Iceland: Beyond the Golden Circle
Isn't it everyone's dream to travel to Iceland? The landscape all over the country is simply breathtaking, and it's a big change from visiting a bustling, overcrowded city for a vacation. Iceland is always seen as an expensive destination for people. Luckily, I was able to find a cheap flight and some great accommodation, which gave me a bit of wiggle room with my budget. The best way to see the country is by car. We used Icerental 4x4 and added WiFi to the package in the event we lost phone service (highly, highly recommend doing this). We were there a total of 5 days, and crammed a lot into each day. Food is expensive. Very expensive. I'd recommend going to a grocery store and getting some food to take on the go. Of course, we stopped in a few restaurants and cafes along the way though!
If you're looking for a great hotel to stay at near the airport, check out B&B Hotel Keflavik Airport. It's only 5 minutes from the airport itself, and around 15 minutes to the Blue Lagoon which is ideal if you have an early morning ticket. There are lots of hotels to choose from in Reykjavik itself, and many of them can blow a big hole in your budget. Hotel Klettur was a great choice, both for its location and price. To walk into the centre it only takes 20 minutes, and it's located just behind the famous cathedral. If you're planning on taking a tour, they'll pick you up right outside the hotel which is very handy. If you're looking for an out-of-this-world experience, check out Galaxy Pod Hostel! Don't let the word hostel put you off. You get to stay in an individual pod, that has a lockable sliding door on it, and the inside is very high tech with a number of lighting options and a television! Pod hostels are gaining popularity, so I'd recommend trying it out. I found the best way to save money in Reykjavik was to purchase the City Card, which gives you entry into all of the city's key museums and thermal pools, as well as a few added bonuses too such as free public transportation!
From driving the Golden Circle route, to crawling through ice caves, to getting close and personal with waterfalls, Iceland has it all and really is an explorer's paradise. Don't let the cost put you off. Make sure you budget ahead of time and plan your trip. Everything you do will be a once in a lifetime experience, and you can't put a price on that.
Take a Dip in the Blue Lagoon
Into the Glacier in Langjokull
Get Up Close With an Icelandic Horse
Go on a Game of Thrones Tour with GetYourGuide
Grab Some Gluten Free-Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream at Joylato
Explore the Streets of Reykjavik
Treat Yourself at Sushi Social
Puffin and Whale Watching with Special Tours
Have a Break at 17 Sortir
Walk Around the Kerid Crater
Marvel at Strokkur
Take a Tour With Katlatrack
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Iceland can get quite pricey, so make sure you plan ahead and have all the tours pre-booked, so you can budget more effectively while you're there! Happy travels!