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Going to Iceland for 1 week-- need suggestions!!

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Going to Iceland for 1 week-- need suggestions!!

We have 1 week in Iceland (last week of April), and would like to experience as much as we can. I was wondering if it would be better to book through a travel agency, or to book thing ala carte. Would I be able to experience everything while staying at one hotel in Reykjavik, or would I need to look at other cities? Also, is it better to book tours before I leave, or once I get there? Any suggestions for tour companies or hotels? With only 1 week, what activities must we absolutely do?

Icelander in...
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1. Re: Going to Iceland for 1 week-- need suggestions!!

The "golden circle"

Snowmobiling,

Whale watching,

Volcanic tour/Blue lagoon,

Jeep safari to Landmannalaugar,

"if you are brave enough" lava tubes,

The Reykjavik spa city,

One "Clinton" at Bæjarins bestu,

Look at the links:

www.visitreykjavik.is/displayer.asp…

http://eskimos.is/english/

http://www.highlanders.is/English/

I would stay in Reykjavík, exept for one night when I would venture east to the Glaciers/icelagoon/south coast and stay at Hotel Skaftafell

http://www.hotelskaftafell.is/ or in the area. (Nice drive in a rental)

B.

Seattle, Washington
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2. Re: Going to Iceland for 1 week-- need suggestions!!

thank you icelandicguide!!!!! i will check out those websites you suggested. so, would you recommend renting a car for the entire week? or, just to go to the east side? and, in what order would you do your suggested itinerary-- for example, would we go the east at the end of the week, or would you suggest it in the beginning?

Icelander in...
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3. Re: Going to Iceland for 1 week-- need suggestions!!

Well, there is no one order to do these things. You´ll have to improvise a little. Since you´ll be coming in early in the morning, and hardly up to much for the first day, I suggest that you use the first day to go to the tourist information office downtown, and get info on tours, and maybe book some. The 871+-2 museum

www.artcom.de/index.php…

is on the same block.

Then whatever you do, if you are venturing east, remember you´ll need at least two days, one to go east and another to go back, take notice of weather forecast. So do it in the middle of your tour. Remember highway one is like narrow backcountry road where you´re from, so anything else than road one will be slow and only for exellent drivers with enough time on their hands. But then, it is "off season" so traffic will not be a problem, but also this means less service, so take notice.

B.

4. Re: Going to Iceland for 1 week-- need suggestions!!

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