GREETINGS FROM ICELAND
WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO?
Iceland is a dream and one that will hopefully be reality this summer. I’ve research extensively a variety of itineraries with a few winter activities thrown in (yes, those dazzling Northern Lights) and travel tips for a trip to Iceland, which you can read in detail here:
THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
- Thingvellir National Park
- Geysir hot springs – The Great Geysir
- Gullfoss aka the Golden Waterfall
- Iceland’s second biggest glacier, Langjokull
- The Golden Circle Tour
- Water-sports in the Hvítá River
- Short hike to the American wreck DC-3 plane on Sólheimasandur Beach (4km)
- Watch the sun come up at Seljalandsfoss waterfall
- Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon – Looks like Scotland!
- Jökulsárlón glacial lake
- the Vatna Glacier
- Whale watching at Akureyri
- Dettifoss waterfall
- The north’s equivalent to the Blue Lagoon, Mývatn Nature Baths
- Snæfellsnes aka “Little Iceland”
- Hike Mount Esjan
- City life at Reykjavik
ESSENTIAL ICELAND TRAVEL ADVICE
Iceland uses the Icelandic Krona (ISK kr). For best rates see here. ATMs are widely available in the cities. Most credit cards are accepted. Tipping in Iceland is not essential but appreciated. Iceland is expensive; it’s the 5th most expensive country to live in according to Numbeo’s poll. Bónus is a well-known budget supermarket, which is funny because one of Britain’s cheapest supermarket is called Iceland! A beer will set you back around £7.50.
Unfortunately, Iceland is not very well connected by public transport. Many visitors hire cars (although this is deterred in winter unless you are familiar with Canadian roads) or participate in group tours.
Lower end hotels in Reykjavík start at £51.24 / $63 but more commonly £73.20 / $90 going all the way up to £813 / $1000 per night! At this point in the travel guide I usually say that a cheaper accommodation alternative are hostels in Iceland however, they really are not that cheap starting at £18 / $22.31 for a dorm bed. There are over 300 rentals with Airbnb in Iceland which is a great cheap(ish) alternative to those looking for some privacy. An entire house averages at £116 but can be found for £60 – £70 per night. New to Airbnb? We’ve used it all over the world. Sign up using our referral code for a discounted rate (handy for these extortionate prices) and we’ll get credit too. Takk!
You must have at least three months on your passport to enter Iceland, my friends were turned away at the airport for their honeymoon because of this rule! Brits and U.S citizens do not need a visa for visiting, for all other nationalities see here.
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ICELAND: THE LAND OF FIRE AND ICE