Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Arriving in Iceland

All international flights land at Keflavik International Airport. As this blog shows, my husband and I have traveled quite a bit. This was the first country we've visited where we had to go through security to get INTO the country. Yes, of course, we had to go through passport control and customs. That is typical. But security?

Our carry on luggage was scanned. We had to walk through a metal detector. No liquids are allowed other than the 100 ml/3 oz size, packed in the standard one-quart sized Ziploc bag.

For money exchange there is a bank branch right outside Arrivals. And right next to the bank are ATM machines. We had the option of getting instructions in English and all worked perfectly.

Also outside of Arrivals was the desk for FlyBus. This is the easiest and cheapest way to get into the capital, Reykjavik. We boarded a standard sized bus and were taken to the main bus terminal where everyone got off the bus. We were a bit puzzled but then realized we needed to board one of the smaller mini vans for the final leg of our transfer to our hotel.

Finally, after departing our home airport at 11:00 AM Monday, we arrived at our destination, on Tuesday, at 8 AM Iceland time (4 AM our body time). As expected, our room was not ready. But the young man at the desk told us that the previous occupants had already checked out and he would ask housekeeping to make up the room right away.

In the meantime, breakfast was being served. We inquired about paying for breakfast that morning (all breakfasts AFTER a night's stay were included) and by the time we were done eating, our room was ready.

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