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[WOW Air] From $240 Roundtrip Nonstop – Toronto or Montreal to Reykjavik, Iceland

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axIguy wrote:
Oct 10th, 2017 9:41 am
This is amazing. Between their discounted gift card rack, cheap hot dogs at the cafeteria, and free samples...I think you've found the key to making Iceland affordable for the RFDer lol.
I didn't see any free samples during my last visit. What's special there is the Sushi section. It's quite popular that the section was empty. We have to keep checking and grab a box of Sushi (about 30 pieces)for about CAD25. The existence of Costco actually drove the price of grocery down in Iceland (from the news article that I read).
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reggyDeal wrote:
Oct 10th, 2017 9:48 am
Woder if it make a good spot, and then continue ones journey over to Europe.
Yes, a couple that we met actually did that. Icelandair offered stopover in Iceland (for a few days) without charging extra (that's what the couple told us). They also complained that it's about 1.5 time expensive than things in Scotland (that's where they went).
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kudos2012 wrote:
Oct 10th, 2017 12:37 am
Just to give you a heads up on what to expect in Iceland:
- First off, it's a beautiful country and a fantasy land of sorts with pictureque natural landscapes.
- You can try to go for a short city-break, but the real beauty lies outside of Reykjavik. There's not a tremendous amount to do in the city. But there are spectacular waterfalls and cliffs along the coast.
- If you plan on renting a car, bring someone who can drive standard /manual transmission. Automatic is like 6x to 10x the price and available in only a handful of models, if any.
- If you plan on journeying by car around the country, keep in mind that many roads are closed for winter as of September/October. So the flight dates may very much restrict you to the lower east corner and tourist circuits. Don't get there in November and be surprised that one can't drive all around the country.
- Everything is expensive, including food. Your best best would be to stay at a B&B and cook some meals on your own. But not everybody has the time or energy for this. Buy granola bars for the road.
Agree with everything except the car rental. We got a Hyundai i10 (the equivalent of a Hyundai Accent) in an automatic for 392 Euros for six and a half days with Lagoon Car Rental, which wasn't much more than what the standard cost. Renting with a local company is often cheaper than going with the multi-nationals.

In Rekjavik, the supermarket with the pig logo and the yellow walls (its called Bonus and resembles No Frills) has the lowest prices, on par with shopping at Loblaws. There's a supermarket called 10-11 in the heart of Reykjavik's tourist centre that is crazy expensive though.

As for the best time to get a good amount of daylight and still see the Northern Lights, I'd recommend late Feb-March or late Sept-Oct. Going there in June, like I did, is somewhat surreal, as it never gets dark.

I find the idea of an Icelandic Costco rather fascinating. Many of the big American companies haven't come there yet. I think I only saw one American fast food restaurant (a KFC) while driving through the suburbs. There is a Dunkin' Donuts on the main drag though, which was weird.
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Just going to flag that you should read closely the details of the insurance on rental cars in Iceland. You can be liable for often at least $1000 of damage as a deductible even with the maximum insurance. I do not know whether this differs from rental agency to rental agency. I'm not sure if sand/ash storms are common this time of year, but that requires separate insurance to the CDW. Once you start adding on these insurance premiums, rentals become quite expensive. Shop around...

That being said, Iceland is incredible!
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Iceland is an incredible place to visit if you like natural wonders / landscapes. Our family spent a week there over the Christmas-New Years holiday and had an amazing time despite the very very short daylight. I'll say you will never see New Year's celebrations like Reykjavik, where they have uncontrolled fireworks that go on for hours everywhere, throughout the city; unique and incredible experience. Although summer would be incredible with the endless sun, it is also much more expensive and would a lot of tourists everywhere, given the current popularity of Iceland. We used Iceland as a stopover on the way back from Paris, which both WOW and Iceland Air use as selling features.

We also used Lagoon Car Rental after much research and found them dependable, honest and fairly priced. I think it was about C$75 day for a new RAV 4 (manual).

Yes, Iceland is really expensive, especially alcohol and really poor selection of food in their supermarkets compared to Canada. Eating out is pricey, I remember our first night of fish & chips with one beer being about $35 each; very good quality food though.

I would definitely got back and recommend unless you're more of a resort / relax with cocktail kind of vacationer.
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lightbulb wrote:
Oct 10th, 2017 11:25 am
Iceland is an incredible place to visit if you like natural wonders / landscapes. Our family spent a week there over the Christmas-New Years holiday and had an amazing time despite the very very short daylight. I'll say you will never see New Year's celebrations like Reykjavik, where they have uncontrolled fireworks that go on for hours everywhere, throughout the city; unique and incredible experience. Although summer would be incredible with the endless sun, it is also much more expensive and would a lot of tourists everywhere, given the current popularity of Iceland. We used Iceland as a stopover on the way back from Paris, which both WOW and Iceland Air use as selling features.

We also used Lagoon Car Rental after much research and found them dependable, honest and fairly priced. I think it was about C$75 day for a new RAV 4 (manual).

Yes, Iceland is really expensive, especially alcohol and really poor selection of food in their supermarkets compared to Canada. Eating out is pricey, I remember our first night of fish & chips with one beer being about $35 each; very good quality food though.

I would definitely got back and recommend unless you're more of a resort / relax with cocktail kind of vacationer.
Holy crap you weren't joking:


For a country of ~300,000, that's a hell of a light show. But it would suck if you were expecting to see the Auroras that night lol
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axIguy wrote:
Oct 10th, 2017 12:26 pm
Holy crap you weren't joking:


For a country of ~300,000, that's a hell of a light show. But it would suck if you were expecting to see the Auroras that night lol
HOLY COW!!!!!! Amazing!!!
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When you say WOW Air doesn't offer seat selection, is that referring to advanced selection? Or you can't even select a seat during (online) check-in? Is it just first come first served as people enter the aircraft?

By the way, for prospective Iceland travelers there are more tips (including mine) in this Iceland discussion thread.
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hitchahike wrote:
Oct 10th, 2017 10:00 am
Yes, a couple that we met actually did that. Icelandair offered stopover in Iceland (for a few days) without charging extra (that's what the couple told us). They also complained that it's about 1.5 time expensive than things in Scotland (that's where they went).
This is what I did in July. It was only a 3 hour flight from Iceland to Copenhagen :). Also alcohol is very, very expensive in Iceland so everybody will tell you to purchase at Duty Free. Do it! The limit you can bring into the country is much higher than what you can bring into Canada (I can't remember exactly how much though). The "Bonus" grocery stores are fairly reasonably priced so seek them out and purchase your food there. Iceland also has a ton of music festivals so, if this is your thing, plan your trip around one of them.
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Smashy wrote:
Oct 10th, 2017 1:00 pm
When you say WOW Air doesn't offer seat selection, is that referring to advanced selection? Or you can't even select a seat during (online) check-in? Is it just first come first served as people enter the aircraft?

By the way, for prospective Iceland travelers there are more tips (including mine) in this Iceland discussion thread.
I should say, WOW Air doesn't offer advanced seat selection unless you pay a fee. It's actually not as bad as I thought it would be. Here are the details for this flight:
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My wife and I have been to Iceland twice, once during November 2015 and again in September 2017.

If you're planning on going in November, I'd push it until late November/early December so you can book Glacier tours. They start running the tours mid-November but the weather might be too warm in which case they will cancel them for safety reasons. The lack of day light hours can hamper how much you are able to do during a day. I think we averaged 5-6 hours of daylight during that trip. We did not have any issue with road closures when we went and the weather hovered in the 1-5C but with rain. Make sure to bring some waterproof gear. We drove up around Snaefellsness Peninsula to the west, and then down to Jokulsarlon in the South staying in different hotels/gueshouses each night.

We used the driving maps from I Heary Reykjavik as our base of what to see.
Snaefellsness Driving Map

I would highly recommend renting a car (I'd get a 4x4 if you're not sticking to the main Ring Road as some of the side roads are not paved and can be a bit rough) and staying in different places as opposed to just staying in Reykjavik and doing day trips. The car we rented in November had studded snow tires, so no issues with traction. Diesel was 191ISK per liter at the end of Sept 2017.
Vedur.is is their website for weather and road closures. Always good to check in the morning and adjust your route if necessary.

Sept-April is considered their off season so not everything is open. Some of the smaller guest houses that serve dinner during the summer, may not offer it during the off season. Depending on where you stay that could mean having to drive 30 mins to the nearest gas station to get something to eat. The plus side, some of their gas stations offer decent diner type food.

On our last trip, we spent on average of $220CDN/night staying mostly at guesthouses (private bathrooms) and a couple hotels. I used booking.com to find the best prices and used ebates for a couple %s back.

Food is the killer though, a chicken sandwich combo at KFC will run you 1500ISK which is like 16.50CDN. Average $40-50 per meal with no alcohol. If you're trying to save money on food, going to the grocery stores and making sandwiches for lunch is your best bet. Breakfasts are usually included even at guesthouses. A cup of blabaer Skyr (think creamier Greek yogurt, super high protein) and some granola was our standard breakfast fare.

We were lucky and saw the Aurora on several different nights. You can google Iceland Aurora activity and the first link will tell you how active aurora activity is that day so you can plan accordingly.

Hope that info helps!
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kudos2012 wrote:
Oct 10th, 2017 12:37 am
Just to give you a heads up on what to expect in Iceland:
- First off, it's a beautiful country and a fantasy land of sorts with pictureque natural landscapes.
- You can try to go for a short city-break, but the real beauty lies outside of Reykjavik. There's not a tremendous amount to do in the city. But there are spectacular waterfalls and cliffs along the coast.
- If you plan on renting a car, bring someone who can drive standard /manual transmission. Automatic is like 6x to 10x the price and available in only a handful of models, if any.
- If you plan on journeying by car around the country, keep in mind that many roads are closed for winter as of September/October. So the flight dates may very much restrict you to the lower east corner and tourist circuits. Don't get there in November and be surprised that one can't drive all around the country.
- Everything is expensive, including food. Your best best would be to stay at a B&B and cook some meals on your own. But not everybody has the time or energy for this. Buy granola bars for the road.
Thanks for the advise!
How would I know anything about this.............lol
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Man, I'd so love to go there.
I don't think you can get a round trip regional flight from Kingston, Ontario to Toronto for that price. If only the accommodation costs weren't so high... Too bad it's not camping season.
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WOW actually charges for carry on? That's rediculous. Pretty sure 99% of people travelling will at least have a backpack, might as well just increase the price of the base flight.
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kevinssmith wrote:
Oct 10th, 2017 10:48 pm
WOW actually charges for carry on? That's rediculous. Pretty sure 99% of people travelling will at least have a backpack, might as well just increase the price of the base flight.
If it's a single person travelling, I agree, but with a family of 4 I can pick and choose (ie, my 8 & 11 year old can share a bag with my wife and I). But yes, you do have to plan ahead and be aware of the charges. I've flown WOW to Amsterdam as well with a stop in Reykjavik. I actually really liked WOW air, though an awful lot of people were pissed at the extra fees - they were checking everyone's bag in a sizer at Pearson when I last flew out and a good number of people where oversized on their baggage and ended up paying extra.

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