Not a destination for anyone, but those that love
adventure and are not afraid to venture beyond
the ordinary will return thrilled. Read a
feedback by one of our clients:
you may spend only 2-3 days in Reykjavik, you
might be disappointed. It is a
small city but the day trips to Thingvellier,
Geyser, Blue Lagoon, and Stong are the best
part of that area.
However, with a car, experiencing the geologic
wonders at that rift along with the Sudurnes
peninsula were a highlight. WE WERE THRILLED TO
NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE BLUE LAGOON OVER-MARKETED
ADVENTURE. WE COULD NOT UNDERSTAND THE ALLURE OF
THE POWER PLANT WASTE WATER THAT JUST HAPPENS TO
BE BLUE! Much better to experience the real
thing at the multiple local sites (Secret Lagoon
at Fludir, for example), as we did.
We felt like three weeks was (barely) about
enough time to experience the highlights of
geography, culture and people of the country. If
tourists have 2 weeks, we recommend a week in
the West Fiords. This astoundingly primal
environment is grand, as the Grand Canyon is
As you know, we did a few days in the capital
city area at the end of our trip. Early on we
“did the glaciers” from every vantage point, i.e.
hiking, glacier lagoon boat ride, helicopter.
One of the five full-sun days we experienced
happened to coincide with our helicopter
experience - a spectacular flight! It IS
For us, the overnights in Vik and Hofn were well
spaced stops for the south glacier adventures.
The rest of our stops as we went over the top of
the island were well-timed also, with only a few
longer days of driving. You did a good job there
plotting the itinerary. As I said, however, the
West Fjords are the must-see for anyone on a
limited time budget.
Yes, Iceland is VERY expensive and if the people
who complained were surprised, then they were
personally unprepared and maybe new to travel.
If you want to save money, we easily were able
to “car picnic” for lunches and an occasional
supper. Also, our bourbon purchased at duty free
in New York lasted the trip --- and was GREAT
chilled with glacier ice at the end of a long
Hope this gives you enough information to make
your decision. People who are just “tourists”
and go uninformed or unprepared might have a
problem with the price and/or facilities.
Iceland might not be for them; it’s not for
People who are more “travelers” will educate
themselves ahead of time, and get into the
spirit of the outstanding, unspoiled scenery,
spectacular geology, warm, literate and pleasant
people, excellent food, great drinking water and
clean, neat facilities. And they will be
prepared for any weather that ensues (and
weather WILL ensue).
I suggest you test your clients to see if they
are tourists or travelers; people who can’t make
lemonade out of lemons should go somewhere else,
a Club Med maybe.