Considering the fact that our Reykjavik hotel was located on a residential looking street, we were amazed that it seemed noisier than the one we stayed at in Manhattan. With all the street noise it was well after midnight before we fell asleep. That 4:30am alarm came all too soon and we stumbled around the room, hoping that we had noticed all the possessions that needed to be put back in the suitcase. In the Scandinavian way our shuttle driver came fifteen minutes early, but we were ready.
We were surprised that the airport was a madhouse so early in the morning. IcelandAir is an affordable airline and there were lines of backpacker looking people and retirees on a budget. Because of our Comfort Economy status, our line was short. The agent was as surly as we were and it wasn't until after we left her than we noticed that our boarding passes no longer had the seats we had booked at home. They said Standby. At the First Class lounge a much friendlier woman, took our passes and turned them into first class seats. We've never sat in the very first row. Needless to say, we had a wonderful breakfast and room to begin to make up for that sleep deficit. The weather in Copenhagen is much warmer and sunny and we had wonderful views of fluffy clouds and coastal land packed with homes, farms, and businesses. Quite a contrast with Iceland.
The Copenhagen airport was teeming with people. Four different flights shared the luggage carousel and as we waited and waited, I began to think about taking the cruise tomorrow with the clothes in my carryon. But eventually it all arrived, we got a cab and are spending one more night on land in a hotel room that makes the one in Manhattan look palatial. It will be great to be done with the packing and unpacking and get a full night's sleep. Iceland was a unique place with amazing scenery and we're glad the ship will take us back to see more after sailing the Norwegian fjords.