I'm really keen to check out Iceland in November/December.
A few questions:
1. Is it possible to do it on the cheap? I've heard it is very expensive...
2. How many days would be sufficient? I am thinking about 7 days....is that too long?
3. Will it be freeeeezing in November/December?
4. What are some highlights/must see places?
Cheers for you help guys!!
1. To be completely honest: no, it is not possible to do it on the cheap.
2. No, that's not too long, if you leave Reykjavík and tour the inner parts of the country. There's not so many things to see and do in Reykjavík, after all.
3. Yes, but mainly because of the piercing and chilly wind, not because of the air temperature. Be sure to take some windproof and waterproof clothes with you! The weather changes constantly.
4. Reykjavík, Blue Lagoon, the Geysir Area, Akureyri, Mývatn, Reykholt (the place where Snorri Sturluson lived and was murdered in 1227).
I was in Iceland last week. It's the most expensive place I've ever visited. I spent a week there and thought it was just right. You can do a circle tour of the island in a week so you don't waste time backtracking. I rented a car which was a perfect way to explore the island, but it cost around US$130/day & gas was US$1.75/liter. If you go in Nov. you'd definitely need a week because the days will be much shorter. I don't think cold will be your problem, the main difference will be the decreased daylight. In the Summer it really never gets dark, so you can see a lot every day. I'd suggest packing lots of snacks so you don't have to eat out unless you're really hungry.
In addition to the places mantioned by lugosi, the penninsula north of Reykjavik is really pretty & my favorite place (a don't miss place) was the iceberg filled lagoon on the south coast at Jokulsarlon.
Also, everyone speaks English and theree aare lots of excellent brochures to help you decide what you want to see.
If you are really on a budget, I'd visit another country. I personally found my expenses to be around 6-10 times greater in Iceland than say in a cheap destination like India. But if you have the money, it's a beautiful place to visit.
Just wanted to tell you, travel100, that the "iceberg filled lagoon on the south coast" is actually called Jökulsárlón..
But, Salnaish, when in Reykjavík you might want to get a Reykjavík Tourist Card. It will save you some money when sightseeing.
If your going to travel around the country, you can get a bus pass at the Tourist info centre in Aðalstræti in downtown Reykjavík .
Thanks angela_, but I wouldn't even know where to begin to get all those little funny marks above the word. I'd hate to ever be in a "spelling bee" in Iceland. I could only pronounce around 2 words in Icelandic, it was actually a little embarrassing to ask how to get to the "a" place or tell someone I really liked the icebergs down at the "j" place.
Anyway, I wanted to tell you that I was thoughly impressed with your country. It's probably the only place I've visited where I was convinced that the standard of living was higher than where I live. All the people are so educated, everything is so modern & clean, and as you know the scenery is Amazing & so diverse.
By the way, I was trying to suggest a visit to the peninsula North of Reykjavik, but didn't even want to try and spell it from memory. So maybe you can post it...it's the "s" place with the glaceir on the volcano.