Iceland - only three days
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Apr 1, 2013 3:59 AM Last Post By: akimowitsch
Mar 14, 2013 4:31 AM
Iceland - only three daysHi,
at the end of April I will be staying in Iceland, but only for three days. I'm eager to see some of Iceland's fantastic nature - which places should I definitively visit? Unfortunately I have a very tight budget and cannot afford expensive tours/accommodation.
I'm looking forward to your feedback!
Mar 14, 2013 5:25 AM
1In saying you cannot afford expensive tours, do you mean you think all the tours are expensive so you won't go on any? Or are you saying you can only afford the cheaper tours?
I hope you mean the latter. Because there isn't a cheap public transport option to see stuff in Iceland. Such public transport that goes to interesting tourist sites costs the same as a tour, indeed is largely indistinguishable from a tour. So the attitude "all the tours are too expensive" translates to "everything is too expensive."
I would argue that the single most remarkable sight in Iceland is Geysir, because tall regularly erupting geysers are very rare on this planet of ours. The Golden Circle Tour, which includes Geysir and some other popular sights, being the most popular tour, has more than one operator in competition, and thus is one of the cheaper tours available, and probably the best value for money. I realise that what I am suggesting is hardly original, but there is a reason it is the most popular tour. If you have slightly more money you might hire a car and drive about and have more flexibility to see those sights and some others of your own choice (read a guide book). Indeed if there is more than one of you, it will be cheaper to hire the car than to go on any tour or use public transport.
There are hostels you can stay in. Book early.
Mar 20, 2013 5:14 AM
2Hi, I'm just back from a week in Iceland and I agree the Golden Circle tour is a very good introduction to Icelandic landscape. I travelled with Gateway to Iceland tour company on the recommendation from the local Tourist Office as they use smaller buses, maybe 20ppl max instead of the larger coaches. I found the tour very well organised and would recommend it. As iviehoff said there are multiple companies running the tours though so shop around and I would try to book online for discounts where you can.
I would also recommend the Walk on the Ice Side tour that Reykjavik Excursions operate. Again smaller buses, includes a 3hour guided hike on a glacier and stops at two waterfalls on the way home, well worth it.
Also the snorkelling tour in the Silfra rift between the continental plates was a brilliant experience which I would highly recommend, only takes a half day to do so you could fit in some time in/around Reykjavik that day too. I went with Dive.is company but there are other companies that operate there too I think.
For hot springs I would recommend one of the many pools that are in Reykjavik rather than the Blue Lagoon. I enjoyed the lagoon, but on a budget the pools are a much better option.
Mar 23, 2013 11:04 AM
3Public transport is available and not expensive:http://www.straeto.is/english/plan-your-journey/schedules-and-maps
Mar 26, 2013 7:25 AM
Mar 26, 2013 9:43 AM
in term of accommodation, Avril is still low season so you get room cheaper than in June/August. Guesthouses are less expensives tha hotels. And you also have the youth hostels (2 in Reykjavik).
You can safe by coming with your sleeping bags. You can then ask for sleeping bag accommodation, that are cheaper. If you don´t want to come with them, you can rent them, at backpacker hostel or iceland camping equipment for example.
Apr 1, 2013 3:59 AM
thanks for all the feedback! I have changed my plans a little bit and will stay for five entire days, together with a friend. We're thinking about renting a car and doing trips around the Golden Circle, also to Snaefellsjoekull and maybe to the south coast (Vik).
Which kind of car would be suited for these destionations and this time of year? (29/04 - 03/05)? Can you recommend any car rental that is budget-friendly and reliable?
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