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Readers Write: On Flying Visits

Readers Write: On Flying Visits

Published October 19, 2017

Charley Ward
Photos by
Art Bicnick

Grapevine minn,

I’ve managed to secure a flight back to my dearest Iceland this coming January.

The problem? I’ve only got 14 hours ( from about 5:00 to 19:00) before I need to be back at Keflavík to continue my journey from Texas to Austria. I’ve done the touristy stuff already, and I definitely want to check out the new Mathöll and visit Viðey, but I’m sure there’s plenty I’m currently ignorant to as well.

How ought I best make use of the world’s most wonderfully convenient layover?

Ryan

Congrats, Ryan. We’re pleased you have the good fortune to grace our shores again. The Mathöll is fine and all, but eh—you’ve already done all of the touristy things around here, so don’t waste this chance. It takes only six out of your 14 hours to drive to the North, so if you hire a car and drive extremely fast, you’ll have a whole two hours to spend there before having to come back. You’ll see basically half of the country and still have time for a dip in the Mývatn Nature Baths! The pumping adrenaline from the highly likely prospect of missing your flight will only serve to intensify your experience. What sounds better to you, Ryan: a cinnamon bun on a bench by a bus stop, or a drive through the country at breakneck speed?

But if you’re too scared to take the challenge, then Viðey is quite nice too, we guess.

Have a good time!

The Grapevine

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