On our most recent trip to visit my brother and sister-in-law in London, we decided to finally try the Icelandair route, which involves two flight, one from BOS to KEF, and another shorter hop from KEF to LHR. What’s intriguing about this approach is that Icelandair and Keflavik exist primarily on transit passengers (as opposed to people making Iceland their primary destination), and they make it very convenient for you to take an extended layover (nine hours in our case) and there are a number of cheap shuttle buses that will take you around SW Iceland, into Reykjavik, or off to soak in Iceland’s Blue Lagoon Spa.
Where Offbeat Eats has been:
First of all, sorry about the delays, but after a brief stay back in the US, work had me traveling off to Germany, where for most of the trip I was without my laptop. So I’m still playing the catch-up game. But the next stop on our trip through Iceland was a morning of whale watching up in Husavik, a small fishing town in Northern Iceland that since the 1990s has had a pretty significant whale-watching. Sure, I thought I’d been on some good whale watches before (in Southern California, and in New England), but Husavik blew both of them out of the water, since it’s one of the best places in the Atlantic to go whale watching (the bay outside Húsavík is a major feeding area in the northern Gulf Stream). The result was three hours of fairly active whale watching, with humpbacks coming right up to the boat, some white-nosed dolphins, and even a few bottled-nosed whales. See my picture here, it was even cooler than their tourism brochures. But after all that whale watching (which include some cinnamon buns and hot cocoa as snacks), we were rather hungry. Luckily, Gamli Baukur is right on the dock…