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Arrival in Iceland

A short family vacation in Iceland was planned long before the volcano started messing up European air space, and our tickets were booked at a time when planes tended to leave on schedule.

Our tickets were for Friday afternoon, but early in the morning I received a text message saying the flight was cancelled. To make a long story short, we were rescheduled the next day. Arriving at the gate we were informed that we did not have confirmed seats, but luckily this meant an upgrade to business class, meaning that we arrived in style and comfort.

The best way to transfer from the airport to Reykjavik is to stop for an hour or two at the Blue Lagoon, swimming in the leftover water from a geothermal power station. The air was chilly, but the water warm and comforting.

Our hotel room was waiting, with about 60 square meters for a family of four we were very comfortable. One word of advice, though. If you want undisturbed sleep, you should consider accommodation outside the city centre at weekends. The party scene is very lively, and they don’t go to bed until very late!

We were hungry, and my research led us to an upmarket fish and chips shop. The cod and plaice were perfectly cooked to order and the onion rings were crisp. The oven baked potatoes had been in the oven a bit too long, but it was a nice meal without any fuzz when we were all tired. No beer today, that would have to wait.

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I did not know this before I went.  But the most interesting place in Europe to go for truly exotic food, prepared and presented professionally and with a smile must be Reykjavik.

I’m serious.

And there are pale lagers aplenty and mock Oirish pubs, but there are truly fine beers, too. If you know where to go.

And, with the current state of the country’s finances, it is cheap for Norwegians and moderately expensive for others.

More to follow. Much more to follow.

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Got an SMS this morning. Your 15:15 flight to Reykjavik is cancelled. Regards.

All flights to Iceland are cancelled today. All flights tomorrow are full.

Gotta find a plan b. Soon.

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Research

Currently chuckling my way through this, preparing for my next expedition.

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The End

There is a distinct smell of sulphur in the air, so the end is probably approaching fast. I should probably drink the beers I have stashed away. Just in case.

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Lots of people are stranded in airports today, and I read a cheery statement from a geologist that the last time this volcano erupted it lasted for two years…

If I could pick an airport to be stuck in, I think I’d choose Munich. They have a brewpub.

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Haukur has a comprehensive post. And I have booked tickets.

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