Day 8:24th July: Reykjavik:The final day of our Iceland trip was spent in a bit of shopping, tasting Icelandic cuisine and exploring the city. We also visited Hallgrímskirkja, the largest church in Iceland. We camped for the night at the same place where we camped on the first day and our journey had come to a full circle finally. Early next morning with heavy hearts we were back to the Keflavik International Airport for our flight back to India via Paris.Read More
Day 8:24th July: Reykjavik:The final day of our Iceland trip was spent in a bit of shopping, tasting Icelandic cuisine and exploring the city. We also visited Hallgrímskirkja, the largest church in Iceland. We camped for the night at the same place where we camped on the first day and our journey had come to a full circle finally. Early next morning with heavy hearts we were back to the Keflavik International Airport for our flight back to India via Paris.
Day 1: 17th July 2016 ReykjavikWe landed at Keflavik International Airport at about 3:30 in the afternoon and as soon as we stepped out of the airport we could feel the chill in the air. Although it was summer the wind was strong making the temperature drop. We picked up our ride from the airport office of Bluecarrentals.is. We had pre booked the car (it is always advisable to pre book especially during the peak season). It was a deep black Mitsubishi Pajero and it was love at first sight. Driving the car felt as a dream. We then reached the main city of Reykjavik and picked up our camping gear from Iceland camping Rental Company which was also pre booked. We then drove around the city and camped at a camping spot in the city after dinner. Reykjavik was a beautiful city in itself with an amazing waterfront where people went cycling and running.
Hostelling International (HI) Iceland is a network of 35 youth hostels dotted all around Iceland and mostly along Route 1. I stayed at Reykjavik City Hostel and found it to be a good base for exploring the city. Book a bed in a shared dorm to get the cheapest rates.Couchsurfing is also an option in Iceland and a great chance to stay with a local for either little or no cost. The downside to this though with around 60% of Iceland's population living in Reykjavik, there aren't many options to do this around the rest of Iceland.
If you're not too bothered about eating the local cuisine then Noodle Station in Reykjavik is not only pretty cheap but it's delicious also. You can pick up a big bowl of either a chicken, beef or veg Thai noodle soup for around 600 rupees.
Reykjavik is pretty small and most of the places of interest are within walking distance of each other. Hallgrimskirkja is a cathedral, but not like one you've ever seen before. Even if architecture is not your thing, you'll be impressed and entrance is free.
Icelanic houses are cute and colorful and my favorite thing to do in Reykjavik was to get lost down the small streets and take photos. The streets surrounding Hallgrimskirkja were particularly interesting.
Most visitors to Iceland want to experience the Blue Lagoon, Iceland's famous natural geothermal hot pool and spa. Yes it's beautiful but it's also damn expensive (around Rs 3,700 for just a basic entrance pass). A cheaper alternative that I would recommend is Laugardalslaug swimming pool located in the city centre. It has both indoor and outdoor geothermal pools, all naturally heated by the Earth. Ok it's not a spa, but it does allow you to experience relaxation in a natural hot tub for a fraction of the price (around Rs 270).