Heading to Iceland Solo? Your New Friend Wants To Show You Around.

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Icelandair has been offering free stopovers for some time. The airline offers appealing fares from the U.S. to Europe, with no extra flight cost for a stopover of up to 7 days in Reykjavik. Since all the flights have a layover anyway, why not take in the waterfalls, volcanos, hot springs, geysers, and glaciers that make up Iceland’s fire-and-ice landscape? Now Icelandair is making the deal even sweeter by offering up its employees as travel buddies, who will accompany you on your adventures at no extra charge (except you have to pay for their costs in whatever adventure you choose).

There’s always been a lot to love in Iceland. The country’s Viking roots were Tolkien’s inspiration for the Dwarf culture and folkore. Today’s Iceland is a safe, clean country where English-speakers are easy to find and debit cards are so widely accepted that you don’t even need to exchange currency to take a cab.

The new program makes the island nature even more lovable. The airline will match you up with a new friend for a day who shares your interest in anything from food or hiking to wild adventures. Your new Icelandic buddy might go mountain climbing, horseback riding, skiing, or museum-touring with you. Even the CEO of the company is participating, offering backcountry ski adventures.

The Stopover Buddy program is available through April 30, so make plans now to meet up with your new friend.

Lauren Haas is a nomadic freelance writer. She has been traveling the world, living out of a backpack, since May of 2013. She loves to travel on a budget, learning about different cultures and cuisines.

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