Airline travel is wonderful for getting you where you want to go quickly, but long-haul flights can challenge even the most eager explorers. If you’ve got a big journey coming up, why not break it up with a stopover in one of the most gorgeous places on Earth? With Icelandic low cost carrier WOW air, you can fly to 37 destinations in Europe, North America and Asia – all with a layover (or longer) in majestic Iceland.
With that in mind, here are eight flight hacks for achieving the ultimate in-flight comfort:
1. Find the perfect Spotify playlist
Nothing gets you in the mood for, well, pretty much anything, like a great playlist. Kick back and relax on your next WOW air flight with some tunes picked specially for the occasion.
2. Stretch your legs with WOW comfy or WOW premium
There’s nothing worse than being packed like sardines on a long flight. That’s why you’ll want to take advantage of Wow air’s large seats that provide extra space between you and your fellow passengers.
With WOW comfy, you’ll be able to reserve an XL seat that gives you plenty of room to really stretch out. XL seats have a 32-33 inch (81cm - 84cm) seat pitch (that’s fancy airline speak for the amount of space between your seat and the one in front of you).
With an XXL spot, you get a seat pitch of at least 35 inches (89cm). If you really want extra legroom – and who doesn’t? – WOW premium is the way to go. A premium ticket features WOW’s BigSeat, the airline’s biggest and most comfortable seat with a seat pitch of 37 to 45 inches (94-114cm).
3. Take your own in-flight entertainment
Icelandic low cost carrier WOW air has two things all travellers love: low prices and comfortable seats.
One of the ways the airline can keep its prices low is by leaving it up to passengers to come up with their own in-flight entertainment. If you can’t imagine a long-distance flight without the classic movie options, fear not. All you need to do is plan ahead a bit and download a few movies to your favourite device.
Prep for your layover with Iceland-themed movies like the Ben Stiller action-drama ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ and ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth’ (both the classic 1959 version and the 2008 remake).
Photo: Seydisfjordur church in Iceland was one of many Icelandic filming destinations in 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty'. Vichie81/Depositphotos
There’s also this little-known show called ‘Game of Thrones’ (perhaps you’ve heard of it?). Its ‘Beyond The Wall’ scenes were all shot in Iceland, so if you’re one of the few last holdouts who hasn’t gotten around to watching the global smash hit, why not start while you can catch a glimpse of its remarkable setting out your window?
There are plenty of acclaimed Iceland-linked films and TV shows to choose from, but of course Iceland isn't the only country that makes binge-worthy offerings. Why not try 'Goliath', from the creator of 'Big Little Lies' and 'Ally McBeal', or Golden Globe winning series 'The Affair'? Whatever you choose to watch, remember that a long-haul flight is practically the one time you can binge an entire series without any of the usual guilt.
4. Go old-school and load up on books
If you’re interested in books from Iceland, a good place to start would be Yrsa Sigurðardóttir’s series of crime novels featuring the Icelandic lawyer Thóra Gudmundsdóttir. In a similar vein, Arnaldur Indriðason’s series of crime fiction featuring Detective Erlendur has also received international acclaim.
Once you've torn your way through those Icelandic literary gems, check out these 73 recommendations for summer reading. Whether you fancy sinking your teeth into some true crime with Michelle McNamara's groundbreaking 'I'll be gone in the dark' or kick-starting your adventure with the travel tale 'Couchsurfing in Iran' by Stephan Orth, this list will have you covered.
5. Break up your trip with an Iceland stopover
Whether you’re there overnight or you’ve only got a few hours between flights, you’ll have more than enough time to fit in a few sights. Ideas include catching one of the hourly buses to and from the Blue Lagoon or getting in some shopping and drinks along Laugaveger Street, there are plenty of locations worth exploring.
Use your flight to read up on the options, and remember that when you’re flying with Icelandic low cost carrier WOW air, you always have the option of scheduling a stopover in order to better explore Iceland.
6. Find inner peace with these mindfulness apps
Whether you’re flying from Stockholm to San Francisco for a pitch meeting with the newest hot tech company or visiting Copenhagen from Pittsburgh for a green energy conference, you may want to use your in-flight time to relax your mind.
There are no shortage of effective mindfulness and relaxation apps out there, but the ones we like best include Calm, Headspace and Breethe. Open one of these, settle into your extra wide seat and feel the calmness overtake you.
7. Skip the queues by going premium
Photo: WOW air
One of the worst things about flying is the constant queuing. With WOW premium, you can significantly cut down on your waiting time by gaining access to a separate fast-tracked security lane at Keflavík Airport that allows quicker access to the departure hall. Plus, you’ll get priority boarding at all airports, giving you more time to get comfy on board.
8. Take control by customising your flight
Are you a window or an aisle person? With WOW comfy and WOW premium, you can pre-select your seat rather than leaving things up to chance (after all, no one wants to be stuck in a middle seat on a long haul).
Photo: WOW air
Plus, you don’t have to worry about unforeseeable circumstances wreaking havoc on your plans – or your wallet. Both comfy and premium tickets ensure that you will receive a refund if you need to cancel a reservation.
This article was produced by The Local Creative Studio and sponsored by WOW air.