From the day I laid my eyes on the magical image of the Blue Lagoon, I instantly fell in love with it – hence my never-ending desire to visit the Iceland began.
Before planning my trip to Iceland I did plenty of research about how to get the best airfares, what’s the best time to visit Iceland, which places are affordable to stay and what activities one should do etc. But no matter how much research I did, all that didn’t matter a lot as to what was waiting ahead for me.
I mean, I’m from New Jersey, so I knew that traveling to a place where practically there is a winter season for 9 to 10 months will be quite challenging for a person like me – but the summer season is also there in Iceland, so how bad can it be, right? Well, I was Wrong. Very Wrong.
Iceland has been rising steadily in terms of popularity amongst the tourists and hence there is no excuse in knowing some basic things about Iceland that will help you in making the most out of your trip. Here are five things I wish I knew before I traveled to Iceland. So here are some tips for you so you don’t have to learn them the hard way.
Travelling In Summer? Still, Pack Your Warm Clothes
If you are travelling to Iceland in Summer season and you think that a light spring jacket or a sweater is more than enough. Then you are greatly mistaken. A summer day in Iceland is equivalent to a proper winter day in many other countries. Besides that the temperature in Iceland can change quickly from warm to fairly hot to cold in just a matter of minutes. So then the question is what exactly you should pack? Let’s see. Several sweaters, a light winter jacket, a fur coat, a pair of gloves and two-three scarves along with a hat.
Iceland Is Not For Those Who Are Budget Travelers
Iceland is a very expensive country and is truly not the right destination for travellers who want to be under budget. Expect to get shocked with high prices in grocery stores, bars, coffee shops, restaurants and any other retail store you plan to buy from. The best advice I can give to budget conscious travellers is that you can spend on things that you think are necessary. I would recommend you to spend on experiences, not on things; it’s alright if you don’t bring back gifts for everyone back home.
If still, you think shopping for gifts is necessary then you can shop in Finland as it has some fantastic budget stores. Apart from that, food items are pretty expensive here. It is so expensive that you should mentally accept that there is not food in Iceland. So the idea of packing some food supplies with you is not a bad one, at first, it may sound ridiculous, but once you have landed in Iceland, you will not regret this decision.
Know When Its Dark And Light
If it was for the summer season, I probably didn’t have to tell you all this, but given that darkness hangs over in the Arctic during winter, you need to know the sunset and the sunrise times. So the point is you will have little sunlight, so you need to plan accordingly. What I recommend is that you head east and south of Reykjavik on the Ring road, travel to a certain point and then turn around. There is no way you can see the whole road. But on your return, you can see the things that you couldn’t see because of the storm or dark.
Hostels Are Great For Accommodation
Like I already told you Iceland is an expensive country, so getting Lodging here is also expensive. But I discovered that hostels in Iceland provide versatile and reasonable accommodation. So it’s a great option for those who are on a tight budget. Hostels in Iceland are now available for travellers of all age groups. Many hostels also provide the facility of breakfast in bed or have private kitchens if you prefer to cook your meals.
Wi-Fi Is Free In Iceland
Iceland is a wired country, so there is free Wi-Fi everywhere. Even if you go to a roadside gas station on a remote stretch of highway throughout Iceland, it can also hook you up.