Using Reykjavik Backpackers and Akureyi Backpackers as a base
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Aug 20, 2013 5:42 AM Last Post By: jedgerandclyde
Aug 18, 2013 11:28 AM
Using Reykjavik Backpackers and Akureyi Backpackers as a baseI'm a solo backpacker who wants to be social and also see the best nature every day. I have 9 days, so if I spend half in Reykjavik Hostel, do their day trips and then go to Akruyeri Hostel and do their day trips, partying back at the hostel every night. Has anybody done this? I don't want to miss out on the best sights
Aug 18, 2013 12:39 PM
Aug 19, 2013 12:33 AM
Aug 19, 2013 7:20 AM
3What I meant is there is a trade off - by staying at a hostel you waste time backtracking with multiple day trips, but you get more comfortable accommodation and access to Reykjavik's bars and restaurants.
Sure there are people (especially couples) who wouldn't mind camping in solitude next to a waterfall, but I am here to enjoy myself and not on a scavenger hunt to collect photos in front of each sight. This means I don't need/want to see redundant sights (1 waterfall is enough, but I want it to be the most impressive one). I want to experience the city life of Reyjavik at night only while hiking someplace that's 2-4 hours away each day and napping (or pregaming) on the bus ride back to the city.
Aug 19, 2013 9:29 AM
4The tours that they sell in youth hostels are basically the same tours sold to everyone in hotels etc in town, but they may give you a bit of a discount if you buy in the hostel or the campsite. So look on the web what the popular daytours are, and realise that the price you pay won't be very different from those.
It's not particularly easy to go sightseeing by public transport in Iceland, though there may be a few places you can feasibly get to like that. Indeed if public transport goes to a tourist site, it can be the same as going on a tour. But there are some options by basic public transport, albeit not very many. For example, if you want to go and hike in the Hengill region behind Hveragerdi, details here, www.or.is/sites/default/files/hiking_trails_in_the_hengill_area.pdf, warm stream included, it is feasible and fairly cheap to take the reasonably frequent buses there and back from Reykjavik. But in general, if you haven't got a hire car, then staying in the places where lots of tours run from and going on a lot of daytours, expensive as they are, is the only feasible option if you haven't booked a multiday tour long in advance. Once you get there, it will be pretty obvious what the tour options are and you'll probably have lots of opinions to guide you.
Aug 20, 2013 1:51 AM
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