Reykjavik is famed for its views of the Aurora Borealis, and with the city’s annual Winter Lights Festival beginning today, tourists will be flocking there for the unique experience of seeing the Northern Lights.
But even when the festival isn’t in full force, Icelandair is delivering the Aurora Borealis — actually guaranteeing it! — with the launch of its newest plane, the Hekla Aurora, along with an extension of its stopover offer opportunity to stay in Iceland for up to seven nights at no additional airfare.
Yesterday’s debut of Icelandair’s Hekla Aurora, a Boeing 757 Aurora Borealis-themed plane that will become part of Icelandair’s transatlantic fleet, provided passengers a Northern Lights experience while on board — both with its interior mood lighting, and the new Aurora Borealis livery on the exterior.
The illuminating journey from London’s Heathrow — to stopover in Reykjavik before continuing on to the transatlantic destination of travellers’ choice — culminated with a festive event at which Iceland’s local expert, Birta Lif Kristinsdottir (renowned Icelandic meteorologist and former Icelandair pilot) brought the science alive with a talk on this natural phenomenon.
“Hekla Aurora provides an authentic Aurora Borealis experience to all those who fly on her. The on-board light show provides the perfect beginning to any transatlantic flight by showcasing the natural beauty of Iceland’s famous northern lights,” Birta boasted.