2 March 2009

Iceland Express Sale

Just had news of Iceland Express birthday fares . . .

To Iceland from £46 from London including tax

Where: To Iceland (and back if you must) from Copenhagen, London, Berlin and Warsaw.

Fly: Before the end of March.

Buy: On sale now! Offer must end at noon GMT on Wednesday 4 March.

How much: from £46, €59, DKK 449 one-way including taxes and fees.

The small print: Limited number of seats available at these prices, so be quick. (And we’re six, thanks for asking.)

Book Iceland Flights Here

Iceland Express from Gatwick

From the 1st of May 2009 Iceland Express will be flying to Reykjavik from London Gatwick instead of London Stansted - a route it has served for six years.

BA / GB Airways used to fly from Gatwick to Reykjavik but the route has been unserved for about a year.

According to Iceland Express there are two reasons for the switch. Firstly, their sister airline Astreaus who operate flights for Iceland Express which is a "virtual airline" is based at Gatwick. The second reason is that they consider Gatwick as a more convenient hub for their passengers.

For British customers of course it just depends where you live. It's all very well saying that Gatwick is closer to central London but most people don't actually live in central London !