Tuesday, May 14, 2013

How Long Does It Take To Fly From Anchorage To Reykjavik?

The Alaska Department of Transportation sent out press releases today announcing that the first Icelandair flight arrives Wednesday in Anchorage.

". . . Flight time between Reykjavik and Anchorage on the 189-seat Boeing 757-200 is approximately seven hours. Travelers will connect in Reykjavik with more than 20 destinations in Scandinavia, the United Kingdom and Continental Europe.  

 Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell will lead the inaugural welcome for Wednesday’s arrival of the Icelandair flight in the airport’s North Terminal lobby. Media should arrive by 3:30 p.m. for a photo opportunity on the airfield and press conference. A second event celebrating the first Icelandair departure from Anchorage will be held Thursday, May 16, beginning at 2 p.m. in the South Terminal."
Now we have two summer options to get to Europe relatively quickly.  Condor Air - a Lufthansa subsidiary - also flies from Anchorage to Europe.  And with jetBlue and Virgin here for the summer we can get to San Francisco and other West Coast destinations a little cheaper than in the winter. 

There's an Anchorage Inaugural tour package for six nights at the cabin hotel plus the flight for 1,482 USD.

There are a bunch of tours available, including this Black and Blue tour:

From $191  per person
   Daily  departures s at 09:00 (pickup at 08:30) - min of 2 pax required to operate the tour
Not available Dec 24, 25, 31, Jan 1
 6 hours
No hotel pick up from hotels outside of Reykjavik
Important : If you are arriving in Iceland on an evening flight from North America, this tour is NOT recommended for your arrival day.  Passengers usually arrive at their hotel around 8am.  Any delays could cause you to miss the tour departure.  Icelandair cannot reimburse passengers for unused portions of a package or land only travel once travel starts.

Start with the "black" part as you explore the hidden world of the lava field under the Þingvellir national park. Walking in a cave and discovering the marvels that volcanic activity has created in the past is an amazing experience.  The Gjabakkahellir cave is a perfect example of an Icelandic lava tube and is situated in one of the most active volcano areas in the world. After the cave, take a break for a picnic  lunch (included)  before moving on into the blue...

Snorkeling in the Silfra fissure is our second adventure. Silfra fissure is world famous for its heavenly shades of blue. The crystal clear water in the deep fissure gives you a feeling of being weightless as you float down with the lazy current. The snorkeling is a relaxing but exotic trip in an environment most will only encounter in their dreams.

The Black & Blue is an amazing trip, a true journey to the borders of reality and dreams.

Hiking boots required
Bring change of clothes

The videos I could find were scuba, not snorkeling.  And I didn't see any fish.   But it looked nice.  Just wondering how cold the water is.  Wikipedia says it's 100 year old water because it comes from glaciers. 

There's more here.   But I had trouble getting it to recognize Anchorage when trying to find other flights. 

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