Image courtesy of WOW air.

Iceland has become a popular tourist destination, and no wonder. Its otherworldly landscape—a breathtaking combination of glaciers, volcanoes, geysers, hot springs and lava fields—becomes all the more magical considering that some Icelandic people believe invisible elves live among them. Starting this summer, Pittsburgh travelers can experience Iceland’s awesome beauty and fascinating culture on the cheap, thanks to WOW air.

Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) became the latest destination for WOW air, a transatlantic discount airline known for its low-cost fares to Europe. The company will offer nonstop, one-way flights from PIT to Iceland for as low as $99, including taxes.

The inaugural flight from Pittsburgh will take place on June 16, 2017. From there, WOW air will offer service to and from Iceland four days a week.

Starting at $149.99, Pittsburgh travelers can also grab a connecting flight from the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik to WOW air’s other European destinations, including London, Frankfurt, Berlin, Paris and Dublin.

In an official statement, WOW air CEO and founder Skúli Mogensen says, “Making exciting new destinations accessible for travelers across the world at unbeatable prices is an integral part of our ethos at WOW air. Pittsburgh is certainly a destination on the rise and one that will appeal to a wide range of European travelers looking to discover somewhere different, so we’re thrilled to add the destination to our route list.”

Skúli Mogensen, founder and CEO of WOW air. Image courtesy of WOW air.
Skúli Mogensen, founder and CEO of WOW air. Image courtesy of WOW air.

WOW air adds to a handful of economy airlines that have recently come to PIT. Last year, the low-fare air carrier Allegiant Air moved in to provide bargain trips to cities throughout the US and, as of last summer, Puerto Rico. The Denver-based company Frontier Airlines started its service in Pittsburgh last January.

In a statement, Allegheny County executive Rich Fitzgerald says the addition of WOW air demonstrates PIT’s efforts to keep pace with “the momentum and growth” of the Pittsburgh region, where there’s now more of a demand for international air service.

Tickets from PIT to Iceland are now on sale. But hurry—the really cheap ones are going fast. As is typical for discount airlines, everything from seat selection to luggage cost extra. NEXTpittsburgh booked a flight to Dublin for two in June, flying through Reykjavik, which added up to just over $550 per person. That was without travel insurance, only one large carry-on for one passenger, and seats costing $7.99 per person. But hey, still a great deal.

Amanda Waltz is a freelance journalist and film critic whose work has appeared locally in numerous publications. She writes for The Film Stage and is the founder and editor of Steel Cinema, a blog dedicated to covering Pittsburgh film culture. She currently lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and oversized house cat.