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Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l

Airlines that fly to Iceland direct:
1. Iceland Air
2. Delta seasonally in the summer
3. Wow Air

Hotels in the Reykjavik Area:
1. 101 Hotel (supposedly one of the best spas in Iceland)
2. Ion (set on a lava field and one of Iceland's newest luxury hotels)
3. Hotel Ranga
4. Blue Lagoon Clinic Hotel (provides exclusive access to a private lagoon for hotel guests only)
5. Radisson BLU 1919 (Can use Club carlson points and in the middle of town) Will warm and store food for a nominal fee.

Camper/RV Rentals:
There are several places where you can rent a camper truck or motorhome, including here:  http://www.campericeland.is/

Campgrounds:
The campgrounds in Iceland are large and never feel crowded.  Many offer excellent facilities and amenities.  You can drive in at any time of the day or night and pay the nominal fee whenever the office opens.

Kosher Food:
Kosher food is pretty much non existent in Iceland.  Even many American brands do not have a hechsher.  Some foods that have been found with a hechsher are Cheerios Cereal, Nature Valley Granola Bars, and Powerade.  That being said, several DDF members have been able to bring in kosher food/meat without being checked or stopped.  Just walk through the "nothing to declare" line.

Language
Most of the populace speaks English and children are taught English starting in the sixth grade.  It is rare but you might find some older folks that do not speak English.

Communications:
The Iceland Air Saga shop sells starter Síminn branded sim cards for a nominal amount.  If you order in advance, they will even deliver the sim cards to you on your Icelandair flight (one of the cheapest options to get a starter sim card).  You can also find stores in the airport that sell sim cards.  Vodafone is the other major carrier in Iceland and also sells sim cards.  You can purchase the Saga Shop sim starter here:

http://www.sagashop.net/men/detail/?id=57860-0009

GPS - Navigation
Garmin Nordic Maps includes Iceland and can be purchased here:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BS4Q3I?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage

Voltage
Iceland uses 220v.  Most cell phones, cameras and laptops come with a multi switching power supply (verify by looking at power supply) so you will only need to buy a cheap adapter such as this:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0058EG0KC?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s01

Currency/Credit Cards
Credit cards are almost universally accepted in Iceland.  As a result, you may find no need to exchange currency for the Icelandic Kroner (ISK).  If you use a credit card that does not charge foreign transaction fees, you should be set.  If you do decide to exchange currency, there are ATM machines in the airport right outside customs.

Activities:
1.  The Golden Circle Tour is very popular and takes you to Geysir (lame compared to Yellowstone), Gulfoss Waterfalls, and Thingvellir (where the continental drift between the North American and Eurasian Plates can be clearly seen in the cracks or faults which traverse the region.  You can dive in a lake and touch both plates). 

2.  Inside the volcano tour to Thrihnukagigur Volcano.  In this tour, you either hike ( a few kilometers) or take a helicopter charter from the Reykjavik airport to the volcano.  Once there, you are lowered by a construction type lift into the magma chamber.  The least expensive way to get a semi private tour of the magma chamber is with the helicopter, which takes you there in between the regularly scheduled tours.

3.  There are various Super Jeep Tours (vans and SUV's with tractor tires), including a tour to Langjokull Glacier, where you drive onto the glacier.  Private tours can be arranged.

4. Jokulsarlon - a large glacial lake in southeast Iceland, on the edge of Vatnajokull National Park.  Here, you can take a duck boat tour or a zodiac boat tour of the lake where you will see icebergs, seals, and various birds.  Across the road from Jokulsarlon is a black sand beach where you can see icebergs on the beach.

5. The Blue Lagoon - the public lagoon gets very crowded and if you go it is recommended to get there when they open.  If you can manage a stay at the Blue Lagoon Clinic Hotel (currently 15 rooms but they are expanding to 30 rooms) you will get exclusive access to the private lagoon for hotel guests only.  Since there are only 15 rooms at present, the private lagoon rarely has more than a handful of people in it at any time. Most people do not make a full day out of the Blue Lagoon and instead go on your arrival into Iceland or upon departure before the airport. All the Bus lines have stops to and from the airport. 3-4 hours is ample time.

6. Waterfalls abound including Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss.

7. Dog sledding in Skallafell.

8. Icelandic Horses - Horse back riding is extremely popular in Iceland. Most residents actually own a horse. Iceland is the only place in the world where you will find the Icelandic horse. It has 5 Gaits oppose to the 3 that most other horses have. They are gentle animals and very comfortable to ride.
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Re: Iceland & Greenland Master Thread
« Reply #75 on: August 07, 2012, 08:42:10 AM »
Might wana go with kids next week, if anyone has some last minute tips, or is there for a group price on the attractions...  ;-)

Also, with those long rides, isn't it worth staying different places along the way?

About the tours: do you take those couple hour drives with them, or yourself, and if the latter, you save a bunch?

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Re: Iceland & Greenland Master Thread
« Reply #76 on: August 07, 2012, 09:18:22 AM »

Also, with those long rides, isn't it worth staying different places along the way?

The nice hotels are in the city. With the drives, you will not see civilization most of the time, maybe a few small villages and if you are lucky a motel. I'd still do a day trip.

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Re: Iceland & Greenland Master Thread
« Reply #77 on: August 07, 2012, 09:22:34 AM »
The nice hotels are in the city. With the drives, you will not see civilization most of the time, maybe a few small villages and if you are lucky a motel. I'd still do a day trip.

Are those trips driving the same way? If yes, I rather sleep in a 2* than spending 2x 5h drive.

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Re: Iceland & Greenland Master Thread
« Reply #78 on: August 07, 2012, 09:24:27 AM »
Are those trips driving the same way? If yes, I rather sleep in a 2* than spending 2x 5h drive.

Can I assume you are talking about Jokosarlin? Sorry if my spelling is off. If so, yes 5 hours each way. With kids i can understand your thinking.

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Re: Iceland & Greenland Master Thread
« Reply #79 on: August 07, 2012, 09:29:34 AM »
Also paying for tours incl ride till tour or drive and meet there?

No idea of options, but if say 5h drive cost in a tour $100 per person, an expensive rental might make sense.

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Re: Iceland & Greenland Master Thread
« Reply #80 on: August 07, 2012, 09:33:52 AM »
Also paying for tours incl ride till tour or drive and meet there?

No idea of options, but if say 5h drive cost in a tour $100 per person, an expensive rental might make sense.

We rented a car and did everything ourselves, over the course of a couple days you would save money. When you are going to the extreme parts of iceland, the driving gets rough with the weather.

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Re: Iceland & Greenland Master Thread
« Reply #81 on: August 07, 2012, 10:43:45 AM »
Is it hard to find all routes yourself? Need a gps? Did you get to see all vantage points etc?

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Re: Iceland & Greenland Master Thread
« Reply #82 on: August 07, 2012, 11:07:44 AM »
Is it hard to find all routes yourself? Need a gps? Did you get to see all vantage points etc?

The GPS worked pretty well, the names were annoying to type in, but as long as you knew where you were going beforehand it wasnt bad.

You might lose a little of the vantage points by driving, but if you pull over once in a while i cant imagine it would be that different than a tour (minus the information they might provide).

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Re: Iceland & Greenland Master Thread
« Reply #83 on: February 08, 2013, 01:59:49 AM »
Save your time, I don't answer PM. Post it in the forum and a dedicated DDF'er will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Re: Iceland & Greenland Master Thread
« Reply #84 on: February 08, 2013, 02:06:26 AM »
Purpose > Pleasure

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Re: Iceland
« Reply #85 on: February 08, 2013, 08:12:39 AM »


wow there is a way to go there?
where is that which city?
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Re: Iceland
« Reply #86 on: February 08, 2013, 09:46:14 AM »
wow there is a way to go there?
where is that which city?

Looks like the Glacial Lagoon, maybe a 4-5 hour drive from Reykjavik.
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Re: Iceland
« Reply #87 on: February 08, 2013, 09:59:29 AM »
Looks like the Glacial Lagoon, maybe a 5-6 hour drive from Reykjavik.

they are hotel in the erea where we could stay?

there is things to do in this erea?

whats about kosher food in this place?
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Re: Iceland
« Reply #88 on: February 08, 2013, 10:03:07 AM »
they are hotel in the erea where we could stay?

there is things to do in this erea?

whats about kosher food in this place?

I assume you are asking about close to the pic posted above (Jökulsárlón)

Hotels are mostly in Reykjavik. This one might be closest: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g189960-d1890812-Reviews-Gerdi_Guesthouse-Hofn_Northwest_Region.html

Things to do: Explore, Duck tour in the glacial lagoon, black sand beach

kosher food: BYO.

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Re: Iceland
« Reply #89 on: February 08, 2013, 10:09:23 AM »
I assume you are asking about close to the pic posted above (Jökulsárlón)

Hotels are mostly in Reykjavik. This one might be closest: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g189960-d1890812-Reviews-Gerdi_Guesthouse-Hofn_Northwest_Region.html

Things to do: Explore, Duck tour in the glacial lagoon, black sand beach

kosher food: BYO.


thank you very much is that a expensive place to go to for a few days vacation?
mendy