Let’s just start by saying that, yes, I saw the aurora on the flight, and, yes, it was awesome.
Saga Class is Icelandairâ€™s top-tier cabin service, and is roughly equivalent to business class on other airlines. Check-in and boarding were a breeze. When boarding the aircraft, the 22 Saga-class passengers turn left toward the front of the plane, making it very easy to forget that you donâ€™t have the whole plane to yourself. The accompanying checked-baggage allowance seemed quite generous: two 70-lb. bags per person.
Icelandair shares a lounge with several other smaller airlines in Seattle-Tacoma International Airportâ€™s international terminal (SEA). The lounge is comfortable and clean, if a bitÂ uninspired, but a fine place to wait for your flight. The hot-food options were welcome, and on the day I was there most of the dishes were Asian themed, which are a personal favorite.
The aircraft for the flight to Reykjavik was TF-LLX, aka SkjaldbreiÃ°ur, a 757-200 whichÂ hadnâ€™t yet been through Icelandairâ€™s cabin refresh program. The interior was a tiny bit worn around the edges and had old-style IFE screens, but it was still all very comfortable and clean.Â Icelandair names its aircraft after Icelandic volcanoes, and, withÂ about 130 of the things in the country, it doesn’t appear that they’llÂ run out of names anytime soon.