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by kimmo_v Online Now Mar 8, 2010 at 5:12 AM

Hi,

we are planning a trip to Iceland maybe at the end of this March. What we need to know is, that what the economical situation is there at this moment, ie. how much for a lunch/beer/renting a car and stuff like that. If possible, please convert the prices for euros.

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    by goodfish Online Now Mar 8, 2010 at 5:23 AM

    Cant' tell you prices but here's a good website for figuring exchange rates.

    http://www.xe.com/ucc/

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    by GrumpyDiver Online Now Mar 8, 2010 at 7:15 AM

    1. Main tourist season starts in late May and some of the interior roads are still closed into early July, so I would not suggest March as the best time to go.

    2. With the economy the way it is, food prices were quite reasonable compared to where they were a couple of years ago (we visited in 2007 and again last summer). Not all that different from the rest of Europe.

    3. Car rentals are expensive - at least double what one would normally expect to pay. If you are sticking to the Ring Road, a normal car will do. If you want to visit the interior on one of the "F" roads, you need a 4x4 - here's why:
    members.virtualtourist.com/m...

    4. Once you get out of Reykjavik proper, you will find that accomodation chocies are quite limited. Edda Hotels only operate once the schools are out for the summer. We did the B&B route / Farm Stay route.

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    by Odinnthor Online Now Mar 8, 2010 at 10:57 PM

    Yup, have to agree, that March is not the best time to visit. Nothing really wrong with going there in the winter, but March is kinda the worst part of winter, as everyone is tired of the bloody snow, which is now no longer white and pretty, but dirty and icey, and daylight is still pretty short.

    Further, you may be able to do the Ring Road, but going off road or the F roads as grumpy mentioned are not for amateurs at this time of year.

    However, if you have no other time to visit Iceland, you can still have a pretty good time. Let us know if you need more of the how, what, where and why. We can fill in the blanks for you. Good luck!

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    by Regina1965 Online Now Mar 15, 2010 at 5:19 PM

    Have a look at http://www.islandsbanki.is/english/ for the daily rate of the króna versus the euro. The króna is getting a bit stronger now, and a fish lunch would be ca 10 euros at a restaurant and a beer would be 4-5 euros. Have a look at my Reykjavík page for tips and photos on some of the restaurants here.

    The weather has been very good now and all the snow is gone, but one never knows what to expect at this time of year, so be prepared for a blizzard or two.

    Have a lovely time here,

    Regína Hrönn

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