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This was one of my most favorite vacations of all time. Guide to Iceland set this up perfectly and I ran into no issues whatsoever. I plan to go to Iceland again and I will be booking through this company when I do.
We loved everything that Guide to Iceland planned for us. Before leaving the US, my husband read our self-drive itinerary completely and marked his "must see" places on Google maps. Our itinerary included essential Iceland sights as well as some off-the-beaten path ideas. All of our reservations were correct and ready for us when we arrived. I was in contact with Guide to Iceland before our trip because our ticket to Blue Lagoon had the wrong name on it, but that was quickly corrected. We live in Wyoming so we are familiar with winter driving conditions and the 4WD SUV with studded winter tires that we rented helped us feel confident even in an unfamiliar country. Having a wifi hotspot was so convenient and saved us money on international data charges with our mobile company. Thank you, Guide to Iceland, for making our vacation easy and enjoyable.
The self-guided tour was so much fun. We had the best time by being able to travel on our own schedule. Weather in March is quite unpredictable and we learned that because the weather patterns change quickly you must be prepared to drive in less than ideal conditions. Just remember it’s your vacation and safety is first so drive carefully.
Guide to Iceland is awesome. The level of customer service was great. Everyone was professional and courteous,. All of my hotels were great! The rental car was exceptional. The itinerary and the descriptions about attractions that I could see during each day's journey were well written and helpful.
It is more than possible to travel around Iceland on a budget, granted you’re aware of the financial pitfalls, as well as the shortcuts around expenditure. Before arriving in Iceland, make sure to take time assessing your budget, making accommodation and rental vehicle choices appropriately.
Buying alcohol from the duty-free store, or purchasing from the state-sponsoured liquor store Vínbúðin, is a surefire way of avoiding the high costs of drinking at a bar. Almost all bars in the Icelandic capital, Reykjavík, have daily happy hours too, cutting down on the cost further.
Another means of avoiding reckless spending is to avoid 10/11 convenience stores. Despite their abundance in Iceland, prices are notoriously higher than in other stores, such as Bónus and Krónan. On that note, there is also no need to purchase bottled water in Iceland; originating from the country’s glaciers, tap and spring water are perfectly drinkable.
When it comes to cuisine, one should tread lightly when spending at restaurants. Discount offers will generally occur around lunchtime, making this a better time to eat out, while cooking at home will radically cut down on what you’re paying for grub.
It should go without saying that avoiding some of the pricier attractions, namely the Blue Lagoon, will save the wallet from a massive dent. In fact, much of Iceland can be enjoyed entirely free; Reykjavík is the perfect city for budget travellers, with plenty of compelling cultural landmarks, surrounding hiking trails and points of interest.
Naturally, avoid taxis at all costs and be aware of the services charges proposed by your bank. With handy tips such as these, it should be easy to keep your expenditure to a minimum while travelling around Iceland.