WOW Air WW-168 from St. Louis (STL) landed in Keflavik (KEF) airport around 11 a.m. local time. This was the first time I set foot on Icelandic soil. The airport was busy with adventurers excited to explore Reykjavik, just a 45-min. drive or shuttle from KEF to downtown Reykjavik.
Once I entered the airport, my first stop was the toilette (ladies room). I was pleasantly surprised to see such a bright and clean toilette, where each stall was a separate room walled in every side from floor to ceiling. It had it’s own sink to wash and freshen up. The room was spacious enough for changing clothes and well lit for applying or re-applying make-up. I came out feeling refreshed and ready for the next leg of my trip. But first I needed sustenance.
The café-style food court had plenty of healthy options as well as tables and chairs with charging stations for travelers to plug in devices. It reminded me of the IKEA in St. Louis, pristine, well structured, and organized. I didn’t have time to eat, so I picked up a Green Energy Smoothie before boarding my connecting flight to London Stansted (STN).
The second time I landed in KEF was via flight WW-827 from STN. But this time I had a 22-hour lay over and I just had to step out of the airport and join other adventurers exploring the island of Reykjavik. By the way, I chose the return flight with the 22-hour layover so that I could go exploring! So I followed the signs to Customs and got my passport stamped to enter Iceland. Once I was in the main terminal I looked for shuttle buses to Reykjavik. I bought an Airport Direct round trip ticket to and from downtown Reykjavik and boarded the shuttle bus at 20:45 (8:45 p.m.). The shuttle ride view was surprising. The terrain was unlike anything I’ve seen (see slideshow below). Around 21:35 p.m. I arrived at Bus Stop 6 – my drop off stop. Once I got my carry-on and strapped on my backpack, I looked around to get my bearings and walked towards the direction of Loft Hostel where I stayed overnight. Here’s my picture slideshow taken from a moving shuttle bus.