Green list deal alert: UK cities to Iceland from £48 return for summer travel

May 24, 2021

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Earlier this month, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced the long-awaited traffic light system for leisure travel from 17 May. Each destination has been added to a green, amber or red category. The bad news is that most foreign destinations have, at this stage, landed on the amber or red lists, meaning you will have to quarantine on your return, either at home for amber destinations or in a managed hotel facility for red countries.

It’s not all bad news, though. Amongst the small list of green countries, which still requires you to have two COVID-19 tests, was the country with some of the most spectacular natural scenery you will see anywhere in the world – Iceland.

With incredible waterfalls, natural geothermal hot springs, active volcanos, and icebergs close enough to touch, Iceland is an increasingly popular destination for British travellers seeking a slightly different break from the usual bucket and spade hotspots like Spain, Turkey and Greece. There’s also 24 hours on sunlight in the middle of summer, even if its not quite warm enough to sunbathe at the beach.

The best attractions in Iceland are all outdoors which is great for social distancing.

Related: 9 reasons you should visit Iceland this summer

Even with so few options for a summer holiday right now, there are still great prices to be found to Iceland.

You can read all about the COVID-19 arrival process into Iceland here.

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To book, head to Google Flights and enter your preferred U.K. departure airport from those mentioned above, followed by your choice of destination. Then, all you need to do is use the built-in price comparison to find the best fares and dates for you. Wizz Air allows flexibility for new bookings where Wizz Flex is purchased as part of a bundle, or add-on.

Remember, EasyJet and Wizz Air don’t include hold luggage in their lowest fares. But, if you’re clever with your packing, that shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Don’t forget: flying low-cost doesn’t mean you have to have a low-cost experience. Check out our guide on how to upgrade your low-cost experience.

It’s also worth considering making bookings on credit cards or with companies that are covered by ATOL or ABTA protection so that if the company goes bust before the trip, there is a route to recovering your money. Also, ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.

Airline: EasyJet and Wizz
Routes: MAN/EDI/LTN to KEF
Cost: £48+ return
Travel dates: June and July 2021

Here are a couple of examples of what you can book:

Manchester (MAN) to Reykjavik (KEF) for £48 return with EasyJet:

London (LTN) to Reykjavik (KEF) for £58 return with Wizz Air:

London (LTN) to Reykjavik (KEF) for £63 return with EasyJet:

Edinburgh (EDI) to Reykjavik (KEF) for £63 return with EasyJet:

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