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Comments on my initial trip schedule

Hi everyone. Here is my unfinished tentative schedule. Comments? Please be gentle :-))

When I did this schedule. I was gonna do a 2 or 3 day out of South Coast Glacier tour but decided against it. I was OK with the 14 hour South Coast Jokulsarlon tour.

Wednesday Day 1 May 30

Arrive Wow airlines. 1045. Grayline to hostel

Quick check in/ drop bag.

City hall to pick up 48 hour citycard. How long does this take? Is there usually a long line?

See the following museums in sequence- Whales-Maritime-Saga- Aurora House-Volcano House.

Dinner either in between Aurora and Volcano House or after Volcano house at Fish and Chips Vaginn. Good choice?

I might drop by the Eve monument since it is near these museums.

Thursday Day 2 May 21

Settlement House-National Museum-National Gallery- Culture House.

To Arbaer Open Air Museum. I am still trying to figure out the bus route.

Back to Reykjavik Art Museum (again figuring out the bus route)

Quick drop by Bonus for supplies

Dinner - hotdog- choice of Pylsuhusid Hot Dog House or Baejarins Beztu Pylsur.

?? public pool??

Friday Day 3 June 1

Tales of Iceland- Phallological Museum.

Hallgrimskirja

Veislumidstodin for lunch.

Bus to Zoo to see local animals. Still figuring out the bus route!

Back to Hlemmur. Hope I'm still within the free bus fare of the Reykjavik card.

? on the remaining time

Saturday Day 4 June 2

South Coast and Jokulsarlon glacier with boat ride.

Sunday Day 5 June 3

Walk to City Hall- Drop by Solfar

Free shuttle to Perlan 0900 shuttle

Walk to Kringlan. Lunch at Kringlan

Shuttle back to Harpa. See Harpa.

what else?

Monday Day 6 June 4

Lava Cave tour

Tuesday Day 7 June 5

Golden Circle tour

Wednesday

Plan is to have a bus pickup to the airport by 3 pm. My flight is 930 pm. Guess this should be enough time.

I was planning to leave the morning to catch up on anything I might have sort of missed. Or anything anyone could suggest.

Takk fyrir for your comments/suggestions!

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1. Re: Comments on my initial trip schedule

The Maritime Museum is closed until June 8 due to renovations for a new exhibition. Aurora Reykjavík and the Volcano House are open later, most of the other museum close between 5 and 6 pm.

You can take bus no. 5 from Hlemmur to Árbær. It is open between 1-5 pm, but if you want to do a guided tour you need to be there for the one at 1 pm. I usually need 1-2 hours for each museum, so keep an eye on the time, if you want to see all of the ones on your list, since it might not work out with opening hours and the time you need to get there.

Which Reykjavík Art Museum location are you planning to go to? There are three buildings.

Depending on where your hostel is Laugardalslaug or Sundhöll might be good choices for bathing.

In order to get to the zoo you can take buses no. 2, 5, 15 or 17 from Hlemmur to Laugardalshöll. It is only a small petting zoo, though, not what you might expect from big city zoos.

If you do the one-day Jökulsárlón tour, just know what to expect. It will be a long day with lots of driving and limited time at the stops, so make sure you bring or buy snacks and water. If the group is not back on time at the stops it may well take longer than 14 hours.

Tjörnin and Hallgrímskirkja might also be worth stopping at on day 5.

If your flight is at 9:30 pm, then catching the shuttle between 5-6 pm will be fine. There is not much to do at the airport.

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2. Re: Comments on my initial trip schedule

Hi Kim, thanks for your comments.

Re. Maritime. I knew it was closed when I did my wife's research but thought it would open around May. Guess I missed that when I went to the website. Thanks for pointing that out. Guess, looking for anything positive out of this bad luck, it would give me more time time to spread out among the other museums and maybe go to the Cinema which I had placed on the optional list.

Yes, I did have a budgeted time for each museum based on the reviews I have been distilling from TA,

I'm at Kef Hostel. Really close to Hlemmur and to Sundholl for bathing.

My budgeted walking time (Kex- City Hall to each museum on the list is 68 minutes and the museum experiences about 6 hours 10 minutes. Guess with Maritime sunk (pardon the pun) I would be able to give more time to the other museums :-)

I am planning only to see the main Art museum at Hafnarhus, on Tryggvagata. I found it is open till 10 pm on Thursdays so I intend to go to the Open air Museum right after visiting the Culture house. It is from here where I should be getting the bus. From the Open Air Musuem, I should try to land near the Hafnarhus Museum. I do not think I can make it for the guided tour. By the time I am done with the museums on Thurday (including walking time) it will be like 2-230 pm. Just a regret I cannot put everything I want on a 48 hour city card. 😣 😥

Thanks on the tip for Tjornin. Am looking at it right now. Good idea to see the church on day 5 after I come back from Kringlan cuz I found out an error in my schedule. The shuttle to Perlan leaves from Harpa. I thought it was City Hall. The Kringlan shuttle ends at City Hall. I should be able to plug in Tjornin here and then walk to the church on the way back to the hostel.

Thanks again for the last day. I will move the shuttle back to the airport later and just use the last day to soak up Reykjavik.

I forgot. I do not expect a big zoo with exotic animals. I seem them once a year during our hippo reunions. What I want to see are local Icelandic animals- all in one place. My expectations are thus adjusted accordingly. Thanks again.

Edited: 04 April 2018, 14:38
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3. Re: Comments on my initial trip schedule

You can take bus no. 12 from the Open Air Museum to Lækjartorg and then walk to Tryggvagata.

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4. Re: Comments on my initial trip schedule

Definitely eat at Baejarins Beztu Pylsur! I went in late September/early October and this was our itinerary:

Day 1: Explore Reykjavík and took a Northern Lights Tour

https:/…A-Perfect-Day-in-Reykjavik

Day 2: Golden Circle

https://www.thevoyagess.com/single-post/2018…

Day 3: Drive South Coast, Skógafoss waterfall, Sólheimajökull Glacier Hike, explore Vik, Reynisfjara (Black Sand Beach)

Day 4: Blue Lagoon, drive to airport

You may want to check out:

https://www.thevoyagess.com/single-post/2017…

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5. Re: Comments on my initial trip schedule

Thanks for the links!

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6. Re: Comments on my initial trip schedule

I have redone my schedule after reading on a delayed WOW flight plus other recent inputs.

Day 1 May 30 Wednesday

after arrival from airport

most impt- Go to city hall get City card - active next day at 0800.

kringlan- from city hall using free shuttle from City Hall.

if there is time afterwards- Solfar, Harpa, Hallgrimskirja; Bonus shopping

Day 2 May 31 Thursday

a.m. Bus to Settlement 0800- card active- for bus ride

National Museum-National Gallery-Culture house-

scram to Arbaer Open Air for 1-2 hrs. Back for pm shift tour

p.m. Whales-Saga-Aurora-Volcano-Eve monument-Reykjavik Art Museum

Day 3 June 1 Friday

Tales Of Iceland-Phallus Museum-Z00

pm swimming-local pool (or include Arbaer if not done yesterday)

others

Day 4 June 2 Saturday

South Coast/Jokulsarlon

Day 5 June 3 Sunday

a.m. Perlan

noon/pm Golden Circle express 1 p.m. departure

? evening pool?

Day 6 June 4 Monday

a.m. Lava tour 9 a.m. (9-12

pm. free suggestions? Just walking around the city, getting lost.

Day 7 June 5 Tuesday

free suggestions ?

Day 8 June 6 Wed.

free suggestions?-

5pm transfer to airport

Edited: 08 April 2018, 17:24
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