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visiting Iceland for the first time

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visiting Iceland for the first time

My wife and I have heard great things about Iceland, and are thinking of visiting in June 2011. Can anyone offer suggestions, on nice places to stay (we prefer luxry hotels), cities to visit, and any general "must sees".

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1. Re: visiting Iceland for the first time

I'd suggest that you take a look at the following sites, get and idea of what interests you, how long you might wish to stay etc., and then post rather more specific questions here; I'm sure that people will be happy to try to assist with your detailed queries:





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2. Re: visiting Iceland for the first time

I agree with FrozenBaz on doing some upfront research in advance and then posting specific questions.

With that said, if you are looking for luxury accomodations, you might be disappointed. For being a European country, Iceland's tourist instrastructure is not well advanced. There are definite luxury hotels in Reykjavik. However, most of Iceland's accomodations are B&Bs and "Farm Stays" (the farm stays could be rather cool, except that most of them aren't farms at all).

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3. Re: visiting Iceland for the first time

For first timers, this might be a good idea. If you refer to me, you might get a better price: http://www.tour.is/tours/self_drive_tours.php


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4. Re: visiting Iceland for the first time

We too are looking at 5-6days trip to Iceland in June. We are not looking for luxury hotels. We will be looking at self driving tours. Are those prices per person?

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5. Re: visiting Iceland for the first time

You can easily spend a week in Reyjkavík, the Golden Circle area (Þingvellir, Geysir, and Gullfoss), and the Reykjanes Peninsula. What you're looking at doing is what I did my first visit to Iceland - fly and drive. Icelandair Group has a lock on hotels and the Hertz franchise in Iceland, so you can get some great deals through Icelandair Holidays.

Suggestion - book a fly & self-drive trip through Icelandair. Stay at the Hotel Loftleiðir - it's near downtown Reykjavik but you will probably need to take the free shuttle into town unless you want a 10-minute walk into the city, but it is served by all tour buses and tour routes. But, all the package tours seem to stay there, so they are well equipped for handling tourists.

You can arrange for a Hertz rental to pick you up at the hotel, or you can walk less than a 1/4 mile up the street to get your car. The airport is on all of the major expressways, so it's easy to get out. Rent a GPS!

If you are feeling a little adventurous, you can book a day trip to Greenland, the Faeroe Islands, or to north Iceland and fly right from the Reykjavik city airport. (Oddly, the hotel is located ON the grounds of the city airport, but across the runway from the terminal, so you will need to hire a cab to take you there. It's a 5-minute ride and costs about ISK 800.) You can easily make it up north to Akureyri for a day trip - Air Iceland runs flights from Reykjavik to Akureyri about 6 times a day and you can book a guided tour right through Icelandair.

Hope this is helpful. I've been to Iceland three times now and each time it gets better.

Edited: 12 December 2010, 22:52
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6. Re: visiting Iceland for the first time

Thank you very much.

It is a very useful info. Islandair has direct flight from Toronto!

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