Showing posts with label Niceair. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Niceair. Show all posts

Saturday, 30 April 2022

NIiceair's winter schedule is out now.

Niceair is the new Icelandic carrier starting direct year-round scheduled services from Akureyri, the gateway to Arctic Iceland and just put on sale its new winter schedule. 

Based in Akureyri, the carrier flies Airbus A319 aircraft featuring 150 seats which offer optimal performance for both passengers and cargo. 

For the winter period Niceair will continue to fly to Copenhagen on Thursdays and Sundays, then add flights to Manchester on Fridays and Mondays but will transfer London Stansted to Saturdays and Tuesdays. 

With the introduction of flights to Manchester, a number of possibilities open up for travellers, for example, coming over for a football match in Manchester or nearby cities for the weekend. In addition, there are even more possibilities to connect to other flights, there are more than 190 destinations around the world from Manchester Airport. The winter schedule is valid until March 31.

Akureyri, Iceland’s second city and capital of the North is located just 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle and is an attraction in itself. Situated at the end of Iceland’s longest fjord, the views from the city are breath-taking and the tourism offering is significant with a wide range of hotels and accommodation options, local tour operators offering experiences in the surrounding area, Iceland’s largest ski area, a rich cultural programme and a wide variety of excellent shops, bars and restaurants. The wider area offers countless experiences, including year-round whale watching, geothermal pools, charming towns and villages, world-leading attractions such as the now-famous ‘Beer Spa’, luxury accommodation and much more.

Icelandair Hotel Akureyri 
Located in Akureyri, this hotel offers fresh rooms with a TV and seating area. Facilities include a restaurant and a lounge bar. Hlídarfjall Ski Resort is 3.1 miles away.

All rooms at Icelandair Hotel Akureyri feature modern décor and wooden floors. Tea and coffee facilities are provided in each room. The ground-floor restaurant offers breakfast and lunch, while dinner dishes mix Icelandic and Mediterranean influences. The Lounge Bar features a fireplace, drinks and daily afternoon tea.

During winter, Icelandair Akureyri's guests can make use of the heated ski storage room. The hotel offers a 24-hour reception. 

Akureyri Swimming Pool, with its geothermal hot tubs, is a 2-minute walk away. Jadarsvollur Golf Course is 1.6 miles away.

Hotel Kea by Keahotels
This 4-star hotel is centrally located on Akureyri's pedestrian street, by the Eyjafjördur Fjord. It offers in-room tea/coffee makers, dry cleaning services.  The bright, airy rooms at Hotel Kea feature wooden floors, satellite TV channels and writing desks.

The in-house restaurant specialises in hearty local dishes made from fresh seasonal produce. Kea Hotel also offers an extensive wine list to suit all tastes.  Akureyri Airport is 0.9 miles from the hotel, while both Akureyri's Botanical Gardens and Akureyri Church are within a 5 minutes walk. Another area activity is downhill skiing at Hlidarfjall.

Pearl of the North Apartments
Located in a quiet residential neighbourhood in central Akureyri, these bright apartments include free WiFi, modern kitchens and flat-screen TVs with CD/DVD players. Lake Mývatn is just over an hour’s drive away.

All accommodation at Pearl of the North Apartments features an open-plan living/dining room. Stoves, ovens and tea/coffee facilities are standard. Some apartments include a private hot tub, terrace and Eyjafjördur Fjord views.

Either private or shared laundry facilities are available in all apartment buildings.  Pearl of the North’s apartments are within 10 minutes drive of Hlidarfjall Ski Centre. Akureyri Swimming Pool is a short walk away.

Viking Cottages & Apartments
This property is 6 minutes walk from the beach. Overlooking the Akureyri Fjord, Viking Cottages Akureyri is located 4.3 miles from central Akureyri. All cottages include free WiFi access, a well-equipped kitchen and a private terrace.

A seating area and a flat-screen TV with Bluray-player feature in the living rooms at Viking Cottages Akureyri. Featuring a shower, private bathrooms also come with a hairdryer. You can enjoy sea views from all cottages.   At Viking Cottages Akureyri you will find BBQ facilities and an outdoor hot tub. An array of activities can be enjoyed on-site or in the surroundings, including golfing. The property offers free parking.

Hof - Cultural Center and Conference Hall is a 5-minute drive away.

All the above hotels are bookable on Booking . com

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Monday, 14 March 2022

North Iceland to get a new airline in 79 days!

North Iceland is all set to get a new airline in 79 days' time and it will be nice!  No really,  it will be nice,  Niceair is based in Akureyri, North Iceland and will start its flight operation in 79 days' time according to its website that counts down to the big day!

Its name is meant to be representative of  North Iceland and the firm will serve what is said to be a growing market in that region and attract foreign tourists. Niceair's Managing Director Þorvaldur Lúðvík Sigurjónsson said “The foundation of Niceair comes in the wake of two years of research, in cooperation with foreign and local parties.  The company’s goal is to secure scheduled flights year-round to foreign destinations from Akureyri Airport. That will simultaneously improve the quality of life for residents in the area, improve the access of foreign tourists to North Iceland, and last, but not least, greatly improve the competitiveness of companies in the area.”

The airline has secured a long lease on an Airbus A319 with 150 seats which will operate routes to UK, Denmark and Spain. 

Akureyri Airport manager, Hjördís Þórhallsdóttir said: "We are extremely pleased to have our own airline at Akureyri Airport. Here in the north, there is a rapidly growing urban community that must have scheduled flights."

Niceair, as well as other airlines in Iceland, will be hoping for a speedy end to the war in Ukraine after aircraft fuel rose to its highest level over the last few days in 13 years.  Since the start of the Russian invasion, the price has risen by around 50% and whilst some airlines who hedged at a cheaper price are reaping the benefits now, many did not and are facing increasing demand on already stretched finances. Icelandair has lost just over a quarter of its value since 24th February while its local competitor newly formed Play has seen its share price dip down to its lowest point since it entered the marketplace.

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