LAST DAY IN USA AND WE ARRIVE IN ICELAND.
07.07.2017 - 07.07.2017
DAY 152 FRIDAY 7TH JULY 2017
VIRGINIA, USA TO KEFLAVIK, ICELAND
After a lot of creative packing last night we managed to get everything into our bags for the next leg of our journey.
Both Ian and Nanette drove us to the airport. Thank you again for having us stay with you , we had an amazing time.
Check in at the Icelandair desk went all smoothly, much to my relief, as this is still the most stressful part of travel for me. My bag weighed in at the heaviest at 22.8kg - but we were allowed 2 checked bags at 23kg each so all was fine. Baggage allowance to and from the USA is always very generous. Our flight out of Iceland is only 1 checked bag at 23kg, so lets hope I don't gain too much.
We are meeting up with our friend Robyn at the Keflavik airport in Iceland. Robyn is travelling from Australia and has been enroute since yesterday. Obviously Australia is a lot further away from Iceland than the East Coast of USA as we only have a 5-6 hour flight. Flight timings are good though as we all arrive within 30 minutes of each other - just before midnight - in Iceland. And by all accounts it will still be daylight.
Flight was ok, no food service on Icelandair, only softies and coffee/tea so I was happy we had a snack of Teresa's cutlets at the airport before we boarded the plane. Managed to watch a few movies, lucky we had brought our own earphones on with us otherwise would have had to pay 8 euros to buy a headset.
I watched the sun set from the plane as I caught my first glimpses of Iceland!
It was still very light when we exited the plane.
Collecting luggage and entry through immigration all went smoothly. Robyn was waiting for us as the meeting point which was a relief as she had a close connection in London. We waited about an hour for our shuttle bus to take us to the airport, all the while it was still light outside. Not as light as daytime, but like a late afternoon dimness.
I took a photo of the full moon outside our hotel window at about 2am and another photo at 2.15am when it seemed like it was starting to get lighter already. So strange, but cool at the same time. Speaking of cool, it was not too bad outside at the airport, about 10C, with no wind so bearable.
I had booked a quad room at Bed & Breakfast Keflavik Airport but when we checked in they advised there was a mistake and were we ok with 2 twin rooms. Hell yeah, at the same price. 200 euro = aud$300 for the 2 rooms, expensive as hell I know, but this is Iceland.
Although it was still early in US time we all decided to try and get to sleep as we needed to get up in local time in the morning, and poor Robyn who had been travelling for 30+ hours was well and truly shattered.