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Reykjavik and Around in 4 Days

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I'm going to Iceland for 4 days with one friend. I'm looking forward to Northern lights chasing and highlights of Reykjavik & around.. Also note that 1) I have a small fracture in my foot, so can't do something strenuous such as hiking. 2) Neither of us drive.

Iceland (March 13th to March 17th) :

Hi Anwesha, 


Here it goes - 


March 13th - Stay overnight at Hotel Berg near KeflaviK


March 14th - You have two options : (Keep in mind, public transport in Iceland in non existent, so rely mostly on booking tours or renting a car. Taxis are available but expensive. 


1) Go to Blue Lagoon on your way to Reykjavik


blue lagoon


Blue Lagoon is in Grindavik near Keflavik (~15 kms) so makes sense to go there either on your way from airport or on your way to airport. I would classify this as a must do place and you can buy tickets online or at Blue Lagoon itself (long lines expected). If you want a massage, def book beforehand. This is a geothermal spa where they pump water up from geothermal springs underneath. 


Many tour buses pick you up from airport/hotel near airport and drop you at blue lagoon, pick you up from blue lagoon and drop you at your hotel in Reykjavik (~15 Pounds). You can also hail a taxi but those are more expensive for the whole tour (~75 pounds). reykjavik excursions, iceland excursions, flybus, tour.is (many tour operators do this). World recommend booking this tour online as you do not want to be hassled that day. These buses also store yoru luggage for you while you are at Blue Lagoon. 


2) Go to Reykjavic directly 


Same tour companies will take you to reykjavic directly. Keep in mind, the buses are an an interval so would recommened planning accordingly. I saw Iceland, Reykjavik excursions stand in the airport terminal if you wanted to book on arriving. 


Roam around in Reykjavik if you are not tired. Hotel Centrum is near the city center and most shops, cafes, restaurants are nearby and walking distance. 


Northern Lights tour - Gateway to Iceland sounds great and they are a little expensive as compared to others but a mini bus is more personal experience and they also provide hot choclate which you will really appreciate once you are out in cold.


northern lights


March 15th - I would recommend booking a Golden circle tour for this day (Pingvellir national park, Geysir hot spring & Gulfoss waterfall). It's almost a half day tour and the tour operators will pick you up and drop you back at the hotel. You can book online or just book using your hotel concierge or from teh tourism center near city center. This tour will be approximately  ~40 - 50 pounds. DO TRY to eat at hotel geysir's restaurant near Geysir as their lamb chops, whale steak, lobster and beef carpaccio are amazing. 


Gersir erupting


You can also check out city's nightlife as this will be a Saturday. Iceland is known for it's rock scene and Iceland waves (in oct) is one of their very popular music festivals. usually, some bars will have live music going on and you can check with the concierge. Otherwise you can check out Lebowski bar, Slipping bar at Marina, Hoftif night club, Austere club and several other bars in the same area in city center. 


March 16th - You can book several tours this day or just decide to chill in Reykjavik, see the cathedral, the frozen lake, try rye bread ice cream at cafe Loki or eat at the restraurants near Marina or do some souvenir shopping.  


If you do want to take another tour -


1) You can do the south shore tour which takes you to Skofgass waterfall and others, the beautfiful village of Vik and near the Eyjafjallajokull volcano that erupted in 2010 or Myrdalsjkull glacier. Some tours even take you to Hekla volcano. Different tour give you differrent options. 


Beach at Vik


2) You can do a volcano and glacier (solheimajokull) walk in the north east of Reykjavik as well


3) You can also do a whale watching tour


whale watching


March 17th -  Use this day to either explore more of Reykjavik if you have not already or go to Blue Lagoon if you have not already or buy some lapopuesa (Icelandic sweater) or souveniers. Since your flight is at 4:30, you need to be at the airport by 2:30 /3 and hence need to catch the 2 PM bus from blue lagoon if you do it that day. In that case, you should plan on reaching at the earliest so you have a few hours at blue lagoon. 


Carry a great camera and build up an appetite. Bon Voyage. Let me know if you need any more information or changes to your itinerary.

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Parul wrote:   1' tinfoil_xss_in_tag='f1921b5be0b67007dc378a0f177f974eaa219149e899739ee8042a6e97ec1f9b

AK wrote:  

Hi Parul,

 

In response to your qs:

 

Time of travel - When do you plan to travel ? 13 March night (reach Keflavik around 23.00) to 17 March evening (flight out at 16.30)

Any activity preference - Northern lights, Horse riding? Glacier Walk?  Snow mobiling? Spas? There are tour operators for all these activities and I can give you a sense of cost, duration and how best to book.

Northern lights definitely. Glacier walk sounds excellent. Spa is of interest but least priority and no to horse riding. Any possibility of seeing volcanoes/hot springs? Anything about local music?

Cost estimates? Middle of the road. Hoping to keep the net cost below £300 per head, but understand that it's expensive and may be a bit more. 

Type of vacation preference - Am assuming, you would like to take it chill given your foot fracture. 

Actually, I love activities, so how much ever is possible with the impediments of foot and driving restrictions, we'd love to do. 

Any pre bookings made? Yes - Hotel Berg (Keflavik) booked for 13th night, Hotel Reykjavik Centrum for the rest of the nights. Norhern lights chasing tour booked for 14th night with Gateway to Iceland with backup dates till 16th. Let me know if there are better operators though.

Hope this helps!

 

Thanks a lot!

Parul wrote:  

Great, 

Let me take these and get back to you with details. 

 

Thanks

Parul wrote:  

Hi Anwesha, 

 

Please check out the itn I have planned for you. Let me know if you need any more help. 

Overall tips - Carry a good camera and get ready to be blown away by the beuaty of Iceland. 

Parul wrote:  

Now I can't even spell beauty ! :P

AK wrote:  

Again - the previous response didn't get posted! 

Thanks a TON for this - it is UBER helpful. Will sit down tomorrow and book the different things. Am super excited!! Thanks a TON! :) 


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AK wrote:  

Hey Parul,

 

Thanks very much for your suggestions! Had a fantastic time in Iceland even though the northern lights didn't show themselves! The glacier hike and whale watching were the absolutw highlights of the trip. Thanks for suggesting those!

 

xx

Parul wrote:  

Hi Anwesha, 

I am glad to hear that you had a great trip and always happy to help. Just one request, if you can share this in the review section and maybe even pics from your trip - it'll be great reference for others wanting to plan a trip to Iceland.  

 

Thanks,

AK wrote:  

Hmm can you upload only 3 pics?

 

Well anyway - have put some up!


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Thanks!!

Hey Parul,


Thanks very much for your suggestions! Had a fantastic time in Iceland even though the northern lights didn't show themselves! The glacier hike (through Iceland adventures) and whale watching (through Elding) were the absolute highlights of the trip. Thanks for suggesting those!


xx

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Cafe Loki (suggested by Parul)

In Keflavik

Frozen Lake (Suggested by Parul)