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02/02/2016 | 12:00 AM

Experience Iceland Like A Local With A Stopover Buddy

Quincy, MA, February 2, 2016 – Today, Icelandair launches their new Stopover Buddy service, which aims to provide visitors to Iceland an authentic Icelandic experience.

Editors note: This article refers to a Stopover Buddy campaign that has since run its course. A revised iteration, The Stopover Pass, was introduced in 2017 and lasted until 2018. 

Passengers flying to Europe on Icelandair can request a Stopover Buddy with similar travel interests, including, hiking, nature, food, culture or just city sightseeing. The assigned local Buddy will tailor a trip to Iceland based on their shared interests. Check out a favorite swimming pool, café, or boutique. Go hiking on a secret trail, practice yoga at a secluded hot spring, or explore a favorite spot to view the northern lights. The time spent together is up to the passenger and their Buddy.

With so many options for travel, vacationers are searching for more localized experiences that are off-the-beaten-path. They prefer skipping the larger tourist attractions for smaller, more unique and personalized vacations.

Since the 1960s, Icelandair has given passengers the opportunity to explore Iceland on their way to Europe. Now, with a Stopover Buddy, passengers can explore Iceland like a native… with a native.

“We’re thrilled to offer this unique service that allows our guests to experience Iceland as an Icelander. We have worked closely with our colleagues to discover their interests, hobbies and unrivalled local knowledge, which will make for some truly unique and personalized experiences when paired as a Buddy. The Stopover Buddy service will give our passengers an authentic taste of Iceland and we look forward to hearing about their journeys,” says Birkir Holm Gudnason, CEO at Icelandair.

Birkir, 41, is one of the available Buddies, offering passengers a tour of his hometown and a day of backcountry skiing. Visitors could also pair up with Margret, 64, a flight attendant of 30 years who is an expert on geothermal springs. Enjoy a cooking lesson in traditional Icelandic fish dishes with travel consultant, Inga, 45. Passengers wanting to keep active on their stopover may find themselves on a running or cycling tour with fitness enthusiast Dagur, 51, who has worked in Icelandair’s IT department for 20 years. The more adventurous guests can spend time with pilot Sigrun, 44, whose passion is bike racing down icy mountains.

The Stopover Buddy service will be available free of charge, from February 2nd to April 30th. Visit our website to find out more about the Icelandair Stopover Buddy service, or taking an Icelandair Stopover. 

Icelandair offers service to Iceland from Boston, Chicago-ORD, Denver, Edmonton, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK, Newark, Seattle, Toronto, and Washington, D.C.; and seasonal service from Anchorage, Halifax, Montreal, Orlando, Portland, OR, and Vancouver, BC. Connections through Icelandair’s hub at Keflavik International Airport are available to more than 20 destinations in Scandinavia, the U.K. and Continental Europe. Only Icelandair allows passengers to take an Icelandair Stopover for up to seven nights at no additional airfare.

For additional information about Icelandair’s fares to Iceland & beyond, please visit us at or by calling (877) I-FLY-ICE.