Stephanie and I have wanted to visit Iceland for a few years now so when our friend (and favorite Icelander) Ragnar offered to show us around we couldn’t pass up the opportunity. With the new direct flight on WOWair and over 14 hours of daylight per day, experiencing the beautiful Nordic landscape and delicious cuisine of Reykjavik and the surrounding areas made for a perfect long weekend.
WOWair is the only airline to offer nonstop service between Miami and Iceland (as of April 2017). Tickets on WOWair between Miami and Keflavik can be purchased for as low as $99 each way depending on the dates (note that these tickets do not include any extras like seat selection, carry-on or checked bags, or any food). Of course, we were traveling on a holiday weekend (for less time off work) and on a limited schedule, so we opted to book a WOW Biz fare.
Not only are the WOW Biz fares all inclusive but they include access to WOWair’s BigSeat at no additional charge. The BigSeats are similar to the new Premium Economy seats offered by full-cost carriers and allowed us to get a reasonable night sleep on the approximately 7 hour and 30 minute flight.
Our flights arrived on time, the crews were very friendly, and the seats were very comfortable. Not bad for a ticket that cost 60-70% less than a Premium Economy fare with one-stop on a full-cost carrier. While you could use various pay with points portals to cover the cost of this ticket, we don’t think that’s a great value and would rather save our points for bigger ticket redemptions.
One of the amazing things about Iceland is how easy it is to see breathtaking sights in a short amount of time. We left Reykjavik around 10 AM and we were able to see Þingvellir National Park, Strokkur Geyser, Gullfoss Waterfall, Skálholt Cathedral, and Kerið Crater Lake and eat at Friðheimar, Iceland’s largest tomato greenhouse, all in one day. Each one of these sights were unique and we would recommend having 6 to 7 hours in total to explore each stop along the route. A picture is definitely worth 1000 words and below is just a sample of the amazing sights Iceland’s Golden Circle has to offer.
The Blue Lagoon is probably the most recognizable attraction for tourists in Iceland (up there with Baejarins Beztu Pylsur, the famous hot dog stand). While The Blue Lagoon is man made and not a natural hot spring, it is still an amazing experience. To maximize your time, we recommend visiting in the morning before you return to Keflavik Airport as The Blue Lagoon is only 10 minutes from the airport. We also recommend buying entry tickets in advance and choosing the Premium Experience package which gives you expedited entry, a bathrobe and slipper set, a free drink, and a reservation at the restaurant Lava. Even though The Blue Lagoon is a tourist attraction, Lava restaurant is great and worth a visit since you can go in your bathrobe and then take another dip in The Blue Lagoon before leaving.
The Blue Lagoon is incredibly relaxing and is a can’t miss stop on any Iceland adventure. Make sure you allow plenty of time to fully experience the lagoon, including the free skin treatments, the massaging waterfall and the sauna / steam facilities.