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16th Jan 2015

Fancy a midweek break somewhere new? Keep it all kinds of cool in Iceland

Ice Ice Baby: Fly to Iceland from just €49 from June 2nd

Katie Mythen-Lynch

Low-cost carrier WOW Air has announced plans to launch flights from Ireland to Iceland on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

The Dublin to Reykjavik service is due to launch on June 2nd, with prices from just €49 each way for the 140-minute flight.

Reykjavic is one of Europe’s safest cities and also one of the most modern. Most Icelanders speak fluent English so don’t worry if you don’t master the lingo in time for your break.  The shopping is top notch too (stock up on hand-knit woollies and locally produced beauty products) and visit in June or July to experience 24-hour daylight, which opens up the potential for pursuits such as midnight hiking and golf!

Here’s our pick of ways to fill your Nordic days and nights…

EAT at Tapas Barinn

If you’re keen to try Icelandic food (think smoked puffin, whale, skyr) but you’d like it served tapas style, Tapas Barinn is for you. There’s plenty of Spanish inspired dishes on the menu but more adventurous diners will love the Icelandic Gourmet Feast.


SPA The Blue Lagoon

Named one of National Geographic’s ’25 Wonders of the World,’ the Blue Lagoon holds six million litres of mineral-rich geothermal seawater, all of which is renewed every 40 hours. Bob about in the silica and algae rich pools or book a treatment using the spa’s speciality products.


Reykjavik is known as Iceland’s capital of cool so make sure you allow some time for browsing the shops. The many craft shops are bursting with cosy gloves and Icelandic herb soaps. A lopapeysa sweater (like the one pictured) will become a firm favourite to be pulled out of the closet again and again when the evenings get chilly.

Stock up on Iceland's famous lopapeysa sweaters