I Love Iceland Already
Reykjavik Travel Blog› entry 53 of 58 › view all entries
July 24th, 2009 – by: reger1520
I missed the 6:00am train to the airport by about 30 seconds so I had to wait another half hour. Fine by me. I grabbed a croissant and waited for the next train. Just before 7:00am, I found myself at the airport.
I have always liked Amsterdam’s airport. It is one of the largest and busiest in the world but it has never felt that way to me before.
Somehow, I made my way through everything, including security and passport control, by 8:00am, just in time for boarding. Once on the plane, we were told that we would be delayed another 30 minutes because of air traffic in and around London.
I had about four hours between flights in London and I had to change terminals. I passed through the notoriously tough immigration desk (seriously, they question everyone for at least a few minutes trying to get all the details out of you as to why you’re visiting their country) and made my way to check-in for the flight to Iceland. I relaxed over a cup of coffee until it was time to go.
I boarded the Icelandair flight on time, only to watch a thunderstorm pass overhead and create even more of a mess at the airport. After sitting on the ground for nearly an hour, we powered into the stormy skies on our way to Iceland. The flight flew by as I slept the entire time (remember, I was going on zero sleep).
I originally didn’t plan on coming to Iceland until late April. I realized I had a few days at the end of the trip to do whatever I wanted. And I wanted to do something exotic. I first checked Egypt (not knowing I would end up there anyway) but it was a bit too expensive at that time. I looked into Russia but discovered you needed a visa. Then I found a relatively cheap flight to Iceland. I did a bit of research on the place and decided to go for it. There is so much to do on the island. It is Mother Nature at its finest. Not to mention the sun doesn’t fully set this time of the year because it is so far north.
My hostel is located right on the main shopping street in the capital of Reykjavik.
The hostel is exceptional as well. Recently opened in the spring, it is spotless. The beds and people are great as well. Once settled, I took a quick walk down the main street to see what I could find. I found a ton of shops I wanted to check out the next day for some clothes (I didn’t pack for Iceland, and it was about 45F when I arrived). Of course, I found a Subway and picked up a warm meatball sub and ate it on a bench, taking in all of what Reykjavik has to offer. One interesting thing I noticed at Subway was a plaque on the wall. It was rewarding this particular Subway for being the highest grossing Subway in the entire world for a week back in 1998. I thought it was pretty interesting, maybe my store will someday earn one, even though I doubt it.
I came back to the hostel to get some sleep around 10:00pm, but I couldn’t. Even though I had been up all night the previous night, it was still bright as day outside. I sat around the hostel on my computer meeting people until around midnight, when at least it was dusk! I love Iceland!
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