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1. Posted by TonyWright (Full Member 49 posts) 10y

Hey there. I'm backpacking around Iceland for three weeks next month and would appreciate any tips whatsoever. I've previously only travelled Mexico. I'm 22 from England.

Information I'd really be grateful of would be along the lines of places to visit, hostels worth staying at, what kind of budget you think I'll need etc etc. All the basics really.

Thanks in advance. I look forward to hearing any suggestions or comments you have.

Tony.

2. Posted by lugosi (Budding Member 28 posts) 10y

OK, first of all, Iceland is notoriously one of the most expensive countries in the world, so all the prices will make you want to cry.
But beside that, be prepared for the piercing and chilly wind that haunts every traveller in Iceland, even in the summer. Remember to pack a warm pullover and some waterproof jacket, for the weather in Iceland changes constantly.
About places to visit... Reykjavík is the obvious first destination. Go to Laugavegur, the main shopping street and remember to visit the famous ice bar! It is also worth the trouble to go to Kringla (shopping centre) where you can find a Hard Rock Café! You may also want to see the statue of Leifur Eiriksson, the founder of the Vinland Viking settlement (North America).
Then leave Reykjavík, and go in-land, to the lovely small town of Laugardalur, where you can spend the night at Edda hotel. On your way there, be sure to stop near the Blue Lagoon, where you can take the bath of a lifetime! Trust me, it is a MUST.
A couple more suggestions: Akureyri, the capital of the northern parts of the country, a beautiful town. You can also make a trip to Mývatn, famous for its lively flora and bird population.
Then if you are up North, go and see the place where Snorri Sturluson, the famous writer, was murdered in 1227. The place is called Reykholt.
And don't forget to check out the geysirs and huge lava fields! :)

Enjoy your stay in Iceland!

[ Edit: Edited at Jul 23, 2006 11:30 PM by lugosi ]

3. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 10y

woah all kinds of expensive! I think I paid on averave 8 dollars for a beer!!! terrible. You will need a massive budget!

But visit the blue lagoon - wonderful place to chill out for a day or evening.....

4. Posted by cruisegirl (Respected Member 244 posts) 10y

Expensive, YES!!! I think we paid about $100 us for a lunch of pizza and beer when we were in Akureyri. I've also been to Seydisfjordur and Isafjordur, which are smaller, but definitely charming. Seydisfjordur has some very nice hiking trails close to town, which offered fantastic views. Unfortunately, I am not familiar with hotels since the ship sailed in the evening, sorry! The Blue Lagoon is an abolute MUST! You can catch a bus that takes you from the BSI Bus Terminal in Reykjavik and costs about Isk 3.900 I think.

I was there in July and the climate was cool, but comfortable. We generally layered up a bit, t-shirts and jeans and jumpers. The evenings (out on the sea) called for hats and scarves, but was worth it to see the sun at midnight. Some days were just downright miserable and misty and rainy, so be sure to pack a waterproof jacket.

I went to a website for IcelandAir Holidays, and they sent me some beautiful brochures and a dvd. Even though you are not going for the package holiday, the brochures have some fabulous pictures and maybe create some ideas for you!

Enjoy!

5. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 10y

I'm in Iceland now. I Spent the last 8 days traveling around the country. The scenery is amazing. My favorite was the iceberg filled glacier at Jokulsarlon. There's a lot to see in a relatively small area. Almost everybody speaks English so it's very easy to get information, etc..

I've been a lot of places and this is by far the most expensive place I've ever been. It's acually unbelievable how expensive stuff is . The good news is the tap water is free and excellent. Other than that be prepared to spend more than you probably think you will. Later on I'll post a little more about the places that I enjoyed the most.

6. Posted by zoeremund (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y

i am also traveling round iceland next month for only a week
im an australian so the exchange rate is going to be a shocker, and from reading your posts i think im going to be sheding a few tears over the money issue
can anyone tell me the cheapest place to stay in reykjavik??