Cheap travel in Iceland, how do you do that?

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Cheap travel in Iceland, how do you do that?

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"Iceland is far too expensive for travelers on a limited budget." A great travel myth, like "don't eat street food, you'll get sick from it." This way you miss some fantastic travel experiences!

Admittedly, it is a bit shocking how expensive Iceland can be, but with a little planning it is possible to visit the land of fire and ice without having to spend a fortune. That's how you get it done.

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Views

The Icelandic horizon is crammed with volcanic peaks, waterfalls, valleys and glaciers. The good news? This is all completely free! Many views are easily accessible via the Ring Road, which runs in a circle over Iceland. Along the south coast you have some incredible waterfalls, such as Seljalandsfoss, where you can walk behind the waterfall, and Skógafoss, where the combination of splashing water and the sun creates beautiful rainbows. Other attractions are the black beaches at Vík, the gigantic Vatnajökull glacier and the Jökulsárlón glacier lake, where blue icebergs are scattered in the sea.

The most popular day trip from the capital Reykjavik is the one to the Golden Circle. Here you will find the beautiful waterfall Gullfoss, Geysir (the geyser after which all others are named) and Þingvellir, the site of the very first parliament in the world. Reykjavik itself is a pleasant city to discover and even here some sights are free, such as the Hallgrimskirkja, the highest church in Iceland (you pay 700 Icelandic Kroner (€ 6) to go to the top for a beautiful view of the city). The iconic Harpa building, the cultural center of the city, is also worth a visit; even if you don't want to attend a show. And otherwise there is the City Walk Reykjavik, a renowned free guided tour that is completely dependent on donations.

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Activities

From relaxing in the famous Blue Lagoon to adrenaline kicks during a snowmobile ride, glacier walks or descending into a volcano: in Iceland you can go for a wide range of incredible activities! Some can only be performed, but prepare well; nature in Iceland is wild and fragile. Travel organizations offer a wide range of activities, in which they sometimes include sights mentioned above - but they are not cheap. So choose one or two activities that you really want to have done and focus on finding the best experience that fits your budget.

For example, if you want to spot whales, it is best to do some research beforehand. What are the best locations and what about the prices? But it is also worth checking the conditions and the best travel time. If it's not the time of the year to spot whales, you might prefer to save your money and choose a different activity.

Also consider alternatives. A glacier hike in a place like Skaftafell in the southeast of the country may be out of your budget, but walking on the edge of the valley also gives you fantastic views of the glacier; totally free. The same story for the Blue Lagoon: 6600 ISK, converted € 56 for a ticket in high season. But you can also experience the typical Icelandic geothermal water in one of the lesser known hot springs, for a fraction of the price.

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Transport

You can move in Iceland by car or bus, with a travel company or via domestic flights. If you are careful and stay away from mountain roads, you can see much of the country with a rented 2WD (2 Wheel Drive) in the summer. Driving in Iceland is not difficult and there is little traffic. But who wants to rent a car pays ISK 20000 (€ 170) per day in high season ... your own car is therefore not that cheap. But luckily there are ways to save money!

Save money "on the road"

Avoid airport taxis. Keflavik International Airport is 50 km from Reykjavik. If you do not rent a car, choose Flybus which will take you 3000 ISK (€ 25) from the airport to the capital. During the high season it is best to book your car early in advance, or you run the risk that the cheap cars are all gone. Or better yet: travel outside the high season and at cheap rates. Compare tour prices for the region that you would like to visit with that of a rental car for a day. If you are traveling with some friends, a car can be cheaper; for example if you want to make a red trip over the Golden Circle. In addition, it also gives you the freedom to explore the area at your own pace. Take the bus. There are various "hop-on / hop-off" tickets that you can use. Sterna Travel and Reykjavik Excursions both sell a "bus passport", with tours as a ride around the island. Again: find out if renting a car is not cheaper, especially if you are traveling with several people. Lifting is never 100% safe and we do not recommend it, but lifts are quite common in Iceland. You have to be patient; and weatherproof clothes are also a must! & # 169; Offered by Pijper Publishing BV Cheap travel in Iceland, how do you do that?

Accommodation

Even the simplest place to sleep is still expensive in Iceland. Tourism is growing fast, which means that demand sometimes exceeds supply. Finding a room with a good price-quality ratio is therefore no easy task.

Travel just before or just after the high season. The high season runs from June to August, so in May or September you will find that the prices are lower. Book early, especially if you travel in high season. In some popular parts of the country, such as the route between Vik and Jökulsárlón, the choice of sleeping places is very limited. Take a sleeping bag with you. In some hostels and guest accommodations it is possible to sleep in a bed without blankets at a lower price. That does not mean that you will be staying in a dormitory: this discount can also apply to a double or single room. Some school buildings are transformed into hotels during the summer holidays. They offer no-frills rooms at reasonable prices. The hotel chain Hotel Edda consists of schools all over the country and offers double rooms for around ISK 13,000 (€ 111). Become a Hostelling International member before you leave, so you'll get great discounts on most hostel stays. Camping is not only the cheapest option, it also gives you the chance to wake up at the most incredible locations in the country. For example in the shadow of the Skógafoss waterfall. Good morning! & # 169; Offered by Pijper Publishing BV Cheap travel in Iceland, how do you do that?

Food and drink

A lot of food and drink is imported into Iceland and can take a big bite out of the budget. But there are some simple ways to reduce costs without going hungry.

Look for a stay including breakfast, as many guest rooms and hotels charge around ISK 1500-2000 (€ 15- € 17) for an extra meal. Choose home-grown food such as fish and dairy products in the supermarket or in a restaurant. Drink tap water. Iceland is blessed with perhaps the purest water in the entire world. Buy alcohol at the airport (tax and duty free). Much cheaper than in stores or in a bar. Keep your eyes open for happy hours in Reykjavik.

How to get there?

Book your flights to Keflavik International Airport on time. Fly if possible outside the high season. Avoid the weekend and keep your eyes open for offers from discount companies. If you travel between North America and Europe with Icelandair or WOW air, choose a flight that allows you to plan a stop-over of a few days in Iceland, without having to pay extra for it.

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