3 Unconventional and Affordable Winter Getaways

2. Travel to Munich via Iceland

icelandair airplane Image courtesy of Icelandair.

Go ahead. Call me crazy. I am not only suggesting going to Germany in winter, but also to a place that has “ice” right in its name. But I have a very good reason for this itinerary. First of all, Munich is a wonderful place to visit for the holidays. Munich is full of Christmas festivals and markets along with Alpine skiing. To top all that off, Munich itself is a fun city featuring plenty of history, beautiful architecture, and more traditional beer halls than you can visit (many, such as Hofbrauhaus, are hundreds of years old). So then, why Iceland?

Icelandair has a program called “Stopover,” where you can stay in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, for several nights with no extra cost to your airfare. During winter months, Icelandair even offers a “Stopover Buddy,” which is a local who can help you out while you are in Iceland. Suggested activities during the winter include snowmobiling, baths in natural hot springs, and, of course, the northern lights.

Icelandair flies out of many major U.S. cities during the winter, including Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis, New York, Orlando, Portland, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. Round trip flights with the stopover program to Munich can be snagged for well under $1000 depending on the city and day of week you are flying.

Sometimes in winter you just need some comfort food. Try suggestion #3.