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Cool off in Iceland with air-land deals

Image: Icelandic glacier of Vatnajokull
Experience Iceland’s natural marvels with terrific air-land specials, starting at $829 for an à la carte sampling of this northern European gem. Marcel Mochet / AFP - Getty Images file
/ Source: Sherman's Travel

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Travel by:Various through September 2008

The deal
Looking for a unique escape? We suggest a summer or fall visit to remarkable Iceland. This remote Viking outpost isn't a cheap place to visit but we found a trio of terrific deals on Icelandair Holidays. They’re currently offering several cost-cutting deals to the hip capital of Reykjavik, as well as a nature adventure to Iceland’s countryside. These air-land specials, all with extras thrown in, now start at $829 for an à la carte sampling of this northern European gem.

Iceland à la carte this summer from $829
Want to scoop out happening Reykjavik, with a day trip thrown in? We suggest the build-your-own package by Icelandair Holidays. Starting at $829 (for travel June 1–15 and Aug. 25–31) for a two-night stay with air and buffet breakfast, this special allows you to add extra nights and a variety of tours and activities. Airfare is valid on midweek days from three getaways: New York, Boston or Baltimore (Orlando and Minneapolis cost $60 extra), with transfers. Covered in the base price is lodging at three-star Icelandair Hotel Loftleidir, a glass-fronted property within walking distance to Reykjavik’s centre. Upgrades are available.

Glaciers, geysers & waterfalls from $1,829
For a sampling of Iceland’s natural marvels, Icelandair Holidays has another terrific deal. The weeklong Glaciers, Geysers and Waterfalls holiday starts at $1,829 for May and September departures. Included is air from your choice of Boston or New York ($60 more from Minneapolis). Lodging at midrange hotels and daily meals are provided, too. This guided adventure takes in humongous glaciers, seawater-carved arches, majestic blowholes and colorful mud pools. Want to leave sooner? Summer departures are available at slightly higher cost, starting at $1,973 for trips taken between June 1–15 and Aug. 19–31.

Spa hideaway in Reykjavik from $1,763
For spa bliss in stunning Iceland, you can’t beat the deluxe three-night spree at Reykjavik’s elegant Nordica Hotel for $1,763. This price is valid for departures in the first two weeks of June or in late August; peak summer spa combos with the same inclusions cost $2,099. Airfare is included from a number of departure cities but what makes this package appealing is the variety of spa treatments covered in the price. Also included is unlimited access to the hotel’s spa and fitness facilities; daily Scandinavian-style breakfast; airport transfers; and a visit to the Blue Lagoon, where a dip in its curative waters is a must!

The dollars
The rates above are listed per person, based on double occupancy. All three packages bundle airfare and hotel in such a discounted way that you’ll save serious dollars by booking one of them. Icelandair Holidays is by far the best-priced tour operator offering trips to this Northern European outpost.

The catch
Getting to Iceland may be the cheapest part of your trip — it's a notoriously expensive place to visit!

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