Mini 5-day Iceland Exploration in early October

  A couple visited Iceland in October 2016

“Hi, I am looking to arrive in Reykjavik on Oct 8th and will have to leave to fly back to NYC on Oct 12th. There will be 2 travelers.There are a few places I really want to see and please let me know what is a realistic wish and what will have to wait for another time. I would really love to see Vik and visit Jokulsarlon Glacier. These are really important to me to see. In addition, I'd like to see The Blue Lagoon, Gulfoss waterfall, Skogar, I'd also really like to visit Thorsmork for the trails and streams that I hear are gorgeous, and Langjokull Galcoer and walk inside the blue ice tunnels. I am also keen to do a half day hike.... I know my wish list is long so please help! I would only do a private tour. Thank you!”



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5-day Iceland Exploration

Day 1: Oct 8 Arrive at KEF, Blue Lagoon and flight to Egilsstadir
Day 2: Oct 9 Egilsstadir - Hof with Jokulsarlon exploration
Day 3: Oct 10 Hof - Vik - Hvolsvollur
Day 4: Oct 11 Hvolsvollur - Golden Circle - Reykjavik
Day 5: Oct 12 Relax in Reykjavik, departure

Trip planning conversation

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Welcome to kimkim! Happy to help put together your trip to Iceland. Sounds like a great plan for 5 days.
I'll add an idea below (which has a few more days, so we'd need to cut it back a bit but it will give you a good idea).

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Please let me know your thoughts. Also, please tell us a bit more about the type of accommodation you would like? Budget, Boutique, Luxury? You could also share a budget indication (either per hotel / night, or overall for the entire trip). And would you like tour around with a guide, or just the 2 of you in a rental car?

Once I have your info above I will connect you with a trusted local operator in our network who can take care of your entire trip.

Best,
Joost

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Hi Joost, I think maximum per night on a hotel room we would spend would be about $450.00 that's US dollars though. We really cannot do any more time than the 8th-12th. We will leave NYC on the night of the 7th and hopefully arrive first thing in the morning on the 8th. I think we are still up in the air on whether we should drive solo or have a guide. I do think a guide would be useful for certain areas. What do you think? I am really set on trying to get to Jokulsarlon Glacier as I've heard it's stunning. Vik would be great but I hear it is far as well.

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The trip you sent sounds wonderful! We just need to shorten it a bit. I would like on the last day to have a few hours to explore Reykjavik

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Thanks for the info, that's helpful and should give us enough to work with for now. We'll get back to you within a couple of days

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BTW, you mention that Vik is far... however the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon is actually further away... About 4h30min from Reykjavik one way. Vik is halfway...

Given the drive time, are you set on Jokulsarlon?

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Yes! I really want to go there. I am happy to start the trip from the farthest point and work my way back towards Reykjavik. Is there a glacier that you recommend that is as beautiful but closer? I also hope the farther away we go the fewer tourists we will encounter haha:)

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Yes, for sure the crowds thin out the farther you go from Reykjavik!

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A really cool itinerary would be to take a domestic flight to the East, and then drive back in a few days. This way you make the most of your time, and you don't have to retrace your route.

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That would work for me. Can you get a really good hotel for around $300-395 a night?

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Yes, your hotel budget works great. Other elements (flight, car rental, activities) will of course add to the cost.

The cost will really depend on whether you would like to do your trip as a self-drive or with a guide.

You could also do a mix, where you do a self-drive for most of the days, and have guide take you up the Thorsmork Valley for the day. This is a great area that offers some amazing hikes. You need a specially adjusted jeep (a so-called Super Jeep) to go here. We work with a really great local operator in that area who can organize a day in Thorsmork for you with a guide.

If you want you can even camp there, or stay in a lodge. The camping is quite luxurious... you stay in nature, but with a lot of comfort. That would also offer a great chance to see the Northern Lights as the Thorsmork Valley is far away from any light pollution. Alternatively you can stay in a lodge there or even a very nice hotel closer to the coast.

If this all sounds good I can work with a local operator in our network to put together a proposal and this happen for you.

Of course we can adjust the plan. Just let me know and we will get started on it.

We will ask for a $250 deposit if you like the general direction of this plan. This ensures that we can give your trip all the attention it deserves.

Best,
Joost

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I think camping for one night sounds fun and seeing the Northern Lights sounds 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 and I do think we prefer to go it alone (as long as you don't think we will get lost) and use a guide when needed. I am happy to have my boyfriend get in touch with you to give you payment details but can you give a better sense on the total cost first? I am flying home now from vacation but will be able to answer again late this evening.

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Of course, we will give you a cost estimate first. Please give us about 24 hours for the price estimate.

After looking at your available time in some more detail, here's what we come up with as a tentative program for you:

Oct 8: Early morning arrival at KEF. (possible to do Blue Lagoon today) Late afternoon flight to Egilsstadir (note, this is from the domestic airport). Stay in Egilsstadir
Oct 9: Morning: drive to Jokulsarlon (3.5 hrs), explore for a few hours. Optionally do an excursion. Then continue to Hof (30 minutes)
Oct 10: Drive to Vik (2 hrs), then continue to Skogafoss Waterfall (30 minutes) where you can explore and hike a bit. Then continue to Hvollsvollur /hotel Ranga 45 minutes
Oct 11: Drive the Golden Circle (1 hr), explore the sights here, incl Gulfoss. Continue to Reykjavik. Optional Northern Lights Hunt at night.
Oct 12: Relax in Reykjavik & farewell for now.

I think this is a great 5-day program, including a spectacular local flight and scenic road trip. You will see many of the highlights of Iceland (although of course there is much more to see... :)) You could do all of this as a self-guided trip, but we can see what kinds of guided excursions make sense at Jokulsarlon and/or Skogafoss.

We can book you the best hotels within your budget, but we'd need to start booking these right away as availability is limited.

After looking closely at the time frame we don't think Thorsmork / camping is realistic, unfortunately. It would get super rushed (also, days are getting a bit shorter in early October... just over 10 hours of daylight, not too bad but good to take into account).

Let me know if this plan looks good. Meanwhile we'll get you some pricing.

Best,
Joost

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I think his looks fantastic! Will we have time to explore Reykjavik at all?

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How is the Alda Hotel in Reykjavik ?

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It's good. The travelers we sent there liked it.

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Or the Center Hotel Arnarhvoll on Reykjavik? Want something not uptight please haha

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I can send you details for a deposit when we have a semi- quote. This trip though sounds perfect!

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How would we do the deposit? Via phone or through his chat?

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We will take the deposit through the chat. We will post a payment link here.

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Looks like a great itinerary

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Thanks, glad you like it! A great way to see Iceland in 5 days

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Based on current pricing, your total would come out to $2906.00 (actual pricing may change, in which case we will notify you and discuss).

This pricing includes:
Private transport from KEF (intnl airport) to Reykjavik domestic airport on Oct 8
One way domestic flight Reykjavik Egilstadir on Oct 8 at 6.15pm
One way rental car Egilstadir - KEF (4x4 vehicle)
4 hotel nights (happy to discuss details, including hotel Ranga and Alda in current plan)
Kimkim service fee ($250)

This excludes your international flight, and any items not mentioned above.

We can also help you select and book excursions along the way (for example Blue Lagoon, Jokulsarlon Glacier, Northern Lights Hunt, etc).

If you want to go ahead with this, please submit your credit details here ----

Then, the next steps are as follows:
* Your card will be charged for the $250 service fee
* We will start making bookings on your behalf, using our partners (booking.com and local travel companies in Iceland), for which you will receive email confirmations directy from the provider.
* As your trip approaches we will help you book additional excursions if you like

We look forward to help make this an amazing trip.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Best,
Joost

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I added a quick map of your itinerary above.

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I would definitely want to do a Blue Lagoon excursion as well as one to Jokulsarlon Glacier. What would that run?

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Actually a Northern Lights hunt could be amazing too. Can you give price quotes on all 3? Thank you!!

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also, can we make sure the car is automatic?

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No problem, the car is automatic.

As for the tours, happy to provide options / quotes, but I'd suggest you first lock in the other elements of the trip. The hotels are selling out quickly, so I'd rather get these reserved, and then focus on the other elements.

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sounds good. what do you need for that ?

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May I ask what dates we will be in Reykjavik? And what the nightly rate is at the Alda? Thank you and sorry for all the questions

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Yes, of course.
Oct 11. Rate I am seeing right now is $219. FYI you will get the same rates you see on booking.com, so these should be the lowest rates available. We don't mark up any hotel pricing.

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Also, if we land in Reykjavik in the early morning can we go and do the blue lagoon that day before heading out on the domestic flight?

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Thank you!

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We are so excited

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Great, we're excited for your trip too!
We just made your first booking at hotel Ranga for Oct 10, since the hotel was about to sell out.
You should have received an email confirmation from booking.com. Expect more of these over the next few days.

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We want a double room is that not going to be the case? I don't really want to sleep in twin beds...

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I am pretty sure they have a room with one big bed (unclear what size exactly... but we will message the hotel and check). Does that sound good? Booking.com only lets us send the confirmation to one email address, but we'll upload the booking confirmations here.

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I saw there Alda has a room with a sea view. If you can try to book that one it would be most appreciated!

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We just booked the sea view with queen bed and balcony for Alda.

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For day 2 in Hof there is a good hotel available, but quite expensive: Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon, for $460 per night for a refundable room. The other hotels there are quite basic. Do you want to go ahead with this?

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And for the first night in Egilsstadir we'd recommend the Hildibrand Apartment Hotel. A one-bedroom apartment with balcony and sea view is $180 that night. I don't think there are nicer accommodations in this town. Let us know if that's okay and we'll go ahead and book it.

Quotes for the excursions etc will be coming later today.

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those sound good thanks

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All 4 hotels are booked, see pdfs above. For all your hotels, your credit card guarantees the booking, and you will need to pay at the hotel.

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Next up: the Blue Lagoon on Oct 8 after you arrive. They open at 8am and have availability all day. In order to book you need to choose an arrival time. What time does your flight come in?

There are a range of packages, starting at about $45 going up to about $220 (all prices quoted in Euros on their site). Please take a look here and let us know what package you like.

As for transport, you can take a coach from the airport, and then on to Reykjavik domestic airport, or you can take a taxi (there is no Uber in Iceland at this time). Approx cost for coach would be $60 for the 2 of you (includes KEF - Blue Lagoon and Blue Lagoon - Reykjavik) . Taxi looks like it will be a bit over $200 for the total trip. If you want to be flexible and time allowing spend a bit of time in downtown Reykjavik in the afternoon (only 10 mins away from domestic airport) I'd recommend a taxi. Happy to look into booking it for you.

Please let us know how you want to do this day!

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Link to the blue lagoon website to look at packages: http://www.bluelagoon.com/blue-lagoon-spa/prices-and-packages/

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Hi, I was busy at work and could not respond sooner. The hotels sound great and thanks for locking those in for us.

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I am not sure about arrival time in Reykjavik yet as we have not booked airline tickets yet. We will probably do that this weekend. We most likely will take a 9pm flight or later from NYC on Oct 7th. I would definitely like to do the Blue Lagoon that day we arrive. Will there be a place for us to store our baggage? Or is it better we your Reykjavik that day and end on the last morning with the Blue Lagoon?

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Thank you again for being so responsive and helpful!

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I'd recommend doing the blue lagoon on the day you arrive. You can store luggage there ($5 per bag). It's pretty well set up to take care of travelers as many people visit the blue lagoon on their way to / from the airport due to its location.

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Next up: Northern Lights on Oct 11 from Reykjavik.

There are a number of ways to do an excursion. The "standard touristy" way is to take a coach tour with lots of people. Around $60 pp. The next step up is by minibus (max 18 people), starting at $80 pp.

A better option is a "super jeep" small group tour that allows you to drive in places where tour buses can't reach. This gives you a less crowded experience and also a better chance to see the Northern Lights since you may be able to reach clear skies and places with less light polution this way. Around $160 pp.

Beyond that you can organize a private tour by super jeep (happy to look into pricing), making your experience more flexible and intimate.

Keep in mind that it is not guaranteed that the Lights will be visible on any given night. You need clear skies and the right amount of electrically charged particles entering the atmosphere. And you may get lucky and see the Northern Lights on another night during your trip.

You could also just take a chance and drive around in your own rental car of course.

Look forward to your thoughts.

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We would like to do the Blue Lagoon on the first day. If you can arrange for a transfer from the international airport to the Blue Lagoon that would be wonderful. I believe you said that the domestic flight is at 6:15pm. Is that correct? If so, after the Blue Lagoon would we be going back into Reykjavik to eat lunch and walk around a bit?

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My second question is when we arrive in Egilsstadir will we just be picking up the car at the airport or being transferred directly to the hotel there? How far is the hotel on that first night from the airport and will we get the car at the airport or at the hotel? Thanks so much!

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For the Northern Lights can we play it by ear and decide on or towards the end of the trio of we want to do that excursion?

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What would you recommend though as far as the Northern Lights?

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Do you think we need a guide for Jokulsaron Glacier? This is what I'm most excited for 😬

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1/ Regarding transfer on day 1 from KEF to Blue Lagoon, do you want private transfer, or the standard coach that runs every hour? We can book private transport for $99. A bit expensive for a 20 minute drive, but that's the rate when booking ahead. You could also just hop in a taxi there. That's what I would do, but if you feel more comfortable having it arranged we can do that for you of course

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2/ Yes, car rental pick up is at the airport. The hotel is actually an hour drive away, towards the coast. Usually that would be a great place to stay, but since you are arriving after dark, and have quite a drive ahead of you on the next day to Jokulsaron I'd actually recommend we change the hotel to one in Egilsstadir proper, close to the airport. Let me know if that sounds good. We can make the change (your hotel can be changed free of cost). We have an alternative hotel closer by for approx the same cost. Let us know.

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3/ If you book a tour I'd go with a super jeep tour. However, I would recommend to hold off on booking the tour. You have a few chances to see them on the other nights, and if you've seen them you either want more in which case you can most likely still book a tour, or you're done with it and can enjoy Reykjavik's nightlife.

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4/ We have sent out a few enquiries for great experiences at Jokulsaron. The standard thing you can do is a boat tour (see here: http://icelagoon.is/amphibian-boat-tours/ about $45pp) but we're looking into some alternatives as well. Any thoughts on the boat tour?

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Some more context for day 1 that I saw you asked about above: The Blue Lagoon is close the international airport. So it makes sense to go from the airport to go to the Blue Lagoon and then to Reykjavik. The domestic airport is very close to downtown Reykjavik. So I would indeed recommend to go to downtown Reykjavik after the Blue Lagoon (you can have lunch either in Blue Lagoon or Reykjavik) and spend a few hours in town before getting a local taxi to the domestic airport. I will add a map below

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Let me know if that makes sense

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For the transfer to the blue lagoon that first day we want the private transfer please. After a long flight we do not want to be bothered with a bus with masses of people

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Yes, I agree that first night we will definitely be exhausted so we would like to land in Egilsstadir, grab the car and go to the closest hotel possible. Please make that hotel change.

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Okay, we will hold off on booking a Northern Lights tour and stay in touch with you during our trip.

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How is the boat tour in Jokulsarlon? Is it something you recommend ?

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Could you recommend an area for lunch for that first day in Reykjavik? We would like to go somewhere we will meet or see locals. Something like a typical cafe. Nothing touristy. Maybe in an area that also has interesting streets and shops to walk around as well.

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We changed the hotel for your first night to Guesthouse Egilsstadir, which is 5 minutes from the airport. Address is listed in the above conformation and we will add it to your trip plan as well.

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Thank you!

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You car is booked. See confirmation above.

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Happy to book private transfer to Blue Lagoon for you. However, we'd first need your arrival time, so let's hold off until you've booked your flights. Also, for your transfer from Blue Lagoon to Reykjavik, do you want private transport as well?

The boat tour at Jokulsarlon is great, but we are waiting to hear back from a few contacts about other activities as well. We'll let you know if something interesting is possible and then provide you with the options.

We'll have some suggestions regarding your other questions later.

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A major piece of your trip that still needs to be booked is your domestic flight from Reykjavik to Egilsstadir. We need your full names and dates of birth. Quick reminder to provide these details here. Thanks!

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Flight is booked. Note that the seats are next to each other (despite being D and F).
Looks like the key elements of your trip are in place now!

Let us know when you have confirmed your international flights so we can lock in your local transport and Blue Lagoon booking on day 1.
Best,
Joost

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Thanks so much! We will look into tickets this weekend and let you know the arrival time! Keep us posted on Jokulsarlon excirsions please.

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Hey, quick update on excursions... for some reason it takes a bit of time from our guys in Iceland to get back... we'll keep chasing them. In any case, as a default we can go with a boat tour. But still pushing to get you some more unique alternatives as well. Happy Friday!

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On the Jokulsarlon excursion: I'd recommend we book a boat tour for you. These guys are good http://icelagoon.is/amphibian-boat-tours/ Cost for 2 people is just under $100.
Let us know if you want to go ahead with it. Happy to book it for you.

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Yes, please book the boat tour in Jokulsarlon

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We have not booked air tickets but he flight we are looking at arrives in Reykjavik at 6:15am on the 8th.

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We will book those tickets by Wednesday evening and let you know for sure but that seems to be the flight that works best for us

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For your next day (day 3), if you are interested in making that a big day, we have a great idea from our local operator at Thorsmork valley. They can take you into the valley in a super jeep with a guide, and explore the volcanic landscape there. It's not cheap, though... They are quoting around $1200 USD for the day for a private trip (incl guide and vehicle, but excluding food etc). Are you interested in exploring that option?

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That's a lot of money for 1 day

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Agree

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A private guide + super jeep rental tends to be expensive in Iceland... Happy to look into more reasonable options for that day as well..

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The boat tour at Jokulsarlon is booked, see above. You can arrive at any time on Oct 9, since they have departures all day.

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Once you have booked your flights and your arrival time is confirmed we should book the Blue Lagoon for you. You will likely want the earliest reservation at 8am. The Blue Lagoon sometimes gets booked up, so probably good to not wait too long. Please select your package here: http://www.bluelagoon.com/blue-lagoon-spa/prices-and-packages/experience-packages/ (looks like luxury is already sold out for that morning, the other packages are still available).

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Thank you for booking there boat tour! I did receive the confirmation email earlier

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Hi, so we will 99% be taking the flight that gets into Reykjavik at 6:15am. I am just waiting to discuss and we will book the tickets tonight. Can you make us a reservation for 8 or 8:30am? How far is it from the international airport? We will do the Premium package for 70euro each. Do you book it or should we?

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It's just a 20 minute drive from the airport, so I think it's best to book the 8am slot. If you want to book it, please go ahead. We can also do it if you prefer, just let us know.

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In the meantime, for your day 3, instead of taking a jeep into the Thormork Valley, you could do a hike on your own above the Skogafoss waterfall. This is the start of a long day hike to Thorsmork. It's too far to make it all the way to Thorsmork given your time constraints (and you'd likely want to a guide for the entire hike), but you could hike up along the waterfalls for anywhere between 15 minutes (to the top of the Skogafass Waterfall) and a couple of hours, which would allow you to see the river and some of its 26 waterfalls. I was there a month ago and it's really spectacular up there.

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I added the description for the entire hike above. You'd just do part of "stage 1 - waterfall way" and hike back to your car when you're done.

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Yes we definitely want to do this hike

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So this is a hike we do on our own?

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you could yes

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if you only hike up for a few miles max many people do it on their own

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The drive + hike would pretty much fill your day 3... and you'd also want to visit Vik in the morning

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Okay, we booked our tickets and will arrive in Reykjavik at 6:15am on the 8th on an Iceland Air flight from EWR. Can you please book the Blue Lagoon for us based on that arrival in Reykjavik? We would like to do the Priemier option. Can you also book us a table at the Lava restaurant they have there as we may want to eat after the flight. Do you think we should experience the lagoon and then eat or vice versa? Also, we were thinking to rent a cheapish room in Reykjavik for the day as a place to leave our luggage and maybe take a rest after the blue lagoon and before walking around Reykjavik/heading off to the domtic airport. What do you think? Thank you again for the help and we are really excited about this hike!!

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Great, always good to get the flight booked!

Happy to book the Blue Lagoon for you. You had mentioned you would like private transport in the morning, right? We can definitely do that, but as I mentioned the price (over $100) is a bit steep for a 20 minute ride. But could be worth it after a red eye like that. I'd suggest you book it at 7.30am since I think it's more convenient to have a coffee at the airport vs waiting in front of the Blue Lagoon. Please confirm.

Question: do you also want private transport from the Blue Lagoon to Reykjavik, or are you happy to take the Blue Lagoon coach into town? If private transport, you would need to provide the time right now, which may be tough to decide since you may want to stay longer or shorter depending on what you feel like. We can also give you the phone numbers of some cab companies so you can play it by ear (no Uber in Iceland yet...).

Happy to reserve at Lava... I think they only open for lunch (will check), so I'd suggest to first do the Lagoon itself and then have lunch. There's also a small caffe for some light snacks if you are hungry upon arrival.

BTW, they have some good napping chairs indoors which could come in handy after your red eye :)

Good idea re hotel room for the day... We will check if we can find something.

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Yes, we would like the private car from the airport to the blue lagoon and 7:30 is fine!

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I think for the way back from the Blue Lagoon we can try for a taxi. A few taxi numbers would really come in handy, thank you:)

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Your Blue Lagoon reservation is made, see above (note that they emailed you a voucher that you will need to bring on your phone or printed). We made the reservation for the restaurant at 11.30 (the earliest time), but I am pretty sure you can show up later as well if you like.

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Hi, when it is ready please send the full itinerary for his trip. Thanks so much!

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We're planning to add the final elements to your trip today / tomorrow.
Couple of questions:
* For your transfer to Blue Lagoon, we can book a Prius (or similar) for $119, or a more premium service that gets you there in style (Mercedes Benz) for $208. None of these options are cheap for a 20 minute ride, but looks like there are no better options... Let us know which you prefer.
* We haven't had any luck getting a day room in Reykjavik. Alternatively we can book you a room for the night and make sure you have early check in, so you can spend a few hours there before you board your domestic flight. Let us know... and your approx budget for this would be good to know as well.
Looks like these are the final 2 loose ends (and we can book you the Northern Lights tour later if you want).
Best,
Joost

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Hi, I actually books a room in Reykavik for the day. Thank you for trying though. I think the Prius car sounds good from the airport to the Blue Lagoon on that first day.

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When would we do the Northern Lights tour of we were to do one?

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Ok, sounds good, we'll book the Prius.
Do you mind letting me know how you booked the room? Just a normal night? Or a day room? Just curious to learn so we know for future travelers :)
The Northern Lights Tour would be best on your final evening Oct 11.
Best,
Joost

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Hi, your transport KEF - Blue Lagoon has been booked. I'll upload the confirmation below. Just confirming that you are in the Iceland Air flight from JFK that lands on 6.15am on Oct 8.

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Hi, we booked a hotel for the night. It's a bit expensive but seems like a good location and we prefer to have a place to rest than to start the trip off extremely exhausted. Thank you for booking the car for us :)

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Hi,
Not sure if you've seen the link to trip plan yet, but here it is:---
It contains the booked elements of your trip (hotels, flight, car, excursion) + booking numbers etc. We'll update it a bit more with some additional restaurant suggestions. And you can always ask questions here in the chat as well.
Let us know if you have any questions. Hope you are getting ready for an amazing trip!
Best,
Joost

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This all sounds awesome! Thank you

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My one question is about the car rental... Is there only one place to pick up the car in the airport in Egilsstadir? Also, the car is an automatic? And does it have satellite navigation?

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Hi,
Yes the car is automatic. I don't think it has GPS, but we can check and add it if you want to. Finding your car rental pick up at the airport should be straightforward. I haven't personally rented a car there, but I've done that at a similarly small airport in Iceland and there were 2 car rental windows next to each other and the car was parked 30 ft outside of the terminal. I expect it to be similar there, but we can check when we add the GPS to your rental tomorrow. Pls confirm if you want the GPS.
Thanks,
Joost

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Yes, we would like the GPS.

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Hi,
I just called the car rental guys from EuropCar in Egilsstadir. Your car is an automatic. They can add the GPS to your package when you pick up the car.
Also, it's a small airport, you can't miss the car rental window, just look for green Europcar signs. The guy I spoke with is called Eli and he will be there next Saturday evening to get you the car... say hi to him :) Feels like a nice small-town airport, probably a lot smaller than the average NYC subway station :)
Best,
Joost

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Thank you! You have really been amazing! If you have heard of any great restaurants in Reykjavik please send along!

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Thanks! Here are some restaurant & bar recommendations from one of our local experts in Iceland (will add to trip plan as well).

Restaurants:
* Kolabrautin (in Harpa): http://www.kolabrautin.is/en/
* Grill Market, awesome lamb, beef, Icelandic cuisine: http://www.grillmarkadurinn.is/en/
* Fish Market, great seafood restaurant: http://fiskmarkadurinn.is/english/
* 3 Frakkar, traditional Icelandic food, very high quality: http://3frakkar.com/index.php?page=history
* Snaps, trendy icelandic/french bistro: http://www2.snaps.is/?lang=en
* Kopar, great restaurant by the old sea harbor: http://www.koparrestaurant.is/en/
* Sea Baron, tiny local fisherman's restaurant: http://saegreifinn.is/?page_id=1333
* The “most popular” restaurant in Reykjavik, a 70 year old hot dog stand: http://bbp.is/en/

Bars:
* Kex Hostel Bar, where the locals often hang out, often live music: http://www.kexhostel.is/
* Kaffibarinn, one of top 25 clubs in Europe by the Guardian, bar during days, turns into a local nightclub on weekends: http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/dec/29/best-clubs-europe-club-nights-picked-by-djs
* Kaldi bar, small local bar with good micro brews: https://www.facebook.com/KaldiBarCafe
* Big Lebowski bar: http://lebowski.is/En/index.html

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You have been beyond amazing! Thank you for everything! I will write you a great review wherever you'd like!

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Hi! One more question... Where does it get returned to?

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You just return it at the international airport before you leave. Just follow the signs to Europcar / car rental returns when you arrive at the airport. Your quote includes the one-way rental drop off fee.

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Great!

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Have a question about the boat tour in Jokulsarlon. How long is the boat tour and how often do they go out?

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Also, are the Zodiac Boat Tour and the Amphibian Boat tour the same thing?

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The Zodiac tours are not running in October, so the Amphibian boats are the only option for your trip.
Zodiac's are smaller inflatable boats , while the amphibian boats are larger. You can see some photos here: http://icelagoon.is/gallery/

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Is it possible for you to send the hike information again in the form
Of an email so I can print it out? My email address is mkom100@aol.com

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Sure thing.

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How is your prep going?

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Let me know if you have any questions etc. Happy to help make sure you are 100% ready for the trip

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BTW, the page doesn't print very well, but you can try to print and/or copy paste from here: https://www.kimkim.com/c/fimmvorduhals-hike

Let me know if that works, or if not I can get you some kind of PDF.

You won't have time to hike the entire route described i the article. You should hike along the waterfall (right side of the waterfall looking up) and then follow the river for a while, and return the same way back to your car.

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I was able to copy and paste to an email. We are so excited! I will keep you posted on whether or not we want to add the Northern Lights tour for the last night. Thanks!

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Hi, quick question. If we wanted to stop in Seyoisfjorouris it possible? It gets some nice reviews as a town to visit. If not, no big deal!

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Also, how far is the domestic airport from Reykjavik? How much time do w need to check in for a domestic flight there?

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Seydisfjordur is 30 minutes from Egilsstadir and you'd have to drive back the same road, so it adds 1 hour to your drive that day. It's possible, especially if you wake up early, but it really depends on how much you want to squeeze into that 2nd day for you. Stopping after 1.5 hours in Djúpivogur would make more sense if you don't want to add more driving to your day. BTW, we added a lot of updates to this article: https://www.kimkim.com/c/5-days-of-iceland-s-highlights-east-to-west which describes your itinerary in some more detaill

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Reykjavik airport is pretty much in the city, less then 15 minutes assuming your are somewhere in the city center. You should arrive 1 hour before your flight.

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Thank you! The itinerary sounds amazing!

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We are really excited

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Hi, last annoying request from me I promise! Can we cancel lunch at Lava at the Blue Lagoon? I think 3.5hrs is a lot of the there so we are thinking to enjoy the lagoon, head into town to our hotel, rest and then grab a bite near the odors house or something in Reykjavik. Will there be a cost to cancel the reservation though?

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Sounds like a good plan. Let me check, I think the reservation should be easy to cancel. I don't think there was any cost associated with it.

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The reservation was free of charge... I would just let it lapse... shouldn't be problem at all.
If we don't chat anymore before you leave, hope you have a good flight and an amazing time in Iceland!
We'll be standby to help with any additional bookings (Northern Lights etc).
Best,
Joost

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Thanks so much!

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Trip has been fantastic so far! We love it here:)

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Awesome glad to hear!

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I hope you've had an amazing time in Iceland. It was fun to follow along on instagram. Great photos!
Hope you'll have a great last morning in Reykjavik (maybe some great coffee and pastries in Sandholt Cafe?) and then a safe flight home.
Best,
Joost

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Hi! It was one of my favorite trips of all time! Thank you for all of the help. We actually most loved the place we stayed in in Egilsstaoir. We also thought the best part of the trip was the drive from Egilsstaoir to Vik. So many amazing places to stop along the way. Everyone who was Icelandic that we met said the smartest move was the flight to Egilsstaoir and then the drive we did.. thank you for that! The day of the big hike we fell behind as we loved Vik so much that we spent so much extra time there. One more day with an overnight in Vik would have been lovely but we just didn't have the time on this trip. We did however, love the hike to Skaftafell and Svartifoss. Next time we will have to leave more time for more hiking. We also stopped a lot along the drive to get out and just walk and explore. The terrain in Iceland is simply amazing! We enjoyed Jokulsarlon and the glacier tour. I wish we had known to visit Diamond Beach while in Jokulsarlon but that leaves us something to look forward to.

The Hotel Silica was lovely and we had actually wished we had booked a room for the afternoon there rather than in Reykjavik. We tried to switch but they were sold out. The breakfast was really yummy. About $30 U.S. dollars per person. They were very nice and allowed us to store our luggage with them while we were at the Blue Lagoon.

The hotel we were least wowed by was the Hotel Ranga. It seemed more like a business machine than the others. It was a lovely setting but had a very business feel to it.

All of the restaurants we went to were wonderful. In Reykjavik we ate twice at the Seabaron. It's truly amazing. Kopar is actually closed on the weekends for lunch and during the week had a poor lunch menu (very very limited) so since the Seabaron is next door it was a lucky find. The food at the hotel on the first night in Egilsstaoir was phenominal👍🏻👍🏻 Pakkus had delicious langoustines. We also greatly enjoyed lunch in Vik at Sudur. Again, Ranga was our least favorite for the food. In Reykjavik, on the last night we ate at Fish Market and both the food and service were wonderful.

It really was a fantastic trip! Sadly on our last day in Reykjavik we got the remnants of Hurricane Matthew and 40 mile per hour winds so it made it very difficult to explore. Luckily, IclandAir pilots are well trained for the weather and we still got out.

I think next year I would like to visit the Faroe Islands from Reykjavik. Would you be able to help with that as well?

I will write a review on your website either tomorrow or this weekend!

Thank you so much for everything!

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This was a very well planned trip. We really enjoyed the first night in Egilsstadir as well as the road trip to Vik. We wish we'd ha done extra day to do a bit more hiking as we ended up spending extra time in Vik.

Joost helped with every single step of this trip and was amazing with returning emails. The one time I reached out on the first day of the trip we received a quick response from one of his team members. Fantastic service!!