Getting to know Icelandair

Boeing 757-223 (TF-ISL, c/n 25295, "Öræfajökull") at KEF on 2016-04-21
Boeing 757-223 (TF-ISL, c/n 25295, “Öræfajökull”) at KEF on 2016-04-21

Despite having flown between US and Finland for a few decades now, up until last week I had never done that on Icelandair. Now I wonder why, since I discovered that the BOS-KEF-HEL route is certainly the most convenient way to get from New England to Finland. Draw a great circle route from Boston to Helsinki and it pretty much goes over Iceland.

Icelandair’s fleet consists almost entirely of Boeing 757-200s. I found them to be comfortable, even in coach, and service onboard was good. As for food, I urge everyone to try “skyr“, a fermented milk product that makes for an excellent snack; it reminds me of a similar product called “rahka” from my native Finland.

I was really excited that Icelandair featured one of my pictures on their Instagram!

icelandair-instagram
Icelendair’s Instagram post appeared while I was still traveling

Below are a few other Icelandair aircraft I managed to photograph during my trip. Note specifically TF-FIU “Hekla Aurora” painted to represent the northern lights.

Boeing 757-256 (TF-FIU, c/n 26243, “Hekla Aurora”) at KEF on 2016-04-21
Boeing 757-223 (TF-ISF, c/n 24595, "Laki") at KEF on 2016-04-21
Boeing 757-223 (TF-ISF, c/n 24595, “Laki”) at KEF on 2016-04-21
Boeing 757-208 (TF-FIV, c/n 30424, "Katla") at HEL on 2016-04-27
Boeing 757-208 (TF-FIV, c/n 30424, “Katla”) at HEL on 2016-04-27
Boeing 757-23A(PF) cargo conversion (TF-FIG, c/n 24456) at KEF on 2016-04-27

Keflavik airport made for an easy and quick transfer. I noticed a few other airlines operating there as well (namely, WOW Airlines and Wizz Air, illustrated below).

Keflavik Airport
Airbus A320-232 (HA-LYR, c/n 6631) of Wizz Air at KEF on 2016-04-27
Airbus A320-232 (TF-BRO, c/n 4305) of WOW Air at KEF on 2016-04-27
Boarding the last leg of my trip, back to Boston
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