I'm a real newbie in the world of international air travel. How do travellers arrange for realistics stopovers on route?
Finnair currently has a seemingly excellent rate from Singapore to Reykjavik for around $1,100 return. The flight includes an 8 hour layover in Helsinki though. After travelling Sydney to Singapore, then to Finland, I'd rather extend that 8 hour layover into a day of recovery and sightseeing in Helsinki instead of hanging around for an awkward 8 hours after 20+ already flying.
If I calculate the same route but add a day in Helsinki, the price jumps from 1,100 to 5,000. Even if I manually select other flights out of Helsinki the price increases significantly.
I'd also like to check out Norway on the return leg.
What's the best way to arrange stop overs?