Howdy! So right now I am in Iceland! Today I thought I would share some info on how we planned this week long adventure. More details about our trip will be posted later with info on what we got up to and additional tips.
As we were staying in Iceland for the New Year we thought it would be a good idea to book quite far in advance. The Airbnb we booked (which holds 6 of us, details on house to come later!) was booked about 9 months before. The host may want to stay in the accommodation over certain holidays so it’s an idea to check way in advance to ensure your booking is secure. You can see my Airbnb guide here.
Regarding flights… The price can change day by day so if you’re going as a group and want to fly together it may be an idea to ensure you all have the money at the same time. Paul and I booked separately as we needed a bit of extra time to get our funds sorted out (due to all of our other travel arrangements).
When booking your hire car ensure you have enough seats for everyone (we opted for a seven seater as there are six of us) and be sure that it’s suitable for the weather conditions and the amount of driving you are doing. Check if there is unlimited milage as well wifi (comes in useful in case you get stuck or want to Snapchat your mates back home!). Hire cars aren’t cheap so be sure you check for any hidden costs on top of your booking!
Sophia booked the car with Sixt.
Every website, every Iceland native, every city guide says “layers that will keep you dry.” Now seeing as we are only going to Iceland for a week, we didn’t want to spend too much money.
My packing list included:
- Superdry coat (with hood) that I have owned for 4 years. It’s super thick, keeps me dry and rather toasty.
- Thermal leggings to wear under my jeans which were specifically encouraged by Andrew and Sophia who have been there before. So glad I got them if I’m honest!
- Thermal vest
- T-shirts and vests
- Wooly jumpers
- Thermal socks, fluffy socks and normal socks (as well as other underwear!)
- Regatta 3 in 1 boots (contains isotex)
- Scarf (gift from Andrew and Sophia from their last visit to Iceland)
- Swim suit for the Blue Lagoon
It’s also wise to have the following for when we’re out and about:
- Back pack
- Water bottle
- Lunch box
- Torch with spare batteries
- Camera with spare battery, tripod and spare SD card
- Spare socks and underwear
- Portable phone charger
OTHER BITS AND BOBS
- Currency is Icelandic Krona but most places accept debit cards.
- Book any tours before you go!
- Book entry to Blue Lagoon in advance to save money.
- Going for the Northern Lights? APPARENTLY the best time to visit is between September and April.
Stay tuned for more Icelandic fun.