“I would like to see the major attractions, that the city has to offer. Things that I had in mind were The Northern lights, Blue lagoon, Whale watching, Gullfoss waterfall, Hallgrimskirkja church, among others.”
Chris McCarty, a local specialist from Iceland, helped this traveler put together a customized itinerary based on 5 Days of Iceland’s Highlights: East to West from Egilsstadir via Jokulsarlon to Reykjavik.
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Hi, welcome to kimkim!
I'll help you plan the perfect November trip to Iceland. To help get started, can you give me a better idea of the types of things you are looking to see and do? With a week I would recommend you spend some time outside of Reykjavik to see the neighboring areas. You can do this by renting a car, joining several day trips, or joining a multi-day mini-van tour with others.
You can spend a few days in Snaefellsnes peninsula to the north of Reykjavik, golden circle area and a bit of the south towards vik. Alternatively, you can take a one-way flight to the east and drive back and see lots of great stuff but not have to double back
Let me know what you think of those options.
Thanks Chris, I like the idea of travelling from East to West however was wondering whether there is any option to join a group/tour. Considering that I am travelling by myself, it might be more cost effective?
We work with a local company that offers a 5 day mini group tour to Snaefellsnes, the south, and golden circle, including an ice cave and glacier lagoon for about $1225 USD. That price includes the transport and lodging but not food, so that's about $250/day.
Rental cars will be around 50-70/day depending on 4WD, automatic/manual and limited vs. unlimited mileage (+ gas), and lodging can be around 100 on the more budget end
is there any group tour that covers the Egilsstadir - Jokulsarlon - Vik - Reykjavik region?
There's a 3 day tour for 89,990 ISK = $785 USD
Pick-up from your hotel in Reykjavík, a guided tour in a minibus, a visit to Þingvellir, Geysir, Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, Reynisfjara, Skaftafell, Jökulsarlón glacier lagoon, Crystal Ice Cave, a certified glacier guide. Hotel room with bathroom for 2 nights and breakfast
The most cost-effect option would be to rent a car
All well Chris, I have managed to convince 2 friends to come along and we are likely looking at Dec 03 to Dec 10. We would need one room and we could leave on Friday Dec 02 evening and then consider doing the flight to Egilsstadir and then driving west to Reykjavik. Let me know this plays out.
Ok, it looks like there are 2 flights to Egilsstadir that day, one at 8:55am, one at 4:45pm.
With 7 days you could also add 2 days to Snaefellsnes Peninsula if you like. It could look something like this:
* 12/3 - 12/5: land at KEF, fly to Egilstaddir. Drive Egilsstadir to Vik (accommodation dependent on when you arrive in Egilstaddir)
* 12/6 - Highlights of south: black beaches, cliffs, waterfalls. Stay around start of Golden Circle (Skaholt / Gullfoss area)
* 12/7 - Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir, Thingvellir National Park, Stay around Borgarnes to Budir area.
* 12/8 - Highlights of Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Stay around Stykkishólmur (Snaefellsnes Peninsula)
* 12/9 - Drive back south to Reykjavik. Stay in Reykjavik
* 12/10 - Fly home
Hi Chris, can you price this for me please?
Sure, I'll get a quote for 3 people. Do you drive manual or automatic? What sort of accommodation do you prefer? Are you fine with shared bathrooms or even rooms with shared beds (full / queen)?
Would prefer automatic. In regards accommodation we would like a room with a bathroom, and a queen + single bed (or pullout couch)
Hi Chris, there is a flight from Toronto landing into KEF at 04:40am. Would we be able to make the connecting flight @ 08:55am to Egilstaddir?
Yes you should be able to. There's a shuttle from KEF into Reykjavik that leaves every 30 and it's about 45 min. And the domestic airport is just a few minutes away from where it stops
Hi Chris, we would like to go ahead with this trip. What are the next steps?
The next step is to add your payment information.
I will then deduct the kimkim service fee and use the payment details to book all accommodation and car rentals for you. I can confirm before purchasing for any prices that may have changed since the last quote
Hi, I have received your payment information.
Did you book your flights into KEF for the date you mentioned last week, or are the dates different? Can you please confirm your arrival and departure dates/times so that I can reserve accommodations on the appropriate dates?
Thanks Chris, yes I did book the flights arriving KEF on 03 Dec.
Ok, for the few places where the ones I found before are shared I will change to private. If those options are significantly more expensive I'll double check with you prior. I'm going to book your domestic flight and the accommodations now.
Thanks. Flights are booked, it was actually $130 USD cheaper than the original price I found.
I'll move on to accommodation now.
Hi, I have secured most of your accomodation, but wanted to check on your preferences for 2 nights:
I have you at the Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon. It's a little more expensive to reserve a refundable option ($257 USD vs $218 USD), however, I would recommend the flexibility in the chance that your flight the day before is delayed (it's rare, but can happen due to weather). If you prefer the non-refundable option let me know.
In Reykjavik (last night) most guesthouses are shared bathroom facilities. If you are fine with that for your last night, I recommend Viking Guesthouse for $124 (central location). If you want private facilities for this night, I recommend Apartment K for $206 (king and sofa bed), also very central. The other options around this price are further from the main downtown area.
Chris, In regards Fosshotel Glacier, we will go with the non-refundable option.
As for the last night, let's go with the more central location i.e. Viking guesthouse. Saves us some $$ and gives us a chance to check out the city at night.
Whilst booking our air tickets I actually booked 1 Flybus pass from KEF to the Domestic airport, so you may please only book 2 more for us.
Also when booking the vehicle, please make sure that we have a GPS included. Thanks
Sure, I will reserve those hotels for you and just two transfers for the flybus.
Hi Chris, would we need to carry any ISK with us, or do we need to carry EUR or, could we get by with using our Visa or Mastercard? Also just confirming that I have not yet received bookings for all the accommodations.
I will send all remaining bookings tonight. In my 2 week recent trip I did.l not need to use cash at all, everything accepted credit and debit cards
Fantastic. Thanks Chris
I have reserved all your accommodations and Booked 2 more flybus transfers from KEF to the domestic airport. I will attach all those confirmations to the chat, and you should also receive emails for them. Now I will reserve your rental car which is the last item. I know your wanted GPS, and I can look for that option, but I wanted to let you know that some other travelers had trouble using the GPS as the names didn't quite match up all the time. It may be good to have a mobile phone as a backup. I will also provide adequate information for navigating in a final package for you with all the information for your trip. There are not too many major roads (for the first few days it's all along Route 1), and good signage as well.
Overall the trip was fantastic. While I think that it was near perfect, the number of things that were on our itinerary were too many and the number of daylight hours were just not enough.
I think that Chris could have been more clear advising us about the short daylight hours. (I too claim responsibility for not delving further into this) but otherwise Chris did a great job. He was accessible and was quick to respond to any questions before and during the trip. He offered a number of suggestions based on our first discussion.