Here is the beginning of my journey to this spellbinding island.
With this knowledge, I chose to not start our Iceland journey with wet clothes. It was still winter time after all.
Hence, my clothes being put into plastic bags (If used properly they do have some good re uses. Recycle, and Reuse)
top line Women have not been achieved and various invisible threshold embedded in a male-dominated power system still exists.
middle line The Convention entered into force in 1981 and was an important step towards the recognition of women's rights as human rights.
This is in downtown Reykjavik.
The images below are not taken from the car. They are of Skogafoss.
The trail, on the lower parts was well paved and used. Once we were up higher there were no people and the trails snow covered.
As we were hiking down I took one step and my left leg hit a snow covered hole. Luckily I am very flexible, as my left knee was around my ear, my right leg never hit bottom, happily, as I would have broken bones. I was able to belly flop my way out (probably hilarious to see) so my point with this is ... be careful. And, while I did not see the hole I was able to safely get moving again while keeping my cool. It is easy to see why people get lost in crevasses and are never heard from again.
There are so many lovely places here. Make your own journey, use what I have shared, love your life, be kind to others, respect other cultures, respect yourself. Leave the areas you travel to in the same or better condition than when you arrived.
Thanks for being on this journey and see ya soon.
~If you want to go to the Blue Lagoon, book your visit when you book your flight, maybe even before. It gets that busy. It is about 30 minutes outside of Reykjavik toward Keflavik. There are busses that run out and most hotels will have info on this for you.
~When we went in March 2017 gas was about $7.50 USD per gallon. Every station we went to had credit card payments on the pump. They all had english versions, however, if you miss that step then you are pumping your gas in Icelandic.
~$1 USD was about 108.85 ISK
~American? get used to 24 hour time (military time)
~Getting around. We chose to rent our own car from the airport. We went with Blue Car Rental and had amazing service. You can easily walk from the airport to the business or there is a buss.
In Reykjavik we walked everywhere. We did park our car in a metered spot (I did this in Icelandic and totally screwed up. However my screw up ended up being perfect for the 3 days we needed to plug the meter for) It was not very expensive.
~Museums. I LOVE museums!
WE went to all of the ones at Skogar (the same turnoff for Skogafoss) This has the Skogar Folk Museum and the Museum of Transport and Communication (you buy your tickets for all in here.) Churches, turf farms, the first house built all of driftwood, and a schoolhouse all await your visit. If you have change you can even use the public restroom. Another tip mainly for Americans - yes, pay to use a restroom.
THE Icelandic Phallological Museum. Americans you can be quite prudish at times - I suggest to get over it and learn some cool information about penises. It is right downtown at Laugavegur 116 in Reykjavik.
THE National Museum of Iceland Closer to Hallgrimskirja and bags need to be stored in lockers downstairs. The lockers are free.
THE Maritime Museum at Grandagarour 8 in Reykjavik. It is located in the old harbour section which is lovely to walk around.
Here we also went to the Saga Museum
The punk rock museum - yes, it's noisy, crowded and a must see.
Get yourself to the Icelandic Museum or Rock and Roll in Keflavik too.
The books were good for more detailed info on specific areas, however we did not rely on them for much of anything else.
The map on Thingvellir was picked up at the visitors center and was easy to use for walking around there.
This map turned out to be the best buy for navigation.
We did end up downloading google maps for Reykjavik which was helpful too. We used them off line.
Our car had GPS which helped getting out of town, then we used the map.
City maps (picked up at hotels, museums etc) were great for city exploration.
Car rental for 7 days was $630 with $150 extra for deposit.
RT flights for 2 adults from San Francisco to Keflavik.
NOW being that it was winter time we opted to check bags for both of us so we could have enough warm clothes (makes sense right?)
This brought our total for flights to $1064
Hotel Skaftafell for 2 nights was $366
We stayed in 2 different hotels while in Reykjavik
22 hill hotel 1 night at $138 A bit more of a walk (4-5 blocks) but pleasant rooms.
4th floor hotel 3 nights at $547 Closer to the heart of town, slightly more noisy, clean.
Being that we live in Boise Idaho we had to fly to SF and due to departure times we spent the night there.
Flights, RT for 2 were $507 and hotel was $110
Making our total $4062 for the trip.
We do not expect to stay in super fancy hotels but we want clean and convenient.
WE choose to spend our time and money on good local food and culture.
Have you been to Iceland? What is your favorite place to visit there?