Do you know what the fastest connection from Finland to Boston, Seattle or other North American destinations is? The answer is Icelandair via Reykjavik.
This small island country in the middle of the Atlantic is a direct geographic link to North America. Combined with the compact Keflavík Airport that enables quick and smooth changes of planes, this opens the way to America.
Icelandair currently has 16 destinations in the United States and Canada. In 2017, two new destinations, Philadelphia and Tampa, will be introduced. And partners expand the offering even further.
– We fly from Helsinki to Reykjavik every day year round, and next summer season we will even operate 16 flights each week, explains Country Manager Pekka Mäkinen. – Versatile options also enable connecting flights to North America. For example, you can reach Boston and Montreal from Helsinki in 10 hours and 5 minutes, or Vancouver and Seattle in slightly more than 12 hours.
Icelandair pampers business travellers with a modern Boeing fleet and gate-to-gate Wi-Fi. This means you can get online as soon as you board the plane. For a nominal fee, you can get the customer-loved Wi-Fi service in economy class as well. There is also a state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment system for every seat.
Although you can reach North America in a flash, you should remember Iceland as well. The country’s unique nature and friendly atmosphere attract meeting and business travellers as well as tourists. In Iceland, international companies can meet their European or American partners halfway.
Nothing is far away in Iceland. The urban culture blends easily with nature. The national football team’s “Viking chant” is by now known everywhere in the world, but Iceland also has 60 golf courses, Bocuse d'Or level chefs and internationally popular bands, such as Of Monsters and Men.
Where would you take your group in Iceland, Pekka Mäkinen?
– My autumn favourite is the John Lennon Peace Tower near Reykjavik. The tower of light is lit every year on John Lennon’s birthday, 4 October, and turned off on the day he died, 8 December.
– The Hafnarfjörður Viking Village is another exciting place. And there are also the Icelandic horses, wellness spas, nature, friendly people… Pekka lists, excitedly.
Did you know that you can even book the Icelandair CEO as your guide to Iceland? The company has also been a pioneer in stopovers and is currently offering a stopover of up to seven days at no additional cost. Launched last winter, the Stopover Buddy campaign offers travellers the chance to see Iceland through the experienced eyes of a local by requesting a Stopover Buddy, an Icelandair employee who acts as their personal host for up to one day. Learn more about the service and request a Buddy here: http://www.icelandair.co.uk/stopover-buddy/