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Icelandic airline sees 281% spike in Gatwick passengers

Icelandic airline sees 281% spike in Gatwick passengers
21 Jan 2014

Iceland's regular use as the backdrop for Hollywood blockbusters is said to be behind a 281% surge in the number of passengers flying from London Gatwick to the capital Reykjavik. 

WOW air saw the amount of travellers rise from just over 7,000 in 2012 to 27,500 in 2012 and thanked the films 'Walter Mitty', 'Oblivion' and 'Thor: The Dark World' for enticing more Brits to visit Iceland.

'Iceland's vast array of tourist sights and experiences has [also] played a significant role in generating interest in travelling to the country,' added Skuli Mogensen, WOW air founder and chief executive. 

Here's just a small selection of Iceland's most popular attractions:

The Blue Lagoon

Iceland's must-visit attraction, the world famous Blue Lagoon offers tourists the chance to bathe outdoors surrounded by snow-capped peaks in geothermal water, which is not only pleasantly warm but said to work wonders on your skin. 

A whole spa resort has developed around the pools, which were formed accidentally in the 1970s - with visitors able to indulge in massages and sit down afterwards for a lavish dinner. 

The Northern Lights

The Northern Lights is one of the hottest topics in travel with scientists promising this winter will feature some the best displays in the past decade, as the sun reaches its solar maximum. 

Iceland's northerly latitude means it is one of the best locations to see the Aurora Borealis in all its glory between now and April. 

Gullfoss

One of the easier to pronounce natural wonders of Iceland, Gullfoss is a spectacular two-step waterfall, which features an initial 11m drop before the Hvita river dramatically plunges a further 21m into a huge crevasse.

Viewed front on, this gives visitors the impression that the raging water is being swallowed up by the earth. 

Jokulsarlon

The Jokulsarlon lagoon was formed by the rapid retreat of the definitely-not-easy-to-pronounce Breidamerkurjokull Glacier in the mid-20th century. 

Huge chunks of ice regularly break off the glacier and float around on the surface of this 250m-deep lake, which is Iceland's deepest.ADNFCR-408-ID-801684449-ADNFCR

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