updated 11/21/2008 11:46:35 AM ET 2008-11-21T16:46:35

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The deal
While Icelanders have seen their currency, the kronur, drop by an alarming 51 percent against the dollar since just last year, the current economic slump has been an unexpected windfall for the country’s tourism industry. We’ve even just featured Iceland on our Top 29 Places to Go in 2009 list. Visitor numbers have doubled and there are now plenty of bargains for travel to a nation with breathtaking scenery — think snowcapped mountains, glaciers, waterfalls, and an abundance of natural hot springs — as well as its cool capital and nightlife hub, Reykjavik. For an affordable vacation in Nordic country, just a 5-hour flight from New York, check out this hot new deal on offer from Icelandair.

Winter Wellness Getaway in Iceland, $669
A bargain holiday in cosmopolitan Reykjavik, with round-trip flights, three nights’ accommodation, and some meals can be had for the low price of just $699 per person. Package highlights include a pampering side-trip to the Blue Lagoon mineral baths and a rejuvenating day spent at the renowned Laugar Spa, with six different saunas and steamrooms and a centrally-located fireplace. Along with luxurious geothermal pools, Reykjavik boasts a thriving café culture, posh stores, and top-of-line restaurants. The Hotel Loftleider makes an excellent base for exploring Iceland’s modern capital. The 220-room boutique property offers free shuttle service to the Reykjavik’s picturesque Old Town, along with a Chinese reflexology spa, beauty salon, and heated indoor pool. From here, you’re just minutes away from breathtaking fjords, mountains, and the spectacular display of Northern Lights in Iceland’s winter sky.

The dollars
Based on double occupancy. Taxes and fees are additional.

The catch
By mid-December the polar night has pretty much descended upon Iceland, with Reykjavik experiencing a mere two hours of sunlight each day. Catch a glimpse of the wondrous northern lights in the sky during winter however, and you won’t even miss the sun.

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