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5 day trip during early April - Help with Itenerary

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5 day trip during early April - Help with Itenerary

Hi there

I am travelling with my family (2 kids aged 13 and 9) in the first week of May.

Having went thru the forums and thanks to all the trip reports, it has helped me immensely in planning the trip!.

However, I have a few questions and hoping someone can help

1. Hows the weather during first week of May.

2. Do I need waterproof pants and thermal in May?

3. What type of boots should I consider?. Hiking boots?

4. We plan to do Golden cirle in 2 days but stopping over at a place for night. WHich place do you recommend for a night stop?

Many thanks

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1. Re: 5 day trip during early April - Help with Itenerary

Come prepared with clothes for windy and rainy weather and layers to add or take off based on the temperatures. I would recommend light thermal baselayers. April is still winter in Iceland, so early May could still see cold temperatures.

Waterproof outer layers (top and bottom) are recommended any time of year. Even if it is not raining you may get wet from spray at the waterfalls. If you have hiking boots, they would be perfect. Anything waterproof, with good ankle support and traction will do if you are planning to be outside for longer.

Which of the sights on the Golden Circle route do you plan to see or what activities do you plan to add? Usually the Golden Circle is easily done in a day, but if you do want to break it up, Flúðir could be an option.

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2. Re: 5 day trip during early April - Help with Itenerary

thanks Kim!.

Apart from the usual 3 places in the Golden circle, we would like to do some trekking and exploring. So I was thinking of a place where we can stay overnight and then explore the place next day before we move on.

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3. Re: 5 day trip during early April - Help with Itenerary

Maybe this could be helpful:

https:/…top-9-detours-on-the-golden-circle

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thanks! .

Reg car rental, is it advisable to go for a 4x4 or a normal one?.

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5. Re: 5 day trip during early April - Help with Itenerary

If you just plan to drive the Golden Circle a regular car is totally fine.

Keep an eye on the weather forecast before starting your road trip every day, though, just to be aware if there are especially strong winds or weather warnings.

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I was looking at various posts on Car rental that really helped!.

I was looking at Blue car rental and they have mentioned CDW, TP, GP, SCDW INSURANCES INCLUDED IN THE RATES. Do I need to consider anything else?

thanks in advance

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7. Re: 5 day trip during early April - Help with Itenerary

If you plan to drive the South Coast, sand and ash might be a good idea.

Also check the deductibles and decide if you could afford to pay them in case of damage or if you need to find third-party insurance to try and lower the excess to zero.

Often credit cards also offer rental car insurance, but if yours offers better conditions, you may need to decline all coverage by the rental car agency for the credit card insurance to be valid.

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8. Re: 5 day trip during early April - Help with Itenerary

Hi there

thanks for all the inputs again!,

I have managed to book a car and accommodation for the family (2 kids aged 13 and 9)on the day we are arriving. we are staying close to the international airport as I couldn't anything better in the city!.

I need some help to plan!.

Since we are staying close to the airport, is it worth seeing any places in Southcoast before I do the golden circle?

What would you recommend to see in South coast?

I was planning to do Golden circle first over couple of days with some hiking

1. Stay in Fludir (secret lagoon)

2. Cater Kerid - is Selfoss better option to stay?.

3. Want to do river rafting in Hvita . is it suitable for kids? Any place to stay near by?

Sorry about the number of questions! - we are too excited!

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9. Re: 5 day trip during early April - Help with Itenerary

I would not describe the area around the airport as the south coast, Google Reykjanes peninsula and you will get some ideas of where to go, If you truly want to see the waterfalls etc on the southcoast do no stay near the airport. The Golden Circle can be done in a day and then you would have a day to do some of the south coast .

I don't think that river rafting starts before mid May and the age was 11 for the tour that I did. Check the website.

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