£308pp 4 day North Iceland Akureyri Adventure. Flights, Car Rental, Guesthouses. Dettifoss, Myvatn, Godafoss, Whale Watching @ Booking.com
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£308pp 4 day North Iceland Akureyri Adventure. Flights, Car Rental, Guesthouses. Dettifoss, Myvatn, Godafoss, Whale Watching @ Booking.com

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Found 25th AprEdited by:"hotdogbun"
We went on a holiday last year to Iceland did the South of Iceland, this year we did just the north. Just returned and thought we'd share as we were lucky and had been given lots of information before we went by a friend. Tried to organise it much as possible into sections.
Iceland can be very expensive, and this deal won't be for everyone, but felt we saw a lot for our money compared to the experience we had in Reykjavik and the South of Iceland.
Worked out £308pp and £445 if anyone wants to know how much whale watching and horses were included.

Flights
We flew from Luton, and got a really good deal on flights. Have checked and prices are still low. Wore heavy clothes on the plane, and one big coat was perfect and just normal clothes. Wore boots and was able to take on a carry bag. The missus wanted extra things so got 1 x 20kg bag but I didn't need it in the end from it...

Flights
Easyjet
£140 Luton - Reykjavik
Also from Gatwick £155

Example dates 29th Apr - 4th May
Many dates available at these same prices

Car Rental
From the Airport - Airport at Keflavik
£225 Dollar.is

The rental place is at the aiport, so walked from the departure lounge right over to it. These guys were great, got us sorted and we headed north, stopping at Thingvellir on the 1st day.

No need for a big car this time of year, roads are clear and there is no snow. We had the Peugeot and it was efficient. No need to rush on the roads, so smaller car isn't an issue. Fuel was quite cheap for the range we drove and were glad we didn't have a big jeep despite wanting one.

Just be careful on some smaller roads - use your common sense and dont drive on the roads which aren't marked!

Fuel Stations & Shopping
These are quite regular and we used our o2 roaming to load in the maps. Each fuel station - mainly used N1 and Olis - had food, more like fast food.

We recommend going to a Bonus - big supermarket and we filled up with Skyr - really nice, thick yoghurt type. Very healthy too. Snacks for each lunch time kept us going most of the day and we ate at bars and cafes during the evening.


Accommodation & Things to Do

£250 for 4 nights
Akureyri is the capital of the north and all major tourist sites are within 1 hour or so of the city. We used one location as a base so didn't need to waste time each day checking in and checking out. Usually we get lazy when we are checking out and end up wasting days, so each day we forced ourselves to leave immediately after breakfast.

We stayed outside the city in a guesthouse called Skjaldarvik. This place had been recommended by a friend who stayed there last year, and they were right about it (9.2 on booking.com). It was located on the fjord, free parking, free breakfast included each day filled us up before we set out. Saw northern lights on 1st night, but nothing after that.
Only annoying thing was they had no kitchen, and the restaurant isn't open at this time of year so we ate in town each night on the way home from day trips.
We got a 45% discount online direct on website, seems to still be on at the moment of writing.

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We stayed for 3 nights there and then moved on and stayed in Egilsstadir. which in the East.
There we stayed in Laufas Guesthouse (8.5 booking.com). The rooms were quite cheap there, nothing fancy and we had access to the kitchen so we cooked our own food for that night. We had done too much and driven too long on this day and were simply too tired to enjoy anything and went immediately to sleep after we ate. Next morning was nice weather and we explored the town...tiny... for a while, but we were already getting ready to drive back. We took it easy and used the whole day, it didn't get dark til 10pm so we explored on the way back to Rekjavik and stopped at small waterfalls and went to a nature park. Stopped off in Reykjavik and explored until Midnight when we drove back to the airport and waited for the early flight after dropping the car off.


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Day Trips in the North
1st Day: Godafoss Waterfall - Myvatn - Dettifoss
2nd Day: (Horse Riding) - Siglufjordur (where they shot Trapped), over to Hofsos infinity pool and back to Akureyri Town
3rd Day: (Whale Watching) - Egilsstadir (on hindsight this day was too rushed)
4th Day: Egilsstadir - Reykjavik. Stopped at Reykholt on the way.


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There is so much to do, I won't go into detail. Everything is surprisingly close and we found it easy and quick to drive between things.
We went for Horse Riding as there was a discount for guests of Skjaldarvik, but we had other options if we wanted, came down to time of day in the end
We also booked whale watching with Whale Watching Hauganes (saved 10% by booking online) We only saw Minke Whales and Porpoises as it's a bit early in the season they said. The little town is quite nice. We went to the fish factory - really interesting. Saw Greenland Shark head.
The rest we picked up maps and asked at local information centres each day
whales.is/
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Iceland. Where a plate of fish and chips costs £25.

Either take a suitcase full of pot noodles or a very large wallet.
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Iceland. Where a plate of fish and chips costs £25.

Either take a suitcase full of pot noodles or a very large wallet.
Thanks for posting , very informative and very interesting .
It's an incredible and unique place. Don't expect to see the Northern lights as it's often overcast during Winter and there's only a 10% chance of seeing them if conditions ate perfect. It's a VERY rare phenomenon. I've been there 16 times in Winter and never seen them. Alaska on the other hand..
Edited by: "FlabbyTabby" 26th Apr
Will not see the lights between April and August.
Hot for descriptive post.
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Thanks for taking the time to post, very detailed. I love Iceland, but have only seen the south do I'll def check this out.
Heat for effort, been thinking about going there
Thank you so much for the detailed post HOT
Ahhh yes, who can forget those grab a Whale Wednesdays pub nights...
Great post with some very helpful info. Thanks for sharing
Rastafari13 h, 27 m ago

Iceland. Where a plate of fish and chips costs £25.Either take a suitcase …Iceland. Where a plate of fish and chips costs £25.Either take a suitcase full of pot noodles or a very large wallet.


Have you ever been? I went this year and that is not the case. Obviously it is a bit more expensive but I had a burger and chips on the slopes for 11 euros.
Thanks everyone forgot to add check maps for driving times as people have different expectations of distances.

And Northern lights: don't expect them too much as Tabbyboy says. It was lucky we seen them.
oioisavaloi17 m ago

Have you ever been? I went this year and that is not the case. Obviously …Have you ever been? I went this year and that is not the case. Obviously it is a bit more expensive but I had a burger and chips on the slopes for 11 euros.


Yes, I've been to Iceland. If you paid €11 for a burger you got a bargain.. in Iceland.
Big thank you for posting very well written and informative
Booking.com are an awful company to deal with id rather burn my money than give them another Penny
Rastafari25th Apr

Iceland. Where a plate of fish and chips costs £25.Either take a suitcase …Iceland. Where a plate of fish and chips costs £25.Either take a suitcase full of pot noodles or a very large wallet.


Or, alternatively, if you're worried about the price of things, don't go?
oioisavaloi22 h, 34 m ago

Have you ever been? I went this year and that is not the case. Obviously …Have you ever been? I went this year and that is not the case. Obviously it is a bit more expensive but I had a burger and chips on the slopes for 11 euros.


Paying in euros in Iceland? Nope - you didn't.
£250 for 4 nights.. little expensive for the regular traveller.
Went to Iceland in feb this year - No northern lights - far too overcast. It was still a great holiday. yes, its V expensive, but if you're prepared for that its fine. We required a suitcase each as we went in winter, and needed lots of big warm clothes. I get why people try and do holidays on a tight budget, but Iceland isn't really one to try.

We also went to Norway in April (very high up - artic circle border), saw the northern lights twice, despite it not getting dark till 10pm. We saw them so clearly, and even pinks and purples! Very lucky!
GoodbabyTT2 m ago

£250 for 4 nights.. little expensive for the regular traveller.



that's cheap for Iceland - trust me!
Great post thank you. Ignore people who like to rubbish deals on grounds that are nothing to do with the deal, like cost of living....
StudentGrant7 m ago

Great post thank you. Ignore people who like to rubbish deals on grounds …Great post thank you. Ignore people who like to rubbish deals on grounds that are nothing to do with the deal, like cost of living....


First of all, no one is rubbishing the deal. I, for one, voted hot as the deal itself is a good price.

If you think the highlighting of the extreme prices that tourists will encounter when in Iceland is nothing to do with a deal to Iceland, you might want to rethink that.
So how about some helpful tips on eating out - or eating in? In Norway I found supermarkets were cheaper than expected, but bars and restaurants in the main towns were pretty expensive - so we ate in more than usual.
Infiltrator2 h, 18 m ago

So how about some helpful tips on eating out - or eating in? In Norway I …So how about some helpful tips on eating out - or eating in? In Norway I found supermarkets were cheaper than expected, but bars and restaurants in the main towns were pretty expensive - so we ate in more than usual.


Honestly, for a trip to Iceland, you will find eating out is very expensive and supermarkets are also very expensive. Really, my recommendation is to bring food from home you can easily cook in your room.
Rastafari25th Apr

Iceland. Where a plate of fish and chips costs £25.Either take a suitcase …Iceland. Where a plate of fish and chips costs £25.Either take a suitcase full of pot noodles or a very large wallet.


That’s where mums go isn’t it?
Always wanted to visit Iceland
Great thanks
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