2020 POINTS BEYOND – REYKJAVIK, ICELAND
Talk about a unique opportunity; your qualifying sales and points earned in 2019 can earn you a trip Iceland in 2020. Sometimes referred to as the “Land of Fire and Ice,” seeing the unique landscaping and beautiful sights of this destination are included on the bucket-lists of many.
While traveling to Reykjavik, Iceland from May 3-7, 2020, United’s guests will be staying at the FossHotel Reykjavik. This is the largest hotel in the city and has a sleek Scandinavian architectural design that really stands out. As the lighting changes, so too does the outer appearance of the hotel. While located in the heart of the business district, it is just a short walk to the main shopping area and heart of the city.
The FossHotel Reykjavic offers great views from the 16 floors of the tower, with many rooms overlooking the city or the bay area. The hotel features:
- 320 rooms.
- Haust Restaurant offering breakfast buffets in the morning; and specializing in traditional Icelandic fare with a twist at dinner.
- Beer Garden featuring over 100 bottled beers from around the world and numerous Icelandic beers as well.
- A well stocked gym to get in your daily workout.
What to Expect and See in May
In May, the daylight hours are getting longer and nature is coming to life. The sun rises at 5 AM and sets at 10 PM. May, on average, has more sunshine hours than any other month and the least rainfall. Temperatures typically range from a low of 41°F to a high of 68°F. At the start of May, the high temperatures may be closer to 58°F.
Seeing Reykjavic itself may best be done with a City Pass. The pass provides entry to many museums and galleries, a number of geothermic pools, the use of public transportation, the ferry to Viðey Island, and discounts at many local eateries. If you're looking for culture, nature or nightlife, you'll find plenty of activities to keep you busy.
The Old Harbour area also has lots to offer. Learn about Iceland's marine life, enjoy great views from the water. Saturdays and Sundays you'll also find a fun flea market open between 11 AM and 5 PM, offering local delicacies for eating and many interesting items for sale. Many old fisheries and boat repair shops are finding new life here as trendy shops and cafes. You'll also find the Whales of Iceland Museum and the Aurora Reykjavik Museum.
To really get a feel for Iceland you'll likely want to schedule a tour. There are whale watching and puffin tours (bring your binoculars), horseback riding tours, tours of lava caves, glaciers, geysers and waterfalls. Two of the most popular tours are the: Golden Circle and the South Coast tours. The Golden Circle includes a National Park, a geyser and a great waterfall. The South Coast includes waterfalls, glaciers, volcanoes and coastlines of Icelands South.