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Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
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Airlines that fly to Iceland direct from NY:
1. Iceland Air
2. Delta
3. Wow Air
4. United (May 23 - Oct 4)

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 Master Thread
« Reply #165 on: May 07, 2015, 09:55:20 AM »
Did you check cash prices? Delta and IcelandAir fly direct, and Wow flies via BOS and BWI.
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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #166 on: May 07, 2015, 10:13:05 AM »
Your really gonna turn a 5.5 hour flight into a 20 hour nightmare?
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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #167 on: May 07, 2015, 11:30:37 AM »
Right now I'm looking at a ticket that leaves Saturday night (July 4th) from JFK it arrives in Iceland Sunday Night and Leaves Iceland Friday (12:45AM) (July 10th) and arrives in JFK late Friday afternoon. Total in Economy on AA is 60K RT. It gives me 4 full days in Iceland. 
Is that a decent deal? I wouldn't mind staying until Sunday July 12th but i'd have to find a ticket that allows my wife to be in the office Tuesday morning.
I checked United they have a flight leaving Sunday night but they only have business and I don't have 300K. is there a chance economy will open? Are there any other options? I have approx. 75K chase points that I can transfer and 60K Starwood ?
Should I just stick with AA and go for 4 days? 

Thanks

You can try WOW air.  Depending on the price, might be cheaper to pay in cash and sell some miles/points to cover the cost.
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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #168 on: May 07, 2015, 10:46:38 PM »
Your really gonna turn a 5.5 hour flight into a 20 hour nightmare?
Is this in response to the wow air option?
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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #169 on: May 08, 2015, 08:23:07 AM »
No. In response to the redeeming miles option with AA or UA.  All those entail multiple stopovers in Europe
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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #170 on: May 08, 2015, 09:29:41 AM »
No. In response to the redeeming miles option with AA or UA.  All those entail multiple stopovers in Europe
There is always Dl but flights always seem unreasonably expensive..

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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #171 on: May 08, 2015, 09:41:04 AM »
new flight option BA now going from lhr to iceland beginning Oct 25th 3x weekly service.

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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #172 on: June 01, 2015, 10:57:15 PM »
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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #173 on: June 02, 2015, 12:33:48 AM »
Cheap Wow prices are back.

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If you read the fine print doesn't actually sound so cheap to me.
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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #174 on: June 02, 2015, 01:36:32 AM »
If you read the fine print doesn't actually sound so cheap to me.

$300-400 round trip in the summer seems pretty darn good.
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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #175 on: June 23, 2015, 11:33:45 AM »
I'd appreciate some advice about renting a cheap cell phone that will work in Iceland.  Hipsim wants $327 for 2 iphones for a week.   I can't rent only a sim and need the phones.

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« Reply #176 on: June 23, 2015, 11:47:05 AM »
I'd appreciate some advice about renting a cheap cell phone that will work in Iceland.  Hipsim wants $327 for 2 iphones for a week.   I can't rent only a sim and need the phones.

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Do the T-Mobile test drive. 30 days and you'll have free text and 3G data there. Talk costs per minute (can't remember how much, but it's reasonable), or better yet, use Whatsapp calling or something similar.
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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #177 on: June 23, 2015, 11:55:36 AM »
Do the T-Mobile test drive. 30 days and you'll have free text and 3G data there. Talk costs per minute (can't remember how much, but it's reasonable), or better yet, use Whatsapp calling or something similar.

I'm seeing a 7 day test drive online - not a 30 day test drive....

Also it has to be ordered online and can't be picked up in a store and I am pressed for time.

Travellcell wants 223.84 for 2 iphones but its .49 a minute....
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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #178 on: June 23, 2015, 04:50:16 PM »
http://www.frommers.com/destinations/iceland/254388

Found this info on cell phones in Iceland.
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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #179 on: June 24, 2015, 03:35:59 PM »
I made some calls and did some research.

For anyone else who may be interested, the least expensive option is to bring your own unlocked GSM cell phone with you to Iceland.  Bestbuy sells cheap unlocked phones.

If you are flying Icelandair, you can order a cell phone starter pack for 13 euro which comes with 2000 ISK credit for talk and data.  This includes a sim card and local phone number and from what I am told is the cheapest option to get started.

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

If you need additional minutes/data, you can top it off inexpensively.

https://www.siminn.is/prepaid/

Perhaps its time to start a wiki with some information?


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