We cannot go further without mentioning our affordable air carrier who made this all happen: Wow! Air. (No, we are not famous enough to be paid or sponsored. They have no knlowledge or approval of this 100% post.) Below is a list, in order, of our collected thoughts on Wow. (Spoiler alert. The good outweighs and precedes the bad, so it's worth reading til the end.)
#1. Cheap fares!! Our round trip tickets to Paris were under $500 each, Including taxes. In the end, we unexpectedly had to pay for a bag (which added $75 each way), but that still brings the tickets to $570 each including the bag (one free carry on and one free personal item each allow for a briefcase and a backpack, duffle and a purse, or what have you), so I call it a win compared to $1400 each. The savings of $1600.00 more than covered the "duelling 3 Michelin resraurant" post yet to come... so, thanks, Wow!.
#2 Wow! has such clean, spacious planes. The seats are comfortable and there is a ton of legroom. Our one compliant about the comfort level was that they blast the A.C. at a frigid 18 degrees F (so it felt) and do not provide blankets. Bring a coat to stay warm.
#3 they fly from limited airports in the US., but dozens of great international destinations are available. (If you are on east or west coast, you are in luck.)
#4 flights are Always through Iceland. Wow! Air is a young Icelandic airline. They service all flights through Keflavik. The Keflavic airport is stunning in its cleanliness and design.
Moreover, short or long stop overs in Iceland are possible with this arrangement (i.e., add a Bonus city to your vacation or hit the Nordic spa which provides a shuttle to and from the airport.)
With the Blue Lagoon, northern lights, and tons of gorgeous waterfalls to offer, Iceland looks amazingly beautiful and Reyevik seems quite fun for partiers. Not to mention, Icelandic yogurt will change your conception of how great yogurt can be!
#5 NO SERVICES INCLUDED.
Okay it must be said. In consideration of all the above, you get only outlets on the plane. So, if you preloaded your tablet with films and shows to bingewatch, good for you! Otherwise, prepare for a Loooong meditation. There is no Wi-Fi. There are no movies. There are no screens. You do get an in flight magazine and a shopping catalogue, but they do not take 8 hours to read...
Oh, also water costs, no snacks, no free coffee or treats of any kind.
Word of warning: if you don't know what's up, your wow flight from Sf could be an 8 hour, thirsty, hungry, freezing ordeal as well as incredibly boring. However, it doesn't have to be!
Solution: come prepared. Books, tablets, a laptop or pen and paper, or some other form of stimulation are recommended, along with food, drinks, and a blanket or coat. (These are good ideas for any flight actually, since preparation is the key to good travels!)