£179 -- Return Flights to Iceland w/Northern Lights Tour @ TravelZoo UK
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£179 -- Return Flights to Iceland w/Northern Lights Tour @ TravelZoo UK

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Found 19th Dec 2012
This seems a cracking price, add on accommodation for 4nights for £55 each, so in total £234. Here is the blurb from Travelzoo.

This deal from WOW air gives you the chance to experience Reykjavik and the Northern Lights during 2013, a year expected to be particularly good for seeing the natural phenomenon. Flights to Iceland are now available for £179, return, including taxes, card booking fee and a tour to hunt for the lights (worth £49). That's up to 35% less than buying the flights and the tour separately.

Depart on select dates from 7 January-14 April, 2013, from London Gatwick and return after four nights. Four nights' accommodation at Reykjavik's Hotel Cabin can be added from £55 per person.

You'll be picked up from your hotel or guesthouse and a professional guide will lead the search for the Northern Lights.

A hand luggage allowance is included. A 20kg checked baggage allowance can be added for £30, return.

Travelzoo tip: We found a handful of seats currently available for less than the £179 per person price. We expect these prices to sell out very quickly.

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Shame the MAN route got canned.. You could do that sector for around £99 return.

Seems a fair deal, just ensure you have plenty of beer money for a wicked night out in Reykjavik
Edited by: "RickT" 19th Dec 2012

Sounds good. Shame it's not later in the year as I'd have snapped it up next autumn /winter

Reykjavik's Hotel Cabin can be added from £55 per person

Riiiight. Looking at the hotels website hotelcabin.is their rate (at 200 Kronor / £) comes to about £50 per night and then you've got to eat, and get there (Driving time from Keflavík airport is about 50 minutes).
So no, this is far from a cheap break

^^^. Guess it depends what you class as cheap..

45 mins on the shuttle bus for around £10 each..
Edited by: "RickT" 19th Dec 2012

Original Poster

If you look at travel Zoo the accommodation can be added £55 per person for four nights, so add this onto the £179 gives £234 each for flights and accommodation. Here is what it says on website:

Four nights' accommodation at Reykjavik's Hotel Cabin can be added from £55 per person.

We fly to Iceland regularly and WOW advertised fares EXCLUDE airport taxes, until you get the bottom-line, which make their total fare very little difference to Icelandair, a much preferred choice of carrier. Also they don't fly from Heathrow. However The Cabin hotel, where we have stayed many times, can be got for as low as £23 per night (depending on season) for a small double room, it also as one of the best value restaurants in Reykjavik at around 1490 Isk for the standard eat-as-much-as-you-like buffet. Thats around £8-a-head as of Dec.2012. Check the best hotel prices on Opodo, and book Icelandair direct. For a cheap hire car check-out faircar.is By the time you pay for the Flybus Keflavik to Reykjavik shuttle both ways (£24 each), and booked a couple of tours (£100+ each) you could hire a small car and seen a whole lot more!

Edited by: "tonygomm5" 19th Dec 2012

I saw this but couldnt find any dates that were actually this low in price!

RickT

Shame the MAN route got canned.. You could do that sector for around £99 … Shame the MAN route got canned.. You could do that sector for around £99 return.Seems a fair deal, just ensure you have plenty of beer money for a wicked night out in Reykjavik



Was that easyjet?

exexpat

Was that easyjet?



Icelandair

Was planning to do the Lights in Lapland, the glass roofed hotel room (and snow) being a must for next March. But the price here is good and booking appears to be direct with the airline called Wow which an OK one, no dodgy agents and loss of credit card protection of the payment that happens with an agent.

PS - just seen the bit about 'handful of seats'. So will be sold out while peeps are still voting it hot I guess?
Edited by: "buglawton" 19th Dec 2012

When you can get an Icelandair fare to New York with a 7 day stopover in Iceland for around £420, including baggage allowance this starts to look shaky as a deal.

Bear in mind that there's only ever a small chance of actually seeing the northern lights on any given tour (IIRC ~15%). If you want to increase your chances, you'd be better off hiring a car (tip - try sad cars) and driving up north for a few days. When you see them, they're magical.

Edited by: "pjh4" 19th Dec 2012

I booked with Easyjet in end of Jan for £100 each, cant wait!

Yes, just as I thought. The adverstised short break fare is 'from £138'. But a 4-night 'Aurora Break' at the end of March actually totals-up at £681.....Enough said I think...

Edited by: "tonygomm5" 19th Dec 2012

Aha! Now i see where the price jump is. The websites a bit strange. Sometimes when i click through dates its offering the hotel at 122. Then i click continue and the total jumps to 600+. They advertise that its from 138 with the hotel actually...but im yet to see a combination that shows that price. Whatever it is...i'd take it!! Have emailed WOW.
Edited by: "djjack" 19th Dec 2012

Interesting deal. Solar max is next year, so if you can wait & you want to increase you chances of a good show, perhaps think about doing it then.
Thanks for the post and all the helpful comments
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husain_kola

I booked with Easyjet in end of Jan for £100 each, cant wait!



What deal was that, just flights or accomodation also?

tonygomm5

What deal was that, just flights or accomodation also?



Just flights, got hotel at Leifur Erikkson through Trivago for £88 for 3 nights twin room with breakfast

Going to book the Blue Lagoon spa and Northern lights when we get there

thinking of going on my own. Is that sad?

The Leifur Eriksson. Yes, that was one of the first places we ever stayed at. The only downside, at least when we were there, was they didn't do any proper lunch or dinner only breakfast. That might have changed though as I think they've expanded to more premises across the road. The rooms are OK if a bit small. It's very handy for the centre, right opposite the Hallgrimskirkja which you should go up the tower for the view, or for walking down the hill to the centre. Our favourite eatery is Grillhusid Tryggvagota (behind the Icebar). Mostly because I don't eat fish, and this is more a 'steak 'n chips' American diner style...For someone one does'nt eat fish Iceland is a tough place to eat!
The Blue Lagoon is fun, but the tour to do, especially in the winter, is the Golden Circle. Geysir and the Gulfoss waterfall. Spectacular with ice-encrusted everywhere...I warn you though we have been going twelve years and only seen the aurora once. We are there Dec 28 for 12-days with my camera in a the hope of seeing some. The aurora forecast is improving for the first-half of 2013, so maybe you'll hit lucky. Have a good trip.

This is a great deal with the accommodation addon. I booked flights to Iceland for end of May with EasyJet from Edinburgh and the flights alone cost £128 with the buggage fee. I could have got them cheaper but I needed that week. Unfortunately for me I have to stay in a hostel because I'm going alone and £45 per night was the cheapest hotel I could find. Plus I'm spending a week there and doing lots of tours. I'm not going for the northern lights, wrong time of year for that, but I'd love to see them one day.

Cyrus - no why would that be sad? Who cares what others think? It's your life live it how you want. Seeing the northern lights would be amazing!

Cyrus

thinking of going on my own. Is that sad?


I've had better holidays and seen more places I wanted to since I stopped worrying about that so much. I'd rather have a few people think I'm sad than miss out on things all together.

Cyrus

thinking of going on my own. Is that sad?



Are you a hot chick by any chance?

There are people who will call you sad if you do anything on your own, even a trip to the shops. I think not having any independence is what is sad.

There is a HUGE market out there for singles holidays now - loads of websites offering trips as part of a group of single people. There isnt a stigma attatched to it any longer!

Its a great way of meeting new people and I think its great going away, and leaving all your friends and family behind and just being YOU on a holiday with other like-minded people.

I like the idea of £420 for a London to Rekjavik then Rekjavik to New York then a return from New York to London all for £420 - cant seem to find it THAT cheap on their website mind. Was it flying only on certain days of the week? IE which were the cheap days?

Lee

djleekee

I like the idea of £420 for a London to Rekjavik then Rekjavik to New … I like the idea of £420 for a London to Rekjavik then Rekjavik to New York then a return from New York to London all for £420 - cant seem to find it THAT cheap on their website mind. Was it flying only on certain days of the week? IE which were the cheap days?



I just looked again for some random dates in March and came up with £416. That was weekend departures. Seems to be better fares via Heathrow.

tonygomm5

We fly to Iceland regularly and WOW advertised fares EXCLUDE airport … We fly to Iceland regularly and WOW advertised fares EXCLUDE airport taxes, until you get the bottom-line, which make their total fare very little difference to Icelandair, a much preferred choice of carrier. Also they don't fly from Heathrow. However The Cabin hotel, where we have stayed many times, can be got for as low as £23 per night (depending on season) for a small double room, it also as one of the best value restaurants in Reykjavik at around 1490 Isk for the standard eat-as-much-as-you-like buffet. Thats around £8-a-head as of Dec.2012. Check the best hotel prices on Opodo, and book Icelandair direct. For a cheap hire car check-out http://www.fairCar.is By the time you pay for the Flybus Keflavik to Reykjavik shuttle both ways (£24 each), and booked a couple of tours (£100+ each) you could hire a small car and seen a whole lot more!



Good advice. I've been a couple of times myself and the Cabin is definitely the best *cheap* hotel. Last time I went was early 2011 and I think a single room was about £25-£30ish. The free breakfast buffet used to be brilliant. Dunno if it's still included. Iceland is definitely a country you want to hire a car for. Reykjavik is interesting for an afternoon (and/or a good weekend night out), but you've wasted your trip if you don't get out and see the countryside. Fair cars are apparently decent, and as mentioned earlier, Sad cars (www.sadcars.com) also do cheap car rental.

KGB (a bit like Groupon) are currently running this offer. It's £319 for 4 nights but may be worth looking at if you find the add-ons in this deal too much.

[quote=jeelz]KGB (a bit like Groupon) are currently running this offer. It's £319 for 4 nights but may be worth looking at if you find the add-ons in this deal too much.[/quote

The wow deal is better, though the booking process is poorly designed.
If you skip the hotel selection, you can get to the £179 price on many dates (none at £139, and a lot dearer at Easter & valentines)
The hotel stage shows prices that do not include the tour or booking fee, so the if you do select the hotel the final price will be £57 dearer (for 2).
Still for most dates you can get the flights, hotel & tour for £240 which is what groupon are doing for £299.
Neither if these prices include transfers or hold luggage @ £30 a bag.
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husain_kola

Just flights, got hotel at Leifur Erikkson through Trivago for £88 for 3 … Just flights, got hotel at Leifur Erikkson through Trivago for £88 for 3 nights twin room with breakfastGoing to book the Blue Lagoon spa and Northern lights when we get there



Hi again. If you've not already found them there's some live webcams that might interest you. Try this one for starters.

live.mila.is/tjo…in/

tonygomm5

Hi again. If you've not already found them there's some live webcams that … Hi again. If you've not already found them there's some live webcams that might interest you. Try this one for starters.http://live.mila.is/tjornin/



Thank you, I private messaged you

Cyrus

thinking of going on my own. Is that sad?



Not sad at all, I have a few times, does get a little lonely on the plane and getting to the hotel and having breakfast but its fine.. Life is too short to worry and lots of wonderful places out there!

Just please dont go Venice alone lol

Love Iceland so wish I could go.

Crystalski (Thomson's) it's £215 for 7 night's sc lovely appartment's leaving gatwick 5th Jan
I was going to post but sick of all the #### you get now from some member's

crystalski.co.uk/pac…hes

Edited by: "lynn44" 20th Dec 2012

lynn44

Crystalski (Thomson's) it's £215 for 7 night's sc lovely appartment's … Crystalski (Thomson's) it's £215 for 7 night's sc lovely appartment's leaving gatwick 5th JanI was going to post but sick of all the #### you get now from some member'shttp://www.crystalski.co.uk/packages/finland-lapland/lon/20130106/7n/a2/c3,9/i0/?_s_icmp=recentsearches



That will be the price for 4 sharing in Finland then?

what are the chances of seeing the northern lights ??

aw08

what are the chances of seeing the northern lights ??



We've been going to Iceland for twelve-years and only seen them once. However we leave on Friday for a two-week visit, and who-knows.....but I'm taking my tripod just in case ! In realitity it's probably 50/50. Not only do you need the appropriate solar
conditions but also a cloudless sky.

Has the deal expired? I can't find it
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