After 70 years of connecting the U.S. with Scandinavia, SAS has launched a campaign to celebrate.
Traveler named the Scandinavian countryside as one of the best places to travel in 2017. Yes, the capitals in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland have redefined cool over the last few years, but it's also the incredible natural diversity that's pulling us to the countries. And while we're used to thinking about domestic road trips when it comes to family travel, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) is giving travelers a little incentive to bring the kids on the Norwegian road or on your bucket-list trip to snowy Lapland: The airline is offering free fares for any passengers between the age of 2 and 11 from all SAS US destinations to Scandinavia and Finland—with a tiny catch, anyway.
Traditionally, children under two years of age get a free pass on their parents' laps when it comes to flying, but once they hit the terrible twos, you're paying upwards of $1,000 for someone less than four feet tall to head across the Atlantic. But with this new fare special, parents only have to pay taxes and fees on their brood younger than 11. That cuts the price significantly, and works out to about $50 per child.
The biggest takeaway is that you have to book your children's super-discounted transatlantic seats before January 23. SAS, the flag carrier of Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, now flies from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, New York, Washington D.C., and Miami to destinations like Stockholm, Helsinki, Oslo, Trondheim, and Tromsø. The cheapest fares are around $820 for adults and leave from New York and Boston. In order to take advantage of the special fare, you have to book travel between February 7 and April 9. Prime winter Northern Lights viewing falls in February and March when the weather isn't quite so frigid, so bundle up and consider booking a trip in the Finnish bubble sled for an unforgettable family adventure—and maximum aurora borealis-spotting.