We loved our February trip to Iceland so much that we decided to return in the summer. We’ll use the term ‘summer‘ quite loosely as today’s August temperature in Akureyri, Iceland is 8°C.
For this trip, we found the best price and times to be with Icelandair flying from London’s Heathrow Airport to Keflavík International Airport which is about 45 minutes from Reykjavik.
Check-In, Heathrow Airport, Terminal 2
Although we’ve flown from Heathrow many times it was our first experience of Terminal 2. Check-in was quick and painless, we only had to wait a couple of minutes. Quite a few passengers were flying to the USA and taking advantage of some cheap Icelandair fares via Reykjavik.
Next was the dreaded security, despite being busy it was well organised and not too much of a hassle, just the usual swab for explosives!
Although the airport fluid ban has been in place for over 10 years why do so many people still insist on taking through strange bottles and concoctions?
The only issue we had with Terminal 2 was that our gate seemed to be a very long way from the lounge. For a moment, we did think we were actually walking to Gatwick Airport to catch the plane.
Boarding was well organised and not like the chaos of our last British Airways flight. The plane was a Boeing 767 which had a two, three, two seat configuration in economy. This larger cabin did not make the economy class feel as claustrophobic as the smaller Boeing 737’s and Airbus A320’s.
The legroom wasn’t too bad for a short-haul flight and fine for someone up to 6ft. We noticed that the design of new airline seats seem to give you slightly more leg room but the top part of the seats in front of you do feel closer.
The seat back entertainment system actually worked and you didn’t have to thump the screen (come on Virgin, time for an entertainment system upgrade).
Although the system is free, Icelandair does not supply headphones, you will have to buy these if you don’t have your own. So don’t forget to pack your headphones.
And yes, most of the programs are in English.
There is an adequate choice of food on board although it is not the cheapest so best avoided on short-haul however, soft drinks, tea and coffee are complimentary.
Arrival At Keflavík
The length of the flight was long enough to watch one film and soon we were landing at Keflavik Airport. It was a comfortable, uneventful flight which is exactly what you want.
Comparing it to our last trip with Easyjet, it was similar in price but the larger cabin and the entertainment system of the Icelandair Boeing 767 did make it slightly more comfortable.
We would definitely try Icelandair again and possibly consider an Iceland stop over on the way to the USA.