The opportunity to see the Northern Lights, geothermal hot springs, and Europe’s largest glaciers will be abundant for DFW travelers in the near time future. Get ready to cross off some of your bucket list items. DFW Airport travelers can begin making plans to travel to Iceland in Summer 2018 with American Airlines and on two Icelandic-based airlines, WOW air and Icelandair.
- American Airlines will offer daily non-stop service to Reykjavik beginning on June 7, 2018. The new service will operate through October and will utilize the 176-seat Boeing 757-200 aircraft that also includes 16 lie-flat business-class seats. The service will depart DFW at 11:10 am CST, daily and will arrive at KEF at 9:15 a.m. the next morning.
- WOW air provides customers with affordable air fares starting as low as $99. WOW will operate its new route three times per week on a seasonal basis utilizing the Airbus A330 aircraft. The service will depart DFW at 4:10 pm CST, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays and will arrive at KEF at 4:45 a.m. the next morning.
- Icelandair will depart four times a week on the Boeing 757-200 aircraft. Icelandair’s updated fleet also offers travelers more legroom, in-flight entertainment, and gate-to-gate Wi-Fi. The service will depart DFW at 5:00 p.m. (CST) on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and will arrive at KEF at 6:00 a.m the next morning.
With both routes arriving in the morning, it is just in time to start your day in Iceland or make an easy connection to more than 25 European destinations. The new route from KEF to DFW will also provide opportunities for European travelers wanting to explore the Dallas Fort Worth region and the great Lone Star state.
To prepare you for an exciting Icelandic adventure, read on for a list of fascinating facts*.
- It’s Not Really Icy: Don’t let the name “Iceland” fool you. When Eric the Red colonized Greenland, he wanted to name the island a more inviting name, enticing people to move there. Iceland’s land is full of lush green hills, mountains, rivers and valleys. Its winter is much warmer than New York City’s!
- The Land of Light and Dark: The sun shines in Iceland nearly 24 hours a day during the peak of summer. The new routes from DFW will begin in the summer when Iceland’s weather is hottest, so be sure to pack for warm weather. If you have the time to stay longer, go during the mid-winter months to catch the Aurora Borealis (The Northern Lights phenomenon) when it is light only 4-5 hours during the day.
- Iceland is Very Active: By active, we mean geologically and volcanically active. Iceland sits on two major tectonic plates, the Eurasian and North American plates, causing mini earthquakes. The result is some of Europe’s most beautiful landscapes. Iceland offers nature-packed tours for the avid adventurer. Caving, ice fishing, dog sledding, and whale watching are just some of the to-do items on the list.
- The Blue Lagoon: A popular spot is the Blue Lagoon, a manmade hot spring spa pool powered by geothermal waters. People from all over the world come to enjoy the nutrient-rich waters, which provide healing to many physical ailments. Not only is it great for health, but its rich blue waters make for some great photos. It is one of the 25 wonders of the world.