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1. Posted by jared.au (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y

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hi everyone,

as luck would have it, my paris-new york leg of my rtw is with icelandair, via reykjavik. could have knocked me down with a feather!

done a little online reading, and two things come up everytime: it's cold (no shit) and it's expensive. i am travelling between christmas and new years, and was wondering what state then city will be in at that point. eg. will it be less expensive then, accommodation availability (hostels preferably) and whether it is possible to really do anything at this time of the year such as geysir or blue lagoon.

i'm a warm-blooded guy from brisbane, down under so have very little understanding about how cold 'cold' really is!

thanks guys.

2. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Hi Jared,

Too bad you didn't ask this question a couple days ago. There is a member, who is a regular poster on the forums, and she lives in Iceland. But yesterday she left on her month long holiday to Europe. She could have told you everything about Iceland. I know that doesn't help much but...anyway, check out this thread, she's the one to look out for.

http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=13359

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

Quoting jared.au

hi everyone,

as luck would have it, my paris-new york leg of my rtw is with icelandair, via reykjavik. could have knocked me down with a feather!

done a little online reading, and two things come up everytime: it's cold (no shit) and it's expensive. i am travelling between christmas and new years, and was wondering what state then city will be in at that point. eg. will it be less expensive then, accommodation availability (hostels preferably) and whether it is possible to really do anything at this time of the year such as geysir or blue lagoon.

i'm a warm-blooded guy from brisbane, down under so have very little understanding about how cold 'cold' really is!

thanks guys.

If it's anything like Norway, this is a COLD time of the year. Last year it was around -20 here that time of the year... and we're in the warm southern part of Norway :) You should still be able to do stuff though. Quite a few hostels here in Oslo actually close this time of year, so you'd probably want to book in advance to be sure of a place to stay. Hopefully someone with some actual travelling experience in Iceland will be able to jump in and help out as well :)

Cheers,

Sam

4. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 11y

hey there
i have been to Iceland twice. Once in October 3 years ago and once for new years (2003)

First all yeah, i have never seen a beer cost 8 american dollars before!!!

And food for 3 cost over a 100 USD at an average restaraunt.

Its crazy expense. BUT worth it for the Blue lagoon. Which I went to each time and the best was on New Years day when its cold outside but oooh so warm in the water.

yeah its very cold there but honestly , coming from Boston its kinda the same weather, cold, snowy, but VERY windy too. The wierdest thing was the 23 hours of Darkness. kinda cool as Im a cold weather, nocturnal person anyway.

The Hostel there sucks. Its actually very clean and tidy but its soooo far away from the city. And in that time of year u wont want to walk the 30-45 min to get to the center. there are buses but they can take 20 min to show up and its a 15 min drive.

Last time i was there we stayed in a BnB which was the same price as the hostel when split 3 ways. and was very clean, modern and in the center. The name escapes me but we found it with a basic web search (not much research). If u find a place, post it here and i can tell u if it was the same place i stayed.

I never left Rekjavik, so i cant help beyond this.
sorry.

5. Posted by jared.au (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y

ok, thanks so much for all the help, keep it coming guys!

one quick question, jeffG, is exactly where is blue lagoon? is it within reykjavik city limits, and how do you go about getting there? it sounds amazing, i'm very keen indeed.

has anybody sampled the local food and drink specialties, some sound weird , but the hot dogs have a great rep? is the local brew, that potatoe schnapps thing, any cheaper than a USD8 beer?

thanks again,

jared.

6. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 11y

Hi Jared.
I'm sorry I can't give you a detailed account of everyting Icelandic but I will try to help a little. The city will be in slow motion between the holidays but everything should be open as usual from the 27th to the 30th. The other days you might find that shops aren't open at their usual times. Accomodation shouldn't be a problem. I recommend staying around the town centre. Preferably in area code 101. You can visit all the usual tourist attractions in the winter, just dress the same as you would if you were going to the north pole. http://www.re.is is a good company for tours around these places. I think they also have a bus that goes to the Blue Lagoon. Also check out http://www.visit.is for tips on travelling to Iceland.
Hope this helps a bit.
Maria