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Isa Alm

Sharing Aloha from Iceland-GÓÐA FERÐ!

Here's a list of experiences that I think you will enjoy! I've included a few articles about restaurants, tours, and other resources that could be useful. Let me know if you have any questions and remember to use www.safetravel.is for current travel conditions.

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Airport Transfer

No car? No problem!

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How to get from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik
Isa:Shuttles, Strætó/bus, Taxi, Biking or Hopp.bike - Here are your options to get in and around the city if you are not renting a car.
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Airport Shuttle Service
Isa:If Strætó isn't available at the time I need, I book a shuttle (Flybus) as a cheaper option. Here's a full list.
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$ 35
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Flybus Plus: From Airport to Hotel
Isa:Direct booking for FlyBus from KEF to any Reykjavik hotel or nearby location.
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$ 37
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Transfer from Reykjavik to the Blue Lagoon
Isa:Only have a day in Iceland? Take a shuttle to Blue Lagoon and relax. There's also a shuttle to KEF.
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Car Rental & Self-Drive Trips

Some articles to guide you along your way plus links to tours or a car rental if needed. Tip: It's safest to book ahead (>month) if you want to do a tour activity and/or Blue Lagoon (booking required) especially if you are limited to certain times/dates or during peak season.

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Save on Car Rental in Iceland
Isa:If you are interested in booking with Lagoon Car, this is the direct link.
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All You Need to Know about the Golden Circle
Isa:If your stay is short, the Golden Circle drive will allow you to see Iceland's wonders in one day! If you rather do a tour, see below.
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The Golden Circle: 4 Ideal Stops on the Way
Isa:Don't forget to stop at these places during your Golden Circle drive! Nína´s recommendations and I would add the crater, Kerið. :)
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The Perfect 5 day Itinerary in Southern Iceland
Isa:I've had friends visit Iceland and ask for recommendations for stays less than a week. Andri basically sums it up here. Takk Andri!
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$ 68
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Golden Circle Classic: Guided in 10 Languages
Isa:Guided tour of the Golden Circle.
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The Ring Road in Seven Days: An Itinerary
Isa:Ah, we did this for our honeymoon and it was amazing! If you have 7-10 days to spare in Iceland, do this road trip.
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Blue Lagoon: Everything You Need to Know
Isa:Even though Blue Lagoon is very touristy and a bit pricey, it's also an experience you should try at least once!
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$ 39
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Krauma nature bath
Isa:If I'm not feeling up to the crowds of Blue Lagoon, I head here. It's <2hrs from Reykjavik. But Bláa Lónið is a unique place so do both!
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$ 142
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Snorkel Between Continents In Silfra | Free Photos
Isa:My friends have done this and said it was a lot of fun. There's also a diving one --->
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$ 85
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Skaftafell Glacier Hike
Isa:If you are driving to the Southeast near Vatnajökull or toward Höfn, this glacier hike might be a nice activity and only 3 hours.
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$ 125
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Glacier Hiking Adventure From Skaftafell | 5-Hour Expedition
Isa:Want a tougher glacier hike, try this one!
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$ 99
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Glacier Lagoon Zodiac Tour
Isa:Did you make it to Jökulsárlón but want to get out there and explore further? Try this tour. It's on my bucket list.
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$ 81
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Húsavík Original Whale Watching Tour
Isa:When I visit North Iceland, I always like to stop at Húsavík, a lovely town on the coast with a great whale watching tour.
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$ 79
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North Iceland Whale Watching
Isa:This is another great whale watching tour in Húsavík.

Day tours from Reykjavik

Just looking to get out of the city for a day and be taken care of? You can sit back and let someone else drive while learning more about Iceland from experienced guides by booking one of these activities. Tip: It's safest to book ahead (>month).

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$ 97
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Golden Circle with Secret Lagoon Tour
Isa:This includes a stop at the Secret Lagoon, one of the oldest thermal pools that was recently found and reopened to the public.
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$ 93
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South Coast Classic: Guided in 10 languages
Isa:Don't want to do the Golden Circle for your really short stay or only have one full day? Then I recommend visiting the South.
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$ 180
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Best of Iceland Tour: Golden Circle, South Coast and Northern Lights
Isa:The best of everything you could probably do while here.
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$ 85
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Sólheimajökull Glacier Hike
Isa:This is a lot of fun and just beautiful.
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Flyover Iceland
Isa:This virtual flight experience opened late summer 2019. Included with the ride are two introductory shows to Iceland. **I'm a bit biased because I also work here but would recommend it to anyone looking for a different perspective to the country. It can also be a nice escape for when the weather doesn't cooperate with your plans. Come say hæ!
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Places To Stay

Here are articles to provide ideas for hotels or other places. I definitely recommend booking a place at least 2 months ahead or even earlier if you're coming during peak season. The most reasonable accommodations are booked quickly leaving the more expensive or meh options.

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My favorite hotels in Iceland
Isa:From my favorite blog, I Heart Reykjavik.
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Our Guide To Traveling Around Iceland In A Camper Van
Isa:Please don't poop where ever. You can usually find a rest stop or facility if you plan your trip. Take your trash with you until you can get to recycling bins which is everywhere in town (Sorpa for general trash), no off-roading and please be respectful.<3
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Reykjavik4you Apartments Hotel
Isa:My favorite place with parking in the city.
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Hotel Cabin

My favorite eats in town

These are the places I usually go to when I'm not cooking at home. They are in or around Reykjavík but if you're looking for recommendations outside, feel free to ask me at my Insta @isainiceland

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Vitabar
Isa:Juicy burgers and great beers. Chill environment and a nice stop after the pool. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vitabar/132806543458431
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Grandi Mathöll
Isa:I eat here way too often after work and usually go to KORE for their Korean style tacos, spicy burgers, KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) wings. There are other choices at this food hall if kimchi and spice is not your thing. http://grandimatholl.is/project/kore
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Messinn
Isa:Delicious fish dishes with family style portions. I loved it so much, I take my family and friends when they visit and want something warm. Icelandic fresh fish and flavors - you can never go wrong here. http://messinn.com/
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Hlemmur Mathöll
Isa:Another great food hall and closer to downtown area and a main bus hub. I usually get Flatey's pizza, pho or banh mi (Vietnamese sandwich) and tacos at Fuego's. There a Brauð og Co station in there too if you want something sweet. http://www.hlemmurmatholl.is/
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Le KocK
Isa:mmm..fries, donuts, bagel sandwiches at Deig next door..and more burgers https://www.lekock.is/
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Bombay Bazaar
Isa:One of my favorite Indian restaurants (I even order on aha.is for delivery) with the right amount of heat. http://www.bombaybazaar.is/
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Ban Thai Restaurant
Isa:Favorite Thai for dinners. https://www.banthai.is/
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VOX Brasserie & Bar
Isa:BRUNCH BUFFET is amazing! Expect a lot of families and people as it's a hopping place on the weekends. :) https://www.vox.is/is/restaurant/vox-dagur/vox-brunch
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Most popular experiences in Iceland

This is a collection of the most booked tours and activities in Iceland by other travelers. So from the horse's mouth, I give you...(some are the same as the ones that I recommended above)

Arts & Culture

From viking legends to modern art, get to know the deeper side of Iceland.

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Street Art in Reykjavik: A Colourful World
Isa:Don't forget to stop inside Brauð og Co on Frakkastígur (their building is the main image) to try their delicious rolls/snúðar. Kanil snúður/cinnamon roll is the classic but there are other flavors for everyone. I personally also love the pretzels, pretzel croissants and kanil croissants..drooling as I type. ** The last mural on Vesturgata 55 by Guido Van Helten is no longer there but there is another mural in its place that some consider to be equally eye-catching.
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The Lopapeysa Culture: 5 Reasons to Buy Typical Icelandic Wool Sweater
Isa:If you’re looking for something to buy on your trip, I recommend an Icelandic sweater - Lopapeysa. These are the best to keep you warm and dry even in the worst weather. Did you know it’s self cleaning and mostly waterproof and doesn’t burn? It’s magic. It may seem pricey but it’s a long lasting investment and never go out of style. Make sure it’s made in Iceland so probably not 66 North shops. Stop by The Handknitting Association of Iceland (FlyOver Iceland also sells their sweaters). You can see the number ID of the person who made it on the tag. Also, Litla Prjónabúðin or even some of the guesthouses or gas stations will sell local sweaters/peysur. If you want to save, check out the second hand stores too. You won’t regret it!
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Seasonal Highlights

Find tips about what to do, how to dress and the best experiences to do at the moment.

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What to Wear in Reykjavik during Autumn and Winter
Isa:If you are not going to a glacier or mountains, it's safe to say you can leave your snow pants and gear at home. Reykjavík weather is rainy and windy but quite timid in temperature. Wear layers and bring a winter/rain jacket with a pair of comfy shoes with some traction.
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Budget Friendly Experiences

Awesome experiences under $100 and articles on how to stretch your money in Iceland.

Outdoor Adventures

It’s what Iceland is known for..

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The 15 best waterfalls in Iceland
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My 5 top places to see in Myvatn, Iceland
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The Laugavegur Trek: All the Information You Need
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10 things you should know before going hiking in Iceland

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  1. Krauma nature bath
  2. Snorkel Between Continents In Silfra | Free Photos
  3. Glacier Lagoon Zodiac Tour
  4. Golden Circle with Secret Lagoon Tour
  5. South Coast Classic: Guided in 10 languages
  6. Best of Iceland Tour: Golden Circle, South Coast and Northern Lights
  7. Inside the Volcano Tour | Free Pickup from Reykjavik
  8. Flyover Iceland
  9. Reykjavik4you Apartments Hotel
  10. Luna Laugavegur
  11. Cottages Husavik, Kaldbaks-Kot
  12. Hotel Cabin
  13. Vitabar
  14. Grandi Mathöll
  15. Messinn
  16. Hlemmur Mathöll
  17. Le KocK
  18. Bombay Bazaar
  19. Ban Thai Restaurant
  20. VOX Brasserie & Bar
  21. Into the Glacier Classic Tour | Meet on Location
  22. Northern Lights Hunting Minibus Tour from Reykjavik
  23. Blue Ice Cave Adventure
  24. Glacier Lagoon Zodiac Tour
  25. Ice Cave Tour in Vatnajokull National Park
  26. Snorkeling in Silfra: In between Two Continents
  27. Northern Lights Tour By Bus
  28. South Coast Classic: Guided in 10 languages
  29. Fimmvörðuháls
  30. Whales, Puffins & Reykjavík
  31. Reykjavík Classic Whale Watching
  32. The Heritage Horse Riding Tour

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