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Helka Aurora (TF-FIU) on stand 20 at Kefvalik.

Travelling to Toronto – 12 September 2015

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Our holiday began wet. Leaving home and travel to the airport was in typical rain for the west of Scotland. Following checkin, with the hold baggage checked through to Toronto, we headed through security and collected our pre-ordered currency (Canadian dollars and Icelandic Krona). As we were travelling Saga Class with Icelandair we were entitled to use the priority lounge, which is located above the Beardmore restuarant in the main departure lounge.

At around 13:20, the departure monitors identified that our flight was about to board at Gate 34.

Icelandair B757 TF-FIU (Helka Aurora) at Glasgow Airport.

Icelandair B757 TF-FIU (Helka Aurora) at Glasgow Airport.
12 September 2015

Our aircraft from Glasgow to Keflavik was Icelandair Boeing 757 named Helka Aurora. This aircraft recently had Aurora Borealis vinyls applied.

Although the flight was scheduled for 2 hours 20 minutes, our airborne time to Keflavik airport was 1 hour 46 minutes. Whilst on board we where served a fish dish (white fish with a seed coating).

Arriving on remote stand 20 at Keflavik meant that bus transfer to the terminal building was required.

Helka Aurora (TF-FIU) on stand 20 at Kefvalik.

Helka Aurora (TF-FIU) on stand 20 at Kefvalik.
12 September 2015

Fortunately, it was slightly overcast on arrival whilst descending the steps and walk to the bus that was to take us to the terminal building. Icelandair operate Keflavik as a hub airport. Around 12 flights from European airports land at Keflavik within around 30 minutes and then around 2 hours later a similar number of flights leave for North American destinations. Icelandair promote stopovers in Iceland to see some of the sights of the island as an option to direct changing of flights. Keflavik is undergoing major redevelopment, so around 90 minutes after entering the terminal building we followed temporary signs to gate 35E and a bus transfer to stand 22.

Our aircraft for the flight to Toronto was Icelandair Boeing 757 named Eyjafjallajökull (the Icelandic volcano that erupted a few years ago resulting in disruption to European Air Travel). On the flight to Toronto a hot meal was served. We selected the beef option. The dessert was a chocolate creation on a pastry base.

Main course (beef)

Main course (beef)
12 September 2015

Chocolate dessert

Chocolate dessert
12 September 2015

The first part of the flight was a relatively low altitude at 29,000 ft. This did give clear views whilst travelling over the southern tip of Greenland.

Glacier on the south east of Greenland.

Glacier on the south east of Greenland.
12 September 2015

Whilst on board, I had been posting pictures on facebook using the Wifi fitted on the plane. One of my friends responded to a posting as was surprised that I was in-flight whilst posting. Giving him the flight info, he was able to find our aircraft on a web tracker and followed us for a bit from the UK.

Once over the Canadian mainland, cloud cover meant there was no views to be seen until coming out of the clouds at Toronto into torrential rain. Landing on the northerly runway in an easterly direction, it was a short taxi to the stand at Terminal 3.

Icelandair B757 TF-FII (Eyjafjallajökull) at Toronto Pearson airport, Terminal 3, Stand C27.

Icelandair B757 TF-FII (Eyjafjallajökull) at Toronto Pearson airport, Terminal 3, Stand C27.
12 September 2015

Although it was not far, and we did not have to queue long, to clear Canadian immigration. Our bags had already been delivered to carousel 9 and we found our way to the Car Rental desk, to pick up our car. At around 20:00 (01:00 Sunday UK time) we were driving out onto Highway 427 in the rain. The spray and surface water made it difficult to see the road markings, however we negotiated our way onto the 401 and then 403 on our way to Mississauga and our hotel for the next five nights.

Author: Stewart

An instrumentation engineer who enjoys photography and singing. Working in the West of Scotland; a member of St Mary's Cathedral Glasgow and Southwark Cathedral; and a volunteer guard/signalman on the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales.

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