I fly Icelandair relatively frequently in the summer months. If I need to get to the States or Canada, and need to do it cheaply, Icelandair is my first port of call. Besides the layover in Iceland, which I used to love, but now find kind of annoying if I’m in a rush to get somewhere, the airline is comfortable, but no frills. Kind of like Iceland itself.
Food on Icelandair
Icelandair is a budget airline because they’ve cut some pretty critical international flight corners: there’s no free food service, no free beverage service and no extra amenities, such as toothbrushes or eye masks for economy customers. The most economy customers get is a thin blanket and pillow for the flight, and the opportunity to buy from a limited selection of heavy snacks, candies and drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic). Business and first class passengers can have snacks and drinks for free, although the flight attendants are a little reluctant to offer these things to passengers after the initial food service. Business and first class passengers also get an amenity kit for the Atlantic passage portion of the flight (they do not between Europe and Iceland), although the kit is the same quality as economy on most other international flights.
Seat sizes on Icelandair
The seat size is the biggest- in my opinion, only- selling point of flying Business Class. There are big leather seats two abreast, instead of three, with ports to charge phones and laptops. However, sometimes, if business or first is too full, Icelandair will stick business customers in the Economy Comfort section, thus taking away the big comfy seats and sticking passaengers in teeny seats with little legroom- but no middle passenger.
Entertainment on Icelandair
The entertainment on Icelandair is an interesting mix of Icelandic television and movies and European and US film and TV. There are a few blockbusters, but what is really cool are all the Icelandic television and movie options for those of you who can stomach the subtitles.
Another added bonus to flying business is the Saga Lounge, which is available in Keflavik and in most European and US airports. The Saga Lounge isn’t as nice as, say, the BA Lounge- there certainly is no free champagne or heavy snacks. Instead, Icelandair shares with other small budget airlines in US and UK airports, such as Aer Lingus, and offers a moderate range of snacks (soup, crackers, desserts, some salads) and beverages (sodas, water, beer and wine). The lounge in Keflavik, however, is huge, well-decorated and full of delicious goodies.
Layover on Icelandair
For those who don’t mind the layover- and sometimes I admittedly don’t when I have time to stick around Iceland– you can layover for up to a week between Europe and the US on an Icelandair flight. So that’s well worth considering, especially if you’re price comparing and find Icelandair coming up as the most attractive option (and are weighing it against all the information in this review).
Overall, Icelandair Business is as sparse and no-frills as Iceland itself, which is comforting in its continuity if not the actual flight. I don’t think it is worth the added cost unless you have trouble flying in economy for comfort reasons. Just make sure to bring food with you if you do fly Icelandair Economy, as you won’t be getting anything substantial for the duration of your flight!