I learned to look at the world in a more relaxed way. I remember overthinking about everything and dwelling on minor details. Then came a point when I had to let go and wait for the outcome. Things were magical when I wasn't the one deciding my fate. Most of my trip was people asking to come along and me saying "OK why not". These weren't the things on my list of “must do’s” but I am grateful that I ended up here. Because maybe I didn't want them, but I definitely needed them.
Iceland is expensive and one meal approximately costs 2000 ISK (1500 Rs). In case you want to spend that much go ahead. But for the people who are cheapskates like me, shop at the supermarkets.
The cheapest supermarket is BONUS. I lived on this. I wouldn’t say it’s cheap exactly but by Icelandic standards, this is as far as you can get.
For the first two nights, I chose the Bus Hostel in Reykjavik. The hostel was the cheapest I found and it was around 22-25 euros a night. It had clean rooms and bathrooms. The only problem is they don’t give you a duvet. This seemed very weird in the beginning but there are some other hostels that follow the same rule. To get a Duvet it costs 1000 ISK (800 Rs). If you have your sleeping bag, well and good!
If you are planning to rent a car, get it from the airport. The benefits are that it is cheaper and you can drive from the airport to your destination directly.
The Airport Keflavik is 40 minutes from the capital and there are multiple bus services that get you there. They all charge 2500-2700 ISK and do not pay beyond that.
Because I was super lazy to hitchhike the first day, I chose to get a tour. Tours are expensive (Duh) and you save a lot if you just rent a car. Still the tours guide you all over the place and it’s nice to know things that usually get unnoticed. The other point that I did not like with the tours was the time constraint. I prefer staying at a place as long as I want and they have very strict time constraints.
I chose the “Bus travel Iceland” as my tour service. The Golden Circle tour is the one I selected. Normally these tours cost you roughly about 10, 000 ISK (80 euros). I have suggested a site called the “getyourguide.com”. They have good offers and I got mine for 49 euros. Great deal. The Bus travel offers other tours for south Iceland, the Snæfellsnes peninsula, and the Glacier lagoons.
The Golden Circle tour I found consisted of the Kerið crater, Faxi waterfall, Gullfoss or “Golden Falls”, Geysir & Strokkur, and The Þingvellir National Park. Most of the tours do not include the Kerið crater and the Faxi waterfall. You might instead have a secret lagoon visit included.
Since most of you by now would be thinking of the Blue Lagoons, I did not visit it as I found it too touristic and too many people. But for those of you still interested, it costs 7000 ISK for the most basic package. You can upgrade to a premium (10,000 ISK) or VIP (35,000 ISK) package. It is situated in Grindavik which is 47 km south of Reykjavik.