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Icelandair Flight Review – Our First Trip From London To Reykjavik

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
Icelandair Check-In

Icelandair check-in at Terminal 2, London Heathrow

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?

Departure gates

Quite a trek to the departure gate

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.

On Board
Icelandair Cabin

Icelandair Boeing 767 – Economy Class Cabin

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.

Icelandair Legroom

The leg room in the economy class cabin

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.

On route to Iceland

On our way to Iceland

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.

Icelandair menu

A sample of the Icelandair in-flight menu

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
Icelandair Arrival

On-time arrival at Keflavík Airport, Iceland

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.

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  • Kavey Favelle
    September 9, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Good to know that the cabin is a bit more spacious flying Icelandair over Easyjet. We went to Iceland a few years ago (and embarassingly, I can’t even remember what airline we used, possibly was Easyjet). We want to return so will make sure to check prices on Icelandair for that.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      September 10, 2017 at 8:00 am

      The prices were comparable to the budget airlines. If you can’t remember what airline you went with then at least it wasn’t a bad flight, we tend not to forget the bad ones.

  • Rhonda Albom
    September 9, 2017 at 10:31 am

    We’ve never been to Iceland before, so have never thought about using the Icelandair. The legroom sounds like a really nice feature. To date, our favourite airline is Emirates.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      September 10, 2017 at 8:02 am

      Icelandair does a good Iceland stopover service from the USA to Europe, they offer some good prices too.

  • Sarah
    September 9, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    We have not visited Iceland before although it is high on the list! Based on your review, seems like IcelandAir is a good choice. We will have to use Terminal 2 at Heathrow for a flight to Vietnam in October, so based on your comments about the walking distance to the gate, we will make sure to arrive early 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      September 10, 2017 at 8:04 am

      Maybe our plane was at the furthest gates. The gates of T2 seemed to be in the middle of the airport so you had to go along long corridors under the runway to get there.

  • Gokul
    September 10, 2017 at 5:00 am

    They could have put in headphones with the entertainment system. Iceland is my dream destination for the northern lights.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      September 10, 2017 at 8:08 am

      Most short haul planes don’t have entertainment systems so it is good to have one, just don’t forget your own headphones if you want to use it for free.

  • Marcelle
    September 10, 2017 at 5:13 am

    Icelandair has almost always great offers from Europe to the US, too. I want to do this next time and stay a few days over in Iceland.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      September 10, 2017 at 8:10 am

      A lot of passengers on our flight were flying onto the US. It does make a great stopover at a great price.

  • Katherine
    September 10, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    It’s great to know that the entertainment system is free, just need to remember the headphones. I’ve seen quite a few deals flying via Iceland to get to America and would make a lovely layover for a couple of days before your onward journey.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      September 10, 2017 at 6:44 pm

      Yes, I think they have been really promoting Iceland as a hub and stopover destination and have been offering good fares, especially to the US market. Don’t forget your headphones!

  • Meg J
    September 11, 2017 at 4:12 am

    We loved our flight with Icelandair – they were such a great airline, great service, and English speaking staff – we may have actually snuck off the plane with one of their blankets as they were the best blankets we’ve ever been given on an airline! Still use it to this day!! I didn’t realize that they don’t give you headphones, but we travel with our own anyway so perhaps that’s why we didn’t notice. I would definitely fly with them again.

  • Suruchi
    September 12, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Nice, short and crisp review. The flight from your pictures looks good with great service. Not giving headphones is something undigestable but will remember to carry it along once flying with Icelandair. Iceland is really high on our list too.

  • Ryazan
    September 12, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    Such a great review! I never flew with Iceland Air before from the UK. So this is a great option to try out especially if I’m USA-bound. 🙂

  • Janna
    September 13, 2017 at 7:52 am

    I wish we had Iceland Air here. I’m quite apprehensive with booking via Wow air but unfortunately thats all that we got for budget airlines. Iceland is on my bucket list and hopefully I can visit next year. Great review!