Trip to Iceland

Old Sep 3, 16, 4:09 am
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Trip to Iceland

Morning all,

Sorry for the silly question, it's my dads 50th in January and I'm taking him to Iceland as a surprise! Have priced it up with a specialist artic travel agent and it was coming up at £775 pp with flights with Iceland air, ( dad has a strong preference for ba ) I then decided to look at a ba holiday and priced it up and added an extra day and it was ever so slightly more, due to the extra night
In the hotel. Now my question is will there be much difference between Iceland air and ba, Iceland air are coming in at £140 pp which is pretty good but was wondering if anybody had any experience with this flight and a preference!

Also hoping to maybe upgrade nearer the time. The benefit to booking with the travel agent is that it's just £250 deposit pp which included the trips in the jeep we are doing. If I book the ba holiday I will have to pay £150 for the deposit and then £850 straight away for the trips.

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Old Sep 3, 16, 5:43 am
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Welcome to Flyertalk and the BA Forum Nickho, it's good to see you here, and I hope you will find this place useful. Though I go to Iceland every few months, I can't much help with your question since I've not flown Icelandair shorthaul recently. Broadly speaking at economy level it doesn't make much difference, the catering won't be great, and depending on the timings, the return leg on BA could be just a biscuit (with a filled croissant on the outbound). At business class level both airlines have differences, and both have fans and distractors. The one more significant difference is that Icelandair have a lounge at Keflavík for business class, whereas BA does not. I guess overall cost and timelines have to be weighed up.

For BA, if you are thinking of going business class you may want to price it up at the start, upgrading later is often more expensive.
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Hello and welcome to FT!

You've done the right thing by checking the flight + hotel price on BA, it won't get much cheaper than that with them.

Don't forget also checking out Easyjet, strong preference or not, they are often quite cheap for Iceland, and you can use the savings for row 1 plus speedy boarding.

I'd also play with car permutations and combinations (1xpax flight +hotel, 1pax flight + car) because the taxi from the airport to reykjavik is expensive and I found a car plus parking to be massively cheaper, and meant not relying on tours to travel around.
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Originally Posted by aceman View Post
Hello and welcome to FT!

You've done the right thing by checking the flight + hotel price on BA, it won't get much cheaper than that with them.

Don't forget also checking out Easyjet, strong preference or not, they are often quite cheap for Iceland, and you can use the savings for row 1 plus speedy boarding.

I'd also play with car permutations and combinations (1xpax flight +hotel, 1pax flight + car) because the taxi from the airport to reykjavik is expensive and I found a car plus parking to be massively cheaper, and meant not relying on tours to travel around.
The airport bus was fine.
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Old Sep 3, 16, 6:25 am
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Originally Posted by highpeaklad View Post
The airport bus was fine.
Yeah, the airport bus is pretty decent, especially the hotel option where they put you in a minibus so you don't have to move luggage over the hill from the bus station to the main bit of the city.
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Old Sep 3, 16, 6:30 am
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And I thought this was going to be a thread about buying food to take on board;

or, the identity of the new BA catering supplier...

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Do BA offer vouchers at the airport in lieu of providing a lounge?
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Old Sep 3, 16, 6:55 am
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I was looking at Iceland as well, though the J prices never seem to be included in a sale (currently seeing around £550 for I r/t). Hope this will eventually come down, but it has been there for months...
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Old Sep 3, 16, 7:11 am
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I personally would just book the flight and rent a car and do the rest on your own. So you have more time to discover whatever you like and can travel at your own pace. Flew FI out of LHR for around 150£ return this february.
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Old Sep 3, 16, 7:14 am
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Originally Posted by HarryHolden68 View Post
Do BA offer vouchers at the airport in lieu of providing a lounge?
Nope. Best arrive close to departure time I would say. Eating and drinking in the airport is not cheap either, there again the same could be said of Iceland generally.
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Does anyone know how much the bus from the airport cost and how long the journey takes? Thanks
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Does anyone know how much the bus from the airport cost and how long the journey takes? Thanks
35-45 minutes, 2200 ISK
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Old Sep 3, 16, 7:38 am
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Does anyone know how much the bus from the airport cost and how long the journey takes? Thanks
There are 2 services right by arrivals, costing about the same, Flybus being the more regular, Greyhound Blue being marginally cheaper, and going to the same bus station, known as BSI. But Flybus also does the free minibus to hotels. There are a few hotels within 10 minutes walking distance of BSI.

The public bus 55 leaves from an almost unmarked bus stop near the car park entrances, takes some finding, also goes to central Reykjavík via a slightly different route which is better for some hotels, takes about the same time, but costs 1700 ISK. The 50 km roadtrip from the airport is surprisingly boring!
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I cannot recommend too highly hiring a car so you can kick start your trip with a visit to the Blue Lagoon. Plane to sitting outside in a huge pool of geothermally heated water is a pretty unique experience. A car also makes exploring some of the great scenery much more enjoyable.
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Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave View Post
There are 2 services right by arrivals, costing about the same, Flybus being the more regular, Greyhound Blue being marginally cheaper, and going to the same bus station, known as BSI. But Flybus also does the free minibus to hotels. There are a few hotels within 10 minutes walking distance of BSI.
Just a couple of clarifications on the bolded parts above. (1) The Airport Express service (now operating under the Grayline brand) goes to a completely different terminal in Laugardalur, a few km from central Rkv. (2) The Flybus transfer to hotels is not free. A 2200 ISK ticket will get you as far as the BSÍ terminal, but to get the hotel transfer you need a Flybus Plus ticket at 2800 ISK.

Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave View Post
The 50 km roadtrip from the airport is surprisingly boring!
All a matter of perspective! Personally, I find the HEX or Tube journey from LHR to central London incredibly boring...while the drive along the lava fields from KEF is much more interesting.
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