What a wonderful place!
We flew out late on 24 Oct and crammed in as much as we could. Stayed at Park Inn Island (was Raddisson) out by the Laugardalur sports centre. Purchased a 3 day travel card for isk2200 which gives access to buses as well as entry to some sights, including the thermal pools at Laugardalur. It was great to sit in an outdoor pool at 8pm and look at the stars.
We found the locals to be very helpful and the bus drivers just smiled when we sat bemused at the end of the line having missed our stop but with 3 blondes what did they expect.
Yes dining out can be expensive but you get exceptional quality and often large portions.
We took the golden circle tour pre-booked and that was great. With all the ice around, Gullfoss Waterfall was amazing.
Geysir was spectacular, it errupts approx every 5 minutes and you are within 15 feet of the pool as it bubbles and steams.
The food in the cafe was reasonable as they did a meal deal to include either a soft drink or a beer. The walkround museum was a bit lame, I would have been disappointed if I had paid to go in, it was included in our tour so nothing lost.
We booked a Northern Lights tour whilst we were there, and the tourist office was very helpful with regard to weather conditions and we were rewarded with a fantastic display. if i figure our how to post my pictures then I will!
Took an evening tour to the Blue Lagoon but it was windy and really cold, the water was lovely and hot but a bit chilly around the ears. yes the hair turned to straw but their free conditioner in the showers helped, 4 lots seemed to do the trick. Another reasonable cafe and they even sold bottled beer which they left unopened (bargain)
A lot of the souvenirs were the same at every shop so lots of pictures and postcards work for us. The airport shops are tax free and worked out reasonable for spending those last kroner.
The weather had turned to snow by Friday but it was great fun and certainly a holiday to remember.
Please ask any questions as I have brought home lots of maps and booklets.