The Points Guy just broke a pretty screamingly good deal available until 2/11/19. Chase has just announced the ability to earn the “gold standard” of all domestic award travel- the Southwest Companion Pass, plus 30k Rapid Rewards points(with $4K in card spend within 3 months), as the limited time sign-up bonus. This was offered exclusively to people in California last year for a brief period, and the rest of the US was pretty jealous. No longer! This pared down Companion Pass is good for 2019 only, unlike the normal Companion Pass(which would be good through 2020). However, you’d need to earn 110k RR points to achieve the original Companion Pass, which would most reasonably involve opening a personal AND a business card, and meeting some relatively large spend.
Me: I’ll have the pizza.
Her: The baguette is fine.
Me: What does that mean?
Her: We’re out of pizza.
Me: I’ll take the turkey sandwich.
Her: The baguette is fine.
Me: So you’re out of both?
Her: Yes, the baguette is fine.
Me: Okay, the baguette is fine.
A hashtag was born. The baguette was indeed fine.
Originally, this trip was built around attending All Tomorrow’s Parties Iceland 2016. To our dismay the festival went belly-up; cancelled at the last second. When life gives lemons, the best response is to throw a lemon party. So we rented a car, driving all over Iceland via Route One. If you’d like to see what this is like, check out Sigur Rós’ 24 hr road trip around the island, slow tv style, here.
We flew out of Boston on WOW Air, and it was an acceptable experience for a deep discount airline. The thing with low fare carriers, is the additional costs involved with every facet of the flight. From baggage, food, drink, and retails goods. A couple of years ago, Ryan Air even went as far as selling a “Girls of RyanAir” calendar. All in all though, it’s hard to argue with short, cheap flights.
Soon enough, we arrived in the sleepy little town of Keflavík. There’s not a lot going on in old KEF, besides a nice coffee shop and a couple of bars. For Sigur Rós fans who pay attention to song titles, there’s the 50’s style diner, Olsen Olsen. We hit the road the next morning.
After a long day of the most beautiful scenery on earth, we began our return to Keflavik. First stop was Hotel Anna. As it happened, they were just closing. They took mercy on us, however, and offered us some traditional Icelandic meat soup. This place was about as cozy as it gets, and had we a need for lodging, would have been an awesome option.
Seljalandsfoss is just off route 1 in the southern region. Never pass up a chance to walk behind a waterfall. This famous waterfall was recently featured on an Apple Macbook ad. So, there’s that.
The world’s most famous waterfall. It doesn’t get much more picturesque than a single rainbow and a double waterfall. #goldenfalls
Kim’s not from Iceland, but she looks it, and she fooled most of the natives. Until they assumed she could converse in Icelandic.
Hallgrímskirkja in Reykjavík. A lutheran church that took 40 years to build. The Deftones posted a photo on instagram a few days prior, so we recreated it and posted ours as well. #tonedef
Tried a couple of new things this time around; this is smoked Puffin. Very tangy.
I seemed to be the only one out of our group who was interested in trying the Horse Carpaccio. It was outstanding, and made me realize that beef has a definite aftertaste, which was notably missing from these equestrian morsels. #sentientsnacks?
This photo took place at the same time that France’s football team beat Iceland’s. Things were about to get dicey. Out of the many Icelandic brews we encountered; Einstök White Ale was one of the most enjoyable.
Ashley took this insane photo at Öxarárfoss in Thingvellir National Park. Unreal.
MAR | Reykjavík
Geysir “There’s a bigger one up top, but it doesn’t go off regulah”
Exploring fairy dwellings
Friendship flows like lava around here
Black Sand Beaches
Our favorite bar/venue in Reykjavík, Hurra
There are tons of touristy, not overly awesome things to do in Reykjavík(the penis museum is a good example), but there are few gems. Hurra stands out as a place with which I was immediately comfortable. The headlining band that night was Milkhouse, and they were great.
At this point, lots of people know that Iceland is awesome. It’s only going to get more crowded from here on out, so think of it like Cuba; get in while the getting’s still good.