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Top 3 Airports in Switzerland

Switzerland stays neutral when it comes to politics as well as travel. It’s conveniently located in the middle of Europe, making its airports some of the most sought after for travelers. Whether it’s the international Zurich Airport or the small, but specialized Sion Airport, Switzerland has you covered.

Zurich Airport

Zurich Airport, Switzerland
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Home to Swiss Airlines, Zurich Airport is the largest airport in Switzerland and one of the top 10 airports in the world. It’s located 8 miles north of the city of Zurich, a center for international business. While Zurich Airport sees thousands of business travelers daily, it’s slowly pulling in tourists with its medieval old town and Lakeside Promenade. Currently, it has scheduled flights to about 195 destinations in 62 different countries around the world.

Geneva Airport

Geneva Airport, Switzerland
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For those seeking a Swiss vacation and outdoor adventure, Geneva Airport is a great place to fly in and out of. The mountains are near moments from landing and most major tourist attractions are within a two-hour drive from the airport. Located 2.5 miles from the city of Geneva, Geneva Airport is growing every year. It currently serves Europe’s metropolitan areas as well as North America and the Middle East. It served 15 million people in 2014 and aims to increase airport capacity to 25 million by 2030.

Sion Airport

Sion Airport, Switzerland
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Known as one of the best airports for skiers, Sion Airport is located in the Rhone Valley. It’s located in the Valais region, a popular British tourists destination during the winter months. In the past, the Sion Airport has been hard to get to, but thanks to innovators (like Jet Class!) it’s gotten a lot easier. Landing in Sion involves a steep descent into a valley surrounded by beautiful snow capped mountains. Traveling through Sion is one of the most convenient ways to get to popular Swiss ski resorts like Saas-Fee and Crans-Montana.

The Best Alternative Airports in England

The holidays are fast approaching and it’s time to finalize travel plans and book your plane tickets, if you haven’t already. While Heathrow and Gatwick are the most popular airports in England, there are many alternative airports that can get you were you need to be.

London City Airport

London City Airport
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The London City Airport is considered the gateway to the North and Northwest. The major perk of landing or taking off from this airport is its close proximity to the busting capital. London City Airport is 10 miles from the city center and is closer than any other airport in the country. It’s a great airport for business travelers and serves many major American travel hubs if you seek an international destination.

Manchester Airport

Manchester Airport
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This city is known for its soccer clubs and being the capital of the North. It also holds a major international airport eight miles south of the city. Manchester Airport is the third busiest airport in England with more than 19 million passengers each year. It might not be a major inbound destination, but it can get you where you need to be. With such a lively metropolitan city center, flying into this airport can also be quite a treat!

Bristol Airport

Bristol Airport
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This relatively small, but busy airport just experienced a record summer! Passenger numbers reached eight million in a 12-month period. Bristol Airport is currently the ninth busiest airport in the UK and the fifth largest outside of London. This is a great airport if you’re seeking to explore areas in West England or South Wales. There are no direct flights to the United States, but there are many connecting flights to major U.S. cities.

 

Iceland’s Summer Travel Guide

It’s not a tropical island, but visiting Iceland in the summer has its perks. From extended daylight hours and mild temperatures to ice caves and hot springs. Plus, it’s only a short nonstop flight from the east coast and Europeans can reach the island by ferry!

Reykjavik

Reykjavík, Iceland
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You will most likely fly into Reykjavik or visit at some point during your journey through Iceland. It’s the country’s capital and the largest, most popular city. While chain hotels are common, opt for staying in a smaller boutique hotel like the Alda Hotel. Stay in one of their rooms with a private balcony and views of the sea and city.

Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon
Photo Courtesy of Guide to Iceland

Often considered the Disneyland of Iceland, the Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa created in 1976 by the overflow of water from the power plant next door. The steaming waters and silica mud are said to have healing properties that lure hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Communal bathing is an important Icelandic custom and while the Blue Lagoon is the most popular public pool, there are many others all over the country.

Lake Myvatn

Lake Myvatn
Photo Courtesy of Iceland Magazine

Located in northern Iceland, Lake Myvatn is a site to see. From desolate craters to bubbling mud pools and geothermal caves this area is full of adventure. You must travel through the highlands to get to Lake Myvatn, which is only accessible in the summer for a few short weeks. This is a great area for hiking and you won’t want to miss a dip in the Myvatn natural baths!

West Fjords

Hornstrandir Nature Reserve
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Visit the West Fjords if only for the scenery. The stunning green landscape and dramatic cliff sides make this area the ideal spot for camping and hiking. Since it becomes quite popular in the summer, opt for a more remote experience and head to Hornstrandir Natural Reserve, at the edge of the Arctic Circle.

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