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Win return flights to Iceland, the US or Canada from Icelandair

Icelandair are giving away a pair of return flights to one of their destinations across the pond (or in the middle of it)

Published on September 6th 2010.

Win return flights to Iceland, the US or Canada from Icelandair

From the name, you might imagine that Icelandair only goes as far as Iceland before doing a quick U-turn and flying back to Europe. In fact, the US and Canadian markets form a big part of their business so after a quick pit-stop in Reykjavik, they'll fly passengers from Manchester on to New York, Boston, Seattle, Orlando, Minneapolis, Toronto and Halifax.

Icelandair are running a good-value offer at the moment on short breaks to Reykjavik where you get a free trip to the Blue Lagoon geothermal springs included in the price.

With this competition you can win return flights for two people to any one of these destinations, with your tickets valid for use within a year.

It's a fantastic prize which gives you a chance to visit some amazing places. Most people know what's on offer in New York and Orlando, Florida so we won't go over old ground here. The less obvious holiday destinations of Boston, Seattle, Minneapolis, Toronto and Halifax have just as much to offer.

Fly to Toronto to go up the CN Tower and stand on the knee-shaking glass floor 342m (112 stories) above the ground. This cosmopolitan Canadian city on the shore of Lake Ontario is the place to go if you want visit the awe-inspiring Niagara Falls and take a trip into the Canadian wilderness of Algonquin Park. Within the city itself, there's museums, galleries, lots of opportunities to shop and a fantastic island park a short boat trip from the centre.

Staying in Canada, flights to Halifax will take you to the edge of the Maritimes – the coastal provinces where McLobster is on the menu in McDonalds and whales can be spotted from the cliff tops. Hire a car to explore seaside villages or go inland to see the woods blaze orange and red in the Fall. Wild, wind-swept beaches and stormy seas make this ideal if you want an escape that will stay in your memory for years to come.

Fans of stunning coastal scenery of the type seen in the Twilight films, might prefer to fly to Seattle on the other side of the continent. This city became famous for Starbucks coffee and Kurt Cobain in the 1990s and 2000s. But its proximity to Forks (the real-life town that's used as a setting in the best-selling vampire books and films) has attracted a new generation of tourists who have fallen for the beautiful Pacific Northwest beaches and forests.

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Heading eastwards, Minneapolis is another good choice for a holiday that combines urban attractions with outdoor pursuits. The city has fantastic restaurants, peerless museums and a legendary music scene that counts Prince amongst its famous sons. On the other side of the Mississippi is the city of St Paul's – a relic of older times, full of traditional buildings and interesting architecture. If you want a rural escape, some of the US's best hiking and fishing is a short drive away, or you can hire a canoe or kayak and explore the nearby Chain of Lakes – an idyllic backdrop for walkers, bikers, boaters and skiers.

Back on the eastern coast, Boston is a cultural city that attracts over 18 million visitors a year. It's got some of the best art collections in the US and a performing arts calendar to match. It also has a fascinating history. The famous Boston Tea Party (when our American cousins threw a ship-load of tea into the harbour as a protest against the British government's tax laws) happened here. It was an act of rebellion that's seen as a key event in the lead up to the American revolution. Relations have improved greatly since then, and you'll find this to be a welcoming, friendly city to Brits.

Finally, how about just stopping in Iceland itself? Visitors to Reykjavik can enjoy a bracing mixture of cold air and hot mineral-rich water at the geothermal spa, or go on an organised Northern Lights hunt. The city itself has a reputation for being chic and individual – lots of cool restaurants, bars, clubs and shops to explore.

Icelandair are running a good-value offer at the moment on short breaks to Reykjavik where you get a free trip to the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa included in the price. Click here for details. They'll be offering a great price on Northern Lights short breaks as well – look out for details soon on Manchester Confidential.

To enter the competition to win two return flights to Iceland, the US or Canada from Icelandair, just click the button below below. Tickets are valid for one year and are subject to availability on certain peak time dates.

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Thank you for your interest, but this competition closed to further entries on January 1st 2010.

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