Jet2 announces largest ever Iceland programme for Winter 24/25

Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks, the UK-bsed leisure airline and operator of city breaks, have announced their largest ever Iceland programme for Winter 24/25.

Responding to high demand for trips and holidays to Iceland, Jet2’s programme includes scheduled winter services and dedicated trips from ten UK bases, allowing travellers to book well in advance. This early release of the Iceland programme is a first for Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks.

Between October 2024 and April 2025, Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks will operate over 170 outbound services. These flights are timed for travellers who want to witness Iceland’s natural wonders, including the Northern Lights, as well as those planning vacations during the October half-term, Christmas, February half-term, and Easter holidays.

Iceland’s popularity remains strong, with early and late winter, as well as spring being particularly favoured by customers and independent travel agents. From the cityscape of Reykjavik to the spectacular Northern Lights and the stunning Golden Circle with its geothermal lagoons, spas, and waterfalls, Iceland offers a diverse range of experiences.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘Iceland is a destination that has continued to see strong demand due to its many stunning natural wonders, so we are delighted to be launching our biggest ever Iceland programme for Winter 24/25. As well as offering more scheduled services and dedicated trips than ever before from ten of our UK bases, we have also extended the season from Birmingham and Manchester Airports and put on additional flying from London Stansted and Bristol Airports. Thanks to this expansion, we are offering customers and independent travel agents the biggest and best flexibility when it comes to visiting Iceland, and we have no doubt they will be flocking to book flights and city breaks to this magical destination. The beauty of Iceland, coupled with the fantastic benefits available through Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks, means we are looking ahead to a very busy programme next winter.’

Scheduled services are available from Bristol, Birmingham, East Midlands, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, London Stansted, Manchester, and Newcastle International Airports. Additionally, unique trips are offered from Belfast International and Edinburgh Airports.

Customers can choose between flight-only or package holiday options. Jet2CityBreaks package options are available with a deposit of £60 per person and include a guided Northern Lights Tour, Jet2.com flights with 22kg hold luggage, airport transfers, and a choice of 3- and 4-star hotels in central Reykjavik. The package also offers the opportunity to explore authentic Icelandic cuisine. Additionally, various excursions, such as visits to the South Shore, Golden Circle, and Blue Lagoon, can be purchased.

easyJet partners with Aerobility to offer special flight to experience Northern Lights

easyJet, the UK-based European regional airline, has said that it is partnering with disabled flying charity Aerobility to host an exclusive ‘Aurora Flight’, providing passengers the opportunity to experience the splendour of the Northern Lights at 30,000 feet.

The flight will be the first Northern Lights experience that the airline and charity have operated since the pandemic. The airline has previously enabled hundreds of passengers to enjoy amazing views of the ‘Aurora Borealis’ from the sky over the past 8 years.

The ‘Aurora’ flight from London Gatwick will be operated on February 18, 2023, and includes a two-course meal at Gatwick Sofitel Hotel, pre-departure presentations and inflight commentary from special guests including Sky at Night presenter Pete Lawrence and Aurora experts from the British Antarctic Survey, as well as entertainment and refreshments onboard.

Mike Miller Smith, CEO at the charity said: ‘We exist to change lives by providing anyone, with any disability with access to the magic and wonder of flight. We do this because taking the controls of an aircraft drives a focus on capability and encourages our flyers to ask the question ‘If I can fly an aeroplane, what else can I do?’

‘This makes everything else in life feel that little bit more achievable, whilst offering the ultimate feeling of freedom and escape from restrictions of disability.’

‘The Aurora Flight with easyJet means so much to Aerobility and those we look after. Not only does it provide a life-changing experience on the night, but it also funds many more life-changing flights at Aerobility, of course with our aircraft being just slightly smaller. We can’t thank everyone at easyJet and all the other companies that make the Aurora Flight possible enough.’

easyJet’s Captain Chris Foster, Aurora flight pilot, said: ‘We are incredibly proud to be able to offer this special Northern Lights flight once again and it is an honour to support Aerobility and the wonderful work they do. I would encourage anyone to book what is sure to be a fantastic flight that not only offers a unique experience but also contributes to a very worthwhile cause.’

Tickets can be booked £349 per person, with discounted rates available for disabled flyers, carers and children. The funds raised from the Aurora Flight will support disabled flying at Aerobility.

Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks expands Iceland programme

Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks has said that it has advanced the start of scheduled services for trips and holidays to Iceland, to the beginning of September 2021.

With Iceland expected to be on the UK Government’s Green List, holidaymakers may travel to the country from as early as September 2 with Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks. With the latest announcement, customers will have increased choice of scheduled services to Iceland from Manchester Airport this year, in addition to scheduled services from Birmingham Airport.

Perfectly timed for the Northern Lights, Jet2 will operate twice-weekly services from September 2 (Manchester) and September 30 (Birmingham) until November 22, 2021. In addition, scheduled services will operate from February 10, 2022 right through the summer season to November 10, 2022 from Manchester Airport, as well as from February 10, 2022 through to April 25, 2022 from Birmingham Airport.

Besides the natural wonders of Iceland, this offers great choice and flexibility with stays of three-nights or more available over the February half-term, October half-term and Easter. In addition to this programme of scheduled flights, Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks are operating 37 three and four-night dedicated trips to Iceland from seven other UK bases (Belfast International, East Midlands, Leeds Bradford, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle and London Stansted Airports).

With 15 trips planned between September and November 2021, and a further 22 trips between February and April 2022, customers will have plenty of choice for visiting Iceland at the best times of year for experiencing the Northern Lights. All flights to Keflavik International Airport near Reykjavik will be operated by Jet2.com.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘We are seeing strong demand for flights and holidays to Iceland, as customers look to enjoy its beauty and natural wonders after a year of lockdowns and restrictions. Iceland is expected to be on the UK Government’s Green List, and as we are seeing right across the board, when customers have clarity they are booking in huge numbers. With a great programme of scheduled flights operating from Manchester and Birmingham, in addition to 37 once-in-a-lifetime trips from seven of our other UK bases, customers have great choice and flexibility when it comes to visiting this bucket list destination.’

Guomundur Daoi Runarsson, Chief Commercial & Airport Development Officer at Keflavik Airport said: ‘We at Keflavik Airport are delighted to hear of Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks decision to expand their Iceland programme and look forward to a bright future and a strong continuation of our great relationship. We continue to see growing interest in Iceland as a destination post Covid-19 and the recovery looks very promising. The UK market was important before the start of the pandemic and that will continue.’

Jet2.com announces scheduled services from Birmingham Airport to Iceland for Winter 21/22

Jet2.com, the UK-based flight and holiday company, has announced its scheduled services to Iceland from Birmingham Airport for Winter 21/22, with flights now on sale.

Jet2 will operate twice-weekly services on a Monday and Thursday to Keflavik International Airport near Reykjavik from Birmingham Airport, ideally scheduled for a sighting of the Northern lights. The services will operate from September 30 to November 22, 2021, and February 10 to April 25, 2022.

With flight-only deals starting from £64 per person one way and package holiday options with Jet2CityBreaks starting from £419 per person, customers in the region can select from stays of three-nights or more, offering more choice and flexibility.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘We are delighted to be putting our Iceland programme on sale from Birmingham Airport for Winter 21/22, and to be offering customers fantastic choice and flexibility when it comes to experiencing this breathtaking Northern country.

‘Iceland is a destination that is rapidly growing in popularity thanks to its huge variety of choice for travellers. Whether it is geothermal spas, geysers, natural parks, the incredible Aurora Borealis or the world’s northernmost capital Reykjavik, this small North Atlantic island is truly unique. The beauty of Iceland, coupled with Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks’ award-winning benefits, means we are confident that these scheduled flights will yet again be very popular with customers in the region. We’re not done yet, with even more exciting news for Winter 21/22 coming on sale soon!’

Tom Screen, Aviation Director of Birmingham Airport said: ‘It is great news that Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has added Iceland to their portfolio of routes direct from Birmingham Airport for Winter 21/22. Jet2.com and Jet2holidays really does think about its customers and looks to serve routes where demand is needed. Iceland, which is currently unserved from Birmingham Airport, is a popular city break destination and has so much to offer travellers. This additional destination means that there are 32 holiday destinations on offer from Jet2.com and Jet2holidays for Winter 21/22.’

Customers can select between flight-only or package holiday options, with package options with Jet2CityBreaks available for a £60 per person deposit. Package options with Jet2CityBreaks include a guided Northern Lights Tour, flights with Jet2.com including 22kg hold luggage, transfers to and from the airport, as well as a choice of 3 or 4-star hotels in central Reykjavik. In addition, excursions to the Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon and South Shore are also available to purchase.

Jet2.com announces scheduled services from Birmingham Airport to Iceland for Winter 20/21

Jet2.com has announced plans to launch scheduled flights to Iceland from Birmingham Airport for the first time for Winter 20/21 – the only airline to fly to Keflavik International Airport from Birmingham Airport to see the Northern Lights.

The UK-based airline will operate twice weekly services on a Monday and Thursday from Birmingham Airport for customers wanting to see the spectacular Northern Lights. The services will operate from October 1 to November 23, and February 11 and April 26.

The flight-only deals start from £65 per person one way and the package holiday options – with a three, four or seven-night stay with Jet2CityBreaks – start from £369 per person.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘Following the enormous popularity of our services to Iceland, we are delighted to be launching scheduled services from Birmingham Airport for the very first time. This means we are the only airline to operate to Iceland from Birmingham, and we are also giving customers fantastic choice and flexibility, at the best times of year when it comes to witnessing the magical Northern Lights.’

Tom Screen, Aviation Director of Birmingham Airport said: ‘We are delighted that Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks will be offering customers of the Midlands direct scheduled flights to Iceland this Winter. This unserved destination from Birmingham Airport is hugely popular with customers who are in search of a visit to the Northern Lights or want to take in the stunning scenery of this volcanic island. Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks offers fabulous customer service and friendly low fares that appeal to all.’

Jet2 offers flight-only or package holiday options, with package options with Jet2CityBreaks available for £60 per person deposit. Package options with Jet2CityBreaks include a guided Northern Lights Tour, flights with Jet2.com including 22kg hold luggage, transfers to and from the airport, as well as a choice of 3 and 4-star hotels in central Reykjavik. In addition, excursions to the Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon are also available to purchase. The travel and holiday can be booked at www.jet2.com or www.jet2CityBreaks.com.

Omega Breaks offers night flight for Northern Lights seekers

Omega Breaks, the UK-based tour operator, has announced plans to offer its night flight service from Cardiff again in March 2019, enabling stargazers to sight the Aurora Borealis.

The plan follows the success of an inaugural trip in March, and the next night flight in search of the Northern Lights will take off on Friday March 8, 2019. The trip offers customers an opportunity to take to the skies on board an aircraft to seek out the Northern Lights, the colourful dancing lights resulting from the ionization of solar particles entering the earth’s magnetic field at high atmosphere.

Deb Barber, Chief Executive Officer of Cardiff Airport, said: ‘Our customers will really enjoy the opportunity to take off from Cardiff and discover one of the world’s most amazing natural phenomenons from the sky. This was such a unique and popular addition to our schedule back in the spring, so it’s great to see the return of the Northern Lights experience with Omega Breaks in 2019.’

Peter Truman, Astronomy Consultant at Omega Breaks, added: ‘These unique flights, which have been operating for 20 years, really offer an excellent opportunity to see the Northern Lights.

‘We are above the main obstacle, cloud cover, and also have a much wider overall view of the Auroral Oval from around 36000ft above sea level, than you do at ground level.’

The Omega Break experience will begin at Cardiff Airport with a presentation in the terminal from guest astronomer Pete Lawrence, presenter of the BBC’s Sky at Night programme. He will be joined by Nigel Bradbury, a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and an active amateur astronomer for over 40 years. Seeking out the best views of the Northern Lights, the three and a quarter hour-long flight will take off from Cardiff in the darkest hours of the night, with on-board commentary by the two expert astronomers. Bookings can be done at the Omega Breaks website.

Super Break announces first flight from Cardiff Airport to Iceland

Super Break has commenced its first exclusive flight break to Iceland from Cardiff Airport, and the first direct route from the UK to Akureyri in North Iceland on January 12.

The flight is the first of 14 direct routes from the UK this winter heading to this part of northern Iceland. Holidaymakers on the inaugural Super Break service from Cardiff can enjoy the ‘Incredible Iceland’ experience, comprising a three-night break with the opportunity to search for the Northern Lights. On arriving in Northern Iceland, holidaymakers will also visit a volcano, embark on a lava walk and indulge in a beer spa, subject to extra charges for the beer spa.

All Super Break trips to Akureyri will include a Lake Myvatn Adventure – Land of Fire and Ice Tour offering, a chance to see the region’s magical terrains, the Goddafoss Waterfall, the boiling mud pools of Namafjall and a stop at Vogafjos working farm. Holidaymakers may also choose to visit Myvatn Nature Baths – the ‘Blue Lagoon of the North’, or take part in a Snowmobiling Experience, subject to extra charges as applicable, Cardiff Airport said in a release.

Hugo Kimber from Super Break said: ‘It is a great pleasure to provide our customers at Cardiff Airport today with a wonderful experience from check-in throughout their stay, and hope that the special activities put on at the airport today will ensure that they have a fantastic start to their trip.

‘Super Break is incredibly excited to be the first to offer these brand new and exclusive flights to Akureyri in Northern Iceland, as part of our new short break charter programme. Previously unreachable from UK airports, we are delighted to be able to connect holidaymakers with this stunning part of the world and offer them a truly once in a lifetime experience.’

Spencer Birns, Commercial Director of Cardiff Airport added: ‘It is fantastic to be the first UK airport to offer this brand new direct route to Northern Iceland and see the first flight take off today from Cardiff Airport. The look on the passengers’ faces as they were surprised with the choir was superb and we have no doubt the trip will remain with them for a long time to come.’

Super Break has expanded its charter programme from Cardiff airport with breaks available to destinations including Seville, Malta, Montenegro, Croatia and the Adriatic Coast, Madeira, and further ‘Incredible Iceland’ breaks in 2018-2019. There will be a further two flights to Iceland from Cardiff Airport departing on December 28, 2018 and January 21, 2019, the airport said.

Super Break announces exclusive short breaks from Cardiff Airport

British holiday company Super Break has added five new destinations to its offering of short breaks available from Cardiff Airport for 2018/19, the airport said.

The move comes after the company’s recently announced packages to Iceland and Seville. For holidaymakers seeking warmer climates, Super Break has added package breaks to Malta and Madeira, as well as a trip taking in Montenegro, Croatia and the Adriatic Coast – making it the tour operator’s biggest ever flight programme for 2018. All breaks with Super Break include in-destination experiences, central accommodation, return flights, 20kg of luggage, 5kg hand luggage and transfers.

As part of the programme, Super Break will offer chartered flight services to Iceland, including the Search for the Northern Lights tour and Lake Myvatn Land of Fire and Ice experience, available shortly. In addition, the company is offering an Iceland under the Midnight Sun tour programme for midnight sun whale watching and a Lake Myvatn Adventure Nature at its Best Tour. Available on sale soon, this flight service will depart on June 22, 2018.

Further, Super Break is offering chartered flight services to Malta, including a full day tour to Gozo Calypso Island, nightfall tour to Mdina and an option to add on a visit to European Capital of Culture 2018, Valletta. The flights will depart on June 4, 2018; to Montenegro, Croatia and the Adriatic Coast – including Dubrovnik – Pearl of the Adriatic full day tour and Best of Montenegro full day tour, with flights departing on September 21, 2018 as well as services to Madeira – including Madeira Island Highlights tour and Funchal Sightseeing tour, with services departing on November 2, 2018.

Katherine Scott from Super Break said: ‘We’re incredibly proud and excited to be launching our new chartered flight programme, providing holidaymakers from Wales with a brand-new selection of incredible travel experiences to choose from in 2018. Following the huge demand for our exclusive flights to Akureyri, Iceland, we have expanded the schedule from Cardiff Airport to now offer unforgettable travel experiences in five of Europe’s most exciting destinations, helping to connect more holidaymakers to new locations on the continent and beyond, all from their local airport.’

Deb Barber, CEO of Cardiff Airport added: ‘We’ve seen a huge increase in unique and unforgettable short breaks added to Super Break’s Cardiff schedule this year, and it’s great to see them offer something a little different for our customers.’

Destinations like Iceland, Madeira and Montenegro are welcome additions to the choice of destinations available from Cardiff, they’re proving hugely popular so far and we look forward to more exciting announcements in the future.’

Cruise and Maritime offers cruise to the Northern Lights from Bristol

Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV) has launched an offer to sail off on a ‘Land of the Northern Lights’ cruise next month.

CMV, which claims to have led the re-birth of Bristol Avonmouth as a major cruise departure port, has also reduced the cost of this cruise with substantial discounts of up to 60 percent and an affordable starting price of £799pp.

The offer comes after last year’s Planet Traveller magazine survey revealed that a significant 58 percent of respondents voted the Northern Lights as the travel experience they would most like to have.

CMV’s Discovery sails from Bristol  Avonmouth – on February 24 for 15 nights and terminates in Liverpool, from where an optional coach transfer is available back to Bristol for £25pp.

Cruise and Maritime’s, head of marketing, Mike Hall, said ‘Last week’s BBC TV live coverage featured the Northern Lights on the Stargazing programme. Since then public interest has grown substantially and we have been busy with new enquiries. Senior NASA scientists have predicted that the conditions for viewing the Northern Lights (also known as the Aurora Borealis) would be at their best this winter.’

From Bristol, the ship will head up to the Norwegian coastline and across the Arctic Circle to spot the spectacular Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights. This atmospheric display of green and pink lights swirling across the sky is one of nature’s wonders.

The cruise will also include visits to Stavanger, Alesund and Narvik.

Passengers will also have the opportunity of seeing Polar wildlife, winter landscapes including the Svartisen Glacier, and an optional excursion to see the unique Igloo Hotel. The Discovery will also visit Andalsnes and Bergen before returning to Liverpool.

The per person prices are based on two people sharing an inner cabin on a full board basis with afternoon tea and late night snacks included. Also included in the fare are daytime activities, a guest speaker programme, evening ‘big show’ entertainment, complimentary tea and coffee and luggage handling.

Northern Lights top among Brit’s must-see destinations

Britons compiling a ‘bucket list’ of must-see destinations consider seeing the Northern Lights as the most sought after travel experience in the world, The Telegraph has reported citing recent research.

The research – conducted by online comparison website TravelSupermarket – reflects a growing tendency of Britons to compile lists of places to see during their lifetimes, with more than half – 54 per cent – now having one.

Nearly 37 per cent of those questioned by TravelSupermarket had the Northern Lights topping their bucket lists. The other top must-see destinations include the Egyptian pyramids (35 per cent), Route 66 (33 per cent), the Great Wall of China (32 per cent) and going on safari in Africa (31 per cent). Also featuring on Brits’ bucket list are: taking a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon and the Las Vegas strip (30 per cent), going on a cruise in the Caribbean (29 per cent), seeing the Taj Mahal, India (28 per cent), riding a gondola in Venice (27 per cent) and diving in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia (24 per cent).

Northern Lights – also known as the aurora borealis – has had huge coverage this year. Nature’s most spectacular lightshow with displays of greens, yellows and reds is often vibrantly visible in countries including Iceland, Sweden and Finland.

‘We have been hearing of some truly once-in-a-lifetime sightings of the lights and solar flares,’ said Jonny Cooper, the managing director of Off the Map Travel, a company that specialises in trips to view the lights. ‘Both in terms of their scale (they have filled the skies) and duration (they have lasted for several hours), they have been very powerful. And there should be even stronger ones to come.’

Displays of the lights are governed by an 11-year cycle, and this month it is expected to hit the top of the cycle – a ‘solar maximum,’ the Telegraph said, citing NASA scientists.

While the best sightings are usually recorded above the Arctic Circle, the lights have already been observed closer to home – from including places as far south as the Isle of Mull in Scotland.