|Godafoss Waterfall, Iceland|
|Dynjandi Waterfall, Iceland|
|Outside of Reykjavik|
$760 - Round-trip Direct Flight from Boston
$1,936 - Payment to Iceland Unlimited (2 week budget car rental, 15 night budget accommodations, Ferry to Westfjords, Whale Watch Trip, Blue Lagoon Entrance, and Travel Agent Services [24-hour contact, map, meeting, cell phone, gps])
$421 - Expenses - 1/3rd of the gas, snacks, souvenirs, snacks
$569 - Food and Drink (Lunches and Dinners only. Breakfast was always included by guesthouses. We often only went out for one large meal a day to save money)
$300 - Extra Excursions (Horseback Riding, Silfra Snorkel, Glacial Bay Boat Tour)
$160 - Third of cost for broken windshield (cracked along trip and had to replace)
And it was worth EVERY PENNY! I'm starting to save for a return trip (the Roth IRA can wait...)
3. Everyone speaks English. - Well, ok...I DID meet one woman who didn't at a rural gas station in North Iceland, but everyone else in the gas station did. Since there are so many European tourists, English has become the "tourist language" and most menus, products, and signs were in English - even in rural areas.
|Walking on ice - bring a jacket|
4. The food is good. - I had expected food choice would be limited due to the remote and isolated location. We found that restaurants served excellent and diverse menus. Portion size was fair and so was cost. Remember, you don't tip your servers in Iceland and tax is included in the cost of the food, so a $30 meal isn't that bad when you consider it includes tax and gratuity. Oh...we also noticed there are a lot of pizza places.
5. It's chilly. - I mean, I knew this I guess. The summer prior, I had kept pretty close tabs on the daily weather in Reykjavik, but it was still surprising to be mid-July with a high of 55 F. Bring lots of layered clothing and sunscreen. The harsh northern sun will get you. Don't forget your swimsuit too - Hot tubs everywhere!
And now for the itinerary ... Click on the day and follow the link to the write up about that day.
Day 2 (July 9) - West Iceland - Lupines, Waterfalls, Hot Springs, and Craters - Get rental car from Enterprise and drive west. Explore Hvakfjordur fjord and the Glymur waterfall. See other sights along the road. Stay at Hotel Borganes.
|Day 3 - Snaefellsnes Peninsula|
Day 3 (July 10) - Snæfellsnes Peninsula - Beaches, Churches, and Mountains - Explore the Snaefellsnes peninsula and glacier. Stay at Guesthouse Kast.
Day 4 (July 11) - The Wild Westfjords - Winding Roads, Mountains, Puffins, and a Ferry- Take 9 am ferry in Stykkisholmur alon Breidafjordur bay. See Latrabjarg cliff and puffins! Stay at Radagerdi hostel in Patreksfjordur.
Day 5 (July 12) - Westfjords Waterfalls and Coastal Villages - Explore more of the Westfjords including Patreksfjordur, Talknafjordur, and Bildudalur. Visit the Dynjandi waterfall and Isafjordur. Stay at Hotel Edda Isafjordur.
Day 6 (July 13) - Westfjords Continued - Hot Tubs, Waterfalls, and Sorcery - Explore the capital of sorcery and witchcraft while exploring more fjords and beauty. Stay at Guesthouse Laugarholl.
Day 7 (July 14) - Northwest Iceland - Black Beaches, Driftwood and Icelandic Horses- Drive by fertile farmland and barren mountains roads. Take an afternoon tour on Icelandic horses. Stay at Guesthouse Holar.
Day 8 (July 15) - Akureyri - Shopping, Food, and Drink - Drive to the capital of the north. Explore the town and stay at Guesthouse Gula Villan.
|Day 6 - Drangsnes Hot Tubs|
Day 9 (July 16) - North Iceland - Whales, Waterfalls, and Nature Baths - Head for Lake Myvatan. On the way stop and see Godafoss waterfall. Go on 3 hour whale watching tour in Husavik. Stay at Guesthouse Stong.
Day 10 (July 17) - Myvatn - Craters, Sulfur Pots, and Steam Vents - Drive to Eastern Iceland. Stop to see Dettifoss - Europes most powerful waterfall. Stay at Icelandair Hotel Herad.
Day 11 (July 18) - East Iceland - Hot Tubs, Lobster, and (more) Waterfalls - Drive through East Fjords and fishing villages. Stay at Guesthouse Arnanes.
Day 12 (July 19) - Southeast Iceland - Icebergs and Glaciers - See glacial lagoon through a boat tour. Explore Vatnajokull National Park, Svartifoss Waterfall, and Vik. Stay at Hotel Edda in Skogar.
Day 13 (July 20) - The South Coast - Waterfalls, Waterfalls, and Snorkeling - Drive the south coast and stop to see many waterfalls including Seljalandsfoss and Gljufrabui. Snorkel Silfa in Thingvellir National Park. Spend the night at Guesthouse Lambastadir.
Day 14 (July 21) - The Golden Circle - þingvellir National Park, Geysers, and Gullfoss - Visit Thingvellir National Park. See geysers and Gullfoss waterfall. Return rental car and stay at Reykavik Hostel Village.
Day 15 (July 22) - Reykjavik- Hot Dogs, Happy Hour, and Sunshine City- Enjoy the last day in Iceland by exploring Reykjavik on foot.
Day 16 (July 23) - Fly home - Morning flight back to Boston.
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