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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 26, 2017
Iceland in a week  (4 Answers)

My husband and I are planning to visit Iceland just for a few days (5-7) in march. Can someone please advise what can we visit/see during our short stay. We would love to see Northern lights if possible. I was thinking to stay in Reykjavik for a couple of nights and then perhaps somewhere else for a few nights?
Any advice would be appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 13, 2016
Locations to get married in (or close to) Reykjavik  (3 Answers)

Hi. We are in Reykjavik at the beginning of February and looking for a location to get married that is not too far away.

I looked at a Videy Island but the ferries don't run on weekdays in the winter.

Any more options?

Thanks for any help you can give


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 29, 2016
Lift share  (1 Answer)


A friend and I are coming to Reykjavik 03.12.16 for 5 nights to do all the normal tourist attraction but are not a fan of going on bus tours, so was looking for people/a person to lift share with.

Obviously we will be willing split the cost.

Thank you so much

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 13, 2016
Share a rental car?  (3 Answers)

Hello all, I'm currently in Reykjavik, in Kex Hostel, I planned to do the Ring Road, until the end of novemver, but my wallet got stolen in Barcelona, along with my driving license.

Anyone here who would like to share renting a car? Or has any available space? I will have money available since Monday evening.

Thank you so much!

Ian, from Panama 

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 29, 2016
Must see and could miss pools  (10 Answers)

I am coming to Iceland (4th time) for Jólaþorpið í Hafnarfirði. I would like to visit all of the public pools (17) in the capitol area. I have already been to Vesturbæjarlaug and Laugardalslaug. If my idea does not work out which pools can I miss? and which pools must I visit? Klébergslaug, Varmárlaug, Lágafellslaug, Grafarvogslaug, Árbæjarlaug, Breiðholtslaug, Salalaug, Ásvallalaug, Suðurbæjarlaug, Sundhöll Hafnarfjarðar, Ásgarðslaug Garðabæ, Sundlaug Kópavogs, Álftaneslaug, Seltjarnarneslaug, and Sundhöll Reykjavíkur. By visiting the pools I will see different areas and see more residents than tourists.

Since I will be visiting Hafnarfirðar, those pools and the ones on the #1 bus line are almost certain.

Thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 27, 2016
Swimming with Ice  (3 Answers)

Can someone tell me if there is a beach close to Reykjavik where you can swim with ice. We don't have enough time to travel to Jokulsarlon. I am a keen winter swimmer and would like to experience this aspect of Iceland. I have read about nauthólsvík beach - is there ice there in Winter?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 24, 2016
Affordable longer-term accomodation in Reykjavik  (6 Answers)

My son and his friend from Cardiff University are spending a year studying at University of Iceland and have just arrived there. Currently the only affordable accommodation is Keflavick - quite a way to travel in everyday to study. Their monthly grant is only about £600-650 and most of the accommodation in the capital seems to be about that and more which leaves nothing for food etc. Does anyone know of a website that has affordable accommodation. Unfortunately the University hasn't been able to help.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 19, 2016
Hotel in Reykjavik center  (7 Answers)

I'm organising a trip in Iceland beginning of august (yes in 10 days...) with my son. I'm looking for a good hotel in the center of Reykjavik, could you recommend hotel to me ? Do I need a car to visit Reykjavik ? Is there a good network of bus, train ? Is Blue Lagoon far from the center, how could we go there ? Is there an hotel in Blue Lagoon that is really unmissable ? No idea then where to go, if I need to have a car... so your advise are welcome :o)
thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 24, 2016
In Reykjavik and travel around the island of Iceland soon!  (5 Answers)

Hi All!
In Iceland May 1st! First, still need to wear winter coats?

Secondly the food: May I have your recommendations for Svið (Singed and boiled Sheep Head) , lambs and other venturous foods?

3rd, At night accept hitting the bars, what else is there to do? I have checked there is no symphony concerts in the beginning of may.

Thank you all in advance!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 09, 2016
parking in the city  (7 Answers)

please tell me about parking in the city. i read there are "parking houses" (which i am assuming are what we call garages over here). we are renting the smallest car and i read also that parking is free for "green cars". can you pay for parking with your credit card? we are not planning on bringing much cash.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 08, 2016
Zurich to NYC with a stopover in Reykjavik  (6 Answers)

I wonder what are the options for flying from Zurich to NYC with a stopover in Reykjavik for 3-4 days and flying back to Zurich directly from Washington DC or NYC?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 06, 2016
Which type of rental car?  (1 Answer)

Hi! So me and my boyfriend are going to Iceland in late March, staying the for one week. We are planning to rent a car, wich we have never done before, and therefore I have some questions somebody hopefully can answer :)

- Which type of car should I rent? Since there is only two of us, and we plan to only go on small daytrips without much luggage we don't need a big car, but I've read that there is a lot of wind on Iceland and I'm scared of getting some kind of trouble if the car is to lightweighted. I normally drive a Mercedes C-class, and I'm imagining that we will blow off the road or something if we drive a Toyota Aygo, or a Yaris :P We are planning on driving on the main road, maybe going on a longer trip to see the country, but not on those "dangerous" roads that requires a 4WD car.

- Sand and ash insurance. I see that some of the rental companies offers this, while others, like Hertz, don't (at least I didn't find anything). Will this insurance be offered when we arrive to pick up the car, or should I just go for a company that offers this?

- And speaking of insurance, is there something special I should think about?

- Should I pick one of the big rental companies, or should I go for one of the local alternatives?

For your information, we are both in our early twenties, we come from Norway, and we are both used to drive on winter conditions. But I've the horror stories about people who have rented cars and suddenly have to pay the renting company lots of money because they didn't insure the car enough etc.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 06, 2016
Road Tolls  (2 Answers)

Are the toll booths cashless? If so any traps for hire cars?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 27, 2016
3 days with children  (4 Answers)

Flying from US to Reykjavik in July. We have 3 full days. Our sons are 9 and 13. What should we do while we're there? What area should we stay in? Looking at Air bnb for lodging. Can we get around easily without a car or should we rent one? I'd love to hear your thoughts. Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 10, 2016
Multi day jeep tour from Reykjavik  (1 Answer)

I'm planning a visit to Iceland in July/August. I want to stay in Reykjavik for a few days, but I also want to take a 4x4 jeep tour to the countryside. Don't know exactly where, but I want to visit small villages, discover the nature och be driven around. Maybe the highlands?

I want a guided tour (I don't drive) for about two or three nights. From Reykjavik and then get back. This far I've seen prices from 122 000 ISK for a two day tour with accomodation and som meals included. Are there any cheaper tours? Can you help me with links to tour operators with better prices than what I found?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 24, 2015
Icelandic horse t-shirt  (8 Answers)

Bought an Icelandic horse t-shirt at the airport -- side of head sketch, very modern, spare, curved, large and located off center. Black with white sketch. Have tried to contact the Icelandic airport shop to no avail. The horse show was one of the most fabulous horse events ever (we are all horse lovers) and would love to get t-shirts for all of us (4). Thank you-Pat

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 18, 2015
Touring / general advice  (5 Answers)

Thinking about visiting mid January = knowing that it will be dark by 3pmish what is there to do in Reykjavik

Worried about one day trip - first time to Iceland particularly in that the weather can change at an instant
Car we're thinking of renting is a Skoda octavio 4 x 4 - do we need a SUV such as a Dacia??

Depart Foss hotel Baron

1st stop Stora Sandfell
Strokkur geyser

Are the geysirs easily walkable from car parks etc

Clothing - will jeans be warm enough with decent walking boots - top layers we have Eider fleeces and waterproofs with several jumps

All practical advice much appreciated. Many thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 29, 2015

Can anyone tell me the up to date customs limit for bringing wine into Iceland in my suitcase, I have looked at various websites and some contradict others. I will be travelling with my wife from the UK and we are intending to pack 3 boxes of wine that each contain 2.25 litres in our suitcase. So that's 6.75 litres in total. This is between us, not each. We will not be bringing any spirits or tobacco products. Thankyou.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 23, 2015
Christmas tours  (4 Answers)

I arrive on the afternoon of 24th December, what does anyone advise me and my fiancé to do? It looks like most day tours will be closed, with only a few open on the 25th.
Also any recommendations on place to eat on these days? I guess we will need to be making reservations, I know we couldn't walk into a restaurant at home and expect a table.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 05, 2015
Cost of beer  (3 Answers)

How much is draught beer/ lager and a glass/ bottle of wine? Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 21, 2015
Restaurant Opening Hours  (2 Answers)

Roughly what time do restaurants open for breakfast in Reykjavik?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 15, 2015
Whale watching to do or not to do... November  (5 Answers)


I will be in Reykjavik for 5 days in November. I have tours booked on first three days. I depart at 16.30pm on the Tuesday. I can't decide whether to do whale watching tour on the Monday and Blue Lagoon on my way to the airport on Tuesday or whether to skip the whale watching tour and do the Blue Lagoon on the Monday and then relax on the Tuesday. Has anyone done Whale watching in November and would you recommend it?

Thank you.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 28, 2015
excursions  (3 Answers)

Hi We are planning a 3 night trip to Reykjavik next winter. Which is the best month for snowmobiling/Northern Lights?
Is it better to book our trips online before we go?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 21, 2015
Sun voyager replica  (2 Answers)

This week i was in Reykjavik and i saw a replica of the sun voyager in a shop near bij the churge.
I don't remember the name of the shop and street.

Please wo can help me?

regard Mario

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 21, 2015
Leave some clothes in Reykjavik for a week  (5 Answers)

Hi there, I'll be visiting Iceland in a week (in Iceland - 2 weeks, first week is tracking). I don't want to take some casual clothes with me on the track
Any advice where I could leave it?
Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 23, 2015
Motorcycles from the U.S. to Iceland  (3 Answers)

Inquiring about information for me and a buddy to get our motorcycles to Iceland for a ride from the U.S.. Info on possible travel arrangements, ferries for the bikes, etc. Any info is greatly appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 21, 2015
car for weekends  (3 Answers)

hello, 3 erasmus students are looking for car for the weekends (we will be in Reykjavik from 26th June till 3rd August).

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 02, 2015
BSI Bus Terminal  (2 Answers)

On a cruise which only stops in Reykjavik for a couple of hours 1pm till 11pm. There will only be 2 of us. Seems most shore excursions depart before ship arrives, so I was thinking of visiting Blue Lagoon. I have found a tour that departs from the BSI Bus Terminal. Can anyone tell me how far from the port the bus terminal is and how do I get there.?

I was also considering the Hop on Hop Off Bus as I think we would have time to do both. Any help or advice would be appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 07, 2015
Geothermal Pump Stations  (9 Answers)

Im looking for the locations of each of these () Geothermal Pump Stations by PK Arkitektar. I wondered if you guys could help me with this information as I can't find any online. I need to know how many there are and their locations. Any more information about the hot water wells in Reykjavik would be a great help.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 26, 2015
changing money  (11 Answers)

I realise that rates fluctuate but in general am I better changing my money in the UK or am I likely to get a better rate in Rekjavic? Many thanks.

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