3 ways to get to iceland on a budget

ef þú villast í íslenskum skógi, einfaldlega standa upp og þú munt finna leið.-“if you get lost in an icelandic forest, simply stand up and you will find your way.”

airplane-blue-sky

can you imagine what travel would be like to iceland if not for modern technology and the wonders of flying?

i can. i mean i could

  1. hitch a ride on a humpback whale
  2. flag a few icelandic fairies down to fly me there or
  3. set sail on a viking ship and hope i get to iceland without an all-norse mutiny breaking out onboard but let’s face it – chances of all the above happening is as good as a monkey winning the noble prize for quantumphysics.  🙂

truth is, iceland isn’t as accessible as it is today. proof? the locals had been trying to get out for years and didn’t know how. *just kidding!* 🙂

for nordic centuries, like its nearest neighbor greenland, it was perceived as a country way out of most people’s reach, geographically and financially. however, by the 90s and noughties, the momentum of the country’s popularity as a tourist destination picked up and now with its recent bankruptcy, it’s a little bit more bang for your buck so here’s some suggestions on how we’re getting you and your monkey to iceland.

- enjoy good service on icelandair -

icelandair
it doesn’t take a genius to figure this one out. the nation’s national carrier which oddly also functions like a semi-budget airline. flying from 35 countries in europe, us and canada to iceland’s doorstep, airfares are generally inexpensive, ranging from USD$200 – USD$400 depending on where you’re flying in from. if you’re flying in from asia, s.america, africa and maybe even from the poles, you’ll have to fly to either the us, canada or europe and connect from there. keep your credit card handy as you’ll also have to pay for extra comforts like pillows, blankets and headphones. you’ll also be ordering off the menu although juices, water, coffee and tea are complimentary.

- cheeky, stylish and value for money -

– cheeky, stylish and value for money –

WOW! air
with a nice striking purple and white logo, an attention grabbing name and a fleet of cute attendants onboard, well, you get iceland’s actual budget airline, WOW! stop scratching your heads now because this airline is more budget than icelandair. check your credit card balance before getting on-board though as most things here are charge-able. this is iceland’s brand new low-cost airline which operates flights from keflavik airport to several european destinations including zurich, paris, stuttgart, cologne, berlin, london, krakow, warsaw and copenhagen. as of writing this post, WOW! has also taken over all iceland express flight schedules/routes. prices are competitive and fall within the same range as icelandair, maybe just a little less.

A340-engines

– slightly pricey and your last option getting to iceland –

SAS
this is your next best bet getting to iceland but it ain’t cheap, this being a full-fledged national carrier of scandinavia and all. from europe, as of this writing, expect to fork out between USD$290 – USD$500 for a return flight, depending on which part of europe you are at. from tokyo, there is a direct flight to reykjavik and of this writing, be prepared to be set back about USD$880. definitely not my first choice if you’re coming in from asia.

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