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We have been bitten by the wanderlust bug and have been itching to get away from gloomy Ireland for far too long.

We are forever checking airline prices, swooning over travel blogger’s Instagrams and wishing we could just drop everything, grab our passports and abandon the dull realities of everyday life.

There are too many places we want to go to but one at the very top of our list is Iceland.

The Irish Globetrotter aka Niamh McDonnell sat down with us to share her words of wisdom after a recent trip to Iceland.

Niamh headed to Iceland for three full days and managed to squeeze everything and anything into her quick getaway.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Flights:

“We flew into Reykjavik on Thursday afternoon with Icelandair, who are so lovely to fly with. The two-hour flight was a breeze, especially because of the TVs.”

The flight cost €120. Niamh recommends booking your flights at least three months in advance to get the best deal.

Accommodation:

Airbnb is extremely popular over in Iceland so you’ll have a much easier time finding somewhere to stay if you rent an apartment as opposed to staying in a hotel. Niamh and her pals found an apartment that slept up to six people.

The apartment cost €625 between their gang, which works out just at a little over €100 each.

“Staying near the main strip will make your trip a lot easier, as that’s where all the bars, pubs, restaurants and shops are. Staying close by will save you a lot of hassle, especially on nights out.”

The other great thing about renting an apartment is having a kitchen to rustle up meals throughout the day. “The food in Iceland isn’t the best and is extremely overpriced, so making breakfast and sandwiches to snack on during tours was a huge help financially,” Niamh shared.

Night Life:

Speaking of nights out, like every Irish person on holidays, Niamh ended up going to an Irish pub during her trip to Iceland. She said the best thing about the Irish bars is the mix of people you unexpectedly meet there.

“There were international students and Norwegian sailors drinking in one Irish bar, and the atmosphere was so different.”

“Dubliners is a great spot, as is the Drunken Rabbit, where you can order food from the fish and chips next door whilst you’re enjoying a pint.”

"Appy Hour is a life-saving app that will show you all the local drink offers, which will be a huge help to you as Iceland can be super pricey,” Niamh shared.

Sightseeing:

“We booked our tours with Reykjavik Excursions for €330. This price included the Northern Lights tour, pick up at the airport, Blue Lagoon entrance and drinks, Golden Circle tour, a glacier tour and even pick up on our last day.”

“Head to the Blue Lagoon in the early evening because you will experience it during daylight and as the sun sets.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The main reason she headed to Iceland was to see the Northern Lights, so it’s safe to say Niamh was gutted when the weather meddled with her plans.

“We were scheduled to go see the Northern Lights on Friday evening, but the tour company cancelled the trip because of the weather.”

September and October are supposed to be the best months to go, but the weather wasn’t on Niamh’s side. It was extremely overcast and cloudly on the second night they tried to see the lights.

Despite the Northern Lights disappointment, Niamh adored seeing the glaciers and waterfalls Iceland is so famously known for.

“We went on a four-hour tour to see glaciers and waterfalls, which was an experience I’ll never forget,” Niamh said.

“The only thing is the weather is extreme. There was one point where I had to get down on my hunkers because the wind was so harsh, so dress warmly.”

Forget about your Nike runners and OOTD Instagram snaps, because all you want to wear in Iceland are a pair of boots and about 50 layers.

Flights: €120

Accommodation: €125

Spending money: €350

Sightseeing/tours: €330

Total: €925

Niamh experienced all Iceland has to offer and more for less than €1000 so if you’ll need us we’ll be booking our flights immediately.

 

 

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Longing to get away from the dreary end of summer weather we're having?

Then this news is bound to put a smile on your face – Ryanair is having a flash seat sale this weekend. 

If you want to head away in September or November, flights to multiple locations in the UK are going for €14.99.

This includes flights to Birmingham, Manchester New Castle and Glasgow. 

Flights further afield include dream holiday locations such as Malaga, Bordeaux, London, Milan, Krakow and Frankfurt. 

You'll have to act quickly though, because but you only have until midnight on Monday to take advantage.

The offer applies to flights from Dublin Airport, as well as Cork and Shannon. Handy!

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Icelandic airline WOW air has announced flights from Ireland to the US from just €130.

Starting June 2017, WOW air will be flying from Dublin and Cork to Pittsburgh via Reykjavik four days a week from €129.99 one way.

By the time the Pittsburgh route opens, WOW air will also be offering flights to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Washington DC, New York and Miami.

As well as America, WOW air flies to Canadian cities Montréal and Toronto.

With so many options at such affordable prices, we think a trip across the Atlantic could well be on the cards.

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Good news!

You might soon be able to fly across the Atlantic for €60. No, Ryanair didn’t make any secret announcements, in fact Norwegian Air have beat the budget airline to it.

 

The CEO of the European airline Bjørn Kjos told Reuters this week that his company is exploring nonstop flights from the US to Europe for as little as €60.

“It’s absolutely in the works,” Anders Lindström, a Norwegian spokesman, confirmed to The New York Post.

They are hoping to offer one-way tickets from Europe to the US from as early as 2017. Europe's third-largest budget airline, is considering sending flights from Edinburgh and Bergen, Norway to the US.

So, all of those daydreams about strolling down fifth avenue with hands full of shopping bags could someday be a reality.

The airline said that while no decisions have been made on which European airports it would operate from, its existing operations at Gatwick, Manchester, Edinburgh and Birmingham would "naturally be the first destinations to consider operating from," according to The Telegraph.

Not exactly as straightforward as flying direct from Shannon or Dublin, but those prices are definitely something.

The proposal is part of the airline’s plans to cut their prices in order to compete with the airlines which currently dominate the market on Atlantic flights.

However, they aren’t the only airline trying to make getting across the Atlantic more budget friendly.

Iceland's Wow Air recently offered one-way fares between Boston and Paris for €88.

Bargain! If we could get to Paris for a fiver that is…

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If you didn't get a chance to fly away this summer, fear not!

Many of us have a case of wanderlust (but don't have the bank account to match,*sob*).

A new study carried out by Expedia has found the best day and time to buy flight tickets at a bargain price. Yipee!

The report analysed the costs of booking both domestic and international flights and the results show that it might be time to mark off dates on your calendar.

The study found that if you book your tickets on a Friday, Saturday or Monday, they will be over priced as these are typically the days when airlines charge the most. 

Instead, go for a Tuesday to secure your seats. 

And it seems to be all down to timing too as the survey found that you can save up to €250 on international flights if you book 171 days in advance.

If you're heading on a domestic flight, you could pocket up to €50 by booking 57 days ahead of take-off too!

We think it's time to get your bank card and passport at the ready!

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