Northern Lights, Reykjavik, Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle

  A couple visited Iceland in March 2017

“Hi , we are a couple in there early 30 , we booked the flight and are looking at airbnb for appartement we think that we want to be in downtown reykjavik, we are looking for a amazing trip to see as much ad we can during are time frame in iceland, we re thinking about Northern Lights Reykjavik Blue lagoon Golden circle Vatnajokull/skaftafell ice cave tour, glacier walking Lava trip maybe? Jokulsarlon Lagoon, Jokulsargljufur any waterfall beautifull lake and amazing view, we will be renting a car to move on the island , and maybe a helicopter tour could be nice too , thank you”


Chris McCarty, a local specialist from Iceland, helped this traveler put together a customized itinerary based on Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Southern Highlights, and Golden Circle: 7-9 day Itinerary.

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Reykjavik, Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Golden Circle, South Coast

Day 1: Arrival and Downtown Reykjavik
Day 2: Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Day 3: More of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Day 4: Snæfellsnes Peninsula to Golden Circle
Day 5: The South Coast to Vik: Waterfalls, Beaches, Cliffs
Day 6: Skaftafell, Svartifoss, Hof, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Day 7: Drive back along South Coast to Blue Lagoon
Day 8: Departure

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Chris McCarty
Hi, welcome to kimkim. I'm Chris and I will be your specialist for your trip to Iceland.

As part of our service, I can make all the reservations for accommodations, car rental, and any other tours that you may want.

I would recommend a self-driving tour around the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and south coast. You can meet some other tours/activities on location if you like, such as going in a lava cave, snowmobiling, glacier walks, ice climbing and ice caves.

Traveler
Ok perfect, I will take a look at the link you just send me and come back to you , thank you for your help

Chris McCarty
You're welcome. I can of course make any customizations that you like. There aren't too many major roads in certain parts, but I could change some of the places where you stay based on where you want to spend more/less.

Traveler
For accommodation i was looking at airbnb in downtown revkjavik is that a good location to be staying ? , is it kind of in the middle for all location to visit ?

Chris McCarty
For 9 days I wouldn't recommend it because you will be spending quite a bit of time driving out of the city each day. There are basically 3 directions from the city to drive:
- North to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula (could spend 2-3 days here along with Borgarnes and Glymur Falls)
- West to the Golden Circle (1 day)
- South to the South Coast (2-3 days)

Traveler
Ok in which location would you recommend to stay ? And when you are talking about self driving tour , how does it work

Chris McCarty
By Self driving tour I mean that I would reserve a rental car for you, and all of your accommodations along the trip. You would drive yourselves each day, seeing the various sights along the way (I will provide detailed day-by-day information on each segment).

This is compared to a small group tour where you join about 12-14 others and they drive you around stopped at the designated stops.

Traveler
Ok perfect sound good, i will talk with my girlfriend tonight and i will give you a better understading of what we would like to do with more details , budget etc .

Chris McCarty
Sure. Let me know once you have had a chance to talk it through and look over the route that I sent earlier. If you like, you can also invite her to the conversation.

Traveler
Ok, my gf and i already book the blue lagoon and the hotel for the 9 of march and flying on the 10.

Activity that we would like to do in
-walking on the glacier / ice cave
-Looking at some waterfall
-snorkeling
-norteen light
-drive walk in the golden circle

For the vehicle I'm still not sure , if 4x4 is necessary

Chris McCarty
Ok, I will make some updates and put together a custom itinerary based on this new information.

Traveler
Ok perfect

Chris McCarty
Here is an idea for an itinerary. Since you already have the Blue Lagoon booked on 3/9, I will make the adjustment in the itinerary. What time do you fly out on 3/10? Is it possible to move the Blue Lagoon reservation to that day instead if the flight is in the afternoon? (The Blue Lagoon is quite close to the airport).

If you like the itinerary and the accommodation rates, you can add your payment details here and I can reserve all of the rooms for you. Several of them are free cancellation, so we can still make some changes later, but it would be good to reserve some of the areas with limited availability before they are fully booked.

Traveler
Ok i will do it tomorrow, thank you.

Chris McCarty
You're welcome, talk to you tomorrow.

Traveler
I just but my credit card info

Chris McCarty
Hi, I will make all the reservations for you today and sent the confirmations. Then I will update the trip plan with the details for you.

Traveler
Perfect thx ,

Chris McCarty
You're welcome. Have a great trip!

Traveler
I have a question, to drive to all these place i just need to put the name of a place and i will find it on the gps ?

Chris McCarty
I can put together a google map for you as well so that you have them all on your phone as well. Would that work?

Traveler
Yes thank you
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