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Northern lights, countless expanse, lava rocks and wool sweaters. I imagined that beneath Iceland after I spontaneously blocked per week in my calendar three months in the past.
However Iceland is huge, sadly not low cost and provides far more to see and do than would even slot in per week.
So my week needed to be crammed and crammed as finest as attainable.
After analysis, Pinterest stalking and many useful suggestions, I could not have spent my week in Iceland higher on reflection.
That will help you on an equally stunning journey to Iceland, I’ve gathered all my findings and suggestions for you right here:
• Street journeys vs. Excursions – the benefits and drawbacks •
In Iceland you principally have two choices to discover the island: both you benefit from the various tour provides that aren’t to be scoffed at and in my view usually are not that costly, otherwise you hire your individual automotive.
There isn’t any query that independence and spontaneity are unbeatable with a rental automotive. And particularly in case you are not alone, that is an inexpensive model of Iceland exploration.
Worth instance: A rental automotive (station wagon) from Sixt for 3 days, together with tank fillings and divided by two, prices round € 220
You may get this cheaper with a small automotive, after all, however it’s completely not beneficial in winter climate situations in Iceland.
Sadly, the rental automotive loses, as a result of the various excursions which can be provided in all places are extra relaxed.
You do not have to fret about climate and storm forecasts (as a result of then the excursions merely will not happen) and you may sit again and loosen up within the bus and benefit from the view as an alternative of driving.
Particularly in case you are stunned by a snow storm on the way in which, you would not have to fret about whether or not it’s secure to drive again or proceed.
The bus drivers are used to those climate situations and drive even in conditions the place you is perhaps overwhelmed.
- Golden Circle Tour = approx. € 65
- Northern Lights Tour = round € 43
• The lodging •
I used to be fortunate sufficient to be supported by AirBnB throughout my journey and was in a position to decide on lodging for per week on the platform.
I could not have accomplished higher! (Key phrase: Northern lights view from my room …)
However since I’ve been reserving most of my lodging there for nearly a yr now, AirBnB can have an in depth article subsequent week for lodging for ladies touring alone!
If you wish to take a look at AirBnB your self, I offers you € 35 on your first evening!
There are some hostels in Reykjavik that aren’t low cost (which is in Iceland’s nature), however make an excellent impression from evaluations and photos.
However, I made a decision to have my very own room at AirBnB. I am slowly rising out of the hostel life …
• Culinary highlights in Reykjavik •
My absolute favourite place in Reykjavik!
In all probability already biased by the color-coordinated bookshelves (I am really easy to impress …), the veggie burger has fully received my coronary heart.
I nonetheless languish now after I consider it …
The web is robust and freed from cost, so additionally it is worthwhile to go right here for a scorching chai latte and perform a little research.
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You might be in the proper place for a chocolate shock infusion. The chocolate cake within the cup virtually kills you, however can also be good for dying. So that enhances one another nicely.
I particularly loved stress-free right here within the window in one of many outdated armchairs and watching the individuals on the road.
Shortly earlier than or after the ascent and the view from the gorgeous church, Hallgrímskirkja you may loosen up in a comfy nook and strengthen your self with the vegetarian chilli and nachos.
You simply must watch out to not get misplaced right here.
• From A to B – Transport & Prices •
I flew with WowAir and located flights from € 99 (with out baggage declare), however I used to be advised on Fb that additionally it is less expensive.
It’s best to observe a flight search engine for a couple of days and search for bargains there.
The Flybus runs from Kevlavik Airport to the middle and even to your lodging (whether it is listed).
Prices: 1,950 ISK (about 13 €)
You will discover departure instances and reserving choices right here.
Buses in Reykjavik
Town buses had the uncomfortable method of driving previous me (which was in all probability on account of me as a result of I had crawled into the nook within the purple bus shelter), however the bus drivers are very good for that.
Prices: A bus journey prices 450 ISK (approx. € 3) when you drive out of the middle. Warning: Right here you pay appropriately! there is no such thing as a change on the bus.
You will discover all bus routes and timetables right here.
Bonus tip: Right here I discovered a fantastic conversion desk that I had simply saved as a screenshot on my cell phone proper initially.
• The packing record extras for Iceland •
Wind and weatherproof jacket
Instantly after I got here again to Germany in February I began searching for winter jackets, in all probability with Iceland in thoughts.
As an alternative of an excellent purposeful jacket, I opted as an alternative for a thick hooded jacket and did not remorse shopping for it for a second.
Irrespective of which jacket you select, take note of the next factors:
- If it rains or snows, it should not depart you moist proper all the way down to your pores and skin
- Good feeding that retains you cozy and heat (mine has teddy fur inside – unbeatable)
- Good cuffs and cuffs on the fingers and on the finish of the coat in order that the wind cannot blow by
- Ideally, an excellent, heat and lined hat that can also be straightforward to drag on (I did not have to pack an extra hat as a result of teddy fur in my jacket hat. This protects the packing record and the hand baggage restrict!)
With every little thing you pack, understand that you’ll most probably have to decorate and undress consistently.
Into the automotive, two shifts much less. Out to take photos, everybody again on.
Into the café, 5 layers down.
I normally wore a t-shirt or lengthy shirt, my thick sweat jacket with a hood over it after which the thick jacket.
If you wish to optimize that, purposeful underwear, a softshell jacket and a purposeful winter jacket are worthwhile.
On lengthy journeys by winter that makes excellent sense, for me and a single week, the cost-benefit issue has probably not been proven.
I did not purchase purposeful underwear, however I had the thermal tights from dm with me. You might be unbeatable!
Roughened on the within and easy and windproof on the surface. In Iceland I all the time wore them beneath regular pants, however in autumn and spring they’re additionally ideally suited beneath skirts.
Lined, waterproof footwear
You undoubtedly do not wish to save right here!
Discover a pair of well-fitting, lined sneakers that may face up to rain, snow and puddles at the very least above ankle top.
Nothing is worse than moist, chilly ft. I wish to say, particularly for us ladies …
Remember to interrupt them in or pack at the very least good heel and blister plasters as plan B and for easy-going individuals (like me).
After not utilizing it in scorching international locations for a very long time, the primary course was again to the falcon sock stand. I’ve had the Falke ladies’s trekking socks a number of instances (and sadly I’ve already left them in Paris and Eire) and I purchase them time and again.
The value scares me a little bit each time, however they’re indestructible and if I did not lose them time and again, I’d nonetheless have my first pair.
Hat & gloves
If you do not have a hat built-in into your jacket, search for a windproof (!) Hat, ideally with a fleece interior half on the ears.
We lose a lot of the warmth over our heads, so take note of high quality right here. It may very well be your most necessary utensil when making an attempt to not freeze.
The identical applies to the gloves. Be certain they offer you as a lot freedom of motion as attainable! I failed with mine as a result of I couldn’t function the small buttons on the digital camera and was shortly irritated.
If you wish to take loads of photos, take the digital camera with you to purchase gloves and take a look at it.
If you wish to take photos along with your mobile phone, you may wish to attempt the new-fashioned gloves, which even have TouchPad-sensitive patches in your index fingers.
• What about safety as a solo traveler? •
A number of final however necessary phrases in regards to the security issue as a solo traveler:
It might hardly be as nice for us single vacationers in one other place as in Iceland!
Icelanders depart doorways and automobiles unlocked and the crime charge is minimal. It might be as a result of island issue, however you may actually really feel how relaxed issues are right here.
I used to be alone within the streets within the night and felt completely secure (but in addition with the data that so many feminine solo vacationers rave about it).
So I put the entire group of my Iceland week on this article and hopefully it made yours a little bit bit simpler!
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