TRAVEL: An Icelandic Saga
It has been a while since I have blogged something and it has been approximately 10 days since we have come back from our trip to Iceland. So I thought I might share with you our experience in Iceland as it could be helpful to others. Please feel free to comment or ask any questions. Also, if you would like to see more pictures of the trip or buy one, please contact me.
Day 1 — Wednesday August 11th, 2010 — Keflavik
After spending a few days in London with some friends we thought we had seen all the bad weather we could but that wasn’t much compared to what awaited us in Iceland.
We flew London Heathrow to Keflavik on Icelandair. For what it’s worth, I think this airline company is absolutely fabulous. We obviously flew coach but in relation to certain companies I have flown with it felt we were in first class. Let me explain. The flight was only 3 hours from London but we still had individual, built-in screens and could enjoy a nice selection of movies. Not only can you choose what movie to see, you decide when to start it, pause it or rewind it. Also, you can start watching your movie before take off and stop watching after landing. Fantastic!
But that’s not all…
I use my iPhone 3Gs quite a bit and my battery hardly ever lasts a full day without charging it. When we boarded my battery was already down to 37%. Well what a surprise when, right next to the screen in the seat in front of me, I spotted a USB plug. Yes, I was able to plug-in and recharge my iPhone during the flight. I could also have been my iPad. Nice to know you can watch movies/podcasts without worrying about your battery life.
Now back to Iceland. So we land in Keflavik airport at 23:00 and as we walk out, not only is it much colder than in London, it’s also raining! We take a taxi to a nice motel we found on the internet: Motel Alex. It’s only 1 or 2 kilometers from the airport. Very convenient.
The rooms or actually cabanas are quite small but are all equipped with a kitchenette and a bathroom. You can also decide to camp if you would like. The price for a room, 73€, is a bit high but apparently Iceland is a very expensive place to visit and this will be confirmed throughout the trip.