2.5 days traveling solo in September
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Aug 4, 2012 3:28 AM Last Post By: bellsieshell
Jul 9, 2012 11:49 AM
2.5 days traveling solo in SeptemberHi, I'm a 28-yr-old female and I will be traveling alone to Iceland for the first time in September: arriving the morning of the 13th, departing the morning of the 16th. I have read on several sites that the best way to see things if you are on a short time-frame and traveling alone is to do the package tours, but I am on a budget and I'm wondering if there is a better way. I also tend to avoid any sort of package tour or big tour bus, but if you folks tell me that it's the best way to go, I am open to it!!
I basically have 2.5 days, so I am hoping for suggestions on what I must see, and the most budget-friendly way to do it. I want to see natural beauty, and I love to hike/trek if there is any time for that (but I know my trip is so short that I might not have time.)
Thanks in advance for your help!
Jul 10, 2012 12:42 PM
Jul 10, 2012 2:50 PM
2On the rental vs. tour front, here are some rough numbers:
For the sake of comparison, you're on the hook for 4.000-4.500 kr for the round-trip shuttle ride (FlyBus) between Keflavik and Reykjavik. A Golden Circle tour is going to cost in the neighbourhood of 10.000 kr. A return bus fare to the Blue Lagoon is about 3.000 kr. Right there, you're at about 17.000 kr, or roughly 110 EUR. After that, you're on your own for what you want to to with the rest of your time.
For comparison, a Hyundai i10 (compact car, standard transmission) from Geysir Car Rental - with collision and gravel damage insurance - will set you back 175 EUR for the three days, if you pick it up from their office next to the airport: about 5 minutes walking distance from the terminal. The Yaris (automatic transmission) with all the insurance is 222 EUR. If you have a gold credit card that includes collision insurance, take 27 EUR off each of those rental prices. (When you work out your budget, don't forget fuel--the Golden Circle is about 300 km, so add on 20 EUR or so for the circuit.)
If the rest of your time is spent on a whale watching cruise and a horseback riding tour, then a good chunk of your rental fee is 'wasted' sitting in a parking lot somewhere. If you take the car and head out east to Seljalandsfoss, Thorsmork, Skogar, or even Vik - or just go for a hike at Hengill or above Hveragerdi - then the car is well worth it. You pay a premium for the freedom, and a premium for not having to wait for that one slow couple who are always late getting back to the tour bus.
Aug 4, 2012 3:28 AM
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