IGLOO-GER: The Helsinki-Ulaanbaatar Trip Report

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If you’re on the IATA website wondering why you can’t locate the airport codes for IGLOO and GER it is because nobody flies to these frozen locales. If you live in an igloo or reside in a ger, you are living somewhere that is far too cold.

This is the overview for the Trip Report cleverly called Welcome to the Cold. As part of my $77,000 Trip Heard Round the World I had a flight from New York to Helsinki, Finland then onto Tel Aviv, Israel. Due to the conflict in Gaza and because I was moving to Mongolia, I had to cancel the remaining itinerary and find a safer way to Ulaanbatar. In the 11th hour, I found an innovative points routing that would take me to my new home by way of an unanticipated stop in Riga, Latvia.

The combination of the following two itineraries is how I ended up going for a nation of igloos to a nation of gers while checking off a few countries along the way:

What 1,000,000 Points Gets You

Riga, Latvia? 

  • New York, New York
  • Helsinki, Finland
  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • Riga, Latvia
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

As is the custom, here is the picture preview:

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The AA Lounge at JFK
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Helsinki, Finland
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Ship to Sweden
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Riga, Latvia
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Self-explanatory
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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

 

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