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1. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Hi,
Now, I know Iceland doesn't come cheap but what would be the cheapest option for a double/twin room in Reykjavik and Vik (southcoast).
A hostelroom in Reykjavik already is about 100 dollar, without bedlinen and breakfast!
Do you think there are other places that can be cheaper, some kind of bed and breakfast maybe? Any specific places you recommend to stay in either of these two cities/towns?

Also, between Snaefellsness Peninsula and the Vatnajokull Glacier, what should I definitely see?
So far, I am totally not attracted to see the Blue Lagoon. are there any travellers who think I am wrong?

Thanks, Michael.

2. Posted by S_Paradise (Full Member 65 posts) 9y

Yeah, if anybody can answer Utrecht's question that would be great. I have been considering booking a flight to Europe via Iceland on Iceland Air for the free stopover, but have been totally turned off by travel costs there.

3. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 9y

You can try the Salvation Army Guesthouse in Reykjavik. It doesn't have a price list on the site, but I think it includes breakfast and it's more downtown than the HI hostel.

In Vik, I think your best bet would be the official HI hostel... It's cheaper if your a HI member.

4. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member 349 posts) 9y

Going to the Blue Lagoon as the very last thing I did on my trip to the UK and stopping over in Iceland was the best thing! I felt like melted butter all the way back, and the plane ride home was the best transatlantic I've had. It's a bit out of the way, but very worth it.

The thing with Iceland is all about the time of year. During the summer months, it's super expensive. If you're willing to go during another time of year, it's so much cheaper. Icelandair has some of the best US-Europe rates, and they allow you up to 72 hours to stop over in Iceland. Not really a lot of time to explore, but enough to see some highlights.

As far as cheaper accomodations, I usually check less trafficked travel sites, like Passion Asia, Precision Reservations, or Hotel Club. I've used all of them before with really good results. It's hard to find low-priced rooms in Iceland, but I hope this helps a little. :)

5. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Quoting angela_

You can try the Salvation Army Guesthouse in Reykjavik. It doesn't have a price list on the site, but I think it includes breakfast and it's more downtown than the HI hostel.

In Vik, I think your best bet would be the official HI hostel... It's cheaper if your a HI member.

Thanks Angela. Looks as great and cheap ways to stay...wonder if the bed in the salvation guesthouse can hold me though....;)

6. Posted by kata_blue (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

Forget the blue lagoon! it's heavily overpriced, all touristy, and there are lots of other very cheap and nice spas in Reykjavik (in the town) where you can relax as well and even meet the locals (my favourites: Sundhöll near the Hallgrimskirkja or the thermal beach behind Reykjavik City Airport).

If you also go north to Lake Myvatn, go to the natural spa there instead, it looks very similar but still more natural (only small wooden buildings, no factory-like hotel).

as to accomodation: the salvation army thing is certainly one of the cheapest, I wasn't there myself but a good friend of mine, and she liked it very much. Just DO NOT go to the YH, it's very far off town and ugly. If you want to stay in Reykjavik longer, you might consider renting a room from a student - some of them are away during the summer and sublet them. Just talk to anyone you meet in bars at night :)