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DoUrden
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Iceland Trip Review
Very interesting to visit but very expensive, everything from day trips to a bottle of Coke will shock you if you are not ready for it, use the duty free to get what you want. This bottle of Vodka was $80
Image: http://www.drinksdirect.co.uk/acatalog/reyka-iceland-vodka.jpg


Entering the country took all of 20-30 minutes, customs was a sign "something to declare go left, nothing to declare go right, if you go right, you walk out of the airport. I think they are relying on other countries doing their screening, but getting out is another issue, get to the airport at least two hours early, they will question you at least twice about your bags. I think it's because they don't want a black eye with something happening on an outbound flight.

Take a 220/110 converter for cell phone charging and other electronics, this is the one I use LINK .

Reykjavik is the largest city which hold over 2/3 of the population of the country, and tourism is growing like crazy right now, you will probably see as many tourists as you will locals.

Lodging I stayed at Hotel Holt think of it as an oversize guesthouse, the rooms are nice but nothing fancy, but it's less than five minuets walk to the main street with bars, restaurants, and shopping. There are few "traditional" hotels like Hilton and more going in all the time. The staff was great and I got connected with the late night guy Ragnar (no joke) and he helped steer me towards smaller tours instead of the big bus tours.

Day trips, there are a ton, Golden Circle, South Coast, Ice Caves, hot springs, snowmobiling, horseback riding, tours up on the glacier, Norther Lights, etc. I would stay away from Reykjavik Excursions as they are a huge tour company and in my two experiences with them they treated stuff like cattle herding.

I did the Golden Circle (awesome tour) with Grey Line tours, and they were great in all my experiences with them.

Hot Springs, I did Secret Lagoon and it was good but if you are going to do one, just go ahead and book Blue Lagoon, but book AT LEAST a week in advance.

South Shore is another trip I did and it rained all day but still was a good tour, I brought rain gear so I was prepared.

Northern Lights are hit or miss depending on weather, clouds, strength, and if your tour guide finds a clearing. Sadly I did not see them, I went out one night and it was too cloudy, the other nights all tours were canceled.

I didn't go on the Ice Cave tour because it was raining that day also.

Fun facts:
- Icelanders believe in Trolls and Elves, not joking.
- Very few trees, the joke is "if you get lost in an Icelandic forest, just stand up."
- The water you are drinking right now melted from the glaciers 1K years ago and has been being filters for that long, so do drink the water.
- There are toilets on the tours that take credit cards if you don't have coins for them.
- Do not call their horses "ponies" it will offend them, turns our it's one of the purest breed of horses in the world, they banned importing horses to preserve the purity.
- They see one or two polar bears a year and send someone out to shoot them because after floating on ice for weeks they are ravenous and will attack anything.

The food is interesting, and even things like hot dogs aren't quite the same, the Cod and Salmon are very good. I had Icelandic Lobster and it was the size of a large prawn, don't know if it was just the one I got or if they are all that way. Probably the best meal I had was the Lamb Crown at Solon Bistro.

You can eat Horse if you want.


Almost everyone speaks at least enough English to get by so no worries there.

Currency, you don't really need it for much because they take credit cards everywhere.

Tipping, very few place even have a line for a tip on the bill so it's not expected, I used the currency I had for leaving one if I had a great experience, I also used currency to tip the tour guides if they were good. I expect as tourism grows they will learn the way of "give me a tip."


I will probably update this over the next week or so as I see things I left out.

I will post a few pics in the next post, but the rest of the pics and vids can be found Here if you are interested.
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DoUrden
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Church at the top of the hill


Secret Lagoon













And finally meet Hrafnhildur, she was asking me what I was putting in my mouth and I told here "smokeless tobbaco" and asked her if she wanted to try it and she said yes. She said "I quite like this" and I even gave here a couple of cans. She has a dip in in the pics.

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"smokeless tobbaco"


The other Scandinavian countries have smokeless tobacco in pouches. And they put it in their upper lip. Not sure if that's where the "Copenhagen" name comes from.....and thanks for corrupting a cute girl with a nasty habit.
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lsusportsman2
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Iceland looks amazing. Definitely wanna take a trip there before I die.


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Dam Guide
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Did Hrafnhildur dip anything else of yours into her?
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busbeepbeep
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re: Iceland Trip Review
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The bars close down at 1:00 AM and downtown can be quite interesting at this time on Saturday night


False. 1am on Thursday. 5am on Friday/ Saturday. In fact most people don't even go out til after midnight on weekends. Probably pregaming since so expensive.


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AWESOME.



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busbeepbeep
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Northern Lights are hit or miss depending on weather, clouds, strength, and if your tour guide finds a clearing. Sadly I did not see them, I went out one night and it was too cloudy, the other nights all tours were canceled.

I didn't go on the Ice Cave tour because it was raining that day also.


Sorry to hear that. I was hoping to hear how that other ice cave was compared to the one we went to.

Very nice pics


DoUrden
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orry to hear that. I was hoping to hear how that other ice cave was compared to the one we went to.


Yeah the weather wasn't kind to me, but I knew it was a gamble when booking it. It was still a great trip and well worth it.


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MeTarzanYouInsane
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Thanks for the tips. We are going April 9th-14th. We're staying in Reykjavik for 2 nights, a B&B along the golden circle one night, Vik one night and then driving back and flying out. We are renting a vehicle and setting everything up ourselves. Should be fun. We will have a 7 & 9 year old with us so not concerned about the nightlife!


DoUrden
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I need to add these to the OP but two apps I found very useful.

Aurora - It tracks conditions and viewing probability where you are.

LINK

Iceland Maps - Offline , don't let the name fool you, if you have a connection to wifi, or with our phone plan they work in real time, but you can also pull them up for a reference if you don't have access to wifi.

LINK


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LSUButt
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re: Iceland Trip Review
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False. 1am on Thursday. 5am on Friday/ Saturday.


Yea, I definitely walked out of a bar at 5am, drove to the airport to catch my flight out at 8am

There are a million things in Iceland. I'm a bit of an adventurer, but I recommend renting your own vehicle and traveling away from Reykjavik and taking some chances. It's definitely different since it's so close to winter and the weather is worse...but gosh, I still dream of those landscapes and remoteness.

I saw some of the most remarkable sights ever, and 99% of people who go to Iceland won't see them


MeTarzanYouInsane
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We leave on Sunday. Staying in Reykjavik for 2 nights, Laugaras one night and then Vik one night and then driving back and flying out. I'm renting an SUV at the airport. Other than the usual sites, we are pretty much just driving around. Should be a blast even with poor weather.


Shepherd88
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re: Iceland Trip Review
So how expensive was an average dinner? Looking at that menu and using my converter, 6.100KR for the horse is like .05 USD?


jmarto1
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re: Iceland Trip Review
Do you need an international driver's license or does ours work fine there?


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does ours work fine there?
yours will be fine


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busbeepbeep
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6.100KR for the horse is like .05 USD?
your converter is broken.

THat's like $55 USD

edit: you're just confusing the decimal...that's how they thousands in lieu of a comma. so 6100KR for the horse
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DoUrden
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re: Iceland Trip Review
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So how expensive was an average dinner?


A sit down dinner will run you about $40-$80 per person on average depending on what you order not including drinks, or you can elect to eat a lot of hot dogs if you don't want to spend that kind of money.

Image: https://blogs-images.forbes.com/jasonhesse/files/2014/10/Iceland3.jpg?width=960
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Shepherd88
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Thanks for clarifying


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How were the hot dogs? Nightlife?


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