North Iceland

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We're on our way to Iceland and I only wish this flight would take a bit longer. That's not a thing you'll hear from me very often! But Icelandair do 'Business' exceedingly well.

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Ian, my trusty videographer and I are on our way to the north of this icy island via the Upperdeck Lounge at Glasgow Airport followed by Business Class via Icelandair and so far, we approve! It's only an hour and 40 from Glasgow and I'd be happy if they took the long way around - via Russia.

 Iceland's interior remains snowbound with only old volcanoes to keep it warm

Iceland's interior remains snowbound with only old volcanoes to keep it warm

It was nice to see 'Dundee', Linksland's home base, get a mention on the flight tracker.

We landed in Keflavik where the Duty-Free was more like a supermarket, complete with super-size shopping trolleys. I asked the locals what was going on and found out the 'niceties' in Iceland; basically booze, fags and chocolates are a lot dearer on the street than most anywhere else in the world. So they 'stock up' on the DF when passing through on international flights.

Next up a quick transfer to Reykjavik Airport for another 40-minute hop to the North Iceland town of Akureyri. Akureyri, the capital of the north, was voted Number 1 in Lonely Planet's best destinations guide for 2015. That's a pretty high accolade but then Akureyri occupies a pretty high spot on the planet. It was here that the Game of Thrones ‘Beyond the Wall’ segments were filmed.

 Looking at the world through a windscreen - we were taking the high road to Siglufjörður (aka Siglo), North Iceland

Looking at the world through a windscreen - we were taking the high road to Siglufjörður (aka Siglo), North Iceland

Akureyri is also the number one ski destination for Icelanders as well as being Iceland’s second city, with a mere 18,000 residents. We would return to play its golf course but meanwhile, we were navigating onwards towards the Arctic Circle to find perhaps golf's ultimate secret weapon.

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Some Notes on Icelandair

Icelandair offers the opportunity to stopover in Iceland at no additional airfare when you’re flying transatlantic to one of it’s 23 North American destinations. Budding golfers are now able to maximise their Icelandair stopover by taking advantage of its world class golf courses and squeezing in a round during the Midnight Sun, enabling them the flexibility to play at almost any time of the day. 

Icelandair fly from four UK gateways including Glasgow, Manchester, London Heathrow and London Gatwick. In addition, the transatlantic airline fly from Dublin to Keflavik where passengers can connect to 23 North American destinations. 

Icelandair offers Gate2Gate WiFi across their fleet enabling customers to stay connected throughout the flight.

In early summer 2018, Icelandair will bolster its North American route network with the launch of five new routes including Dallas, Dublin, Kansas City and putting San Francisco and Baltimore back on the map

Icelandair’s destinations include:

Canada: Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Toronto and VancouverEurope: Reykjavik, Akureyri, Amsterdam, Bergen, Berlin, Billund, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, Frankfurt, Geneva, Gothenburg, Glasgow, Hamburg, Helsinki, London, Madrid, Manchester, Milan, Munich, Oslo, Paris, Stockholm, and ZürichUSA: Anchorage, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Newark, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa and Washington D.C   

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