We stayed as a couple in the Hilton in early 2012. It is a largem, reasonably well appointed hotel with views of the sea from the higher floors. The rooms were nice, clean and comfortable with all amenities. There is a large and free car park at the front of the hotel. There is a bar and seperate restaurant on the ground floor and a club loungeon the top floor, serving breakfast and snacks throughout the day for those booking/ upgrading to club rooms.
Visitors to Iceland will find the country expensive. Additionally, unless you fancy a drive (parking in town isnt always easy) or a walk (35 mins) into Reykjavik you are not swamped with local eating options. We went half board at the hotel and that worked out great. My advice would be to book whatever mealsat the hotel, you can in your own country, unless you are a party animal who wants to venture into town each night. Reykjavic is very lively at night. From memory a taxi into town cost about £12 or 18 usd.
My main advice for any trip is hire a 4wd vehicle. There is so much to see in Iceland but the roads are basic and in some places deteriorate to dirt tracks. Avis & Hertz are both at the airport & whilst car hire is not particularly expensive, the standard of vehicle is low & most seem to be old and with accident damage.
The 3 must do things in Iceland are:-
1) Blue Lagoon - an enormous natural spring pool with health giving properties. In winter it takes on a really weird atmosphere with steam from the hot water mixing with the cold air and producing an erie mist. It is perhaps 40 mins from Reykjavik and costs about 30 euros per person.
2) Northern Lights - get out of the light pollution of Reykjavik and on a clear night you may see the aurora. Overall we have been in Iceland for a total of 14 nights. In that time we have seen the aurora 3 times, twice as a green streak accross the sky and once as the classic moving curtain in front of us. You can arrange a trip yhrough the hotel.
3) Gulfoss & Geysir - Gulfoss is the home to the largest waterfall in Western Europe and Geysir is a 50 ft geysir that spurts boiling water every 5 minutes or so,
If you are in Iceland for a while try the journey along the South coast to Vik - but its a long way through some some of the best scenery (also some of the bleakest) imaginable. You will pass Jokelscarrion (wrong spelling) where icebergs split from a glacier & enter the sea (bits of the Bond film Live and Let Die were filmed here). You will also pass glaciers wch you can actually drive up to and touch. Be careful though there are plaques everywhere naming those that went onto the Glacier & never came off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Vik is a long long way and only borderline doable in one day - especially in winter. Beware of running out of petrol - stations are few & far between out of town.
What i like about Iceland is that it is truly wild. Although there are ropes around the dangerous attractions such as the geyser, you can get really close and at Hafnadjour, not that far from Reykjavik you can get right up to boiling pools of mud etc and the whole landscape seems to be moving. Not easy to find though. From memory turn left as you enter the town & its a mile or so down over a stream then back on yourself toward the road. Be careful though it does not feel safe.
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