Connect with a local pal this winter.
Icelandair has long offered no-extra-charge stopovers in Iceland to passengers flying to Europe on Icelandair. This winter and spring, they can request a Stopover Buddy with similar interests such as hiking, nature, food, culture or just city sightseeing.
The assigned local Buddy will tailor a trip to Iceland based on their shared interests. As Icelandair puts it, “Check out a favorite swimming pool, café or boutique. Go hiking on a secret trail, practice yoga at a secluded hot spring, or explore a favorite spot to view the northern lights. The time spent together is up to the passenger and their Buddy.”
Among the Icelanders who are Buddies is 41-year-old Birkir Holm Gudnason, the airline’s CEO. He offers passengers a tour of his hometown and a day of backcountry skiing. Where else would an airline boss take the time to pal around with passengers? Other Buddies include Margret, 64, a flight attendant of 30 years who is an expert on geothermal springs. Enjoy a cooking lesson in traditional Icelandic fish dishes with travel consultant, Inga, 45. Passengers wanting to keep active on their stopover may find themselves on a running or cycling tour with fitness enthusiast Dagur, 51, who has worked in Icelandair’s IT department for 20 years. The more adventurous guests can spend time with pilot Sigrun, 44, whose passion is bike racing down icy mountains.
The Stopover Buddy service just started and is available free of charge through April 30. Visit our website to find out more about the Icelandair Stopover Buddy service or taking an Icelandair Stopover. FoMoInfo: www.icelandair.com or 877-I-FLY-ICE.