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Alternative Reykjavik, Iceland – Part 1 - Orlando / Florida Guide

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Have you already visited Gullfoss Falls, the hilltop church and Blue Lagoon, well talking to a local resident you can find an alternative way to enjoy a short stopover in the capital.

If you’ve visited Iceland before the chances are you have already ticked off all the usual sites in Reykjavik like the Hallgrimskirkja church, the Sun Voyager boat statue, the Viking Museum. You might even have whisked yourself off on a classic excursion of the Golden Circle, taking in the iconic Gullfoss waterfall and geysers in Haukadalur, and relaxed in the popular Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. Once you have done all that, the idea of another extended stopover en route to North America, for which the airport at Keflavik is increasingly used, may not hold so much appeal as it did the first time. However, if you can tap into the knowledge and expertise of a willing local, as part of a ‘Stopover Buddy’ service, you will be able to discover an alternative way to break your journey. This is available from the airport or from Reykjavik itself. Instead of going south-east, as is common, you can pick up a car and head north, to the easily accessible West Iceland for a day trip with a difference. In no more than an hour’s drive from the city, you will reach Hraunfossar waterfall, take in the old church of Reykholt and see plenty gurgling hot springs. You will be able to enjoy a free geothermal pool to yourself and head underground to explore an old lava tube. All of which goes for making the perfect 24-hour adventure.

Meeting a local ‘buddy’ was running until March this year although there is talk about extending this if it continues to prove popular. The process runs through Icelandair who are offering passengers’ flying transatlantic the chance to buddy up with one of their local airline team members. The ‘Stopover Buddy’ service can be requested when booking your flight and can help you to plan your stopover or special occasion by basing it on your own personal hobbies, like nature, walking or bird watching. They can even offer you a choice of one of many Icelandic festivals to take in. You will need to pay for your own entry to many attractions and your own food and drink, but your buddy’s costs are all covered. If you think this is something you might want to do then head to the Icelandair website and see if they are still offering the stopover buddy option.

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