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Going next week.Hints,Tips,Recommendations and Things to do please...
stuff. I did the National Park (I think), the gyser, the blue lagoon pool thing and went up a new-ish looking church with an excellent view. I had booked a Northern Lights trip but it was cancelled due to bad weather. I was there for four days I think which was enough for a city like that. I prefer Stockholm buy Reykjavik is a very nice city. How long are you there for? Have fun!
Iceland for 3 days.think we're just going to do tourist stuff.really want to get close to a lava flow and see northern lights.this is all because I can't go to ATP.
even had the trip cancelled too
rather than Iceland Excursions. The former is a bigger company with more buses. That's what I found six years ago anyway. Things may have changed obviously since everything went tits up economically in 2008.
Or just as expensive as bars?
Most of the places I ended up were comparable to "London prices". Plus there are loads of happy hours which actually makes it relatively reasonable to drink out in the early evenings. Have a look at Micro Bar for an idea of what I mean.
As for off licenses we didn't really bother as the duty free from the airport is so much better priced. As an example, a bottle of Reyka vodka from Duty Free cost about £15 compared to £30+ in town. There is a limit on what you can buy Duty Free but it's worth checking out.
Other random points that may or may not be of interest:
- Kex Hostels seemed like the "go-to" place to stay.
- Although we rented an apartment via Air BNB which was great if you are there for long enough.
- If you like hot dogs (and, frankly, even if you don't) the traditional advise is to head to Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur.
- Go swimming at every opportunity. There are loads of public geothermal pools which are dirt cheap and so good.
duty free is yr saviour
anything in particular you'd like to know or anything?
That would be great.thankyou.
so I presume they do that kinda stuff for fun.
you better check yo vick
before you reykjavik
but actually what am i meant to do in iceland?
specifically need advice on where to stay in reykjavik
We booked somewhere through Air b'n'b - MUCH cheaper than the hotels.
Try and find somewhere on or around Laugavegur, which is the main street in Reykjavik.
So excited. Doing the full ring road, though. So much of the great stuff seems to be away from Reykjavik.
But if you're in Reykjavik, you may as well do the Blue Lagoon and Golden Circle as your excursions. :)
I liked to sing "I'm horny, horny horny Hornid" whenever we went past.
Harpa (arts venue/opera house) is awesome to wander around
There's some interesting museums, especially one about the a really old house that they found under the streets of Reykjavik. National musuem is good, too.
The big cathedral is pretty impressive.
Just wander about and eat and drink. There's lots of nice places for doing that.
It's close to the harbour and the nonni-sauce is amazing
Did most of the touristy stuff, Blue Lagoon, Gullfoss waterfall. We had our own car and it proved invaluable in the end. We tried chasing the Northern Lights using the Icelandic MET office's website: http://en.vedur.is/weather/forecasts/aurora/
Met a couple who had spent 2 nights on the bounce, 10pm - 3am, on a booked tour. Me and the gf drove out for 20 minutes on both of those nights and checked the forecast constantly. We knew we wouldn't see anything after 20 minutes so decided to give up. I would be wary of who you book with and drive yourself if you can.
In regards to booze, if you can download the 'Appy Hour' app you'll drink a lot cheaper, it lists the happy hours of every bar in Reykjavik.
You can't miss it but make sure you go to the Big Lebowski themed bar, class! http://lebowski.is/
If you're feeling up to it, drive to Hveragerdi and trek the 5km to the hot springs there. Mental.
that does puffin and whale. Not sure where you stand on that morally, but we had a good chat with the staff who explained where and how they are fished. Also, tasted bloody lovely.
fancy hamburger restaurant
little fisherman's hut that does whale kebabs and some kind of soup
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