Iceland: October 2017
Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) is probably the nicest terminal at LAX, although the food is still airport food and the waiting in line to board is still, well, waiting in line to board. Had to remember to stock up on snacks and water because WOW Air charges for everything onboard.
Surprisingly, aside from the lack of any customer service or any amenities onboard, the seat had decent legroom. Which was about the only positive I can think of, 'cause the seat itself was extremely flat and unsupportive, and the cabin crew never closed the shades, resulting in blinding sunlight filling the cabin about half into the flight. Considering we'd taken off at ~10pm and sleeping was difficult enough to start with in these seats, this was extra painful.
Arrival was uneventful and Keflavik Airport is quite pleasant, done in the modern Nordic wood and vast expanses of glass. Reykjavik Excursions appears to be the local monopoly on transportation, but to their credit they do a decent job for a monopoly, and soon enough, they deliver you to the Reykjavik bus station, and then stick you on a different Reykjavik Excursions bus for the last kilometer to your hotel. It's a bit time-consuming, but it's waaaay cheaper than the other options.
Exploring Reykjavik at long last by mid-afternoon: found that the downtown area is quite compact. There's a great view from the tower of Hallgrimskirkja church if you get there early enough-- sadly I missed it by a few minutes! Made it over to the Harpa opera house before it got dark-- and then had a very decent seafood dinner at Fiskmarkadurinn. Cured trout, haddock, salmon, and a non-fish item (lamb), plus the wine pairing worked well. Delicious but not cheap; considering nothing in Iceland is cheap, that's not a surprise!