I polled my friends to get their thoughts on Groupon Getaways. When I saw the price of some I was somewhat skeptical about the validity of the deals. The consensus was that they were legitimate deals but don’t expect luxury hotels on the package deals. A few months later a friend approached me about purchasing a Groupon Getaway to Iceland. Normally I like to spend a day before booking to research the area and deals on the top hotels but this time I was spontaneous and booked quickly. I will give you the details of what was included in the package and an honest Iceland Groupon Getaway Review!
The details of the Iceland Groupon : $849 after $50 off coupon (Based on Double Occupancy)
- Iceland vacation with airfare from Washington D.C., SEA, or New York City
- Airline taxes and fuel surcharges
- 3 nights of standard accommodations at Reykjavík Natura or Radisson Blu Saga
- Daily breakfast
- Northern-lights evening tour
- Additional excursions-There are cheaper alternatives but it all depends on what you want to do. Gate 1 Travel had limited options but worked for our agenda. Check TripAdvisor for advice on the best companies to use if you want to climb glaciers or go snowmobiling.
- Ground Transportation to and from the airport-cheapest option at the time was Flybus (prepay online before arrival), if you have a lot of points with Icelandair and plan to use again you can pay a few dollars more to use Grayline. If you use a shuttle please check for the departure time immediately after claiming bag. If not you may miss your shuttle. The ride is about 45mins-1hr from the airport to Reykjavik. Check out this post about more details of the airport and flying on Icelandair.
- Breakfast on the first day of arrival
Groupon Iceland Review
The Groupon included a direct flight from DC (IAD) to Reykjavik. I used Southwest to get DC and stayed a couple of nights in DC and visited friends. On departure day I met friends at the airport for an evening flight on Icelandair. Icelandair was interesting as it was a no-frills flight. There was no meal service. The service was not the best but for the price and 6 hr flight it is tolerable. The one thing I did not like is that my friend had a whole row to herself and they kept waking her up to say they would move someone in the row but never did. I believe Icelandair tweeted me asking how I enjoyed the flight because I checked in on Four Square and when I replied they asked that I email. I did and it took over a month to respond with the wrong information. Read more of my Icelandair review.
The Hotel: Radisson Blue Saga
Currently, the hotel is ranked 44/56 hotels in Reykjavik. Radisson blue saga is about 45 minutes away from the airport. It was basic. It does not include washcloths so be sure to pack your own or bring a bath sponge. The package included a breakfast buffet. We made sure to eat enough to hold us through the day. It is not as close to the main action but the hotel offers a shuttle option to the city. The walk to the city center is about 15-20 mins. It’s ok to walk but when it’s snowing or ice, pack boots with a good grip. Be sure to check out my packing list for Iceland.
As I mentioned earlier, a tour to see the Northern Lights was included but we did not get a chance to see the Northern Lights due to the weather. We were never really told by Gate 1 that the tour was officially canceled, nor were we offered an alternative. We also booked a Blue Lagoon and Golden Circle tour. These tours included a shuttle from the hotel to the city center then we would get on another bus to the excursion. Both tours were nice.
Gate 1 Travel Review
The company used in this Groupon Getaway was Gate 1Travel. Once the Groupon Getaway was purchased we had to finalize detail with Gate 1. Booking additional excursions with Gate 1 was easy. The only downside to using Gate 1 was that they partnered with several local providers, so when there was an issue with our Northern Lights tour (which was canceled due to the weather) it was hard to know where to go. The notes of the deal stated that if the Northern Lights tour was canceled another would be offered, which never happened. Since Gate 1 provides deals for international travel, an international toll-free number, maybe a click to chat would be helpful and additional hours of operation.
Transportation from the Keflavík International Airport (KEF) was included in the package. The fine print, the bus left after a certain time the flight lands, we took it to mean we had time as long as
another flight landed. At the time there weren’t any other flights landing for hours. We spent time shopping in duty-free and freshening up and missed our bus. We ended up taking a taxi. The ride to the city is about 45 mins. Once you’re in the city, depending on where your hotel is or if you are going on a tour you may have to board another bus.
This deal was purchased in 2014. You can find much better priced Iceland Groupon deals for under $600.
Groupon Getaways Review
I would recommend a Groupon Getaway package if it will truly save you time to plan and money. However it is important to research the company and if you plan to buy travel insurance, make sure using a travel company to book your travel and excursions is covered.
Additional Things To Check Before Purchasing A Groupon Getaway
- Look at the companies involved in the Groupon and review the company and hotel before purchasing. You can check TripAdvisor for hotel reviews.
- Compare the weather and the best time to visit the Destination. Most of the time the Groupon Getaway deals are in off-peak season to get the best price. U.S. News and Travel is a great resource to view at a quick glance.
- Read the fine print about the cost based on occupancy and the airport.
- Check for Groupon getaway coupon codes. A simple google search can help you save.
- Pay attention to the dates on Groupon such as how soon you need to book the trip after purchasing the Groupon Getaway.
- Check the distance of the hotel from the main attractions.
What are some of the pros and cons you are considering before purchasing a Groupon for a visit to Iceland? Comment below!
Like this post? Pin the Love!