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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 22, 2017
3 Day Itinerary  (1 Answer)

For those who are quite familiar with the country of Iceland, I am planning a trip to Iceland in March and had questions regarding a one-day itinerary of mine. I had hoped to use one day to go through the Golden Circle while using the 2nd half to go through the southern part of the country. Since I will be visiting in March, I believe the sun will be up for about 11 hours (9am-7pm) so I wanted to see what thoughts are regarding this itinerary:

Start @ 8am:
-Thingvellir
-Geysir
-Strokkur Geysir
-Gulfoss Falls
-Kerid
-Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
-Gljúfrabúi Waterfall
-Skógafoss Waterfall
-Path to Plane Wreck
-Black Sand Beach

End around 7-8pm

Thanks!



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 21, 2017
Itinerary Help  (2 Answers)

Trying to finalize plans for a shortish trip in June. Looks like it's going to be Iceland. We'll have 9 days on the ground excluding travel days and plan to drive Ring Road. I'm very early in my research and am trying to figure where we'll spend each night. We want to see whatever wildlife we can - whales, puffins, etc. Any help would be appreciated!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 11, 2016
Solo North to South  (1 Answer)

Hi folks,
Planning on a north to south solo trek in July next year. Expecting the approximately 400 mile journey to take around 24 days and was wondering if anyone is likewise planning to be around during this time to perhaps synchronise a meet up (to at least break up the loneliness, haha), or has any insider hints and tips for the journey. All appreciated.

p.s. I have checked in with all the commonly known blogs/sites for general advice/routes/info, but I'm sure there are some hidden gems around.

Cheers


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 04, 2016
Advice on sites to visit  (4 Answers)

My wife and I are getting down to site seeing while in Iceland. Arriving in Iceland on the 16th of May for 9 full days of traveling. We are looking for suggestions as we plan to travel in a camper.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 03, 2016
ask about iceland  (5 Answers)

Hi Everyone

 my name is mouhssin I live in Morocco, and I love the staten 'Island' and I want you to explain to me how to login to it and what are the requirements to live there thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 12, 2016
Driving in March  (6 Answers)

We're planning a 4 day visit to see South Iceland in end March. May I know if there are any F roads for visiting Þingvellir National Park, Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall, Geyser geothermal field, Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, Reynisfjara Beach, Dyrhólaey Arch, Kirkjubæjarklaustu, Svínafellsjökull Glacier in Skaftafell Park, Jökulsárlón? We'll rent a 7 seater and I'm not sure if there's a 4x4 for that. How do we tell if it's a F road? We plan to stick to the main roads as much as we can.

Also, any advice on rest stops as we plan to drive from KEF to Vik where our hotel is after landing at 2pm and to arrive before it gets dark. Sun sets after 8pm so we should have plenty of time since Goggle map indicated a 3hr journey, though we are prepared to give it another 1-2hrs for winter driving. Would like to know some stops from airport up to Jökulsárlón where we can stop in case needs to wait out bad weather.

Thank you :-)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 31, 2016
Finding ATMs  (10 Answers)

Is it easy to find ATMs in Iceland? We are going to be around Reykjavik, SouthWest highlights.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 30, 2016
6 days at Iceland  (12 Answers)

Hi, Im planning a 6 day tour in Iceland. I have heard that the highlights are in the West, but I am wondering... If I stay in the West side, will I be able to see Northern Lights? I will be there on November 9th.
What do you recommend? What should not be missed?
Thank you! (Im renting a car, my sister and I on board).


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 25, 2016
Advice for traveling to Iceland  (4 Answers)

Hello all,

My girlfriend and I are in the process of planning a trip to Iceland for 7 to 8 day in the beginning of March 2017. There's couple of reasons we are going during that time and not later in the spring. First, is that I'm currently in grad school and work full time job, so we're going during my spring break. Second, we hard it was a pretty good month to see the northern light and we would still be able to visit ice caves. Are tentative plan is to rent a car and travel the ring road. booking Air BNBs or hotels along the route.

What advice do you guys have for my first time? I've heard great things from people that have went. Though they mostly spent their time in reykjavik and I would like to venture out. Where should i visit? Places to stay? the best rental places? And so fourth.
thank you all


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 22, 2016
A complete trip around Iceland  (10 Answers)

Is it possible to do a complete trip around Iceland in 9 days ?

I'll prefer to spend he first 5 days at the southern coast ( Golden Circle, Skogafoss area, Vik area till Jokulsarlon)

and just drive around to any two spots in the northern side to reach back to Reyjavik.

Spend the last couple of days at Reykjavik.

Need your opinion whether it would be a good decision.
and maybe suggestion on two spots in the North of north-west Iceland which to cover.

Thanks,


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 14, 2016
Sim Card for my US phone?  (12 Answers)

Hello all,

So my trip is fat approaching and I just remembered that I need to figure out a phone while in Iceland. I was thinking of either (a) getting new SIM card for my phone, or (b) trying to find a 4g wifi unit. I like the idea of the wifi unit just because it allows me to continue to use my regular phone number... making it easier for those form home to get in touch if needed. But, it appears that companies such as Trawire don't have anything available for my dates. So, where might I find a SIM card that I might be able to use for data, and for moderately priced calls home?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 26, 2016
Iceland in Late October?  (26 Answers)

Hello all,

I have just stumbled across this fantastic board and am excited to read pages and pages of posts while I research!

It looks like I may be taking a solo journey to Iceland towards the end of October (around the 18th or so for about a week). I know that I'm pretty far into the shoulder season, but I was hoping to drive the ring road (or at least a good portion of it, as I know it is recommended to take longer). My main goal will be to just be out on the road driving, seeing Iceland, and filling up as many memory cards as I can. Unfortunately, my budget precludes group tours so I'll just have to see what is there on my own! I'm hoping that there may be some fall colors in the ground cover to bring a different look to my images as well. So maybe some clear nights, maybe some fall colors, but hopefully some solitude and travel.

With that in mind, are there any specific things I should be aware of? I'm generally a camping type of person, but realize that that is most likely not an option at that time of year. Might it be best to find hostels? Are many hostels open at that time of year? I'm a confident winter driver here in the States but realize that winter in Iceland is a different beast all together. Between possibility of snow and high winds, are there areas that you might suggest I avoid?

Any tips, pointers, thoughts, links to threads I may have overlooked would be much appreciated! Thanks.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 21, 2016
European Health Insurance Card  (7 Answers)

I have heard that, though medical assistance is covered in Iceland through European Health Insurance Card, you will be charged a fixed amount with each service. Does anyone know how much is that fixed amount? Thanks for the answers.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 20, 2016
6 days trip - comment on itinerary  (17 Answers)

Uses rental car - last week of October '16:
Day 1 - Land in Iceland and night stay
Day 2 - Keflavik to Seljalandsfoss Waterfalls, Reynisfjara and stay at Kirkjubæjarklaustur lodge
Day 3 - Kirkjubæjarklaustur to Jokulsarlon, Staftafell, hike to Skaftafellsjökull glacier and stay at Kirkjubæjarklaustur lodge
Day 4 - Kirkjubæjarklaustur to Skógafoss, Gulfoss waterfall, Strokkur Geysir and stay at Selfoss lodge
Day 5 - To Þingvellir National Park, Reykjavik and stay at Keflavik
Day 6 - Leave Iceland

Questions: 1) Weather is the one everyone scares us. Can the above itinerary achievable and what are the risks?
2) Food costs and availability of vegetarian also is one we are afraid of and trying to do some good planning - any advise
3) Petrol and Diesel availability - considering the above itinerary maximum travel we will do will be around 350 km in a day - hoping we are not going to hit an issue - any precautions?
4) We want to see Northern lights - read somewhere it comes only after 10pm till early morning - will it come earlier?
5) I am travelling with my wife and 2 children (aged 11 and 7) - is the trip looking too aggressive to cover?

Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 17, 2016
Solo trip, late September to early October  (11 Answers)

Hi guys! I'm planning to make a solo trip to Iceland mainly for landscape photography and sightseeing & I was just wondering if it was a good idea to do so. I'm thinking of renting a camper van to sleep in, and visiting grocery stores for my meals. I'm also curious on how would I best handle my toilet/shower needs? Any help & additional information would be greatly appreciated! :)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 09, 2016
Do we need snow tires from 9/17 to 10/8?  (8 Answers)

We're driving around Iceland from 9/17 to 10/8 this year by our car.
Do we need snow tires that time?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 31, 2016
Hiking around Katla  (4 Answers)

We are traveling to Iceland around the end of september, and we planned on hiking for a week. Our route is close to the Katla vulcan. Does anyone know if the route around the vulcan is still accessible because of the chances of an eruption?
Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 29, 2016
Ice Caves and Ice Climbing  (4 Answers)

1) Where is the best area to see the bright blue ice caves in Iceland in mid to late December? How long would it take to drive from Reykjavik to that area this time of year one way???
2) Do you have to hire a guide/do a tour to see them?
3) Is there anywhere close to this area to do a day ice climbing trip as well?
4) Any other tips?

Thanks,
Rachel


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 24, 2016
First time visit  (9 Answers)

HI Everyone,

3 of us will be travelling to spend a few days in Iceland (7th-10th Sep) and would really appreciate if someone / anyone with a bit more experience than us could take a look over our itinerary ( its our first time ). We have a camper booked via and would really appreciate if anyone had any suggestions our comments on the below. ( timings beside each is what we believe the distance from the previous location to be )

Map:

Day 1:
- Supermarket (for supplies)
- Bruarfoss Waterfall: 1hr 46min from Happy Campers
- Geysir, Haukadalsvegur. 15min From Bruarfoss Waterfall
- Gullfoss Waterfall 10min from Geysir
- Secret Lagoon 30min from Gullfoss
- Urridafoss 30min from Secret Lagoon

Day 2:
- Seljalandsfoss 40min from Urridafoss
- Skógafoss 26mins from Seljalandsfoss
- Dyrhólaey 30min from Skogafoss
- Vik 20min from Dyrholaey
- Stjornafoss 50min from Vik
- Svínafellsjökull 50min from Stjornafoss
- Stokksnes 1hr 47min from Svínafellsjökull

Day 3:
Pretty much open. Heading back towards Reykjavik to spend the night.

We will only be using the above as a guide and do not have to stick strictly to it.

Thank you in advance!
Patrick


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 15, 2016
Car rental rates  (8 Answers)

Hi! I'm gonna land in Iceland at the end of the season (26/8) and travel for 2 weeks.

I wanted to know what would be cheaper- should I book online,

or could I try getting better rates on renting a car when I land (because it's the end of the season)?
thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 04, 2016
Looking for travelers to share a car and drive through Iceland?  (1 Answer)

Hi!
Do you know of any website or group where I can meet people traveling to Iceland? I am planning to go on a roadtrip for a week (September 21-28), but I am traveling with just one person and I would like to share the fun (and the expenses) with one or two more travelers. Do you happen to know where I can meet people to travel with?
Thanks for your help!
Cheers,


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 03, 2016
Best Travel Between Keflavik and Reykjavik Airports  (5 Answers)

We have a flight from Toronto into Keflavik at 4:40 am on a Saturday, and need to catch another flight out of Reykjavik airport at 10:45 am the same day. What is the best way to travel between the two airports? I know they are 40-50 minutes apart, but all I can find for buses or shuttles seem to go to downtown Reykjavik (to the hotels). We will need to do the opposite trip 2 weeks later. Any help is appreciated. Thank you


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 30, 2016
SUGGEST SIGHTSEEING ON THE WAY AS PER HOTEL STAY  (9 Answers)

Hi, We are planning a trip in the 3rd week of Sept for 9 days. I have an idea of the sightseeing to be done but would really appreciate if I could get some more information if I can save time on my routes. My day to day accommodation is mentioned below.

Day 1. Arrive KEF at 9am. Pick up car at airport and proceed. Overnight at Staður

Day 2 Overnight AKUREYRI

Day 3 Overnight LAUGAR

Day 4 Overnight SEYDISFJORDUR

Day 5 Overnight HOFN

Day 6 Overnight SKOGAR

Day 7 Overnight REYKJAVIK

Day 8 REYKJAVIK Blue Lagoon

Based on my accommodation above what will be the best way to go about sightseeing.

Thanks a ton


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 27, 2016
Travelling from Reykjavik to Vik (via the Golden Circle Route)  (3 Answers)

Hi there, 

Hoping someone can point me in the right direction (or down the right roads!) for our upcoming trip to Iceland. We will be in Iceland for 4 full days and have booked accommodation as follows. Just hoping someone can tell me roughly how long (driving time) and directions from the Golden Circle to Vik and whether what I have planned as an itinerary is do-able and not too rushed! If there's anyting I've missed on Day 2 and 3, can you also let me know.

We are hoping to do the following:

DAY 1: Leave Reykjavik early morning and drive out onto Golden Circle Route (via Nesjavellir, Thingvellir, Geysir and Strokkur, and Gullfoss Waterfall) before heading to Vik (or actually the Mid Hvoll Cottages 10 km from Dyrhólaey peninsula).

DAY 2: Visit Reynisfjall Black Sands Beach, Dyrhólaey rock arch, Kirkjubæjarklaustur and Jokulsarlon laggon before heading back to Mid Hvoll Cottages.

DAY 3: Head back to Reykjavik, stopping at Vik, Seljaladsfoss Waterfall and ​Skogafoss Waterfall. (would we fit in a detour drive around Eyjafjallajokull and Solheimajokull glaciers?) before ending up back in Reykjavik for the night. 

DAY 4: Around Reykjavik before heading out to the Blue Lagoonand then to the airpoart for an evening flight.

Thanks for any advice you can give me.

 

MrsDSox


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 27, 2016
Keep Clean (for Female)  (4 Answers)

What will you take to keep yourself clean and healthy while go hiking ?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 26, 2016
Iceland in October  (5 Answers)

Hi!
I'm going to visit Iceland in October with my family.Planning to take 4x4 and make a round CCW.
Would be glad to have your suggestions and tips
I also understand the weather could be a tricky part...


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 25, 2016
Quick response?? Other entry points to Glymur Falls?

I am at the main parking lot. Both the left and right trails are roped off after about 150 metres, you can get as far as seeing the arch only.

Is there another entry way to take the hike up to the falls? I am thinking of getting back on the road and actually driving 20 miles in either direction to see if I find another.

Thanks as always...


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 25, 2016
help to book my road tour  (13 Answers)

Hi,
I'm planning to visit Iceland (next week....), arriving in the night of 31st of july, rent a car, booked a room in Reykjavik for 4 nights (till 4th of august), I intend to spend one day visiting Reykjavik, then do a road tour to Golden Circle, the 2nd day, the 3rd day a road tour to Vik and Jokulsarion, then 4th day go to Akureyri to sleep one night, by road 41, then one day to do a road tour to lake Myvatn, Dettifoss... do you think my plan seems to be good ? and What do you advise me to do the next days ? have no idea... Hope my message is clear thank you for your help. Pat


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 23, 2016
Raudfeldsgja canyon?  (2 Answers)

I drove past it several times yesterday, but didn't stop because of heavy rains. I thought it was on 574, about 45 mins from Hellissandur, where I camping.

My Garmin Gps doesn't have it on there, my Google maps does, but keeps taking me through long and wrong ways.

Can anyone tell me the directions from Hellissandur?

Thanks for the help...


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 22, 2016
When to plan my Iceland trip  (5 Answers)

I am taking my first solo trip to Iceland and am wondering if there were month recommendations?
I'm looking in the March-May time frame to beat summer rates (as I am on a budget). It looks like April/May has better travel conditions but will I be better off going during another time?

  • Also any recommendations about things I must see/places to go would be very appreciated, of course I am doing a lot of research but it's always helpful to hear some honest opinions.

Thank you!



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