Once the flight took off after an hour delay due to technical reasons, we had a huge relief and hope of trip falling in place ! We had a good Indian vegetarian diet - highlight dish being - Palak chappathi panneer roll . Flight was big with approx 400 passengers. Had to treat a middle aged patient with urinary retention. Catheterized him on board. Reached Frankfurt. Cleared immigration and proceeded to boarding gate. They changed the gate number 40 mins before.
*sleep well in long flights to avoid sleep disturbances
*avoid coffee/ tea inflight to avoid sleeplessness
*minimum of 4 hrs is required to transit to next flight for smooth experience.
*watch carefully for last minute departure gate changes.
*buy food/ chocolates from duty free when ever needed.
Enroute to Iceland from Germany, we were awestruck by the view of Atlantic with a few small islands. The Ariel view of Iceland was awesome with Lonely ringroute, rivers, mountains and black beaches.
Reached airport- Keflavik. Visited the duty free shop. Bought SIM card - NOVA approx Rs 2500 with 10 GB DATA, free local sms/ calls ( no international call). Only online calls. Also bought a few dark chocolates - Godiva/ Lindt/ Icelandic dark chocolates which were at lowest price with better offers. On arrival area exchanged money and got a few ICELANDIC KRONER . We asked Airport information center in Keflavik for our rental car person details they guided us. Our rental car person from procar rentals arrived and picked us to the rental area. (To Note: Car company person will be holding the name boards at arrival area)
* Icelandic simcards can be purchased at Iceland duty free shops ( nova, simmin are the companies)
*get food stuff at arrival duty free shops for better offer price.
*discuss with information center or rental company regarding car pick up area location. For the company I selected, the pick up cab person comes every 15 mins. ( watch out for it!) - they ll be standing with their company name boards
We reached Procars, discussed and selected the car which fulfilled our exact purpose - mini SUV - auto transmission PEGEUT3008. It had adequate space for 4 persons and luggage. I signed the agreement after thoroughly inspecting the car for scratches/ dents. We paid full insurance for rental car to avoid major issues while returning the car. Some companies block about Rs 1,40,000 in our credit card if we take only basic insurance package. In case of Full insurance we had to pay around Rs 22,000.
Since it was right side driving with steering on left side (opposite to India/ UK) I practiced by driving around the car renting place itself. I got myself familiarised with the car. Yet forgot to note how to open the fuel tank !!! ( which I tried to check three days later in this trip while re fuelling).
I started from there to the apartment where we booked to stay - sem apartment Reykjavik. Both excited and tensed to drive on foreign land with totally opposite rules and different signboards!
With a great anxiety reached the apartment. All apartments in Iceland have Number lock system. Corresponding apartment owners will share the lock number prior to arrival. Using that lock number we can unlock the box with the key to access the apartment. Public parking areas in most parts of Iceland are free of charge if utilised from 18:00 to 09:00 hrs. Other timings it’s chargeable - so watch out for signboards regarding parking rules!! Or else u will end up paying the fine. Some apartments will be having their private parking area. We parked and entered home! Surprisingly they had basic cooking things needed for us - oil, salt, butter, spices and all sort of utensils. Relaxed ourself. We never had jet lag surprisingly! Awestruck by the beauty of ICELAND. Both were fresh and active.
Most of the apartment rooms in ICELAND leave important note regarding rules of the apartment. Also important information like- nearest supermarket, fuel station etc. (opening/ closing timings too). We were hungry, asked house owner regarding nearest vegan option - and went to GLO vegan restaurant