Saturday, May 7, 2011

Memorial Day Getaway Ideas #6--Iceland

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When thinking about where to go for Memorial Day weekend, the idea of jetting off to an island probably crossed your mind, but we're betting it was not this one. But Iceland is closer than you think—five hours by plane from New York and seven from Seattle—and there's lots to do both indoors and out.

Iceland is famed for its Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa. The water is naturally 98 to 102 degrees and is lauded for its healing properties. In addition, you can horseback ride, hike, raft and even play a round of golf.

At night time, you can party in capital city Reykjavík, known for its clubs. Over Memorial Day, the sun will rise around 3:30 a.m. and set around 11:30, meaning there will only be four hours of darkness. You can literally say you partied until the sun rose and not have to make it an all nighter. The weekend also coincides with the Reykjavik Arts Festival, with concerts, plays, operas and more.

Iceland Express is offering a $399 deal from New York, including airfare and three nights hotel through the month of May, but you must book by Monday.

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