For those who harbor a love of the sea, and wild, poetic images of savage coastlines, Icelandair has created a special vacation package featuring a stay at a refurbished luxury lighthouse.
Located on the southernmost tip of the country, the century-old Dyrholaey lighthouse has been converted into luxury accommodations, designed to complement its wild and dramatic setting with natural colors and fabrics.
The lighthouse hotel accommodates five guests with two double and one single bedrooms.
Launched to promote the airline’s stopover program, the package includes a one-night stay at the lighthouse hotel and includes a private chauffeur who will drive guests through the Thingvellir National Park and Iceland’s volcano-lined coast, and scenic waterfalls.
After a day of touring the area, guests will then be dropped off at the lighthouse for dinner prepared by a private chef and the next day chauffeured back to the airport via small fishing villages.
Guests can also choose to add on other activities that include a helicopter tour, a hike up the Solheimajokull glacier, horseback riding along the beach or a local spa treatment.
Converting old, abandoned and active lighthouses into bed and breakfasts is becoming increasingly common along coastlines around the world, for offering adventuresome travelers the opportunity to fall asleep to the sounds of lapping waves and breathing in the fresh, salt-tinged air.
After falling into disrepair and neglect, the 19th century Saugerties Lighthouse on the Hudson River in New York, for instance, was converted into a bed and breakfast, museum and local heritage landmark that welcomes guests year-round.
And in Ireland, the Wicklow Lighthouse, located on the eastern coast, features six octagonal rooms with arched windows offering views of the dramatic Irish Sea and countryside.
Bookings for Icelandair’s Dyrholaey lighthouse run September 1 to November 1, 2015. The package is being launched to promote the airline's stopover program, which offers flyers up to a seven-night stopover in Iceland for no extra airfare.
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