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.

Cardiff Airport announces UK’s first ever direct flights to Akureyri in North Iceland

Cardiff Airport has announced the launch of a new direct flight service to Akureyri in North Iceland, offering holidaymakers’ Arctic experiences for £699 per person.

Cardiff will be the first airport in the UK to fly passengers direct to Akureyri starting January 12, 2018, with packages available from Super Break. The new charter flights are part of a three-night short break package that is expected to be the one its most popular travel destinations, the Airport said.

All Super Break trips to Akureyri include a Lake Myvatn Adventure – Land of Fire and Ice Tour; the Goddafoss Waterfall, the boiling mud pools of Namafjall and a stop at Vogafjos working farm. There is also the opportunity to visit Myvatn Nature Baths – the ‘Blue Lagoon of the North’ or take part in a Snowmobiling experience, at extra charge.

In Akureyri, travellers can visit a volcano or go on a ‘lava walk’, or relax at a beer spa. In addition, holidaymakers can choose from a range of action-packed activities, including: whale watching at Eeyjafjorour offering a chance to see the resident humpback whales, harbour porpoises and dolphins; Icelandic horse riding across coasts and into the scenic mountains and Lofthellir Ice Cave Winter Challenge – a lava cave filled with ice formations, stalagmites and sculptures.

Deb Barber, Chief Executive of Cardiff Airport, said: ‘Cardiff Airport is thrilled to be connecting Wales with Akureryri and Northern Iceland for the very first time. This is exciting for passengers who want to get off the beaten track and experience a once in a lifetime adventure.’

Katherine Scott from Super Break said: ‘At Super Break we take pride in selecting the very best travel experiences for UK holidaymakers to enjoy during a short break. We’ve pulled out all the stops to deliver our customers with the first ever flights to Iceland’s Arctic North, chartering our first Super Break aircraft to provide bookers in Wales and the rest of the UK with direct access to this incredible destination. From lava walks to some of the best chances of seeing the Northern Lights, adventure really does await those heading to Akureyri.’

Price – £699 per person – is based on three nights’ accommodation at the three-star Hotel Nordurland by Kea Hotels including breakfast, Lake Myvatn ‘Land of Fire and Ice Tour’ and Search for the Northern Lights Tour, plus return flights from Cardiff Airport departing January 12, 2018.

Volcano eruptions in New Zealand expected to help tourism

A recent volcano eruption in New Zealand is expected to help tourism in the nation.

After an eruption warning was issued for Mt Tongariro, scientists are now looking to reassess the threat after a drop in volcanic activity. The tourism department is however hopeful that the ‘significant probability’ that Mt Tongariro would erupt again in the next week would turn out to be good for tourism in general.

Initial signs look promising, because Tongariro’s Te Maari crater erupted for about five minutes on Wednesday afternoon, emitting a plume of ash and gas up to four kilometres into the air. Trekkers on the popular Tongariro Alpine Crossing were asked to evacuate, and Air New Zealand flights to regional airports at Taupo, Rotorua and Gisborne were cancelled or re-directed.

Tourism authorities feel that the attention that the nation receives because of the eruption will be converted into tourism revenues. The area is known for its volcanic activity, and international tourists have already been visiting the nation to see its volcanoes.

Visit Ruapehu general manager, Mike Smith, said, ‘For now we’re in the spotlight, and sometimes that can turn out to be a positive. If it’s short term, which we all hope it is, then these things have a funny way of working out in a positive way. If it’s longer term, and particularly over a number of weeks, then it’s more challenging.’

The volcano, which had been inactive for 115 years, burst to life in August.

Civil Defence authorities have said that the threat of an eruption is no longer valid and a national advisory has been cancelled.

 

Mount Tongariro effects tourist’s plans

Mount Tongariro, a volcano in New Zealand, has affected the travel plans of some tourists.

The volcano, which had remained dormant for close to 115 years, erupted on the North Island of New Zealand early this week. The eruption was spectacular and powerful, with ash thrown four miles into the sky causing minor disruption to air and terrestrial travel for a short period.

Not only has the volcano effected the travel plans of tourists that were intending to travel through New Zealand, but the eruption has also affected local tourism, with the mountain being located in a national park. The location is a popular haunt of hikers, and large numbers of visitors trek through the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. With the volcano being considered a threat, huts and hiking tracks around the mountain have been closed until further notice. Hikers who were already trapped have been evacuated.

A spokesperson for the Conservation Department said that Ketetahi hut was damaged by falling debris, as it is located closer to the Te Maari craters, and there were concerns that that some tourists may have been killed, although that appears not to have been the case.

The ash had led to the closure of some roads, but traffic resumed by the middle of the week.

It is expected that the 21-kilometre Tongariro Alpine Crossing and the Northern Circuit could remain closed for a while. Business owners feel that a glut of cancellations for next summer could severely affect the tourism industry in the region.  However, like in Iceland, it could be possible that a major and high profile eruption actually benefits tourism long-term.

Mount Tongariro sits near the popular winter ski resorts at Mt Ruapehu, which have reported no effect from the eruption.

Tours to Operate Inside Dormant Icelandic Volcano

Travellers are being offered the opportunity of experiencing the inside of a dormant volcano in Iceland.

The Thrihnukagigur volcano in Iceland, which last erupted 4,000 years ago, will now be open for tourists who will be able to descend down into the crater to the volcanic magma chamber. The descent into the volcanic chamber will be made using a cable lift.

The Iceland volcano tour (http://www.insidethevolcano.com) will be available for six to eight weeks, from June 15, 2012, as part of an environmental, geological, and marketing study that is being conducted. The tour will be available to travellers in several daily departures to the volcano crater, for prices commencing from £182 per person.

The trip includes a 40-minute hike to the volcano, and a 120m descent into the crater via the cable lift. The tour operators, Iceland-based 3H Travel, will be offering transportation from several hotels in Reykjavik, and trained guides for the volcano’s visitors.

Iceland is a European island country in the North Atlantic Ocean, and is one of the most volcanically active countries in the world.

Thrihnukagigur volcano is located around 20 miles from Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. The magma chamber is often referred to as the heart of a volcano, and it is where liquid rock builds up until is finally ejected as a volcanic eruption. In the Thrihnukagigur volcano, tourists will have a rare view of the empty magma chamber. Experts believe that the magma has solidified on the walls, leaving its bottle-shaped crater empty.

Ash cloud causes no disruption to BA today

British Airways is conducting a verification flight to help determine procedures to continue flying in accordance with risk assessment methodology developed by ICAO, the global aviation governing body, over the last 12 months.

The flight will produce data that should help the understanding of the limitations of the models being used to forecast ash dispersal.

The flight, by a British Airways Airbus A320, departed from Manchester airport this evening to fly toward the Newcastle area and then over Glasgow and Edinburgh before heading south and arriving at London Heathrow.

The aircraft, and its flight performance, will then be subject to detailed inspection and analysis overnight by the airline’s engineers. All data will be made available to the CAA.

We regret the cancellation of today’s services between London and Scotland, and London and Newcastle. These cancellations were made entirely on the basis of the information given to us by the CAA and the Met Office.

We expect flights to all areas, including Scotland, to operate normally today.