“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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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!
I've also been looking and wondering if tom could please help me plan this trip to Iceland
Hi, welcome to kimkim!
I'll work with you to plan out a great trip to Iceland.
Thank you so much!
I'm from Toronto
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.
We haven't booked anything yet
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.
Just texted her that
so we havent booked anything and believe we would be interested in doing the trip ourselves, i think?
I'd like doing the trip ourselves as well
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.
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.
the ice caves and hot springs are priortites for myself :)
also the cheapest sleeping accommodations work for myself
I'm with you on that well
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
Do you know roughly How much the whole trip would cost?
wed also need an automatic car
I need to check on some prices for that time of year based on what's still
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.
do you think a rental van would be cheaper?
like a camper van?
also seeing the northern lights are important if you have any tips for the best places to see them
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.
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
- ~$660 CAN total for 6 nights for 2 people ($110/nt average for a few diferent areas)
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- $1514 CAN - Dodge Durango 4x4
- $1066 CAN - 2WD
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- 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
wonderful thank you for the idea of cost!
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
for the suv car hire, what company and where would it be picked up?
could we get it straight from the airport?
Yes, there's a shuttle from the airport
to the car rental place?
yes, it's nearby
thank you! we just booked our flight there!