FUN-travel: Reykjavik, Iceland to London, UK

February 17, 2015 by  

Day 54 – Sunday, August 24 – Reykjavik, Iceland to London, England – full on clouds – high 50’s

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Ittoqqortoormitt, Greenland

What I LIKE

  •  8:15 – wake up
  • 8:45 – get up to more good hot espresso
  • – nice lazy morning
  • 11:00 – check out of apt – leave bags in office
  • 11:15 – walk for brunch
  • *11:25 – arrive Le Bistro
  • 11:40 – order 2 cappuccinos classic burger & grilled veggie plate
  • **12:45 – Kaffir – get take away quiche – saved $50 by doing this option
  • 1:00 – shuttle to train station on time
  • 1:15 – airport bus on time – starts sprinking
  • 2:00 – arrive airport – very efficient check in
  • – more than a dozen people to check bags
  • – 2 helpers get luggage tags from self service kiosk
  • – NO BAGGAGE NAZIS!
  • *** – security live very fast & efficient too!
  • 2:30 – tax refund counter – more efficiency at its finest!
  • – only 4 people waiting for credit card refund
  • – cash line is 2 rows long snaking thru the airport
  • – don’t even ask to see my items
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Ittoqqortoormitt, Greenland

  • ****Duty free wine – more Viña Maipo wines –
  • Gran Devoción 2010 – syrah/petite syrah – 90 pts Wine Advocate & Vitrol Carmenere
  • 2:50 – lunch – 2 tandori wraps to go
  • # flight takes off on time – only 2.5 hrs long
  • 7:50 – arrive early
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The Norther Lights We Slept Through

  • Breeze thru customs
  • Luggage already on belt
  • Get directions to Terminal 5 – FREE express train runs every 15 minutes
  • 9:00 – arrive Sofitel Hotelin Terminal 5
  • Don’t have to deal w/taxi & schlepping bags – this is a transit hotel
  • Get upgraded to King bed! YEAH
  • ##12:30 – night night
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Bardarbunga Volcano Eruption We Missed Too!

 What I DON’T LIKE

  • *only have high bar stool seats w/no backs – wait for table
  • – breakfast is over at 11:30 & now only offer
  • huge brunch plates w/fruit, yogurt, breads – too much food!
  • 12:00 – told they’re out of buns & running to store
  • 12:30 – still no food
  • 12:40 – walk out! Starving!
  • **ordered chicken & got veggie
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Monacobreen, Svalbard, Norway

  • ***very sensitive as my jewelry goes off and I hardly have any
  • ****charge $2 for a plastic bag & didn’t tell us
  • # no jetway – have to schlep on bus to plane
  • Arrive Terminal 1 & need to get to Terminal 5
  • Pretty sterile hotel – no view to outside
  • – window looks across to another room window
  • ## had to move clock ahead
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Monacobreen

FUN-fact – Reykjavik is the most northern capital in the world and Iceland is the most sparsely populated country in Europe.

More FF – They sell a product called Skyr which is pretty good. Like strained yogurt and it has been a part of their cuisine for over a 1000 years.

More FF – When NASA was looking for a place on Earth that most resembled the moon’s surface, they found it in Iceland.

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More Eruptions

 

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