Ever since I can remember I have disliked traveling by bus. One of the reasons for it is that I have a tendency to get “car sick” and it happens a lot more frequently when I’m in a bus. So if I have the option I prefer traveling by car. It’s so much more convenient. But at times you don’t have the option so then I guess it’s good that you can take the bus.
Since I came to Iceland I have traveled by bus, between Reykjavik and Akureyri twice. The first time was when I first came here, I landed in Akureyri and since Doddi was in Reykjavik I had to take the bus there to be with him. That bus trip when kind of okay. The bus driver did seem a bit confused at times, and it was super cold in the bus, but other than that it was fine. Second time was last Friday when Doddi and I were going to Akureyri for a family thing, and since we were going to take Doddi’s Jeep with us from Akureyri to have in Reykjavik, we didn’t really have any other choice than to take the bus. This bus ride was NOT as comfortable as the first one. First of all we got a lot older bus, and a bus driver that probably never had driven that bus. Which meant that every time he switched gears you could feel it, and he had huge problems finding the right gears. In the beginning I was feeling a bit sorry for him, but thought that he would soon get the hang of it. But I was wrong. We went the whole way with him never learning the bus and at times Doddi just wanted to go up to him and ask if he could drive the bus instead 😉 Am sure he would have done a better job. As bad as this was was still not the worst part of our trip. During the long drives between Reykjavik and Akureyri they of course do a few stops, most of them are just for 5 minutes or so, but there is one were the bus stops for 20 minutes or something so that people can get off the bus to go to the bathroom and get something to eat. The bus driver normally announces this in the speakers to let people know for how long he’s stopping there. This bus driver said nothing, but since Doddi has taken this bus a few times before he of course knew about this so we just went off the bus and went inside to get something to eat. We order our food and then went sit down by the window so that we can see the bus, while we wait for our food. Doddi goes to the bathroom and when he comes back he looks out the window and what does he see? Not the bus… The bus is gone, and he has left us behind! And we are hours away from Akureyri. How could this happen you ask, well the bus driver is suppose to always check the bus that everybody who’s suppose to be on the bus really is there. For some reason our bus driver didn’t do that this time, and so he had just driven away with us still waiting for our food. Luckily Doddis sister works for the bus company so we called her and she got in contact with the bus driver and told him that he had left some of his passengers behind. So he had to turn the bus around and come back and get us. While we’re standing there waiting for the bus to come back I see a man I recognized from the bus, and it turned out he had been left behind too.
Even if the bus ride wasn’t very pleasant we did get to Akureyri in the end, and we did get our food, even if we had to eat it in the bus 😉 All well that ends well I guess!
To all of you Iceland travelers, if you ever go by bus between the cities here, please remember this story and be careful, you do NOT want to be left behind 😉