Outside Magazine, May 1999


Hot springs fans take note: Icelandair (800-223-5500) is currently offering deals that make visiting the geothermally blessed island quite affordable. This month, the airline is selling a $499 Adventure Package from several U.S. cities, including New York, Minneapolis, and Washington, D.C., that includes round-trip airfare to Reykjavik and two nights' lodging with breakfast, based on double occupancy. You can extend your trip by up to four additional days--time enough to soak in Svartsengi's famous pools (above)--for another $61 per person per night. And on its equally reasonable round-trip flights to northern Europe ($450 to London, $503 to Amsterdam), passengers can avail themselves of a three-day stopover in Reykjavik at no extra charge.

Next month in Aruba, the winds are up, the snowbirds are long gone, and--just in time for the Hi-Winds Pro-Am Windsurfing contest (June 8­14)--lodging rates are discounted by as much as 50 percent. A $225 garden-view studio suite at La Cabana Beach Resort and Casino (800-835-7193), for example, now costs a mere $120. For hotel information, call the Aruba Tourism Authority at 800-862-7822.

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