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Topic: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: Palmjet
Posted 2010-10-09 13:01:21 and read 20569 times.

Hello A.net trip reporters and readers.

Some great trip reports have recently been posted and whilst this one is not that unusual, it was special for me, as it was my first time to Iceland, and first time flying Icelandair.

A few reports have appeared recently from fellow A.netters who have made the journey to Iceland and Plymspotter posted a great report on his experience with Icelandair a couple of years back. The trip was well worth it and I had a great time there. I would highly recommend it.

Iceland has always been of interest to me - growing up in Australia, it seemed like another planet, being so far away and so different from my home. Someone told me many years ago that Iceland had no naturally growing trees, and whilst I thought this seemed a little far fetched, I guess I’d have to go there myself and see. Icelandair offer fairly good packages, including hotels and flights and transfers all though www.icelandair.co.uk and over the past couple of years, have heavily promoted short trips to Iceland, particularly on the London Underground. Given the recent crash of Iceland’s economy and currency, I figured now would be as good as any time to visit.

At the time I booked tickets, *that* volcano was yet to erupt and cause chaos in Europe and thankfully, by the time we were due to travel, the volcano had stopped spewing ash into the atmosphere.

2 June 2010
London - Reykjavik
Icelandair FI451
B757-200
TF-FIP named “Snaefell”

Icelandair use T1 at LHR, and when we arrived, there was no queue at all. The Icelandair website allows for OLCI which I had done the night before, securing seats just behind the wing. I was keen to have a good view of those sexy 757 winglets which have been installed on virtually all FI aircraft.

A friendly ground agent checked bags and wished us a good flight. Without further ado, we proceeded through security to the airside part of the terminal, which thankfully, was not overly packed. Having some time to kill, we used one of the lounges in T1 which is pretty average, but provides a semi-oasis from the crowds and noise downstairs.

A slow stroll to the gate revealed our aircraft for FI451. This was the best pic I could manage, as the aircraft was parked in an unfriendly position from a photographer’s perspective.



Icelandair, not surprisingly is the flag carrier of Iceland, based at Keflavik International Airport and traces its origins back to 1937, when Flugfélag Akureyrar, was founded at Akureyri on the north coast of Iceland. In 1943 the company moved its headquarters to the capital, Reykjavík, and changed its name to Flugfélag Íslands, which later assumed the international trade name Icelandair.

Today, the airline uses a fleet of mostly B757-200s providing service to most large European capitals, as well as connecting a number of key cities in the US and Canada.



Wondering what the loads would be like on today’s mid week, lunchtime departure, it soon became clear that it was going to be a busy flight ! By the time the first gate call was made, the holding area was pretty packed. Strangely, the young lady making the boarding call invited us to board our flight to Iceland, rather than Reykjavik or even Keflavik. First time this has happened to me….. Kinda like going to JFK and being asked to board your flight to the USA !

Onboard, the view from 28F and bingo - a great view of the winglet, complete with FI’s classy logo.



The cabin interior was in immaculate condition and seats were fairly comfy. Not sure how comfy they would be after a transatlantic flight but perfectly fine for the short hop up to KEF.

Our flight attendants today were a collection of mid aged ladies, all blonde and all very nicely dressed. A couple of ground announcements were made, welcoming us all on board. All seats in Y are equipped with personal IFE, which I was able to play around with throughout the flight. Of course, for much of the 2 hrs 30 mins, it was set to the map!

As expected, the flight was just about full, although very lucky for me (again) I had the middle seat empty.

Doors closed about 5 mins late, we were on our way and pushing back - heading for today’s departure runway, which was 09R.

US Airways 332 - love these colours and looks great on the A332



Emirates A380 at T3 attached to the terminal via lots of “bits” including the upper deck jetbridge



Virgin Atlantic A346 at T3



Route for today’s flight FI451



Passing the rows of BA heavies at T5 - no guesses who’s boss here!



I have always been a fan of the B757, although it was not until 1997 that I first flew on one - US Air from JAX to CLT on N610AU, the sole aircraft in the fleet that carried the titles “Ideas that Fly”. I never really knew at the time what this meant….!

A short hold at the end of 09R before leaving terra firma. A great day for flying in London.

Good bye LHR, T4



Climbing out of London - passing Wembley Stadium



Our path today would track to the north west of London, heading up toward Manchester, then Blackpool and out over the Irish Sea, passing over the Isle of Man, before heading further north west over the Outer Hebrides and then pretty much in a straight line to KEF.

Passing over central England



Heading toward Blackpool



In-flight service consisted of BOB although they were not charging for non alcoholic drinks. I did not have anything as I was already full having eaten before boarding, and had a bottle of water. In fact, if I was not hallucinating, each seat had a small bottle of Icelandic natural water when we boarded.

Seatback contents incl emergency safety card



Seatback view



Cruising high above the North Atlantic



The flight passed uneventfully and it felt like only a short time had passed before the map showed us getting closer to KEF.



Iceland also came into view on our right hand side - and I was poised with the camera to capture some of the scenes.



Some first glimpses of Iceland on descent into KEF and not a tree in sight ! It also looked like we may have passed that volcano as well, so on behalf of all the travellers and airlines disrupted by it in April, I blew a raspberry in the general direction of Eyjafjallajokull.



Great weather down there today although a little bouncy by this stage as the captain had advised there were strong winds



Chasing our shadow as we get closer. Cabin was now secured for landing.



Not much down there but quite stunning landscapes!



Touchdown - welcome to Iceland after a smooth arrival on RW 02. A lovely day here too.



Compact terminal in the distance




End of the journey. Icelandair’s 757s are now named after Icelandic volcanoes (how apt!) and here, “Snaefell” rests at the gate after completing FI451 from LHR. Sorry for the poor quality photo - the reflection was terrible! Soon after we arrived, the airport seemed to burst into activity, with one FI aircraft arriving after another. It was clear that the hub and spoke operations at KEF were in full force!



The main airport here is at Keflavik, which is a good 45min + drive to Reykjavik. Whilst the airport is small, it is modern and well organised and in next to no time, we were out waiting for our transfer bus to take us into Reykjavik and our hotel.

Some interesting artwork outside the terminal at KEF



SUMMARY

Icelandair, in summary, provided a good service. The flight was on time, crew were friendly and the aircraft was immaculate inside. Onboard service was sparse, but to be frank, I was not expecting that much. KEF is a nice hub, and I would not hesitate to fly FI again for something a bit different. Iceland has had some pretty rocky times of late, and I don’t believe Icelandair has been immune from this. They seem to continue however to be delivering a good product. It will be interesting to see what happens to FI’s flights to JFK once Delta start their flights to KEF.

Some action on the ramp at KEF (these were taken on the return journey back to LHR)

A relatively new addition (at the time) to Air Greenland’s fleet - Dash 8 arriving from Nuuk.



At its stand and about to shutdown the other prop



The “other” airline in Iceland - an Iceland Express 737-700 arriving. These guys were advertising their new route to New York in and around KEF.



Arriving at the gate



Flugfelag Islands Dash 8 - I wasn’t sure what this was doing at KEF, because these guys are ordinarily based at the domestic airport in Reykjavik. Could have been an international charter flight to neighbouring Greenland?



Reykjavik itself, was very interesting. It has the honour of being the most northern capital of a sovereign state and was believed to be founded around 870AD.

Like the others who have reported on recent trips here, there is quite a bit to keep you interested, even though it is only a mid sized town by UK standards. We were also very lucky with the weather on our visit. I highly recommend it.

A few pics taken in and around Reykjavik

Statue of Ingolfur Arnarson, Iceland’s founding “father” in front of the famous Hallgrimskirkja



Another view of the Hallgrimskirkja, taken at 630pm when the sun was still high in the sky!



From the top of Hallgrimskirkja



Buildings in and around Reykjavik



Some outdoor “bears”



A nice looking restaurant



Some lovely looking buildings



Very Viking-esque



Lots of outdoor artwork - loved this one down by the water



And some scenes from outside Reykjavik taken during our day trip to Gullfoss waterfall



A bit further on down the road…



Gullfoss Waterfall



Thanks for reading and of course, any comments are welcome.

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: ELAL772
Posted 2010-10-09 13:16:43 and read 20529 times.

great report and great pics!
I am dreaming of going to Iceland and flying Icelandair.

It will surely be interesting to see how DL does on their route to KEF, I didn't know they were planning this.

Thanks for Sharing   
Regards from TLV

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: Palmjet
Posted 2010-10-09 14:50:06 and read 20186 times.

ELAL772 - thanks for your comments. Hope you make it to Iceland soon. Yes, DL announced recently that they would be starting service to KEF, with the flight originating in MSP (surprise surprise, when you see FI's routemap)!

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: eaa3
Posted 2010-10-09 16:09:34 and read 20024 times.

Great report. Glad you enjoyed visiting Iceland. Did you get out of the city much. Although Reykjavik is nice the most interesting parts of Iceland are in the countryside, such as the glaciers, hotsprings, rivers, volcanoes and other interesting natural formations.

Quoting Palmjet (Thread starter):
Buildings in and around Reykjavik

That building is a junior collage. I studied there when I was younger. That building is from 1846 but the school was founded in 1056.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Menntask%C3%B3linn_%C3%AD_Reykjav%C3%ADk

[Edited 2010-10-09 16:09:55]

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: batonops
Posted 2010-10-09 18:18:30 and read 19828 times.

Great TR...thanks for posting. Love the pictures of Iceland. I was stationed there in the early 90's when the USAF operated out of KEF.

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: Palmjet
Posted 2010-10-10 00:54:32 and read 19456 times.

eaa3 - yes, we did manage to do a couple of short trips out of Reykjavik (although we were only in Iceland for 3 full days). The parts outside of Reykjavik were stunning - I really want to go back and see more, particularly do a short internal flight up to the north of the country.

batonops - thank you for your comments, glad you enjoyed! From the pics, can you tell whether it has changed much since you were there?

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: 767747
Posted 2010-10-10 08:06:00 and read 19005 times.

Fantastic photos! Looks like you had a nice trip to Iceland! Your pictures reminded me of my trip there in 1996; even though it was about 14 years ago, I still remember quite a bit!

Icelandair looked to be very nice to fly with; I do remember the service to be very good on board. And yes, their livery is great!  

Thanks for sharing!

Matthew (767747)

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: Palmjet
Posted 2010-10-10 09:28:15 and read 18886 times.

767747 - thanks for your comments. I do like FI's livery - it's classy and has stood the test of time quite well. I remember when they first started repainting into the now current livery, back in 1999. I think the service onboard has probably changed much, but it was still a nice experience all round. Cheers p/j

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: Contact Air
Posted 2010-10-10 12:44:59 and read 18668 times.

Hi Palmjet,

Great report and fantastic pictures of your flight and of Iceland. I also visited Iceland this summer (on Air Berlin, though) and I found it a really fascinating place.

Quoting Palmjet (Thread starter):
Soon after we arrived, the airport seemed to burst into activity, with one FI aircraft arriving after another. It was clear that the hub and spoke operations at KEF were in full force!

Yes, KEF is a really special airport in this regard. While it is relatively quiet most times of the day it gets busy in the early morning (when the Icelandair-fleet arrives from the USA and goes on to Europe) and in the late afternoon when it is the other way round.

Regards
Christoph

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2010-10-10 14:49:37 and read 18488 times.

Beautiful pictures of arriving into KEF. I flew FI to KEF back in Feb 2000 (my first flight of the millenium!). Unfortunatley we were on the late night flight from LHR (and I had an aisle seat), so nothing to see on arrival. We did a day trip out to the Westerman Islands from REY, which was amazing, lots to see (including the star of Free Willy!)

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: hausauflennon
Posted 2010-10-10 15:19:25 and read 18442 times.

Excellent report, I am planning on doing a trip there in summer 2011. So far, I've been a bit baffled by what to do there (much like yourself, i'm from the Caribbean and Iceland is like another planet to me).

What did you do in the three days that you were there? I would appreciate any pointers...you can PM if anything.

Other than my wanderlust being ignited, I absolutely enjoyed your report. Keep it up.

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: A340600
Posted 2010-10-10 16:27:44 and read 18366 times.

Good report. I visited Iceland a few years back and found it truly fascinating! When did FI switch to BOB? I seem to remember them serving full meals on their LHR flights?

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: batonops
Posted 2010-10-10 17:06:15 and read 18331 times.

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 5):
batonops - thank you for your comments, glad you enjoyed! From the pics, can you tell whether it has changed much since you were there?

The airport seems to have changes a lot. I believe there is a new passenger terminal now. The one they had when I was stationed there had maybe 6 jetways. Back then Icelandair was flying 737's and 757's.

Again...thanks for the pictures and bringing back some memories. I might have to take a trip up there myself soon now that Icelandair is starting service to IAD.

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: eaa3
Posted 2010-10-10 17:13:40 and read 18328 times.

Quoting hausauflennon (Reply 10):
Excellent report, I am planning on doing a trip there in summer 2011. So far, I've been a bit baffled by what to do there (much like yourself, i'm from the Caribbean and Iceland is like another planet to me).

I would rent a car or travel by bus, just as long as you get out of the city. Driving around Iceland you can't go wrong as there are endless interesting places to see.

http://www.adventures.is/

http://www.re.is/

I would recommend a trip to Thorsmork, although at the base of Eyjafjallajökull and Katla but that is not a problem:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%9E%C3%B3rsm%C3%B6rk

As an interesting place to visit.

If you like hiking then there are lots of great hikes in Iceland. Here are 2 companies that operate guided hikes:

http://www.utivist.is/english/

http://www.fi.is/en/home/

And a nice blog about a very famous hiking route:

http://www.alastairhumphreys.com/2010/09/iceland-expedition-feet/

You can also just search Iceland trip on vimeo or youtube and find lots of ideas.

There are lots of things to explore in Iceland and you will certainly not be bored.

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: Sultanils
Posted 2010-10-11 01:04:14 and read 18045 times.

Hello PJ

A good report with great crisp clear pictures! Well done!

Nils

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: 777ORD
Posted 2010-10-11 02:01:55 and read 18003 times.

stunning TR! Thanks for adding the pictures from within the country its self! Gorgeous! It's always been a place for me to visit and just showed me a few other places to look at as well!

thanks!

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: Palmjet
Posted 2010-10-11 04:17:35 and read 17909 times.

Hi all - thanks for your thoughts and comments. I think Iceland needs all the visitors it can get right now and we found people to be very friendly so now's as good as time as any!

Regarding -

Quote:
When did FI switch to BOB? I seem to remember them serving full meals on their LHR flights?

Not sure when, but there was certainly no full meal being served on either the outbound or inbound flights ex LHR when we travelled in June this year.

Quote:
What did you do in the three days that you were there?

I could have spent many more days there. There is a well functioning tourism industry there with plenty of options. You can spend a whole day or two wandering around Reykjavik which is compact. There are numerous day trips you can do as well out of Reykjavik. Finally you can do day or overnight trips to Greenland as well which I heard were interesting. eaa3 has also set ou some excellent options. Have fun!

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: gardermoen
Posted 2010-10-11 04:55:57 and read 17880 times.

Hi

Great report and photos! Very jealous. Reminds me of my own trip to Iceland some 9 years ago now.
Back then in summer , FI used to do seasonal late night LHR-KEF flights which depart at around 11pm and get into Keflavik around 1am.

Strangely, the young lady making the boarding call invited us to board our flight to Iceland,
Ha...on one hand kind of quirky and on the other I find terribly unprofessional.

Flugfelag Islands Dash 8 - I wasn’t sure what this was doing at KEF, because these guys are ordinarily based at the domestic airport in Reykjavik. Could have been an international charter flight to neighbouring Greenland?
I'm certain all their flights to Greenland operate from REK. Well that was how it used to be when I was there.

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: batonops
Posted 2010-10-11 05:33:31 and read 17832 times.

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 16):
I could have spent many more days there. There is a well functioning tourism industry there with plenty of options. You can spend a whole day or two wandering around Reykjavik which is compact. There are numerous day trips you can do as well out of Reykjavik. Finally you can do day or overnight trips to Greenland as well which I heard were interesting. eaa3 has also set ou some excellent options. Have fun!

The Blue Lagoon near Keflavik is a must see and experience.

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: hausauflennon
Posted 2010-10-11 06:31:55 and read 17783 times.

To eaa3 : Thank you SO much for that information, truly helpful. Will browse these links and start planning for my trip to points North! Thanks a million!

To Palmjet: Again, excellent report and thanks for your input too!

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: Thule
Posted 2010-10-11 20:43:22 and read 17443 times.

Quoting Palmjet (Thread starter):
A relatively new addition (at the time) to Air Greenland’s fleet - Dash 8 arriving from Nuuk.

Thanks for getting a photo of this very rare bird! Next time you should hop on.  

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: infodesk
Posted 2010-10-12 01:05:21 and read 17333 times.

Hi Palmjet,

I'm always very interested to read reports about Iceland as you don't find too many of them here on airliners. Defintely a country I'd like to visit too. Those 757 look very smart in the FI livery.

Thanks for posting the non-aviation pics - you really were lucky with the weather and great that you managed to fit so much into your short stay.

Quoting Palmjet (Thread starter):
Strangely, the young lady making the boarding call invited us to board our flight to Iceland


There's probably more people than you think who couldn't name the capital of Iceland. I'm guessing that's why she did it.

Happy flying
Infodesk

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: RTWflyer
Posted 2010-10-12 01:49:39 and read 17312 times.

Hi Palmjet,
as all others, I love your report and pics of Iceland. It is really a mgical place to visit any time of the year.
I've been there 3 times in the past 3 years and am still finding new things every time...
Can't wait to go back soon..

Quoting Palmjet (Thread starter):
Flugfelag Islands Dash 8 - I wasn’t sure what this was doing at KEF, because these guys are ordinarily based at the domestic airport in Reykjavik. Could have been an international charter flight to neighbouring Greenland?

I think they do offer flights to Greenland in summer from KEF so that international connections are possible (more easily).
In the winter they do only operate from REK airport (downtown) for "local" traffic (Greenlanders visiting Iceland for shopping etc.).
They BOB has been in effect for at least the past 2-3 years.I guess it was a complete overhaul of their product, as they upgraded the seats and the AVOD at that time also.
BTW I found the seats to be comfortable enough on my 7 hrs. flight from the US.The legroom is good and on the US flights they offer complimentary pillows and blankets.
Cheers   

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: FlyingFinn76
Posted 2010-10-12 11:05:19 and read 17141 times.

Hi PJ,

A very good report about your trip to Iceland! Looks like you got very lucky with the weather, both in the UK and Iceland. Makes for some truly fabulous photos!

Icelandair has a soft spot in my heart despite me never flying with them - I was supposed to go to Iceland, flying FI of course, back in 2004 (or was it 2005? My memory isn't what it used to be) but a huge January snowstorm wrecked those plans. Despite having separate el cheapo tickets FI refunded me the whole unused ticket without questions, even though they had no (legal) obligation to do so. This earned massive goodwill from me.

I think I'll try to finally get around visiting Iceland next year, hopefully being able to combine both Icelandair and Iceland Express on one trip!

Quoting Palmjet (Thread starter):
Iceland also came into view on our right hand side - and I was poised with the camera to capture some of the scenes.

Great pictures - despite there having been quite a few reports about Iceland here over the last couple of years I think these are the best approach pictures hands down. Mostly down to the weather I guess, but of course your skills with the camera do no harm either  .

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: Palmjet
Posted 2010-10-12 13:17:24 and read 17040 times.

Hi all - thanks again for reading my report and for posting a comment.

Infodesk

Quote:
There's probably more people than you think who couldn't name the capital of Iceland. I'm guessing that's why she did it.

I think you're completely right !!!

Yes, the weather was great and I was very lucky. We were told that it was the hottest it had been all year on the last day we were there - it that was at 19 degrees C !

Thule - don't tempt me - I'd have loved to fly on the Air Greenland Dash 8. Maybe next time.

FlyingFinn76 - glad you enjoyed the approach pics, and that you had a good experience with FI, despite not flying with them. Hope you make it to Iceland next year. I'd be interested to read about your experience on Iceland Express - I don't recall there being any Trip Reports on this carrier yet? In addition to their new JFK flights, I also believe they were operating (perhaps only seasonally) 737s to Canada too!

RTWflyer - thank you for the explanations - It certainly makes sense re seeing the Flugfelag Dash 8. By co-incidence, I saw the very same aircraft the day before arriving at the domestic airport in Reykjavik!

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: LY777
Posted 2010-10-12 13:57:32 and read 17023 times.

Very nice and rare TR!
I also dream to do to Iceland!!!
Icelandair looks great...

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: eaa3
Posted 2010-10-12 14:53:42 and read 17018 times.


An interesting fact about that picture. The black crack that is visable on that picture is the North-Atlantic ridge. It makes landfall a couple miles south of the airport and you can see these cracks all over on the approach into KEF.

On this picture (from Google Earth) you can see the ridge in the ground more clearly. Just look directly south of the airport. You'll notice that all the lines lead in the same direction and indeed the mountains as well. On Google Earth you can actually trace the fault much further north in that all the mountain chains are in the direction of the fault all the way up to Langjökull glacier.
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1700355/reykjanes.jpg
Click on picture for a larger view.

Here is a better explanation of the area. As you can see there are cracks in the ground all over the area between Keflavik and Reykjavik as well as 4 volcanic systems. They are called: Reykjaneskerfið, Trölladyngja, Brennisteinsfjallakerfi and Hengilskerfið. The volcanic systems are marked with the circles with a central volcano in the middle. Although these volcanic systems haven´t erupted in 1000 years they do produce quite a bit of geothermal heat in the ground and power the Blue lagoon as well as many hot springs in the area. So just the area around the airport is very interesting and unique.
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1700355/eldstodvakerfin_fjogur.jpg

This picture is taken by a geothermal plant on the Hengilskerfið volcanic system that is on the map above. These mountains are in direct continuation of the crack on the first picture.


As you drive to Reykjavík from Keflavik you will see a couple different lava fields. Those lava fields originate from the volcanic systems on the map above. All lava fields are from eruptions that happened less than 10,000 years ago. This is because during the Ice Age (10,000+ years ago) soil was deposited everywhere and therefore any lava field would be buried.

All this makes this area very interesting. I would actually recomend that insted of taking the direct road (41) to Reykjavik from the airport that people arriving in Iceland drive a more interesting route where you can see some of this stuff. On the route below you will see hot springs in two different places as well as the Blue Lagoon and more scenic stuff.
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1700355/reykja.jpg

NOTE: Like I said these volcanos make for some interesting scenery and provide lots of hot springs but they have not erupted in 1000 years and are not at all likely to erupt any time soon.

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: Palmjet
Posted 2010-10-13 14:01:31 and read 16702 times.

eaa3, thank you for these further explanations. We did actually visit the geothermal plant that you mention. It seems that much of Iceland's energy is geothermal based, making it one of the cleanest energy producing countries around....

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2010-10-18 10:47:08 and read 16110 times.

Hi Palmjet,

great report with many stunning pictures. I also want to visit Iceland one day, the scenery alone seems to be worth it.


PH

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: Palmjet
Posted 2010-10-18 13:51:14 and read 16036 times.

PH - thanks, the landscapes there are really amazing for photography. While we were lucky to have sunny weather, I imagine that in any weather, you would be able to get some great shots. There were a couple of photographic studios in central Reykjavik with lots of work by local photographers, and some of the images were absolutely stunning! Hope you manage a trip there one day.

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: lhr380
Posted 2010-10-19 07:54:59 and read 15834 times.

Great Trip Report, the pictures are stunning.

Quoting Palmjet (Thread starter):
Passing the rows of BA heavies at T5 - no guesses who’s boss here!

Darn tootin  
Quoting Palmjet (Thread starter):
Some first glimpses of Iceland on descent into KEF and not a tree in sight ! It also looked like we may have passed that volcano as well, so on behalf of all the travellers and airlines disrupted by it in April, I blew a raspberry in the general direction of Eyjafjallajokull.

Thank you lol

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: ardian
Posted 2010-10-19 13:31:56 and read 15726 times.

Nice tripreport and beautiful pictures! Today I came back from having visited Reykjavik for a week (music festival Iceland Airwaves, in which Icelandair is the main sponsor of). It was my first time in Iceland and I definitely had the time of my life. Infact, it was even more than I could ever hoped for, as it is such a wonderful country with a stunning nature, very friendly people and an amazing cultural heritage.

My flight with Icelandair was great as well on both sectors. The FA's were extremely friendly, caring and professional (and indeed they were all dressed up very nice). Comfortable seats with a sufficient pitch and I absolutely loved their IFE! Interestic documentaries about Iceland and a great music selection of many alternative Icelandic bands (it's was a surrealistic experience for me as I was able to see all of my favorite artists just walking down the streets/inside bars/shops of Reykjavik   )

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: Palmjet
Posted 2010-10-20 02:13:52 and read 15557 times.

Ardian - glad you had a great time there. I also remember reading a lot about Iceland's music scene, and for such a small country, they have an incredibly rich musical tradition. I was also, like you, impressed to see they had a great selection of music from Iceland on their IFE. I found Reykjavik to be a very chilled out place, but spotlessly clean and friendly locals.

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: MSS658
Posted 2010-10-20 12:37:03 and read 15443 times.

Nice trip report. I have flewn on TF-FIT in 2006 between AMS and KEF. I'm surprised how much things have changed since then!

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: globalflyer
Posted 2010-10-23 14:15:54 and read 15121 times.

Awesome report! Makes me what to book an FI flight today. I have always wanted to visit Iceland! Cheers!

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: Palmjet
Posted 2010-10-24 00:54:56 and read 15006 times.

MSS658 - thanks for your comments. What has changed since 2006? Would be interested to know how FI have changed in that time.

Globalflyer - thank you! Go for it (Iceland, I mean). With DL also beginning service from MSP and JFK, getting there is going to be even easier from the States but I am sure FI would appreciate your business too. lol

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: TheCommodore
Posted 2010-10-24 01:07:12 and read 14997 times.

Great report.

Thanks for sharing. Nice photos. Love the look of Raykjavic.

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: MSS658
Posted 2010-10-24 01:10:26 and read 14999 times.

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 35):

You're welcome. Correction of the registration I was on TF-FIP on AMS-KEF (the same plane as you were from LHR to KEF). No PTV's, and no BOB, meal was awful on both legs. I believe it was the first time that I left an airline meal untouched.

KEF-AMS was on TF-FIT, an aircraft that came from Loftleider Icelandic, very cramped seat pitch


Here are some movies to show the diference

TF-FIP AMS-KEF (FI503): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hihWnbE2jcQ
TF-FIT KEF-AMS (FI502): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13sVeEJ6Yc0

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: Palmjet
Posted 2010-12-20 03:19:06 and read 13970 times.

TheCommodore - sorry not to respond - I've just seen that you posted a comment some time ago. Glad you enjoyed the report and pics. Are you doing any upcoming trips which you're going to report??

MSS658 - thanks for the vid links - have watched these. Seems like things have indeed changed at FI since then. Cheers Pjet

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: VSMike
Posted 2010-12-20 04:15:22 and read 13957 times.

I dunno... Iceland is on my "list" after the Great Eruption of Edrtfghbjnm54678ui9ojkl.;hkull disrupting the world's entire avia-cycle this past summer.

Any country which would allow this to happen needs to be Checked.
To clarify, by "allowed this to happen", I mean naming a volcano: Edrfgjmn,l.;/'567uyhjbnmkull

Thinking you might be able to help the situation, though. I've heard that Ecfgvbhujio56tuyl;.kull is set to erupt again and again and again - well into the forseeable future. Can you offer a human sacrifice thrown directly into the sodding, steaming hole of Edfcgvbhj567yujkl;.43w2sedfgkull?

Thanks,
VSM

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: SRQKEF
Posted 2012-02-10 07:19:35 and read 10051 times.

Quoting Palmjet (Thread starter):

Great report about my favourite (and most flown) airline! Flown over 100 flights in these 757s  

The situation here was bad but instead of getting smaller FI started flights to SEA, IAD and more and have few times if ever been in a better position! 2009 was rough for Icelandair but they bounced back and was 1 of the most if not the most profitable company in Iceland 2011.

Kinda strange to see tourist pics of my hometown, i'm so used to it as a place to live!  

Rgds,
Sveinn Th.

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: The777Man
Posted 2012-02-10 09:03:42 and read 9847 times.

Hi !

Thanks for a great report with great pictures !

I must have missed it when it was first posted.......

Reminds me of my visit there in July 1987 when I also went to Gullfoss. Flew FI 727s and DC-8s and stopped there on the way to JFK.

Iceland looks as scenic now as it was back then.

The777Man

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: akhmad
Posted 2012-02-11 09:42:29 and read 9424 times.

Hi Palmjet,

What a great report with excellent pictures. I wonder why I did not see it earlier, thanks to Lars who brought this to my attention.  

I never thought Iceland could be so exciting to spend your summer holiday and you could just not do it the more appropriate way than flying the flag carrier, Icelandair.

Though belated, thank you for sharing.


Best wishes,
Suryo

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: palmjet
Posted 2012-02-11 13:39:49 and read 9303 times.

Hi The777man and Suryo

Thanks so much for your comments - always nice to be reminded what a nice trip this was to KEF. I really enjoyed it and would go again without hesitation. Next time, I would think about doing a short hop over to Greenland as well!

Iceland was very expensive (or at least that's the reputation it had here in the UK) but following the financial crisis there, we found prices to be comparable with other parts of Europe and certainly not hugely expensive when compared to London prices!!

I would have loved to fly on a B727 with FI ! That would have been very cool.

Thanks guys - P/jet

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: alexsuprabieber
Posted 2012-02-11 15:26:59 and read 9227 times.

Great report!!!!!!!!!! A friend of mine also flew to KEF but went from MAN he also did a Trip Report similar to yours but all snow and no Sun! lol 

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: HAWAIIAN932
Posted 2012-02-19 13:38:59 and read 8485 times.

I flew to iceland many years ago out of ARN via OSL to KEF on an Icelandair 727-200 with the old paintjob. Service was fantastic back then also and as said in this report, everything was immaculate. I found the Icelandic people to be very warm, friendly and helpful. Glad you had a great time.

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: Parton87
Posted 2012-02-20 11:32:18 and read 8224 times.

Hello Palmjet!

Thanks for the great story! Really good pictures. Reykjavik seem to be a interesting place to visit!

Greetings
Robert

Topic: RE: Iceland Yes, Volcano No, FI451 LHR-KEF (pics)
Username: sultanils
Posted 2012-02-23 01:29:07 and read 7612 times.

Hi PJ’s,

For some reason I (and some other users as well clearly  ) missed out on this one. Nice short report on this great B757 flight with Iceland Air. For some reason you were again a lucky man, travelling in excellent weather conditions and I’m glad that volcano shut his mouth up finally.. Those views on arrival in KEF are stunning.

Quoting Palmjet (Thread starter):
I figured now would be as good as any time to visit.

So the ‘now’ should read as ‘back then’  

Quoting Palmjet (Thread starter):
Seatback view

Stylish advertising on those (fake) leather headrest covers.

Sultanils


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