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6 days based in Reykjavik

by 2giants Online Now Dec 19, 2009 at 5:09 PM

We just grabbed an Icelandair special, and will find ourselves in Reykjavik for 6 days in March. This trip includs a Golden Circle Tour, but nothing else. Any and all suggestions for what to do for the other 5 days would be great. Should we rent a car? Can we get around by public transportaion? Anything we shouldn't miss? I know that seeing the Northern lights isn't guaranteed, but if it's clear, where is the best place for us to view them? Any suggestions for dogsledding?
Thanks in advance for all your help and knowledge!

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  • JessieLang's Profile Photo

    Re: 6 days based in Reykjavik

    by JessieLang Online Now Dec 19, 2009 at 5:31 PM

    I am certainly no expert on Reykjavik--I only spent a day there during a cruise--but I enjoyed the Arbaejarsafn open-air folk museum. There are about 30 buildings, dating from 1820-1920. There is a town square, a village, and the farm. There are homes, shops, stables, and even a children’s play area (wooden horses, etc.) Craftspeople in costume are around on most days. There is an admission fee. I don't know if public transportation goes there. Website: www.arbaejarsafn.is

    And you will want to see The Pearl.

    If you like museums, the National Museum is on Surdugata Street. Website: http://www.natmus.is/english

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    Re: 6 days based in Reykjavik

    by GrumpyDiver Online Now Dec 19, 2009 at 6:18 PM

    I'm not sure what the weather and what will and will not be open then, as we only visited during the summer months (twice - once for 6 days along the south coast and a second time through the interior to the north). The interior roads will certainly still be closed for another 2 or 3 months. I would expect March to be quite cold

    You are right on regarding the Golden Circle - if you are looking at renting a car, you could do this yourself - and add the Kerio crater to the trip while you are in the area. The Blue Lagoon is a must see. A tour along the south coast - waterfalls, Skaftafell National Park, Jokulsarlon were all worth a visit. Aurora Borealis - you are getting late in the season, but you might get lucky.

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    Re: 6 days based in Reykjavik

    by Odinnthor Online Now Dec 19, 2009 at 6:31 PM

    I frequently respond to questions about my country and rather than be redundant I have combined a few of them for you.

    Not much time in my city pal! You need to add the Blue Lagoon to the itinerary. Depending on your flight time, a good way to catch the Blue Lagoon is the day you leave. As it is between the city and the airport, the flybus will drop you off there for a couple of hours and pick you up later and deliver you to the airport. Bring a swimsuit...

    bluelagoon.com/Bath/Opening-...

    Two good tour companies are Iceland Excursions and Reykjavik Excurcions.

    http://www.icelandexcursions.is/

    re.is/?gclid=CKSzgbz3454CFRr...

    Good places to stay are the Hotel Fron and Apartment K hotels. Both within walking distance of the town center. OK, the Apartment K, is a boutique hotel and is a higher price than the Hotel Fron. Both are right in the heart of the city. Fron is on Laugavegur (street), and a short walk down the hill to the center.

    http://www.hotelfron.is/
    http://www.apartmentk.is/

    By all means take the Golden Circle tour. It will take a day. Dog sled tours, as well as any 4X4 tours will also be a full day tour, although there is a half day 4x4 you can take. They will take you to the glaciers.

    exploreiceland.is/travel_boo...

    eskimos.is/english/html/dog_...

    There is no guarantee that you will see the Northern Lights, but missing them should not be an option, if they are there, however it is unlikely that you will see them in March. November through January is the best time. It is best to go outside the city for the view. Here is a look to wet your appetite

    images.google.com/images?hl=...

    The night life in Reykjavik is off the hook, and many excellent restaurants, and clubs and pubs and friendly people.

    This is a very nice restaurant and museum that you should sample. The restaurant revolves, I believe a full circle per hour....
    http://www.perlan.is/index.php/en

    images.google.com/imgres?img...


    I really cannot comment too much on the costs of a rent-a-car in my city but Reykjavik RentACar is pretty good though. Bear in mind that the rentacar companies are very strict about what roads you take the car on. Pay close attention to the contract and ask them to explain the road restrictions. There are roads that you are not allowed to take the rentacars, and the handlers will look at the undercarriage and wheelwells for any signs of off roading.

    In Reykjavik, you can visit Bessastadir, - the presidential residence, - Laugardalur, which is a sports complex complete with outdoor heated pools and the place for major rock concerts. You can visit Hafnarfjordur and the fishing harbor, and there are a number of art galleries, and sculpture gardens. Stroll to the Tjornin (The Pond) downtown. A two and a half hour Reykjavik tour runs about 40 Euros.

    Or you may want to go horseback riding with the unique pure Icelandic horses, nowhere else to be found...

    icelandtotal.com/home/tours_...

    Although Reykjavik is a metropolitan city with all the arts and culture of a major city elsewhere, - it is a city of only 200 thousand people and extremely easy to navigate. All the tours you could want are available with very little effort. You are likely to encounter some rain in March so be prepared for that as well. Here is the local weather report site:

    timeanddate.com/weather/icel...

    Go to YouTube and type in Reykjavik and/or Iceland and see some videos done both winter and summer. When you have looked around come back for further details.

    For overview
    http://www.icetourist.is/

    The overview
    http://www.icelandtouristboard.com/

    For Icelandair tour packages
    http://www.icelandair.com/

    For hotel information
    tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g1899...

    For dog sled tours
    exploreiceland.is/travel_boo...

    For the Golden Circle tour
    http://www.tour.is/

    Hope you enjoy my country and that this is of some help to you.....d:o)

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    Re: 6 days based in Reykjavik

    by a5floor Online Now Dec 20, 2009 at 12:59 AM

    Hi there,

    The best way to explore more of Iceland, is to rent a car. I rented a car while I was there in 2007 (via Hertz). And it was the best way to travel around. I don't know if the public transport is operating that much in March. But have a look on this website for public transport: nat.is/travelguideeng/public.... The places you should go to (in my opinion):

    Blue Lagoon (for the 'hot tub')
    Vik
    Selfoss
    Geysir (for the well-known geysers)
    Skogar (for the waterfall)

    If you want you can have a look at my pages for more information.

    Have fun in Iceland!

    Janka

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    Re: 6 days based in Reykjavik

    by marielexoteria Online Now Dec 20, 2009 at 2:00 AM

    We rented a car and drove thru the Reykjanes Peninsula. The details of the drive and the sights are in my Iceland page.

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    Re: 6 days based in Reykjavik

    by Regina1965 Online Now Dec 23, 2009 at 1:50 AM

    Please have a look at my tips on Reykjavík and Iceland for things to do here. All the best with your planning, Regína Hrönn

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    Re: 6 days based in Reykjavik

    by stfan Online Now Dec 26, 2009 at 9:16 AM

    For tours I normally recommend the Golden Circle Tour, The South Shore Adventure tour and a trip to the Blue Lagoon. This way you see a lot of beautiful places and you cover a very large area of the country. Both tours take around 8-10 hours each, except for the Blue Lagoon tour.

    Tours basically take you everywhere in Iceland! But renting a car is a good idea as it might be cheaper for you to have a car and drive by yourselves rather then paying for the tours, it adds up and in the end its probably cheaper to do it by a car. Hotel staff can give you very good directions (I'm one of them and do it all the time)

    For hotels, I would recommend Centerhotels. Very good prices and excellent locations! (Shameless, I know ;) )

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    Re: 6 days based in Reykjavik

    by dassi Online Now Jan 6, 2010 at 8:36 PM

    Regarding car rentals try to send email to those 2 and tell them Bragi sent you. : http://www.atours.is/Atours.is.html ATTN: Halli. He also does super jeep tours and other stuff. also this one : http://braut.is/ Attn : Jonas. See what prices they give you and compaire. I can also get you 15 % discount here : http://bustravel.is/ and here : http://www.grayline.is/ and if you like to go horse riding I can get you 10 % discount here: http://www.grayline.is/
    All the best
    Bragi

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    Re: 6 days based in Reykjavik

    by dassi Online Now Jan 6, 2010 at 9:08 PM

    And for guesthouse try this one and say Bragi sent you : http://galtafell.com/
    nice,clean and well located.

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