Saturday, March 25, 2017

Four go to Iceland - Arrival

5.45am: An early start for us on a Saturday. After a quick breakfast with Ralph and Karen (once again our companions for this holiday), it was off to Bedford Station to catch the train to St Pancras International  and then onwards via the Tube to Heathrow, Terminal 5.

Our flight wasn’t until 2.35, so that gave us plenty of time to have a good look round T5 (a Terminal that I don’t know very well). First surprise was that there were no check-in desks (well, hardly any!) for BA – it’s all check-in-and-tag-your-bags-yourself stuff! Except for us, where the auto-check-in didn’t work – because we were too early! So it was back to a good ol’-fashioned face-to-face experience!

10.45am: By 11am we were through security and and looking for somewhere to eat. The first eatery we came across was Giraffe and we were soon perusing the menu.
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Forty-five minutes later, we were all suitably stuffed and so we headed for some comfy seats, whilst we waited for our flight (BA0800) to be called.
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1.45pm: Flight called called and we headed for the Gate. We were soon on-board and the three-hour flight passed very quickly.

After possibly the longest taxi by our plane – 15 minutes before we disembarked - followed by a pretty swift check of our passports, the girls retrieved the luggage whilst Ralph and I headed for the Avis counter to retrieve the hire-car.

Our vehicle-of-choice (or rather Avis’s!) turned out to be an almost new AWD automatic Hyundai SUV complete with studded tyres! Perfect for the varying conditions out here! We loaded up the luggage and Mr Google (and my completely free data package)  guided us perfectly to our home for the next seven nights – the Skuggi Hotel.

7.10pm First impressions? Very friendly people, always smiling! As far as the landscape was concerned, on the journey from the airport, it all looked a bit desolate! The colour scheme was mostly grey (hardly surprising really, considering it’s a volcanic island!) and trees were strangely absent. The roads were almost deserted and that made the journey very relaxing given the unfamiliarity of the roads.

8.05pm After a quick unpack, it was down to the Bar to discuss plans for tomorrow – and of course sample the local ‘water’!
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Depending on the weather, tomorrow looks like we’ll spend it exploring the local area – the capital Reykjavik. Knackered!

9.15pm Knackered!

More tomorrow…
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