Iceland in March

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1. Posted by Deeom (Budding Member 3 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Hello,

I am seeking some advice regarding a trip I am planning to Iceland in March. Due to flight availability I will arrive afternoon Saturday and depart very early on the following Thursday. I have found a a multi day tour for either 3 or 3 nights. The 3 night 4 day would leave the day after I arrive and ahve me back 8pm the evening before departure. Highlights include Þingvellir National Park & Geysir, Waterfalls, Glacier Hike on Europe's Largest Glacier,Ice Caving, Black Sand Beach & Diamond Beach and Seal colony. I really like the itinary however this would mean I don't have any time except the evening of my arrival day in Reykjavik. The shorter tour is good and would allow me one day in the city. I am leaning towards the longer trip but I wnated to get some insights from those who have seen Iceland, is missing the chance to see and explore in Reykjavik a mistake ?

Thanks so much Dee

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 6010 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Reykjavik is a pretty nice city to be sure. Well, "town" really. I spent about three days there on a 16 day trip, and enjoyed the time, though the last day was pushing it a bit (luckily I stumbled on a random quirky private volcano 'museum' and spent several hours sampling and buying CDs from local artists in a music store).

In the end, though, you don't go to Iceland for a city, no matter how nice. You go for the nature, so more of that definitely sounds like the way to go.

3. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2906 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Sounds like the tour goes across the south coast. There's lot of very impressive stuff to see there.

Could you give a bit more detail, like the differences between the two tours?

Reykjavik is a great town, with plenty to fill your time, but it's hard to say which I would choose without knowing which bits of the south coast tour you would miss out on by doing the shorter tour.

4. Posted by Deeom (Budding Member 3 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Thanks so much to both responders, very helpful.

4 day tour
Day 1 YTRI TUNGA BEACH AND SEAL COLONY
LÓNDRANGAR AND BASALT CLIFFS
ARNARSTAPI FISHING VILLAGE
DJÚPALÓNSSANDUR
“THE CHURCH MOUNTAIN” KIRKJUFELL AND KIRKJUFELLSFOSS WATERFALL

Basically after that both trips cover the same but I would miss day 1 sights if I took the 3 day trip.

I am overall more interested in the countryside than cities in general but I know Reykjavik has some lovely places to see also.

Thanks Deirdre

5. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2906 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Ah okay so that's a one day visit to the Snaefellsnes peninsula ahead of what sounds like a Southern Iceland main tour. I've not visited Snaefellsnes but I've researched it for a possible future trip.

I'd do the tour rather than extra time in Reykjavik.

With an evening in town I'd try to see Hallgrim's church as the main sight, and walk around to soak up the feel of the town. Walk past city hall and Tjornin lake.

With extra time in town the sights are fairly mid-level, things like the pearl (Perlan) dome and restaurant on top of a water tower, city hall with a model Iceland relief map, the volcano museum, the penis museum, hot pools (Laugardaleslaug). Interesting time-fillers but not as interesting to me as the Snaefellsnes landscapes.

6. Posted by Deeom (Budding Member 3 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Hi,

Thanks, first trip I think i will focus on the countryside and hopefully may visit again another time and take in the city too, really appreciate the advice.

Thanks Dee