Things To Know About Iceland.
1. It is the MOST beautiful country. Iceland
Sure, you have seen pictures but it really doesn’t do justice to its magnificence. So be prepared to be stunned.
2. The gear is necessary.
People say conflicting things about the need for waterproof shoes, socks and rain suits, hiking pants, etc…spend the money, buy it, and bring it. You will use every single thing including a waterproof backpack cover! Also having random things like pouches to put wet clothes into were helpful.
3. The Blue Lagoon.
It's spectacular. People debate about whether it was too commercial and it’s an experience you have to have going to Iceland in my opinion. Some say go when you land, but it's also definitely nice to save it for the last day as you may be super exhausted when you land and may not appreciated it as much had you done it then. If you do choose this option I would consider staying the night before at the hotel at the Blue Lagoon or the Northern Light Inn a half mile away. It is great not to have to stress about getting all of our luggage and all of us to our morning appointment. Also, everyone talks about how bad your hair gets but douse it with conditioner and leave it in there and it will be absolutely fine!
4. When something in nature happens like a volcano erupts, go immediately!
Some people wait a couple days and are very disappointed when they reached e.g. the volcano and it has stopped being active that morning, and you miss a once in a lifetime opportunity.
5. This can be a very physical trip.
If you are looking to relax or aren’t able to walk, climb, etc…choose a tour company like Trippy Travel Iceland, as they cater to all physical types and fitness levels, which many tour companies do not.
6. Renting a car.
It's not necessary. many people will give you a very hard time about not renting a car and driving the Ring Road. Yes, you might be able to see more, but many people prefer a home base so you can stay in Reykjavik and take tours. Many people don't want to rent a car and of the stress that may come with it.
7. The weather.
It can be chilly ANY time of the year. Not just the temperature but the wind and sudden rain are all as reported. Just wear layers each day and add or take off as necessary.
Tips are not expected. You won't need cash, as everywhere accepts credit cards. Have your pin number handy for the gas station, but it is not generally needed elsewhere. Some of the best food is Cinnamon Buns at Braud & Co (ask them to heat). Grillmarkaðurinn is amazing. Kopar at the harbor was very good (if you eat there ask for the second floor by the window), Kröst is fun, and pizza at Baka Baka which is great. Don´t forget to give Monkeys a try. Lots of people talk about Messin, and there is a reason for that, it´s delicious. Max’s at Northern Light Inn is another to try! Also, you can´t forget about dessert, make sure to try Valdís...Icelanders love their ice cream!
9. Hate to say it, Icelandic people in general are not the warmest and friendliest -
until you get to know them that is. And they don’t stop for pedestrians so be careful crossing the streets!
10. Iceland is way ahead in terms of caring for the planet.
Mostly everything is Eco friendly and there are things like escalators that don’t move until people got on them to conserve energy. Everything is so clean and well maintained, but there was graffiti everywhere which some find interesting.
11. It’s not an inexpensive place.
And sometimes plans change and you have to adjust because of weather or forces of nature so expect the unexpected and go with it.
12. Crazy fact
The population is only 346,000 in the entire country.
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