Welcome to the land of fire and ice: Germany’s most popular leisure airline is bringing travellers to Iceland for the first time. From May 2023, Condor will be offering one overnight flight per week from Frankfurt to Akureyri in the north and to Egilsstaðir in the east of Iceland. This will be the first time the island state is on Condor’s flight schedule and with that, the airline will add two attractive destinations in the north to its portfolio.
Ralf Teckentrup, CEO of Condor: “Iceland is one of the most popular destinations in the north. We are looking forward to offering our guests the opportunity to discover this diverse destination with its beautiful nature. With the connections to Akureyri and Egilsstaðir, we are also responding to the great demand from numerous tour operators offering round trips in the north and east of Iceland.”
“We are extremely happy that German airline Condor has chosen Akureyri and Egilsstaðir as its destinations here in Iceland,” says Sigrún Björk Jakobsdóttir, CEO of Isavia Regional Airports. “Condor´s decision is the result of the powerful promotional work we and our collaborators have done to emphasize the development of more gateways into Iceland. The work we have done is bearing fruit and we welcome Condor to the North and East of Iceland with open arms.”
Akureyri and Egilsstaðir have excellent airports ready to receive Condor flights next year,” says Sigríður Dögg Guðmundsdóttir, Head of Visit Iceland. „These new flights give our visitors the possibility to explore Iceland further by landing directly in the north or the east of Iceland. Both regions offer breathtaking landscapes and have a great tourism infrastructure in place, with a wide choice of hotels and outdoor activities and facilities.“
So far, Akureyri and Egilsstaðir are accessible via domestic flights and by car and bus. The two towns are located on the ring road that runs once around the island, making them popular starting points for round trips. Akureyri is the fourth largest city in Iceland and is located on the shore of a fjord that extends far into the country. Popular destinations are the waterfalls Aldeyjarfoss and Goðafoss, Lake Mývatn with its numerous lava formations and the village of Húsavík for whale watching. Egilsstaðir, as the largest town in the area, opens the east of Iceland.
From there the spectacular Stuðlagil canyon and Hafrahvammagljúfur canyon in the Eastern Highlands can be explored, as well as one of Iceland’s tallest waterfalls, Hengifoss. The magnificent Eastfjords, that stretch all the way south to the picturesque Eystrahorn offer a scenic coastline with numerous small villages and narrow fjords, perfect for exploring authentic Icelandic everyday life. The region has beautiful nature and wildlife, Hallormsstaðaskógur is the country’s largest forest, and the area is home to wild reindeer and puffins that come to nest by the coast every summer.