Anonymous asked: Hi, before than nothing, thanks for all the info. and beautiful pics of your beautiful country, it's a world pride. Now, i'm from Argentina, and i'm thinking on visit Iceland in Feb. becouse i'll be traveling, and it's like a dream coming true. What i want to know is, how much money do you think that i gonna need for 5 days? I would like to do something like an "icelandic life" more than a "tourist trip" if you know what i mean. Takk.
The bus from the Keflavík airport to Reykjavik costs 2000.
In February it’s too cold for camping, so the cheapest option for accommodation (unless you find some lucky hotel deal) will be the hostels. I listed all the hostels in this previous post. That will be somewhere between 3 and 5 thousand ISK per night. The cheapest places to eat (fast food) charge about 1000 ISK per meal. For 2-4000 you can go someplace nice.
You can walk pretty much anywhere within downtown Reykjavik, but you can get a full day bus pass for 900 ISK or a three day one for 2200.
Museums and such generally charge between 500-1500 ISK for entrance. If you have any sort of school ID you can almost always get a discount. Many of them also are free on Mondays.
Getting out of the city is more expensive, unless you are a group of friends and able to fill a rental car. Most day tours from Reykjavik cost about 10000-25000.
Be sure to go to some of the local swimming pools. Entrance only costs 400-500 and it’s a great place to meet people, relax etc.
Another reference you could use is that the average tourist to Iceland spends 35,000 ISK per day.
Hope this gives you some idea.
Anonymous asked: I'm going to Iceland in May, literally my dream come true. But I'm only going for a week and by myself. What are the must-sees? Do the majority of people speak English? And do you have any cheap accommodation to recommend in Reykjavik?
The typical must-sees are things like the Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, Bæjarins Bestu hot dogs, whale watching etc. Virtually everyone does them and they are nice. What I would add to that list is #1 walk on a glacier, #2 bathe in a natural hot spring (not just the Blue Lagoon) and #3 visit one of the local swimming pools.
The first two are most easily done by taking a tour. I would recommend this tour which combines both (I’m biased because I used to guide it. But it’s a great tour, at least with me as a guide).
The swimming pools are great and a good place to socialize. There’s a couple of dozen in Reykjavik, so just find the one nearest to you (or visit several).
The cheapest accommodation (unless you find some online bargain) is probably in one of the hostels. Since you are travelling alone and don’t have anybody to keep you company on bus rides, I recommend the ones downtown. There’s Downtown Hostel, Reykjavik Backpacker’s and Kex.
Pretty much everybody speaks fluent English, but you’ll make people smile if you learn some Icelandic phrases.
Anonymous asked: Hi there! I'm heading to Iceland in January for a weekend from the UK, I'm 18 here so I'm obviously allowed (and am accustomed to!) alcohol, and I wanna experience some Rekyjavik nightlife! How strict do you think bars and clubs are in Iceland on asking for ID from tourists?
The drinking age in Iceland is 20 and the age to enter a bar after (I think) 22:00 is 18. This means that they could legally let you in. However, the bars/clubs don’t really see the point in letting people in that can’t buy alcohol and they don’t want the extra hassle of checking IDs at the bar, so they usually set the limit at 20. Some of them even set it higher.
Most Icelanders start going to the clubs well before they turn 20, but much of the night can be spent waiting in lines only to be turned away at the door. The bouncers are actually trying to follow the law, so unless you look older or they are overwhelmed with guests, it can be tough.
I don’t know if they give much more slack to tourists. The fact that you are a tourist raises the odds that you are over 20 though, so they may be less diligent in checking your ID. I actually used to pretend that I was a Brazilian and didn’t understand Icelandic. That often got me waved through.
What you can do to avoid the hassle is to go to a concert or a bar with a live band. Then it will usually cost in but instead they typically put the age limit at 18.
Iceland is used to experiencing some pretty extreme weather, but this was a considerably stronger storm than we are used to. There are usually several strong storms that go over the country each fall, but this one was unusual in how long it took and in that it was very strong around the whole island. Houses in Iceland are built to handle both extreme weather and earthquakes, yet there was considerable damage. Roofs were blown away, cars were blown off roads and parking lots and some people were blown away. Fortunately there were no serious injuries, but plenty of broken bones as people were swept up by the wind.
The storm was caused by a particularly sharp contrast between a high pressure area over Greenland and a low pressure zone off of Iceland’s southeast coast. The highest average wind measured in Reykjavik was 38 m/s (140kmh, 74knts, 85mph) and gusts as high as 64 m/s (230kmh, 124knts, 143mph). By comparison, Hurricane Sandy topped out at 40 m/s in the US. But the weather was actually far from being worst in Reykjavik. In the north and eastern parts of the country, strong winds were combined with heavy snowfall. The highest wind measured was 70 m/s (252kmh, 136knts, 157mph), just short of the record breaking 74,2 m/s measured in 1995.
Update: Unconfirmed data from a weather station in Iceland indicates gusts of 125 m/s.
This is a view from an office window in Reykjavik.
Rescue teams were busy tying down roofs.
Out for a walk in Reykjavik.
The weather coincided with the Iceland Airwaves music festival and since guests would have to walk this path by the sea to get to Harpan, Reykjavik’s opera house, buses were used to transport guests.
This statue in the north kept a lookout during the storm.
People in the town of Blönduós received their morning paper despite the storm. The mailman simply used his snow scooter.
Volunteer rescue workers excavate snow from a fishing boat at Skagaströnd to prevent it from tipping over.
It’s not every day that tractors are picked up by gusts of winds. This tractor was parked by a farm on the south coast.
Roofs of the outhouses at the farm of Berjanes were blown off.
The town of Egilsstaðir in the east had some of the heaviest snowfall.
Truck blown off the road, just outside Reykjavik.
A trailer parked outside a house in Reykjavik exploded in the wind.
Snow in Akureyri.
If you want to see a better overview of the storm and practice your Icelandic, try watching the TV news overview. You can even see rescue teams driving people to work in their tracked snow cats. There’s also a short video showing around town in Egilsstaðir here.
Snow buried this farm in Aðaldalur.
Snow in Reyðarfjörður.
Young Petra Sigurðardóttir helps uncover the family car in Egilsstaðir.
Cartoonist, Hugleikur Dagsson, was inspired by the weather:
Maybe you’ve seen this picture of a whale blown onto land in the Reykjavik harbor. It has been passed around the internet quite a bit. Of course it is just photoshop.