I took the bus to the airport to go back to the UK and back to reality. Reality struck very hard in London, as I couldn’t use my debit card. The Indian demonetization had affected all my cards and I was out of money. Having no cash, and only rupees that were now worthless I had to borrow from friends till the whole issue subsided. Quite an end to the trip.
There are many options in Iceland for accommodation, but all of them are more expensive than mainland Europe. Hostels are the cheapest and I usually book through – www.hostelworld.com
Also, www.booking.com has a lot of deals on service apartments and hotels. I highly recommend to get a hotel in Reykjavik but to sleep in hostels on the road in the trip. It is a part of the whole Iceland experience. The average price per night for a hostel or budget hotel is around INR 5000 ( 7700 krona) .
Iceland is one of the more expensive countries to visit in Europe but it definitely worth the extra cash. A ten day trip with a budget mind can easily cost you INR 110,000 (153857 krona) without the flights to and fro. A meal will cost you around INR 2200 (3500 krona) per head. It is advisable to have a heavy breakfast at the hotel or a café and stock up on groceries from a local store and prepare sandwiches on the road for lunch. It is fun and immensely cost saving! Flights to and fro from Mumbai to Reykjavik will cost you around INR 70,000 with a halt in Europe.
Best Time –
The best time weather wise for all outdoor activities is in July or August, where the temperature is warm, but to see the northern lights and ice the best time to visit is in October or February/March. I had visited in November and managed to see the northern lights, the ice and also hike in the national parks.