GREETINGS FROM ICELAND
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Iceland is a dream location and I’m excited to tell you we finally made it. Here’s our extensive guide to itineraries and activities including waterfalls, glaciers and the Northern Lights) and travel tips for a trip to Iceland:
- Iceland itinerary and car rental tips
- Planning your honeymoon
- How much does Iceland cost?
- Hikes in Iceland
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 – potentially closed to the public
- Jökulsárlón glacial lake
- 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 in Reykjavik
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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-£10.
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 the 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.
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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When countries are as expensive as Iceland, it’s time to start a travel blog + save cash!