Iceland Trip - Around in 8 days
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Around Iceland in 8 days
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ForecastResearch, Average Daylight = 7AM - 8PM, 0-7 degrees celciusComments / Link to Google Map RouteBookedCost (GBP)Upon reflection
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Day 1, 28/03DRIVING TIME 3 HRS - Flight & Golden Circle
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/Reykjav%C3%ADk+Airport,+%C3%9Eorragata,+Reykjav%C3%ADk,+Iceland/%C3%9Eingvellir+National+Park,+Iceland/Laugarvatn+Fontana,+Hverabraut+1,+Laugarbraut,+840+Laugarvatn,+Iceland/Geysir,+Iceland/Gullfoss+Falls,+Iceland/Bitra+-+Guesthouse,+Su%C3%B0urlandsvegur+801,+Selfoss,+Iceland/@64.1358805,-22.1555806,8z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m38!4m37!1m5!1m1!1s0x48d60b4629859c51:0x11bb98ca8949e389!2m2!1d-21.9466063!2d64.1318703!1m5!1m1!1s0x48d6811ffb13697b:0x6b756c8b079262f2!2m2!1d-21.1303621!2d64.255857!1m5!1m1!1s0x48d69abefba3ef19:0xce4e84f64defcf89!2m2!1d-20.730172!2d64.2147063!1m5!1m1!1s0x48d6a39f03424f3f:0xb4751c1a62e2283f!2m2!1d-20.3023605!2d64.3103719!1m5!1m1!1s0x48d6a574af45b6c9:0x2c6347db0b411601!2m2!1d-20.1199478!2d64.3270716!1m5!1m1!1s0x48d6f378ce961c75:0x3ec5a9f4c2fa124e!2m2!1d-20.7290714!2d63.9522723!3e0
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AMFlight to ReykjavickYES - Dan's AMEX473.81
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AMArrive at Reykjavik Airport and pick up car9:00 AM
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Reykjadalur Hot Spring Thermal River
https://wakeupreykjavik.com/must-visit-natural-hot-springs-in-iceland/
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Thingvellir National Park - 2hr walk - this is where the tectonic plates meet.
Original geysir, Strokkur (active geysir)Can't miss
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PMHaukadalur geothermal area - famous Great GeysirCan't miss
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PMGulfoss Waterfall~230km, ~2.5 hr driving.Can't miss
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ACCOMBitra Bed & Breakfast50 mins from Gullfross Waterfall back to Hwy 1. Also if we decide to not do the above itinerary, only 58 mins from airport. YES - Free Cancellation (AL)147One of our favourite accomodation options
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Day 2, 29/03DRIVING TIME 4.5 HRS - Waterfall, Hike & Puffins
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/Bitra+-+Guesthouse,+Su%C3%B0urlandsvegur+801,+Selfoss,+Iceland/Seljalandsfoss,+Iceland/Volcano+Huts+%C3%9E%C3%B3rsm%C3%B6rk,+%C3%9E%C3%B3rsmerkurvegur,+Thorsm%C3%B6rk+via+road+F249,+861+Hvolsv%C3%B6llur,+Iceland/Dyrh%C3%B3laey,+871+V%C3%ADk,+Iceland/Fosshotel+N%C3%BApar,+N%C3%BApar,+880+Kirkjub%C3%A6jarklaustur,+Iceland/@63.8685764,-20.2971303,7z/data=!4m32!4m31!1m5!1m1!1s0x48d6f378ce961c75:0x3ec5a9f4c2fa124e!2m2!1d-20.7290714!2d63.9522723!1m5!1m1!1s0x48d71eade8ef2415:0xae01e6205209178d!2m2!1d-19.9885688!2d63.6156232!1m5!1m1!1s0x48d7266cc2115f31:0xebbf0bffe5d5cb19!2m2!1d-19.541759!2d63.690707!1m5!1m1!1s0x48d749b2488fd399:0x2725ca255462e772!2m2!1d-19.1268976!2d63.3995957!1m5!1m1!1s0x48d035db23de19f9:0xf7c49404b0c45681!2m2!1d-17.7059209!2d63.9235392!3e0
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Seljalandsfoss Waterfall (Right off the road. Might be busy - go early AM)
https://www.icelandtravel.is/about-iceland/destination-guide/seljalandsfoss/
Quick visit - right off the road
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AMThorsmork and Stakkholtsgjá Canyon (3hrs)
https://www.volcanohuts.com/tours-and-activities/activities/hiking-in-thorsmork/
Can't miss
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PMPuffin Watching at Dyrhólaey / Reynisfjara beachhttp://northtosouth.us/puffin-watching-dyrholaey-south-iceland/
We didn't see any Puffin's - too early in the season
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ACCOMFosshotel Nupar Social Hotel - lots of lodgersYES - Free Cancellation (AL)235Nice but expensive
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Day 3, 30/03DRIVING TIME 2.5 HRS - Glacier Hike & Ice Cave
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/Fosshotel+N%C3%BApar,+N%C3%BApar,+880+Kirkjub%C3%A6jarklaustur,+Iceland/J%C3%B6kuls%C3%A1rl%C3%B3n+Glacier+Lagoon+Boat+Tours+and+Cafe,+J%C3%B6kuls%C3%A1rl%C3%B3n,+781+H%C3%B6fn+%C3%AD+Hornafir%C3%B0i,+Iceland/H%C3%B6fn,+Iceland/@64.1268233,-16.4533739,8z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m20!4m19!1m5!1m1!1s0x48d035db23de19f9:0xf7c49404b0c45681!2m2!1d-17.7113328!2d63.9053005!1m5!1m1!1s0x48cfd71ed732067f:0xfb898f285905475c!2m2!1d-16.179443!2d64.048399!1m5!1m1!1s0x48cfac585a9c079f:0xb0ee81c829dbe0ed!2m2!1d-15.2020077!2d64.2497026!3e0
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/Fosshotel+N%C3%BApar,+N%C3%BApar,+880+Kirkjub%C3%A6jarklaustur,+Iceland/J%C3%B6kuls%C3%A1rl%C3%B3n+Glacier+Lagoon+Boat+Tours+and+Cafe,+J%C3%B6kuls%C3%A1rl%C3%B3n,+781+H%C3%B6fn+%C3%AD+Hornafir%C3%B0i,+Iceland/H%C3%B6fn,+Iceland/@64.1257473,-17.0137446,9z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m20!4m19!1m5!1m1!1s0x48d035db23de19f9:0xf7c49404b0c45681!2m2!1d-17.7113328!2d63.9053005!1m5!1m1!1s0x48cfd71ed732067f:0xfb898f285905475c!2m2!1d-16.179443!2d64.048399!1m5!1m1!1s0x48cfac585a9c079f:0xb0ee81c829dbe0ed!2m2!1d-15.2020077!2d64.2497026!3e0
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Fjallsárlón and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon -- time for a 4hr Activity
https://www.glacierguides.is/day-tours/glacier/skaftafell/into-the-glacier
No need to book if we do thisWe ended up doing an ice cave tour. It was very underwhelming. Beautiful part of the country, but we didn't enjoy the origanised tour.
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PMVatnajökull National Parkhttps://www.icelandbuddy.com/tour/blue-ice-cave-adventure/
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ACCOMHofnCute village. Glad we stayed here.
YES - Free Cancellation (Kails)
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Day 4, 31/03DRIVING TIME 6 HRS - Waterfall + Hot Springs
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/H%C3%B6fn,+Iceland/Dettifoss,+Iceland/Lake+Myvatn,+Iceland/Guesthouse+Brekka,+Adaldalur+641+Brekka,+Iceland/@65.4083236,-17.8793501,7z/data=!4m26!4m25!1m5!1m1!1s0x48cfac585a9c079f:0xb0ee81c829dbe0ed!2m2!1d-15.2020077!2d64.2497026!1m5!1m1!1s0x48cd068ace5f4fb9:0x404278759828237a!2m2!1d-16.384576!2d65.8146662!1m5!1m1!1s0x48cd9c44953c07dd:0xcde4cb0dbf732a88!2m2!1d-16.9961055!2d65.60386!1m5!1m1!1s0x48cd659eb2e2390f:0x3f26b866cca57e74!2m2!1d-17.3344519!2d65.8387007!3e0
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AMSelfoss and Dettifoss Waterfalls.Can't miss
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PMHot Springs - Myvatnn Nature Baths https://www.myvatnnaturebaths.is/NO - Pay on arrival120Can't miss
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Explore around Myvatnn Nature Baths, steaming mountains are stunning
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ACCOMHotel BrekkaYES - Free Cancellation (AL)176
Really nice self catering cabin. Tried to see the northern lights.
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Day 5, 01/04DRIVING TIME 3 hrs - Whale Watching
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/Guesthouse+Brekka,+Adaldalur+641+Brekka,+Iceland/H%C3%BAsav%C3%ADk,+Iceland/Dimmuborgir,+Iceland/Hverfjall,+Iceland/Go%C3%B0afoss+Waterfall,+Iceland/Hotel+Akureyri,+Hafnarstr%C3%A6ti,+Akureyri,+Iceland/@65.7975371,-18.0411156,9z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m38!4m37!1m5!1m1!1s0x48cd659eb2e2390f:0x3f26b866cca57e74!2m2!1d-17.3344519!2d65.8387007!1m5!1m1!1s0x48cd42159e4b2c3b:0x30afb44cc03c202f!2m2!1d-17.3383442!2d66.0449706!1m5!1m1!1s0x48cd9eaa5c1cd637:0xb181241da2aa3ae0!2m2!1d-16.9109028!2d65.5909692!1m5!1m1!1s0x48cd9eb847e85775:0x6b64c041e028e321!2m2!1d-16.8716667!2d65.6086111!1m5!1m1!1s0x48cd7e6a481f369f:0x7ebbcdaa4e0d1d3b!2m2!1d-17.5501918!2d65.6827782!1m5!1m1!1s0x48d28f10e2315807:0x751d357649f68c5f!2m2!1d-18.089834!2d65.678244!3e0
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AMHúsavík - Whales
https://icelandunlimited.is/day-tours/whale-watching/husavik-whale-watching-tour-speed-boat/
NO - Pay on arrival200Dan and I are glad we did it (we've never seen a whale before so took our chances knowing it was off season). Can't recommend it at this time of year, but also, we don't regret it.
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AMDimmuborgir - lava formations
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PMHverjall - Volcano crater hike (2-3hrs) Can't miss.
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PMGodafoss waterfall
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ACCOMHotel AkureyriYES - Free Cancellation (AL)208
Nothing special. Did the job - free parking and close to town
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DINNERAkureyri Fish & ChipsCheap and Cheerful. Nice to eat out
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Day 6, 02/04
DRIVE TIME 4.5 hrs - Drive towards the Snæfellsjökull Glacier
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/Hotel+Akureyri,+Hafnarstr%C3%A6ti+67,+600+Akureyri,+Iceland/Langafjaran+Cottages,+Borgarnes,+Iceland/@65.1499496,-21.3915148,8z/am=t/data=!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x48d28f10e2315807:0x751d357649f68c5f!2m2!1d-18.089834!2d65.678244!1m5!1m1!1s0x48d5a394eba5d76b:0x39e029d53f598db2!2m2!1d-22.4542309!2d64.8005405!3e0
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Hot spring stop over? Not on the navigation Google Map. Detour to add
https://www.google.is/maps/place/Hrunalaug+Hot+Spring/@64.1327557,-20.2549184,3a,75y,90t/data=!3m8!1e2!3m6!1sAF1QipPdigRRD39CBNy9lF9bTPG7hlcA4_cHWkOK_1SF!2e10!3e12!6shttps:%2F%2Flh5.googleusercontent.com%2Fp%2FAF1QipPdigRRD39CBNy9lF9bTPG7hlcA4_cHWkOK_1SF%3Dw114-h86-k-no!7i4032!8i3024!4m5!3m4!1s0x48d6be3be6a08fdb:0x40791e206b0c2e6b!8m2!3d64.1327557!4d-20.2549184
One of our favourite experiences. Stumbling across this
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ACCOMLangafjaran CottagesBring Cash to Pay!!YES - Free Cancellation (AL)200Our FAVOURITE accomdation. Little cabin with a hot tub. We saw the Northern Lights!
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Day 7, 03/04DRIVE TIME 2 hrs to Accom in Reykjavik
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/Langafjaran+Cottages,+Borgarnes,+Iceland/Captain+Reykjavik+Guesthouse,+R%C3%A1nargata+11,+101+Reykjav%C3%ADk,+Iceland/@64.4476427,-22.9663497,8z/data=!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x48d5a394eba5d76b:0x39e029d53f598db2!2m2!1d-22.4542309!2d64.8005405!1m5!1m1!1s0x48d60b2c4320cd29:0x3eaf28ee511034d2!2m2!1d-21.9457449!2d64.149456!3e0
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AMActivity TBD - Snorkling?https://vimeo.com/31479747No need to book if we do this
Spent more time in Snæfellsjökull before coming into the city
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PMhttps://grapevine.is/
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ACCOMCaptain Reykjavik
https://secure.booking.com/confirmation.en-gb.html?aid=356983;label=gog235jc-city-en-is-reykjavik-unspec-gb-com-L%3Aen-O%3AosSx-B%3Achrome-N%3AXX-S%3Abo-U%3Ac-H%3As;sid=038cdaae9c19ee0351cdf812cffe8ba6;auth_key=20yBiyBLPCGLxe9f;bp_travel_purpose=leisure;hostname=www.booking.com;source=book;ua_created=0&
YES - Free Cancellation (Kails)
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DINNERPerlanpre booking, http://www.perlan.is/YES - 18:45
Splurged on dinner and tried some Icelandic food
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Day 8, 04/04
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FLIGHT BACK7:40AM Flight back to LondonYES - Kails + Dan324.68
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Flights and Car Rental
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ItemDetailsCommentsBookedCost
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FlightsWEDS 28/03 Gatwick > Reykjavick - 6:30AM - 8:45AM

WEDS 04/04 Reykjavick > Heathrow - 7:40AM - 11:45AM
OUTBOUND - EasyJet ETM2D9Z
INBOUND - Icelandair TM J9R3KB,
INBOUND - Icelandair Others JAUUUQ
YesOUTBOUND - £473.81 - D.A.
INBOUND - TM £99.92 - D.A.
INBOUND - Others £224.76 - K.M.
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Carhttps://www.bluecarrental.is/book/options/
7 days (Wed-Wed)
Toyota RAV4 - Auto (mid sized 4x4)

Additional driver inc.
Yes - additional insurance required upon arrival
Toms AMEX
£441
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