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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 04, 2015
damaged door car repair  (28 Answers)

How much do it cost to repair a door damaged cause by strong wind... In April 4,2015 wind blow my rental car door wide open damaged the driver car door . April 11,2015 they claim a repair was 648.000 Isk...+ temp repair 15.000 isk and rent that damge 5 day for 59.000 isk How do they estimate without investigate cause I return that car April 11,2015 ??? This was a trap or not..

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 27, 2015
5 day trip  (7 Answers)

I am working on a 5 day trip to Iceland. Never been there before. Not planning for any trekking specifically. I would appreciate your recommendations on getting the best out of 5 day trip.
Thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 08, 2015
car rentals  (10 Answers)

I want to rent a small car for 4 days the end of April. Does anyone have a recommendation of who to rent from? Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 31, 2015
Renting a car without credit card  (13 Answers)

I have a question, we're travelling to Iceland and while trying to to rent a car through the rental agencies and all of them are asking a credit card for payment (or at least for a deposit).
Unfortunately, we don't have a credit card and getting one in 2 weeks here is impossible (already asked).
So, we're stuck with debit cards and cash.

Do you know of a rental agency that would accept all payment with debit card? Or maybe a private person who rents a car?

We're quite in a hurry because flight is in two weeks and we already booked all accommodations in various places.
In the end, the thing we thought will be easiest turns out to be the hardest.

Thank you in advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 28, 2015
Reykjavik hotels?  (2 Answers)

I would appreciate a recommendation for nice, reasonably priced hotels in Reykjavik city-center for a middle-aged couple arriving in July 2015. thanks for your assistance. mark

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 26, 2015
public buses outside reykjavik  (3 Answers)

hello everyone. me and my friends group will visit iceland on this may. but since no one in the group knows how to drive we have to depend mainly on public transport. what about visiting the main tourist spots outside reykjavik? is public buses available outside reykjavik?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 24, 2015
To Iceland by camper  (1 Answer)

Hi everyone!
We, a company of 6 (maybe 5), are going to explore to Iceland for 2 weeks in June. We will rent a motorhome or a camper. I've already been to Iceland, however it is my first experience with campers. So,
1) What is a difference between a camper and a motorhome (except that a motorhome is a big camper), what is better for not too whimsical travelers?
2) Which company to choose? This one - Campervan Iceland () - attracted us with prices and very helpful attitude, however I didn't manage to find any reviews about it.
3) All kind of tips appreciated!
Thank you =)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 24, 2015
gullfoss by car and the ring road  (14 Answers)

Can I reach Gullfoss waterfalls with a normal car? is the road fully paved? and the ring road is all paved?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 18, 2015
Traveling without reservations in early september.  (10 Answers)

we are planning to drive the ring road (or parts of it) in early september. we would like the flexibility of going without reservations so that we can stretch or shorten our stay in any given place as we go. there are three of us, so we'd generally need two rooms. camping out would be far, far from optimal. are we likely to find easy availability at the last moment?
if not, do any of the tour companies who help to plan self-drive trips offer a service that would allow us to contact them and have them rearrange stays as we go if the mood strikes us?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 15, 2015
Iceland self tours (independent)  (11 Answers)

Looking at all the travel sites in Iceland and wondering what to do. We are interested in doing a 2 week independent tour but having trouble getting help from websites. Seems there are some questionable sites and their practices. Can anyone help with my dilemma. Just want car rental, hotel accomodations info and some tips.
Thanks in advance for any help.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 10, 2015
Krossárfoss  (6 Answers)

There is a Krossárfoss in my map and I supposed it's the small and awful (look at the tubes at each side of the falls) here enclosed. But looking for "Krossárfoss" I found pictures of which for sure is Foss á Siðu. What's wrong concerning this?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 08, 2015
ANZAC Day Dawn gathering  (1 Answer)


We will be in Reykjavik for ANZAC Day and wonder if any other Australians and Kiwis who will be there, or have been there, for ANZAC Day know of any dawn gatherings for the occasion?


Andrew and Judy

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 31, 2015
Looking for HIkers

I am going to hike the Laugavegurinn Trail from Landmannalaugar to Skogar in the first half of July 2015. I am planning on going by myself (I am an experienced hiker), but if there is anyone who is going alone or in a small group that is interested in hiking together, please contact me: [email]

John C.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 31, 2014
Info needed!  (6 Answers)

Hey me and my partner both age 24 are planning a short trip to Iceland 3-4 days ish.

I'm interested in the general touristy things such as lights, whale watching, blue lagoon.

What's the best time to go/ best to get a tour?/hotels.. Any tips or info would be greatful, never been on a cold holiday before but always wanted to go :)

Thanks ! X

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 27, 2014
Backpacking in Iceland  (4 Answers)


My girlfriend and I are traveling to Iceland this upcoming July. We are spending the first day in Reykjavik, and then we have 4 days that we can backpack before we have to travel to the Blue Lagoon for a night and back up to Reykjavik to catch our flight back to the US. We know for sure we want to spend some time on the Landmannalaugar, other than that we have no idea of what we want to do or how to go about doing it. So our questions fall into these general catagories.

How is Iceland on open ground camping?
We are 23, how do we go about renting a car or should we? Alternatives?
Best places to backpack that we can park our car overnight in the parking lot?
Nicest hotels around the Blue Lagoon?
How is the language barrier?

Any and all advice is appreciated as this is our first international travel experience. Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 23, 2014
TOUR TO ICELAND  (3 Answers)

Hi. I'm a traveler-photographer. I'm going to Iceland in April 7-12.15, my italian friend will be there and guiding us for Photography in a good places.
I just need 2-3 friends to share the expences of Jeep renting, fuel, guide (not salary) and rooms in hotel.
For more details don't hesitate to write. Waiting for meeting crazy traveler-photographers.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 12, 2014
Samsung Lenses or Adapter + Compact Flash Cards  (4 Answers)

Hello, I made a massive mistake and forgot a Nikon - Samsung NX adapter at home for my Samsung camera. I am currently in Iceland and I'm looking for someone that sells Samsung NX lenses or might have the adapter.

I do have a back up camera but it takes Compact Flash cards. Are there any retailers in Iceland that sell compact flash cards and memory card readers?

I greatly appreciate any help!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 04, 2014
Car Rental from SIXT or  (7 Answers)

Hey guys,

Has anyone rented from SIXT before in Iceland?

I've heard mixed reviews, but they're exponentially cheaper than the rest of the agencies.

Cars Iceland -
Vitara 4x4 w/ GPS for $489
Duster 4x4 for $505.

Chevy Trax w/ GPS for $400.
Chevy Captiva w/ GPS for $458.

Both companies include unlimited mileage and winter tires.

I thought Sixt might be fly-by-night, but they actually have multiple locations worldwide. In fact, they have a location down the street from me here in New Jersey.

Thoughts please?

Thank you :)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 03, 2014
Suggestions.  (6 Answers)

If I was to opt for a trip to Iceland, is it better to take a regular multi-day tour or can I put together a plan by basing myself in Reyjavek and take tours from there, which I have seen?

I am single and do not drive, so I cant simply rent a car.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 02, 2014
Thoughts / Suggestions / Additions to Itinerary  (9 Answers)

Hi everyone!

I'll be in Iceland March 5-14, and I would LOVE some advice on our current rough itinerary :)

We're eager to see the lights (last time I came, I caught a very mild showing, and can't wait to hunt them down again)

There will be 6 of us, and we are planning on staying in Reykjavik between Mar 5-9 (Airbnb booked) and a vacation home near Lake Thingvallavatn Mar 10-14 (Vrbo booked).

Reykjavik - Fri-Mon

Fri-Sun - Explore and walk the city! Museums, food, nightlife, swimming pool

o Restaurants / Bars:
o Hot Dogs
o Fiskfelagid Fish Company or the Fiskmarkadurinn Fish Market (must try raw fish in Iceland!)
o Microbar Beer Tasting
o Dillon Whiskey Bar

Mon – Pick up car rentals, go to Blue Lagoon (45 minutes away)

Countryside – Tues-Sat

Tues – check into Selfoss Home

o Day: Open
o Hot tub + chase Northern Lights

Wed – “Golden Circle Tour” (3 hours total drive)

o Selfoss Geyser
o Thingvellir Tectonic Plates snorkeling?
o Gullfoss Golden Waterfall *better when it’s sunny out – Snowmobile, Walk on glacier

Thurs – Free day

Fri – Vik and Ice Cave (6 hours total drive)

o 7 a.m. Leave for South Iceland tour!
o Stop by Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Black Sand Beach, on the way
o 1:30 departure - Skaftafell Ice Cave (3 hours)
o 5-6 p.m. – Eat and depart for Selfoss

Sat – Check out, return rental cars, fly home!


1. How does this look?
2. Based on the current itinerary and the fact it's in March, should we rent a 4x4?
3. Any suggestions on car hire places? I've heard nightmare stories from Sixt, but they're the cheapest!
4. How are:

- Dog sledding
- Snorkeling between tectonic plates
- Superjeep
- Snowmobiling

5. Any tips on hunting for the lights?
6. Any other crazy random ideas?

Thank you so much :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 01, 2014
Iceland Car Hire with Sand and Ash Protection  (5 Answers)

I'm off to Iceland in October, and one of the insurances available is sand and ash protection. In Iceland, they can have storms that will literally strip the paint off the car and that is what this covers. We're planning on travelling down the south coast to Vik and therefore feel this insurance is worthwhile. I've only found the website that quotes a price for it, and the base car hire price for the Icelandic website is significantly higher than prepaying on the UK one. Hertz itself is more expensive than some of the other options available. What I don't want to do is think I am saving money by booking in the UK only to stung on insurance when picking up the car.
Has anyone booked car hire in Iceland and who did you go with? Any suggestions?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 04, 2014
Diesel vs Petrol, Car Rental, Supermarkets location  (3 Answers)

Is diesel also widely found at all gas station?
is the pricing the same as petrol?
any website that shows the gas station and supermarket south of iceland (Skaftafell to Snaefellsnes)?
Any discount code for ?

Will be in Iceland from 24 Nov-5 Dec.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 24, 2014
Car Rental and Place to Stay in Iceland  (8 Answers)

Hi Everyone,

I am planning to visit Iceland this year end during Dec/23 to Dec/30 and I am planning to visit Reykjavik, Southern, and Golden Circle.

Please suggest:

1.) Car rental company, I am planning to rent 4x4.
2.) Place to stay in Reykjavik and to the south, specially during Christmas.

Any other things that I need to be considered while traveling through this time?

Thank you very much everyone for your information in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 23, 2014
Any Icelandic Experts?  (8 Answers)

What recommendations do you have for a first time traveller to Iceland in November?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 22, 2014
Snorkeling Tours? Are they worthy?  (3 Answers)

Hey everyone! So I was wondering if anyone has some insight on the snorkeling tours. Are they worth it? I'll be there in November and I know they said they still have them going on and sometimes combined with caving. Anyone have first hand knowledge? Appreciate the input! Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 22, 2014
Want to know more people in Iceland.  (3 Answers)

Hello all of you, I am coming to Iceland for a month in start at 18 November 2014. Want to met some new people and get more information from the local people. planning to write a book about life style, food, party , music, Fashion etc....
Many thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 06, 2014
Must See Iceland Suggestions!!  (6 Answers)

Hey guys and gals! My Iceland trip is fast approaching (Nov. 11th - 17th) and I'd like any must see or must do attractions. I know there are a lot of ideas in Reykjavik but I was wondering if there are some experienced travelers that highly recommend some other places or ideas! I will be traveling by myself so I'll be looking to make friends along the way and also open to anything and everything. As a side note I'm 28 years old and in good shape so I'm up for the easy going ideas but also the highly adventurous ideas. Looking forward to your input!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 21, 2014
Ice Caves in Oct.  (2 Answers)

Any chance of getting in to see some ice caves sometime between oct. 4 - oct. 18? I've read that they typically open mid November, but was hoping some area might possibly be open. Any help would be appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 12, 2014
Whole Iceland in 3 days?  (9 Answers)

Just kidding :)

My wife and I will be in Iceland for three days in the very end of September. After reading forum posts I came up with the following plan. Can someone comment?

Day 1. Arriving to KEF at 6:50 am. Renting a car, out by 8 am. Driving towards Blue lagoon but by a longer route, along the shore on Southern Peninsula (Rt 41/425), stopping at the Bridge, geothermal area (where else?). Arriving to Blue lagoon around 10:30. Soak for 3 hours, leaving at 1:30, in Reykjavik by 2:30. Check-in, go see the city while everything is still open.

Day 2. Drive Golden Circle. If we leave early and have time, are there some nice places that we can include outside the circle route that are within reasonable distance and do not require 4x4?

Day 3. Here I have 2 options. Either drive to Borgarfjörður, then around Snæfellsness and back, OR go to Reykjadalur valley for hot springs, then to Sólheimajökull glacier.
I plan to check weather in the morning and if it is better in one place, go there. If it is sunny in both places, or raining in both places, I don't know which one to choose. Advice?
If we get to the glacier, are there any places to rent crampons and/or to join a guided walk on the glacier?

Fly out early morning on day 4.

Also, one of the evenings we would do drive somewhere to see the auroras. How to figure out where to go and how far from the city? What time do they usually start? Do they last for hours or is it a short "performance"?

How wrong am I in this plan? Is a small sedan enough for these trips (really cheap at $50/day at the airport).

Also, can someone recommend a truly romantic, not very expensive restaurant?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 12, 2014
Blue Lagoon without tickets  (4 Answers)

Well I was planning to go to Blue Lagoon (without enter in the water) but I was wondering if you can visit the area (I mean, only see the lake) without those (expensive) tickets...

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