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1. Posted by maria lua (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

hi there!
1st - thanks for this fantastic forum an for all of travellers point people!

it's my firt post in this forum.
i'm planning a trip to iceland next summer, probably one week, can anyone give some advices?

what should i visit? i think i'm going alone, it's safe?

thanx a lot :)

maria

2. Posted by carosterns (Respected Member 159 posts) 10y

Maria,
I have just been to Iceland and it is amazing but be aware, all of the rumours you hear about it being expensive are true. It is certainly safe to go on your own if you are staying in Reykjavik but if you plan to go hiking the weather changes on a whim and because of the volcanic activity there are lots of sink holes appearing through the country side so don't do it alone.
An absolute must do on the way in from Keflavik (the airport) or heading back, is the Blue Lagoon. Reykjavik Excursions run the Flybus (bus from the airport) and do a deal for the ticket to the airport from Reykjavik with entry to the Lagoon. There are big lockers so you can safely store your luggage while swimming in the lagoon.
In the summer the waterfalls are spectacular and I thought the coutnry side was absolutely fabulouse.
There are a number of general tours out of Reykjavik if you aren't hiring a car and but you can catch a bus to most of the towns.

3. Posted by Eurotravel (Budding Member 22 posts) 10y

Maria

I spent a week in Iceland and had a wonderful time! I have documented my journey in my website.

Unfortunately, the low point of my visit was the Blue Lagoon. Soaking in water run off from an electric plant just did not relax me.

Iceland has a ring road that travels the perimeter of the island and I strongly recommend renting a car and driving the loop. It is amazing. The drive is about 1000 KM or so, which is easily doable in about 4-5 days. You can then spend the rest of the time in Reykjavik or the Westman Islands.

Iceland is a very safe when considering crime. But I do agree that if you are hiking or wandering by yourself, there is no where on earth that it safe as you can easily get lost, stuck, injured, etc. You should always off road adventures with a buddy.

Gene

[ Edit: Edited at Sep 16, 2006 4:21 AM by Eurotravel ]

4. Posted by carosterns (Respected Member 159 posts) 10y

Gene,
Sorry to hear you didn't like soaking in the Blue Lagoon. I delgihted in the change to warm up and my skin felt fabulous after a good steaming and mud pack.
Trust me, the water is a lot cleaner than most of the oceans you will swim in - do you know what gets dumped in our oceans??!!?