Want to see Iceland with my friend, we are in early 20's

  A couple visited Iceland in February 2017

“Just wanna see Iceland with my friend and enjoy are time there. We're both in are early 20's and we're going on are reading week from school. We both love seeing new things and trying new foods and we also don't mind walking for long periods of time. I also love learning about the history and culture.”


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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Traveler

We're also looking for doing everything for a low price just because we're college students, thank you so much again for all your help!

Traveler

I've also been looking and wondering if tom could please help me plan this trip to Iceland

Chris

Hi, welcome to kimkim!

Traveler

Thank you!

Chris

I'll work with you to plan out a great trip to Iceland.

Traveler

Thank you so much!

Traveler

I'm from Toronto

Chris

Do you have your flight already booked, or are you still settling on the final dates? Also, are you interested in joining a small group or do you prefer to drive it yourself?

For accommodation, are you comfortable with hostels and dorm rooms, or do you prefer to have your own room? Some guesthouses may offer private rooms with a shared bathroom in the house.

Traveler

We haven't booked anything yet

Chris

Feel free to invite your friend to this conversation as well, you can send her this link and once she creates an account you will both be able to see everything in the conversation.

Traveler

Just texted her that

Traveler

hi!
so we havent booked anything and believe we would be interested in doing the trip ourselves, i think?

Traveler

I'd like doing the trip ourselves as well

Chris

Ok, cool. I'll look up some car rental options that will work for Winter (winter tires, ideally 4WD), I'll also put together some suggestions for a week long trip and send that to you, and I can customize it further based on your feedback.

Let me know your thoughts on the lodging preferences and I can give you a general idea for what that would cost as well.

If you like the direction, and once your dates are set, we ask that you pay the kimkim service fee, and then I will make all the reservations for hotels, car rental, and any tours/activities you may want to join as well. I'll put this all together along with information about the itinerary and great sights and stops along the route for each day so that you have all the info in a single place.

Chris

In the meantime, here's some more information about Iceland in winter, and a few ideas for 5-7 days in Iceland (with the shorter days in February, you can stretch those 5 day trips into a week). Let me know if any part of them jumps out at you and I can focus the itinerary around those places.

Traveler

the ice caves and hot springs are priortites for myself :)

Traveler

also the cheapest sleeping accommodations work for myself

Traveler

I'm with you on that well

Chris

Ok, will do. In a few places I may recommend the dorms with 6-8 over a 16-20 person dorm if the prices aren't too far. But in those cases I'll list the alternative as well

Traveler

Do you know roughly How much the whole trip would cost?

Traveler

wed also need an automatic car

Chris

I need to check on some prices for that time of year based on what's still
Available.

But I recently planned an 8 day trip for someone who stayed in hostels and went on a horseback riding tour and that was 1200 with the service fee included. It would be a little more for an extra person for added accommodation. And then more for any activities like the ice cave.

Traveler

do you think a rental van would be cheaper?

Traveler

like a camper van?

Traveler

also seeing the northern lights are important if you have any tips for the best places to see them

Chris

I'll check camper van options as well, but some of them have a higher age limit. The best chance for northern lights is to be out of the light pollution of Reykjavik. You can also join a northern lights hunt if you like. The super jeeps can drive to some areas you wouldn't be able to reach yourself.

Chris

Alright, here are some options for you. These are all averages and may change based on your final dates/itinerary.

My recommendation would be to go for the 4WD SUV, staying in hostels/guesthouses.
This way you don't have to worry about snow on the road, and you will have warm/cozy places to hang out in the mornings/evenings.

Rental Car, 2/24 - 3/2, automatic
- $491 CAN for SUV w/ 4WD
- $281 CAN for compact
- $248 CAN for economy

Lodging:
- ~$660 CAN total for 6 nights for 2 people ($110/nt average for a few diferent areas)

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Camper Van
- $1514 CAN - Dodge Durango 4x4
- $1066 CAN - 2WD

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Activities:
- Ice Cave: 19,990 ISK/person = $243 CAN
- Northern Lights hunt by Super Jeep (can access offroad areas in snow): 17,990 ISK/person = $219 CAN
- Northern Lights by coach bus (more limited access): 6,400 ISK/person = $78 CAN

Traveler

wonderful thank you for the idea of cost!

Chris

You're welcome. Here is an idea of an itinerary you could follow. If you had 1 more day it would let you spend some more time in Reykjavik.

Day 1: Land at KEF (morning), get car, drive north and hike to Glymur falls (2 hours roundtrip, the tallest waterfall in Iceland), stay in Borgarnes, a cute, historical town along near the water. You can visit the Settlement Center here to learn more about the settlement of Iceland or just walk around the path near the water.

Days 2-3: Snaefellsnes Peninsula: Gerðuberg Basalt Cliffs, Búðakirkja and Budhahraun Lava Fields, Arnarstapi and Hellnar fishing towns and cliff walk, Snæfellsjökull National Park, Londrangar Cliffs, Djúpalónssandur Black Sand Beach, Saxholl Crater, Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall and Kirkjufell Mountain.

Day 4: South Coast to Vik: Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Skogafoss Waterfall and Fimmvörðuháls Hike, Dyrholaey Arch and Cliffs, Reynisfjara Beach, Vik Beaches.

Day 5: Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Diamond Beach, Hof, Skaftafell and Svartifoss, Fjadrargljufur Canyon

Day 6: Golden Circle: Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir Geothermal Area, Thingvellir National Park, Secret Lagoon, evening in Reykjavik.

Day 7: Reykjavik in morning, fly out

Traveler

for the suv car hire, what company and where would it be picked up?

Traveler

could we get it straight from the airport?

Chris

Yes, there's a shuttle from the airport

Traveler

to the car rental place?

Chris

yes, it's nearby

Traveler

thank you! we just booked our flight there!

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