Asleep at the Wheel Over Iceland

Planning our 4 month honeymoon to Europe was no easy task. It took a year to get it right! We were so excited and actually were looking more forward to the honeymoon than the wedding ceremony.

As a present we received tickets on Icelandic Airlines from Los Angeles to Luxembourg with a 10 hour layover in New York and since its Iceland’s own airline. Our itinerary had an 8 hour layover in Reykjavík. That wasn’t a problem, we were young and energetic so we made the best of the long connection.

Aircraft in sky flying above the clouds

Excitement landing in New York

Our first connection was at New York’s JFK Airport. As we were descending  we were flying into an incredibly active lightning storm, and we just happened to be flying right into the middle of it! I guess the pilots know what they were doing and if they were at all worried would find an alternative route. Thank goodness I’ve flown enough to feel comfortable in most circumstances. The pilot must have been in a good mood that night because he flew low, right next to the Statue of Liberty. To be honest I never knew that lightning struck up as well as towards the ground! You have not experienced a good lightning show until you see it going both ways. Especially when it surrounds the statue of Liberty. Wish I had a camera or good cell phone at that time.

After landing we shared a cab with a nice couple from France and went to explore the sights of New York. We had time to see the Empire State Building, walked a little in Central Park then more in the city. The time went by fast but it was time to get back to the airport and board our flight to Iceland. Flying on Icelandic airlines we found the craft has comfortable seats with plenty of leg room and the food was decent. It was a pleasant flight to Reykjavik. Looking out the window was a lot of blue ocean and plenty of icebergs.

aircraft taking off in the sky

Excitement on our way to Iceland

While listening to music and rocking out to it suddenly the plane started to slow down then took an immediate nose dive! As I looked forward you could see the cockpit door was heading straight down. The plane was speeding straight towards earth! That’s when my husband and I looked at each other as if to say good marriage, nice knowing ya!

Other passengers must have thought the same thing with the deadly silence onboard. It seemed as if time was standing still for all of us. Still looking out the window I was watching the blue expanse coming closer and closer, wondering how cold the water is. All of a sudden the pilots seemed to pull the nose up enough to level us out. We were going to make it? Out of nowhere land miraculously appeared underneath us and we landed! Safely!

While we taxied to our gate the captain made a quick announcement on the loud-speaker. He asked us “Bet you all want to know what just happened!”. Everyone was still in shock so he just blurted it out, “We almost missed our stop in Iceland and made the decision to make a quick landing” and “Not to worry though, we had everything completely under control the whole time”.  At that point we didn’t care, we were just glad to have our feet on solid ground.


  1. Carolina Colborn

    Wow, both landings were eventful, huh. Made me think I should fly nonstop all the time now, to minimize those risky landings and take-offs.


      It was completely worth it on the JFK connection but yes, nonstop flights are so much nicer.

  2. Those are pretty amazing layovers! I would love to visit Iceland one day. I hope you had a great honeymoon 🙂


      Iceland was so much better than we were expecting. There is something there for every personality whether its shopping, hiking, or just relaxing in the thermal waters of the Blue Lagoon. Hope you can make it there its worth the flight! Oh and the honeymoon was more than perfect, thanks!

  3. Oh my goodness, my stomach would have been in my throat in that landing! The pilots must have been zoned out or something 😛


      Oh yeah, it was! What I figured is that we were landing while the sun was setting and the pilots were enjoying the view too much to look and see Iceland was right in front of us!

  4. wow what an eventful journey! iceland is on my bucket list


  5. Whoa that sounds scary! The pilots just wanted to give you a good post to write!

  6. OMG, holy crap. *All the swear words*. Once when landing we were about 3 meters from the ground when the plane just suddenly pulled back up again and shot into the air. Everyone was like wtf? Then the pilot came on and said: “Sorry about that we, ahhh…” then the most gruelling silence again for another 5 minutes before; “we ah, there was another plane on the runway, we’re just going to do a loop and land again”. Ha, crazy…

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      You totally get those inexplicable things that can happen while flying after what you went through! You were so close to landing too!

  7. Wow what an eventful trip! And you hadn’t even gotten to your destination yet! Glad all ended well and hope you had a fabulous time in Iceland. 😀

  8. Iceland is such a hot destination right now. Hope to make it there sooner than later.


      Hope you can too Alex. When we were there the first time everyone asked why we would want to go to Iceland. Well its where our tickets took us! When we found how much there is to do there we had to plan another trip to explore even more. If you like to hike, bike, or just sightsee in general you will love it there!

  9. Very eventful flights indeed. It’s actually safe for aircrafts to fly through lightning storms. The hull can absorb the strikes, it happens to airplanes a lot. I think the pilot was understating how much he had things under control in the second bit though!

  10. Hmmm, I don’t know if I would have advertised that if I was the pilot.

    Frank (bbqboy)

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