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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 27, 2014
Going to the Ice Cave  (3 Answers)

Is there one day tour to the ice caves?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 20, 2014
CAR RENTAL  (7 Answers)

Should we rent a car for the 2 1/2 days we are in Reykjavik?
we are nature lovers and we wonder if it is easy to find /drive to the various waterfalls
and lagoons?
We do NOT like big bus tours and wonder if we can find these nature features easily
with our rental car?
Also, Can you recommend a SMALL tour agency that might take fewer people on a tour?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 31, 2014
Changing Money Over?  (7 Answers)

Hi, we are travelling to Iceland in 3 weeks for a few days.
Everywhere we have asked in the UK, don't exchange Iceland Kurona and understand everywhere in Iceland accepts Credit cards.
We wouldn't mind having some cash, is there anywhere in the airport to change some money over? If so, how much do they charge? and whats the rate?
We arrive in at midnight on a sunday


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 14, 2013
hello folks! :)  (2 Answers)

Hi guys.I'm on exchange visitor program in the states for second year so i saved some money and now im looking for some new adventure.I'm planning about moving to Reykjavik,i already bought my flight tickets and payed for my hotel for a week.And after that i don't know what's next.I'll look for a job and a place where to stay,but with those icelandic advertisments it's start to get a little bit hard for me.I'm asking for any directions how to find a place to rent for a term of about 6months and how to look for a job.Thanks all and have a nice rest of the summer :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 20, 2013
Car rental  (21 Answers)

4 family members will tour Iceland for 2 weeks in June. Car rental- 4x4 or van in order to cover most of the country? Is that true some roads are 4x4 only? If we don't rent 4x4 What do we miss? Price is a lot more! Any suggestion as to rental company? Canadian / UK driver license holder- do we require additional International driver license? Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 19, 2012
Icelandic Air overnight - what to do with a day?  (3 Answers)

We are 2 women stopping over on the way from Paris to NY.
Our flight leaves Keflavik at 17::00. Assuming we want to spend a couple of hours at the Blue Lagoon on the way out, we hope to do a little historical and/or geological sightseeing in the morning.
Years ago when I did this, there was a fascinating historical site with an underground Viking house. Does anyone know if this still exists, and where it is? It is not the Settlement, as that is a recent excavation, and I visited in 1978.
Thanks for any ideas.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 10, 2012
Christmas in Reykjavik, Solo - Seek advice and/or dinner buddy  (14 Answers)

Hi! I'll be in Reykjavik, Iceland, from December 23 through the 27th - quite suddenly as a solo traveler (ending up in London on the 30th for a wedding). I'm staying at the Hotel Borg right in the center of Reykjavik. I've never been to Iceland before. I compete in triathlon, so I figure that part of the time I would go for really long training runs around the city to check out the area (getting lost in the process is part of the fun). I may also consider going ice climbing at some juncture.

So.......Here's my "issue" - spending Christmas day by myself seems less than ideal - especially when I'll be going solo for about a week before and after the Holliday. I imagine that I am going to feel like I'm Herbie on the Island of Misfit Toys (a seasonal and timely Rudolf reference). I've travelled by myself before with inspiring success - including a cross U.S.A. bike trip. But, this is Christmas. It's different. Any suggestions would be appreciated. And........may I be so bold to suggest that any other solo travelers in the area are welcome to contact me. Dinner or a beer would be welcomed and considered. I'm male and pretty easy going just in case this factors into the equation. No matter what, this is going to be a great trip. My email is [email]. THANKS! - Scott

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 10, 2012
Tours of Reykjanes region  (9 Answers)

My husband, our two kids and I will be in Iceland for 5 days in November. We have been poking around to find a guide/tour for our last day and were thinking of spending it touring the Reykjanes area before heading to the airport mid-afternoon. We have gotten quotes from several tour companies and guides which are all WAY out of our range. Recently we heard from another whose quote was less than half what the others asked.

My question is does anyone here have experience with any services offered by Gildo?

If you do, I would love to hear about it! I am just a little wary given just how much less it is. Pleased, but cautious.

So excited to get to Iceland!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 01, 2012
Reykjavik zoo vs. Slakki zoo in Selfoss  (3 Answers)

I'm travelling with my children of 6 and 8 to Iceland next summer. My daughter is very fond of animals and would like to visit a zoo. Has anyone been to the zoo in Reykjavik, or to the one in Selfoss? If so, are the recommenable? Thanks in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 26, 2012
Iceland in October?  (4 Answers)


I have been looking through all of the information contained in the Reykjavik Travel Guide, including Regina1965's page, and I am so excited to book a trip for my second wedding anniversary this October.

My question is, how will the weather be in October? Is there usually lots of rain, or snow? I really want to visit the Blue Lagoon, as well as explore the town of Reykjavik.

Oh, another question, everyone is saying that Iceland is super expensive. Can I ask approximately how much Euros should I bring for two people for one whole week?

Thanks in advance!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 12, 2012
Weather in Septembr  (3 Answers)

Hi All,

i want to travel in late September for about 10 days.
i wish to know about the tourist area, hotels, sights and more. are the all still opened and working regularly?

is the Weather enabling to travel?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 14, 2012
Weather in February?  (3 Answers)

Hi again,

Just wondering what to expect weather-wise in February. For example, do the days often get above freezing, or should I expect ice and snow on city sidewalks?

Blizzards? Gales? or even rain if the temperatures are above freezing?

Of course I know you can't predict with any certainty, but I'd just like a rough idea.

Thanks very much.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 13, 2012
Local buses  (4 Answers)


When I visit a new city I love to just get on local buses and explore the city that way. I especially like going to nearby villages and seeing the real country and real people, not touristy things.

I'll be there in February of 2013. Can anyone suggest any scenic trips, especially in another direction from the airport?

And maybe there's a village to which I can go by bus, with a better chance of seeing auroras, and still get back to the city at a relatively decent time (10 or 11 p.m.)?

Thanks very much for your help.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 21, 2012
Must do's or sees in Iceland  (5 Answers)

We have 5 days in Iceland starting Jan. 25. What are the top 3 things we should see or do? Interests are nature, photography, history and getting a feel for the culture.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 11, 2011
Bug repellant needed ?  (4 Answers)

This is a follow-up question from my earlier one. Are mosquitoes and bugs a problem in the Reykjavik area in August ? If I go hiking up Mt. Esja, should I plan to bring insect repellant ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 04, 2011
Transportation from Reykjavik to Esja  (3 Answers)

I will be visiting Iceland for our first time with my family in August. I am interested in hiking up one of the Mt. Esja trails. Is there a public bus that leaves Reykjavik with a drop-off point at the trail head ? And, is there a website with the bus schedule ?

If there is no bus, is there any other way to get to the trail head without renting a car or hiring a taxi?

- Dave

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 09, 2011
missmolly27  (2 Answers)

I am flying to Reykjavik in July and will be staying with friends who live about 40 minutes outside of the city. I am not a hiker/climber, but would like to get out and see something of the country. I'm not very familiar with the customs of the country, but would like to do something special for them while I am there (perhaps a dinner out?). What should I pack for a one week stay in a private home?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 09, 2010
visiting Reykjavik  (5 Answers)

Hi,I am planning a rather short trip to Reykjavik (just one week) and would love to meet some "locals" for a chat, a cup of coffee, maybe going out? I travel alone, will be staying in Saga Hotel, most probably first week of February.My wish is to see the Northern Lights- is there any chance of that?! Cheers, Barbara
P.S. am female, fiftish, good looking (-;

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 18, 2009
lost camera  (3 Answers)

about two weeks ago my camera (coolpix 90)disappeared while I was either at the Viking sculpture in Reykjavik or at the Salvation Army hostel.
I ve registered the loss with the lost and found at the Police station and rang the tourist boards
If anyone has any further suggestions I d be really grateful
thanks a lot!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 14, 2009
First visit to Iceland!!  (2 Answers)

Hi Guys,
Myself and three of my friends are heading to reykjavik on the 14th of October for 4 nights, this our first time ever visiting Iceland and we are hoping for some suggestions on tours etc. We have only booked our flights at the moment and have nothing else booked.Can anyone tell me what baldursbra guesthouse is like as this is where we are thinking about booking? We are thinking about renting a car for a few days or maybe even for the full length we are there and finding our own way around. Can anyone direct us towards cheap (I realise thats not easy to find in Iceland!!) car rental and tours as we would like to see as much as possible in the short time but on as little money as possible. Also, the Iceland Airwaves festival takes place during our visit and I was wondering if this is worth going to? Sorry I know theres a lot of questions in this.
Thanks in advance for all your help!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 31, 2009
transportation to natural wonders  (3 Answers)

We have an 8 hour layover on our way to london. I have thought about renting a car at the airport and driving the golden circle. Is this something that is feasible? We will be there 9-2-09. It sounds like the tours would not fit our time schedule.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 15, 2009
Hofdi House portrait  (4 Answers)

Can anyone tell me who the portrait is of a well-dressed gentleman that sits over the right shoulder of President Ronald Reagan in a photo that was taken inside Hofdi House during the Reagan-Gorbachev Summit in October 1986?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 10, 2008
Blue Lagoon  (9 Answers)

A dumb question but I have to ask for opinions anyway :)
My friend ask me if the Blue Lagoon beauty products works or not, she read about the face mask & want me to help her buy it for her during my trip. Since its very expensive, I want to know if any one had tried it & opinions please :)

I also plan to dig up some silica mud around there to give her as a complete natural beauty remedy as a souvenior. Is it legal ? Will I get arrested ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 24, 2008
Mid-Nov weather  (20 Answers)

Hi all !
I am planning to go Reykjavik in weekend Nov 23, I know it will be cold, can any one give me any extra advice about what to wear or bring ?

Also, is there any tourist location going to close during Nov ?

Thanks in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 21, 2008
Struggling to find open restaurant on New Year's Eve :-(  (9 Answers)

Hello everyone - I've only just registered, this is my first post so here goes! My husband and I will be on our first trip to Reykjavik from 26th Dec to 2nd Jan this year.

I've emailed LOTS of restaurants, to see if they are open on New Year's Eve, and haven't found anything. Many haven't even replied, and all of those that have replied have said they are shut, except for...

...The Perlan - which would have been our no. 1 choice. But turns out they're only taking booking via some external travel company. This travel company is only offering New Year's Eve dinner at the Perlan as part of a 4 day tour package!!! This seems very strange.

So, we haven't found anywhere and are starting to get worried. Here are the ones I have already tried, please please does anyone know of anywhere good (well, anywhere actually!!) that will be open at New Year?

La Primavera - haven't replied
Sjávarkjallarinn - closed
Ó Restaurant - closed
Laekjarbrekka - haven't replied
Perlan - can only book meal as part of 4 day tour package!!
Cafe Victor - haven't replied
Kaffi Solon - haven't replied
Vox - haven't replied
Domo - haven't replied
The Gallery @ Hotel Holt - haven't replied
The Grill at Hotel Saga - closed
B5 - haven't replied
Einarben - haven't replied

Many thanks in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 29, 2008
New Year advice....? (Help needed)  (1 Answer)

My girlfriend and i are coming to Reykjavik for New Year..

we have 3 whole days there as well as New Years eve..
We would like to have a great time and possibly see a few of the amazing sites there, like the Blue Lagoon, the Northern Lights, The Gullfoss waterfall.

Where we need help -
what would you do/see in these days in Reykjavik...

Also -
We would like to plan our New Years eve night, but cannot find anywhere that shows a break down of what happens/where we should go or what we can do for New Years Eve..?

Has anyone had any experience of New Years Eve and an opinion on how we can make this as memorable as possible... (we have heard about the Perlan restaurant, but we are not sure if that would mean spanding the whole of the night & New Years eve there..? (anyone done this..?)

Any help would be ever so grateful..!!

Thanks in advance...


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 05, 2008
new year's eve 2008 - what to do?  (2 Answers)

Rather than get an expensive NYE package holiday we are going it alone, have booked flights and apartment, but unsure of what to do on the evening of the 31.12.08. I know there is bonfires and fireworks, but what time is that and where? Also can someone suggest a good restaurant - close to the action?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 18, 2007
Time of year to vist and how long to stay  (6 Answers)

I would like to take my wife and daughter to Iceland. As the title implies, I would like to get a feel for how long I would need to stay to do everything that a visitor would normally want to do in Iceland. It will probably be the only time we ever go to Iceland so we want to do/see it all and not just see from a bus. We want to take in the whole island, not just Reykjavik. Also, what time of year would be best. Obviously summer is the most comfortable, especially for someone from Florida like myself. However, I'm not sure I could adjust to the 24 hour days. Maybe late August, early September would still be "warm" and provide some dark time. Any comments appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 12, 2007
Long lay-over on a Monday night. Anything to do?  (1 Answer)


It looks like my travels will finally land me on the island of Iceland. I'll be there for a day or so in August so I'll be able to see touristy stuff then. However, on my return back from London I'll arrive in Iceland around 11PM on a Monday and my onward flight won't leave until 10AM the next morning (Tuesday). I'm trying to decide if I should just book a hotel and crash or if there's anything to do as far as nightlife that could keep me awake until I return to the airport.

I won't be dragging any baggage around with me - so that helps. Plus, it will be very early in September.

BTW - if it would be best to just get a room ..... any suggestions for places near the airport or at least easy to get transport? Just wondering.

Thanks - Skull.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 14, 2007
New Years Eve - worth it?  (1 Answer)

We are considering a trip to Reykjavik for New Years Eve. We've heard it's a lot of fun. Now, I do not like cold weather. Normally vacations for me include palm trees. But I would love to see Reykjavik as I've heard it's wonderful. Is new years really great for New Years? How miserable is the weather then?

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