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Flights to San Francisco with a touch of Iceland

Feast your eyes on the City by the Bay and you might begin to understand why so many songs have been written about it. It's a glorious mix of tech-savvy creativity meeting easygoing charm in a show-stopping natural setting.

Icelandair offers regular cheap flights to San Francisco from Europe and the UK for song-writing inspiration in the form of Frisco-flavored feasts, festivals and fabulous inclusiveness.

Before you sample the urban delights of San Fran, how about checking out the uniquely wild delights of Iceland? When you book flights to San Fran with Icelandair, we invite you to add a stopover in Iceland for up to seven nights at no additional airfare.

San Francisco

Population: 865,000 (2017)Area: 124 km²Transportation: The BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) is a rail system serving the San Francisco Bay Area, including its airports. In the heart of town, Muni runs buses, heritage streetcars (trams) and cable cars. Bike hire is also popular, especially for exploring the coast and crossing the Golden Gate Bridge.Currency: US dollarTrendy Neighborhoods: The Mission – SoMA – Marina - Pacific Heights – Hayes Valley – Russian Hill

Golden City sights

Everyone's favourite sight is the Golden Gate Bridge - more orange than gold, but don't hold that against it. You can capture the perfect photo from Fort Point or Battery Godfrey, then walk or cycle over the bridge to check out more vantage points plus the boat-filled marina of Sausalito. Beware the afternoon fog rolling in!

More Insta-worthy sights await at Alamo Square, where the famous 'Painted Ladies' live. This row of pastel-coloured Victorian homes comes with an impressive city-skyline backdrop. At Fisherman's Wharf you can spot sea lions, tuck into seafood, and board a boat to Alcatraz, the infamous island prison. Then tick off more sights: zigzagging Lombard Street, cable cars, Coit Tower atop Telegraph Hill, SFMOMA (the exceptional museum of modern art). There's a lot to cram in!

Fine San Fran flavours

Much is made of SF's killer food scene - and rightfully so. There are more restaurants per capita here than anywhere else in North America, and outstanding farmers markets. Food trends are born here and there's a world of options, from fleets of food trucks to galaxies of Michelin stars, by way of some tasty Chinatown dim sum and the innovative fusion flavours California is renowned for.

The landmark, century-old Ferry Building is the hallowed shrine to local flavour. Outside is a farmers market held three times a week, inside is a mouth-watering array of producers, plus plenty of places to sit down and feast. More dining decisions come when picking a neighbourhood for mealtime wanders. They're all good, but you can't go wrong in the multicultural Mission, the Marina and Hayes Valley.

Big-name brands plus local style

The shopping spectrum in San Francisco is enticingly broad, from high-end fashion and vintage stores to galleries and gourmet goodies, plus all the music and bookstores a cool city deserves.

Union Square is the queen of shopping districts, offering a smorgasbord of glam department stores and upmarket brands. It's not hard to hunt down quirky mementos of San Fran, too, and souvenirs that encapsulate the city's brand of creativity. For those, head to one of the distinctive neighbourhoods - the Haight is home to free love and hippie relics, while Valencia Street in the Mission has a wealth of hipster haunts and some incredible murals nearby (don't miss Balmy Alley). The Castro is big on LGBTQ flavour, while boutique-lined 24th Street in pretty Noe Valley is fun for browsing and brunching.