- If you are arriving Reykjavik after 10pm during winter, keep an eye out when you are about to land, you may be lucky to witness northern lights. I was not that lucky but a few fellow travelers in a different flight were able to see the norther light
- The shuttle buses leave 30-45minutes after every flight landings in the early morning hours to the town.
- If you are arriving early in the morning and hungry, have something before entering into the baggage area. You have better food choices after the immigration and also, you don't have to pay taxes in this area.
- I am not a fan for arranged tours but in winter, it is the best choice if you want to be less stressful. Initially I wanted to rent a car and drive, but looking the snowfall and the roads, I am glad that I didn’t rent. Saw a few cars on the side of the road. This is true for a solo traveler, but if you are going in a group and more time in hand, you can take risk driving on your own (but look at the weather forecast before you take on this adventure….and assuming that you have some winter driving experience).
- There are a number of companies that do multi day tours and the south beach area is pretty awesome. If you have more days, do the south beach to experience the power of the ocean and enjoy the ice caves.
- Get used to the high prices - for example, not a great soup costs about $13 and burger & fries cost about $25.
- If you are vegetarian, you have to learn to get the best out of what is available. In the city of Vik, I found veggie burger and in most of the other places there’s not much choice. I managed with the egg sandwich or bought vegetarian sandwiches in the grocery shops before heading out of Reykjavik. You have a lot of places to enjoy vegetarian food in Reykjavik.
At Secret Lagoon
- Blue Lagoon is nothing but a hype and I didn’t enjoy it as much as the “Secret Lagoon” (the tour companies take you there…costs about half the price of BL) that had really hot spring water where as the BL had nice ambiance, spa but warm water. Felt like I was in an outdoor heated pool. If you really want to enjoy the hot springs with hot water, go to SL.
- If you still want to go to Blue Lagoon, book it in advance and it will be hard to get a slot available at the last minute. It can be easily done on your way to the airport assuming that your flight leaves after 1pm.
- Liquor is lot cheaper in the duty free and even on your way back, you can get the mini wine bottles for cheap..hint for whoever flying with WowAir.
- It is cheaper to eat in the airport before the customs area where you don’t pay tax. You can save a dollar on a cup of latte.
- Bring waterproof pants and rain jackets if you are planning to take the two day tour to the south beach because on the way you will be visiting the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss where you will surely get wet even if there is no rain. Also, take the hot pockets to warm up your toe and hands, when you standing in the open space at the middle of the night with sub-zero temperature, it will be very helpful. Even with very good winter gear, I was freezing.
- You can look at the forecast for the northern lights before booking the tour: http://www.northernlightsiceland.com/northern-lights-forecast/
- Download this iPhone app to take pictures of the northern lights and it does a decent job: Northern Lights Photo Taker
Picture Taken with the App
- WowAir is simply amazing with more leg room and on-time service. Pack enough water and food because there’s nothing free in the flight. But the ticket prices are amazing.
- Your smart phone shuts down even if there’s enough battery because of the cold weather so please be aware of it if you are planning to take pictures with your smart phone
- I found the Viator tours are less expensive for the Golden Circle and don’t see any reason to pay premium for this tour because it is going to take you to the three main places.
- In some of the hotels or hostels, if you pre-book the breakfast, you get a better deal. Check it out and plan accordingly
|On the way to the South Beach after Seljalandsfoss|