Iceland Journals

Logistics and Everything But The Volcano

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An August 2007 trip to Iceland by dangaroo

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Akureyri

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There is already another review of Akureyri but I find it completely innacurate because it's more about the North of Iceland as a whole, in my eyes! This may be misleading to the visitor.Akureyri is Iceland's 2nd city built on the banks of the River Glera. Akureyri looks impressive as you drive into it at night on the road from Myvatn. Unfortunately it's not particularly interesting in the day, like the majority of Icelandic towns, the design of them is similar to the US houses that seem to blow away like a plastic bag each time a hurricane hits them and not particularly appealing to me. The town centre is no different from a medium sized UK town and is completely dead, everything closes r...Read More

Hardly a Whale of a Time!

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Elding is the no.1 whale sighting tour company in Reykjavik, running boats from their harbour every couple of hours, you will likely be handed a leaflet at some point or another during your stay in Europe's most northerly capital city. Now unless you are a fish, it's not every day you get to see a whale so despite being on a budget trip, we were willing to fork out whatever it costed to see one. At 45 Euros per person (I recall it being more when we did it in 2007 though) it's not too dear for a one-off lifetime experience.We bought the tickets at a little kiosk and eagerly awaited the boat to arrive, like Russian babushkas at a tram people wanted to get on whilst the previous ...Read More
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In the past, I've done a lot of hitchhiking and like to give it a go where ever I go. Iceland was no different and unless you rent a car, it's really the only way to get around with a very limited bus service (which finishes at the end of August, does tourist routes and is extremely expensive) and no train line.Apart from the small urban area around the capital city, Iceland's road system is exceptionally quiet, therefore care should be taken when it comes to the weather, time and routes you choose to hitchhike. The Iceland Ring (Road No.1) has enough traffic in either an anti-clockwise or clockwise direction and lifts will normally take you considerably far. We arrived at Seydisfjordsdur ...Read More

The Puke Boat!

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Back in the summer of 2007, I used Smyril Line twice. Price wise I don't remember the exact fee but I know that having booked both journeys online the price from Lerwick to Torshavn and Torshavn to Reykjavik wasn't too bad and was definitely not more than about 70 quid.I was of course a foot passenger and if you wanted to take your car.. it would be a rather pointless activity because whilst a car is very useful in Iceland due to the major lack of public transport, the roads and stones flying up from speeding drivers are more than likely to leave your car in a different condition than you came there with.On top of that the Faroe Islands is small and easy to get around in and bo...Read More
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I happen to think that Iceland would look nice with a little train service running around the island, it's not to be though. Iceland doesn't have any train connections nor does it have a public bus service. If you don't take a car, rent a car or drive a car, then you are left with hitchhiking which is relatively easy in Iceland due to the small population and the fact they know you are a tourist. Occasionally though you might be heading to somewhere which is remote and you don't feel like freezing your butt off on the side of the road. As long as it's the summer - then you do have another optionThere is a private bus service geared towards tourists that operates between June and the end of...Read More

Reykjavik (General)

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The problem I find with travel reviews, in particular those you can find in guide books is that they rarely say anything negative about a place at all. Therefore you often have an idyllic view of somewhere before having gone there. Summing up Iceland's capital Reykjavik - I would probably call it an over-rated tourist trap that lives off its name as the world's most northerly capital. On the up side - there is an alcohol shop! Having been to Akureyri on a Sunday when everything was closed and our previous sip of the golden juice dating back to the previous week when a can of warm Viking was gifted to us by some Czechs who had travelled about 200km to stock up on it, we were in dire need of...Read More

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Kjolur

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Attraction | "Traverse Iceland the Bumpy Way!"

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The Kjolur is a highland road in Iceland which goes from just after the hamlet of Varmalid some kilometres west of Akureyri to The Golden Circle close to Reykjavik. Although it is passable without a 4WD, it would have been ny on impossible when we went despite it being August. Puddles were so huge on the road that anything less than a tank struggled to plough through them. Rental cars don't allow you to take them offroad in Iceland and as we didn't have our own car with us (what am I talking about.. I can't even drive yet!), the amount of traffic looked extremely minimal and to ensure at least one overland journey during our visit - we opted for the easiest option albeit not a cheap one: t...Read More

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Reykjavik Youth Hostel

Hotel | "Well Thought Out"

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Having travelled over Iceland and spent the whole time camping at mediocre campsites where the benefit often was that there was simply no one around to collect money because the season was over and the downside was that the facilities were quite often limited, the camp site at the Reykjavik Youth Hostel came as a pleasant change.Initially we thought we would stay in the hostel but the prices at 2,000 ISK a person were considerably dearer than the adjacent camp site which is 1,000 kroner. Only open during the summer - the facilities are shared and it's all part of the same thing. We skipped the 1,000 kroner breakfast, instead opting for the nearby supermarket which the receptionists were ex...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 20, 2009