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Icelandair reveals football stopover experiences

Icelandair and Iceland’s national team together create a series of 90-minute football-inspired activities.

Transatlantic airline Icelandair has launched Team Iceland Stopover, a selection of 90-minute, football-inspired experiences curated by the national team, which are free for all passengers.

Following on from the country’s feat at the European Championships in 2016, Iceland has now made it onto the ultimate sporting stage this summer for the World Cup in Russia – the smallest nation ever to qualify.

Icelandair is celebrating this success by inviting passengers to follow in the footsteps of the players with specially designed experiences for individuals or family groups.

The 90-minute experiences – the same length as a typical match – are called Icelandair Team Iceland Stopover and provide an insight into the lives of the men’s and women’s players and Icelandic football history.

Available from May to the end of June, the activities are hosted by a special guest from the world of football or a ‘Stopover Buddy’, an Icelandair staff member who is passionate about Iceland and football.

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The experiences include the chance for fans to attend either a men’s or women’s national team match, meet the captain and learn how to cheer like the local fans.

Midfielder Birkir Bjarnason is inviting passengers to one of his favourite geothermal areas, at Laugarvatn Fontana, where they can “unwind like a pro, enjoying the geothermal baths, sauna and lake for a swim”, Icelandair says.

International female star Dagný Brynjarsdóttir has offered to put passengers through their paces in a training session “featuring stunning views of Iceland’s striking terrain”.

Younger travellers will get a chance to train at Iceland’s Breidablik Academy with a 90-minute session, while golfers can play on one of footballer Gylfi’s Sigurðsson’s favourite courses in Iceland.

“There are many uniquely Icelandic experiences and traditions that make us the team we are today and we welcome fans of football and beyond to come and find out more by taking a Team Iceland Stopover on their next transatlantic journey,” says Aron Gunnarsson (pictured), captain of the men’s national team.

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