“I will be in Iceland from for one week in August, and need help planning four of the days. I am traveling with my 19-year-old daughter and a friend of hers. They would like to swim between the continents, and other than that I would like to seek out more remote, less crowded destinations.
- Leslie B.”
Bjorn Gudmundsson, a local specialist from Iceland, helped this traveler put together a customized itinerary.
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Hi Leslie and nice to meet you. I am an Iceland travel expert at kimkim. I am born and raised in Iceland and I know my country well by experience. I love traveling around the Icelandic countryside with my camera in hand capturing the breathtaking nature and landscape.
Since you haven´t answered Alex´s last message I wanted to ask if you are you still looking for accommodation for the 15th-18th and excursions for your Iceland trip?
I still need to book the nights of the 15th -18th. One thing my daughter is really anxious to do is to swim between the continents.
I would advise you to stay those nights in the Golden Circle area. Perhaps a self-catered cottage could be a good idea. Is there a reason that you choose to spend the last night in Reykjavik? The Silica hotel is located close to the airport so it could be a good idea to spend the last night there.
Perhaps it would make more sense to spend two full nights in Reykjavik at the start and spend the next night at Hotel Glymur if it is available and then a self-catered cottage in the Golden Circle ( could you recommend a place to stay? I don't think we can change Silica - I can look into that.
Other things we would like to do:
Thingvellir national park - swim between the continents
Vatnajokull ice caves
When swimming between the 2 continents it would either be a snorkel or a diving experience. Unfortunately, the ice caves in Vatnajokull are not an option until November.
Seljalandsfoss you can easily reach from the cabin area. Seydisfjordur is a very long drive, around 8 hours from the cabin area. Hvitserkur is located in the northwest so it's in a very different area than you will be staying.
Bjorn, I would like to turn the remaining, unbooked days over to you. I tried to change our stay at Silica so that we could o from there directly to the airport but they were booked. The same was true of Hotel Glymur, no more room at the inn. Would you please come up with an itinerary for August 15-19 for us? Knowing what you do about Iceland, what is possible/open, and having some idea about what we are interested in I trust you to finish up booking our trip. We do have a car.
Hi Leslie, hope you are good. Attached here you will find a information sheet for your Iceland trip and a voucher for your Into the Glacier tour. It should have all information you need but do not hesitate to let me know if you need any further information.
Bjorn, the itinerary you have created looks amazing and it is clearly something we would never have been able to come up with if we had tried to book it on our own. For example I don't think we would have found the cabin without you and I am really looking forward to that experience. I am also grateful to have the restaurant recommendations and excursion ideas that you have shared.
What I appreciated most was how was easy it was to organize and book. When we received the itinerary it was reasonably priced especially when compared to what I saw when I initially tried to book the trip on my own.
I was booking this trip rather late and I turned to KimKim because I was discovering that a number of the hotels I was interested in were sold out. Bjorn was able to get us a reduced rate with view rooms at a beautiful new hotel. He also found us a great "guest house". The activities he suggested weren't one that were found in the guidebooks. Bjorn listened to what we liked and found activities to match.