Not long ago, Ireland and Iceland were poster children for the global financial crisis – small, screwed-up island nations that flew too close to the sun and came crashing down in a heap of ashes alongside their bloated banks.
Thankfully, we have turned a page. Both countries are starting to look like Phoenixes rising and – whisper it – Iceland has even gotten affordable.
Fancy a visit? Here’s the best bit: two new direct flights will connect Ireland and Iceland in the coming months, with an EasyJet service from Belfast starting December 12th, followed by a WOW service from Dublin Airport next June. Both are now on sale, with Belfast-Reykjavik starting from £31.99 each way.
Iceland is gorgeous – with hissing geysers, spewing volcanoes and tourist highlights like the Blue lagoon combining with a trendy capital (Reykjavik is like an Arctic Galway) to make a unique short break. The new flights, together with a devaluation of the local currency, mean now is a better time to visit than ever.