A single bottle of water in Iceland will cost you around $3 (USD). Even if you’re only there for a week, that’s really going to start to add up. You’ll save a shocking amount of money if you bring your own reusable bottle and fill up at hostels and restaurants — all tap water in Iceland is safe to drink! You can even pull over on the side of the road to grab fresh water from the rivers and streams, since all Icelandic water comes straight from glaciers, making it pure and delicious.
Look, we get it — you want to have a good time, and sometimes the best way to do that is to grab a beer … or four. But, drinking in Iceland is going to add a few digits to the overall cost of your trip. The average beer in Iceland costs $10 (USD), while a bottle of wine will cost you around $20 (USD) — and that’s just in a store; at a restaurant, you’re looking at a minimum of $30 (USD) per bottle.
So, what are your options? Well, if you can hold off on the booze for just a couple weeks, you’ll be able to save a pretty penny. And that shouldn’t be too hard — the breathtaking scenery and countryside should offer enough of a natural high. If you can’t, try to stock up on supplies when you arrive at the airport, where the duty-free prices will save you from breaking the bank.
If you’re not looking to stay at hotels or hostels, Couchsurf offers a cheaper alternative for accommodation. Iceland has a bustling Couchsurfing community, so you’ll rarely struggle to find somewhere to stay. The app offers other benefits as well. You’ll meet people you wouldn’t have otherwise, and the people you’re most likely to stay with will be happy to show you around and provide you with local insights — the community is filled with welcoming travelers!
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