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Why Is It Sooo Expensive To Fly To Iceland?

Mon Oct 10, 2005 6:33 am

Does anybody know why is it so freaking expensive to get from Europe to Iceland?? My family and I are considering to visit that country in December (leaving from BCN or GRO) but fares are so expensive that we won't probably be able to afford it. I just can't understand why there is such a big difference between fares to Scandinavia and fares to Iceland...
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Why Is It Sooo Expensive To Fly To Iceland?

Mon Oct 10, 2005 6:38 am

Quoting BCNGRO (Thread starter):
Does anybody know why is it so freaking expensive to get from Europe to Iceland?? My family and I are considering to visit that country in December (leaving from BCN or GRO) but fares are so expensive that we won't probably be able to afford it. I just can't understand why there is such a big difference between fares to Scandinavia and fares to Iceland...

Iceland is a expensive country compared to other European countries!

I flew from STN to KEF this year on IcelandExpress, even those fares were expensive!

Iceland has a higher cost of living compared to the UK and Spain, so this is probably why the fares could be higher!

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Mon Oct 10, 2005 6:41 am

I know that Canada 3000 use to have great fares from England to Iceland and from Vancouver to Iceland. I don't see why they cant offer good fares from Europe for Iceland
 
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Mon Oct 10, 2005 6:46 am

I'm not sure about the winter months, but I know that LTU has had very inexpensive tictets to Iceland (from DUS) in the past couple of years. I'm sure that you can find a good price somwhere.

Quoting CO737800 (Reply 2):
I know that Canada 3000 use to have great fares from England to Iceland and from Vancouver to Iceland. I don't see why they cant offer good fares from Europe for Iceland

Stopped of in KEF on my way from DUS-YYC/YVR and back, beautiful country!
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Mon Oct 10, 2005 6:47 am

Icelandair offer some good value fares, but you have to book early. Because they have a monopoly on most cities, they can essentially charge what they like. As long as people pay it and the planes are filled.

You could try BA via LGW, they are starting a KEF service soon.
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Why Is It Sooo Expensive To Fly To Iceland?

Mon Oct 10, 2005 6:51 am

Yes Iceland is very expensive (but it's worth it!)

We flew LHR-KEF with Icelandair a couple of years ago. The flights were full both ways. This was a package deal, so I'm afraid I don't know how much the flights were.
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Why Is It Sooo Expensive To Fly To Iceland?

Mon Oct 10, 2005 6:55 am

Quoting B742 (Reply 1):
Iceland is a expensive country compared to other European countries!

That's true but the thing is that, although Scandinavian countries are very expensive too, flying from Barcelona to Oslo, Stockholm or Helsinki is much cheaper than flying to Reykjavik. I just checked it at Expedia.com and I found that flying BCN-KEF is 10x more expensive ($2000) than flying BCN-ARN on the same dates ($200). That is what I can't understand.

[Edited 2005-10-10 00:01:28]
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Mon Oct 10, 2005 6:58 am

You could try signing up to receive notification of Icelandair's "Lucky Fares" via their website. I did that in April of last year and got a great fare LHR-KEF-LHR. They basically give you advance warning of when they're going to have a ticket sale.

BTW - a visit to Iceland is a must and should be done by everyone at least once in their lifetime...I'm hoping to go again soon. It's an expensive country, but can be done fairly cheaply if you don't mind doing without fancy meals and top notch hotels.
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Mon Oct 10, 2005 7:10 am

Quoting BCNGRO (Reply 6):
That's true but the thing is that, although Scandinavian countries are very expensive too, flying from Barcelona to Oslo, Stockholm or Helsinki is much cheaper than flying to Reykjavik.

The key word here is: competition

If you can wait till May, Iceland Express will fly Alicante-Keflavik non-stop. May be an option?
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Mon Oct 10, 2005 7:15 am

Is it expensive on the IB regional flight from MAD to KEF with the CRJ-200?
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Mon Oct 10, 2005 7:34 am

Quoting CO737800 (Reply 2):
know that Canada 3000 use to have great fares from England to Iceland and from Vancouver to Iceland. I don't see why they cant offer good fares from Europe for Iceland

But they don't fly anymore, do they? I couldn't find anything about them.  

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 3):
I'm not sure about the winter months, but I know that LTU has had very inexpensive tictets to Iceland (from DUS) in the past couple of years.

It must be in summer only. I checked their website and there was nothing about Iceland by now.

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 7):
You could try signing up to receive notification of Icelandair's "Lucky Fares" via their website.

   Done!

Quoting BuyantUkhaa (Reply 8):
If you can wait till May, Iceland Express will fly Alicante-Keflavik non-stop. May be an option?

I am afraid my parents are thinking about Christmas holidays by now.
It may indeed be an option for me if I got a hot Icelandic girlfriend when we visit the country.  Wink

Quoting MD90fan (Reply 9):
Is it expensive on the IB regional flight from MAD to KEF with the CRJ-200?

Is there such a flight? I saw a picture of an IB CRJ at KEF but I couldn't find that flight on IB's website.

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Mon Oct 10, 2005 7:46 am

Iceland Express fly from Copenhagen, Stansted and Frankfurt Hahn to Reykjavik, starting from less than €100 one-way.

Icelandair is slightly more...

Quoting BCNGRO (Reply 6):
That's true but the thing is that, although Scandinavian countries are very expensive too, flying from Barcelona to Oslo, Stockholm or Helsinki is much cheaper than flying to Reykjavik. I just checked it at Expedia.com and I found that flying BCN-KEF is 10x more expensive ($2000) than flying BCN-ARN on the same dates ($200). That is what I can't understand.

Isn't that on the code-shared flight with IB they are so expensive?
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Mon Oct 10, 2005 7:53 am

Quoting BCNGRO (Reply 6):
I just checked it at Expedia.com and I found that flying BCN-KEF is 10x more expensive ($2000) than flying BCN-ARN on the same dates ($200). That is what I can't understand.

It's no problem to go cheaply to Iceland. Just find a cheap way to STN or CPH and continue on http://www.icelandexpress.com/

I have made several roundtrips CPH-KEF at just over €200 with Iceland Express which is an absolutely OK airline.

Even if Iceland is a "Nordic" country, often identified as "Scandinavian" (even if Scandinavia is a geographical name which does not include Iceland), then bear in mind that Iceland is pretty far away. CPH-KEF is 3 hours and 15 minutes flight on 737 of MD80 and 3 hours on an Icelandair 757.

So going to Iceland is no problem. But staying in Iceland is definitely high cost. Hotels, car hire, restaurants and such may be among the most expensive in the world.

But you can let Iceland Express do that for you too. Their "affordable" prices doesn't include wild luxury hotels or expensive SUV cars, but they can help you to find something to fit your budget.

Near the harbor downtown Reykjavik I can recommend the restaurant "el Raco" http://www.elraco.is which is run by a Spanish cook named Jose. I celebartes my last birthday party there a couple of months ago. First class Spanish and Icelandic dishes at fair prices when considenring the generally high price level at other places in Reykjavik.
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Mon Oct 10, 2005 8:03 am

You can fly GRO-STN with Ryanair and GRO-KEF with Icelandexpress!
If you do so, I ill be MUCH cheaper than 2000$!
 
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Mon Oct 10, 2005 8:14 am

Quoting BCNGRO (Reply 10):
I am afraid my parents are thinking about Christmas holidays by now.

Exactly Chaistmas holidays may mean special problems. Many thousand Icelandic cityzens live, work or study abroad, and they ALL go home for Christmas. They may have booked their Christmas flight already a year ago and I would assume that most Christmas flights are already fully booked except maybe on business class. And there are definitely no bargain prices on Christmas flights.

So I would recommend to stay out of the Christmas holiday season if at all possible.

BTW, do you know how dark it is and how misserable the weather mostly is in Iceland in winter? The Icelandics know, so they stay indoor except when they go to their heated garage for taking a ride in their king size SUV. Often for going to the airport and get away, often to Florida or Canary Islands. Or just anywhwere on the planet where there is daylight and the risk of snow storms is remote.
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Why Is It Sooo Expensive To Fly To Iceland?

Mon Oct 10, 2005 8:22 am

Quoting CPH757 (Reply 11):
Isn't that on the code-shared flight with IB they are so expensive?

No, that's any flight on Expedia. Most BCN-KEF flights range between $1000 and $3000 while most BCN-OSL/ARN/HEL flights are less than $300...

Quoting A360 (Reply 13):
You can fly GRO-STN with Ryanair and GRO-KEF with Icelandexpress! If you do so, I ill be MUCH cheaper than 2000$!

Iceland express is a definitely cheaper option, the problem is that if we flew through STN we would probably have to stay overnight in London or get a IB/BA flight from LHR or LGW. Although there is also CPH... I'll think of those possibilities.

Quoting Prebennorholm (Reply 12):
Near the harbor downtown Reykjavik I can recommend the restaurant "el Raco" http://www.elraco.is which is run by a Spanish cook named Jose. I celebartes my last birthday party there a couple of months ago. First class Spanish and Icelandic dishes at fair prices when considenring the generally high price level at other places in Reykjavik.

Hey! That is one cool restaurant! It has a Catalan name (which means "the corner") but from what I can read from the menu it is a mix of Catalan, Spanish and Mexican cuisine. If we finally go to Iceland and miss home food I'll definitely visit that place.
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Mon Oct 10, 2005 8:42 am

Quoting BCNGRO (Reply 15):
Hey! That is one cool restaurant! It has a Catalan name (which means "the corner") but from what I can read from the menu it is a mix of Catalan, Spanish and Mexican cuisine. If we finally go to Iceland and miss home food I'll definitely visit that place.

Right, El Raco means "the corner", and it is a very beautiful house placed right on a street corner with a view on the harbor.

If you make it to Iceland, then you should go there, not only in case you get "home sick". Tell Jose that Preben from Denmark sent you. He will know me. Maybe not because of my birthday party, but then because I have played football with his son every summer since he was two years old - many years before Jose opened El Raco.

They change menu quite often. When I was there they ran what they called "Mexican week".
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Mon Oct 10, 2005 8:53 am

Iceland is expensive, and expensive to operate to/from.

Try Icelandair Holidays. They often can combine hotel with airfare and
get you a better deal.
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Mon Oct 10, 2005 9:08 am

Iceland is a great place to visit. I can't say that the people are overly warm and welcoming (well, the older Icelanders anyway, who view tourists as a little suspicious and nuts! - especially in anything other than the 1-week long "summer season" ! LOL!) . The younger Icelanders are more interested in striking up conversations with anyone they hear with an accent other than their own and it's very easy to get around speaking English there.

Ive been there 3 times (first 2 on FI DC-8-63s out of JFK . . the last on B757) and i've had great flights on them. The flight crews are very businesslike and smiles are scarce, but thats not because theure unfriendly - - thats just the Icelandic style. They're very accomodating and professional.

I highly recommend Iceland as a trip for anyone who can manage it affordably (which meant for me, in November, in driving snows and about 5 hrs of daylight each day - - and even that was dim daylight.. LOL!)

And if youo can swing it, try a domestic flight within Iceland. We went RT to Vestmanneyjar on the first trip and to Akureyri on the second. VERY highly recommended -- and the best part was the steep discount offered on the comfortable domestic Fokker flights (along with a sightseeing tour once at those cities). The Hotel Loftleider in Reykjavik was my favorite, as it is RIGHT at REK airport and its such fun watching the planes come and go frm the REK airport )and not just domestic FI flights - - many transatlantic delivery aircraft stopped for fuel at REK - - to the tune of Cubana AN24s and PSA 146s (ok that was back in 86 or so !) parked RIGHT outside the big panoramic windows of that hotel -- right outside our room windows!! The hotel Esja downtown REK is also nice, but a little farther removed - so the Loftleidir is the recommended one - - esp since a bus to town (5 minutes ride) stops there at the hotel too.

And the pastries at the SveinnBakeri in downtown REK (anywere, for that matter !) are not to be missed (if its still there - across Laugevegur -the main drag- from the FI downtown ticket office)- - - as are, oddly enuf, the heitar-pilsur (hotdogs) .. on almost every street corner in REK . . theyre made from lamb (say whhaaaat!?!?) .... but theyre excellent!

Phew! That was wordy !! To sum it up . . GO THERE if u can !! Love the place and I wanna get back there soon!!

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Mon Oct 10, 2005 11:05 am

Where does Icelandair service? I live in Canada (CYYZ specifically) and I have never heard anything about Icelandair.
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Mon Oct 10, 2005 11:07 am

Quoting Boeingfanyyz (Reply 19):
Where does Icelandair service? I live in Canada (CYYZ specifically) and I have never heard anything about Icelandair.

They used to fly into YHZ a few years ago. They used a B737 to KEF and then you could transfer to points in Europe. They also used to have a package with air and hotel, one would fly from their points in North America stay in Iceland for a couple of days and continue on to the rest of Europe. Anyone know if they still offer this? I would have loved to have done this, but the ticket from YVR to YHZ is much more then the one from YHZ to KEF and Europe.

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Mon Oct 10, 2005 12:51 pm

Quoting BCNGRO (Thread starter):
Does anybody know why is it so freaking expensive to get from Europe to Iceland??

No low cost carriers and very little competition. Just like the good old days in the USA!
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Mon Oct 10, 2005 6:57 pm

Quoting MD90fan (Reply 9):
Is it expensive on the IB regional flight from MAD to KEF with the CRJ-200?

I take it this is a joke?

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Mon Oct 10, 2005 7:48 pm

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 20):
They used to fly into YHZ a few years ago. They used a B737 to KEF and then you could transfer to points in Europe. They also used to have a package with air and hotel, one would fly from their points in North America stay in Iceland for a couple of days and continue on to the rest of Europe. Anyone know if they still offer this? I would have loved to have done this, but the ticket from YVR to YHZ is much more then the one from YHZ to KEF and Europe.

I have flown the route YHZ-KEF-LHR-PRG on Icelandair and BA. It flight from YHZ-KEF and back was operated by B757 and not by B737.
 
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Mon Oct 10, 2005 7:53 pm

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 20):
They used to fly into YHZ a few years ago

I think they are still operating 1 x weekly B757-200Freighter flight from KEF to YHZ.

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Mon Oct 10, 2005 8:25 pm

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Mon Oct 10, 2005 9:40 pm

Quoting BCNGRO (Reply 6):
I just checked it at Expedia.com and I found that flying BCN-KEF is 10x more expensive ($2000) than flying BCN-ARN on the same dates ($200). That is what I can't understand.

Hmmm... You should check the Icelandair website(s) itself. Expedia has obviously quoted you very expensive flights!

This fare can be found on www.icelandair.fr (France, as no website for Spain):

IB4248 15DEC BCNAMS 0945 1200
FI 503 15DEC AMSKEF 1320 1530
FI 502 22DEC KEFAMS 0750 1150
IB4247 22DEC AMSBCN 1300 1505

EUR 551.00 per person, excluding airport taxes
EUR 685.37 per person, including airport taxes

Check the next fare on for instance www.icelandair.dk:

FI 213 08DEC CPHKEF 2010 2220
FI 204 18DEC KEFCPH 0800 1200

EUR 176.00 per person, excluding airport taxes
EUR 271.00 per person, including airport taxes

in Conjunction to these fares you should be able to book on eg. www.sterling.dk:

NB 524 08DEC BCNCPH 1310 1550
NB 524 19DEC CPHBCN 0925 1210

EUR 217.00 per person, excluding airport taxes
EUR 270.00 per person, including airport taxes

As you can see, if you add the Icelandair fare CPH-KEF v.v. up to the Sterling fare BCN-CPH v.v. you will have to pay EUR 541 per person and still need a night´s accommodation in Copenhagen on your way back... (you can of course also check the connections through London and/or use Iceland Express).

I know that Icelandair offers lower fares compared to the above mentioned ones during their nonstop summerschedule BCN-KEF and MAD-KEF.
 
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Tue Oct 11, 2005 1:02 am

Quoting MD90fan (Reply 9):
Is it expensive on the IB regional flight from MAD to KEF with the CRJ-200?

WHAT?

Probably was a ferry flight.From Canada to Spain.

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Tue Oct 11, 2005 3:01 am

Hi,

I have just returned from Iceland (last Friday) after spending 5 days in Iceland on an A Level Geography fieldtrip. The country is great and I would recomend a visit there.

Iceland is expensive in everyway possible, I paid £6 for a can of beer and £4 for a pack of biscuits (all in GBP) The trip overall was about £700 which included flights. With prices like these I am hardly suprised that the air fares are so high!

As for Icelandair the aircraft (752 and 753) were excellent but the Flight Attendants were not at all friendly or helpful, the worst I have ever encountered.

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Tue Oct 11, 2005 3:56 am

If you fly IcelandAir from roundtrip from US to Europe they allow you a 3 day layover in Iceland on each leg of the trip with no extra charge. Nice way to see a bit of Iceland anyway.
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Tue Oct 11, 2005 4:33 am

Um, are you REALLY sure you want to go to Iceland in DECEMBER??? Maybe that ticket price is telling you something.
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Tue Oct 11, 2005 5:13 am

Icelandair has a lot of cheap tickets to Iceland. They keep bombarding me with emails about cheap fares. As some other people said, you should try to see what it costs to fly to CPH or ARN for instance and then further on to KEF.

I can imagine that Icelandair is owned by the Icelandic government, as they have cheap stopover fares between the US and Europe. Then most of the time because you got such a cheap ticket, you have to spend a night on Iceland, because your plane won't be leaving before the next day. Have any of you thought about that too and can someone tell me if it is owned by the Icelandic government?

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RE: Why Is It Sooo Expensive To Fly To Iceland?

Tue Oct 11, 2005 5:25 am

Quoting Alespesl (Reply 23):
It flight from YHZ-KEF and back was operated by B757 and not by B737.

Airlines sometimes switch a/c types depending on demand and availability. FI has operated the B737 into YHZ on a regular basis in the mid 1990's. IIRC, this was the only North American route operated by a FI 734. Interesting to note, that there are no photos of FI's B734's in the the DB.

Quoting Avianca (Reply 24):
I think they are still operating 1 x weekly B757-200Freighter flight from KEF to YHZ.

Thanks for the update.

Quoting ODwyerPW (Reply 29):
If you fly IcelandAir from roundtrip from US to Europe they allow you a 3 day layover in Iceland on each leg of the trip with no extra charge. Nice way to see a bit of Iceland anyway.

Do they still offer this? My 50th Trans-Atlantic run is coming up next and that would be an refreshing change.
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