Nick Moore / Alamy
July 01, 2015

Icelandair has decided to make its stopover program more enticing by appealing to that most Nordic of pursuits, of living in a lighthouse on a rugged stretch of coastline. Book a stopover through the carrier, and they’ll set you up with a night at the refurbished Dyrhólaey lighthouse in Vik, the southernmost village in Iceland.

A stopover is like a layover but longer, usually lasting over 24 hours, often with an accompanying fee. You might opt for one if you wanted to turn a layover in Reykjavik on the way to Stockholm into a short stay. It’s Icelandair’s hope that a night in the lighthouse-turned-“private luxury hotel,” outfitted with “modern Icelandic conveniences,” is enough to get people to take advantage of its ongoing offer, started last year, of a free stopover in Iceland of up to seven days while en route to some other destination across the Atlantic. (But what, one wonders, is a specifically Icelandic convenience? Black-out curtains? Scratchy woolen blankets? Internet freedom?)

The package also includes a night at the Hotel Reykjavik Marina, and the option of adding a number of of guided activities to the itinerary, including “a helicopter tour, a chance to explore Gljufrabui, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, a hike up Solheimajokull glacier, horseback riding along the beautiful black sand beach at Reynisfjara, or a relaxing trip to Fontana Spa.” The promotion will be available for groups up to five from September through October.

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