We are already over a month in 2018 and I am sure you all must be making travel plans for the year. Being on the northeast side of USA , Iceland is one destination that has all the ingredients of a perfect vacation - breathtaking landscapes, floating glaciers , ice caves , waterfalls , and, of course, the northern lights . As I was going through my previous blog posts on Iceland I realized , I have detailed almost everything area by area except giving a power pack aka an ultimate itinerary to see Iceland in a planned and MMOOI ( make most out of it ;) ) way. If you have landed on this blog post – that means you have Iceland on your mind , and I promise that my Ultimate 5 day Iceland Itinerary will teach you how to make the most of your Icelandic adventure. Not only will I give you money saving tips, places to stay , where to eat etc but also along with things to see , a few alternatives so that you may always improvise on your plan if things do not go your way . So shall we get started :)
How to reach and Get Around:
Iceland is in the middle of Atlantic so most probably you will be flying in Reykjavik. From the airport rent a car and get ready to explore Iceland. I highly recommend getting a 4 x 4 if you plan to do any off-roading. Manual cars are a little cheaper than automatic ones , so if you can drive manual, you’re in luck .
Note : Gas is not cheap in Iceland. While looking into cars do keep in mind that you will be driving a lot so mileage does count.
Money Saving tips :
1) Sooner you book - hotels , excursions etc, better it is. Northern lights and Ice caves tours get booked pretty fast.
2) I have never camped in Iceland myself but I saw many people camping or enjoying Iceland on Camper-vans. If you decide to camp , you can save a lot .
3) I have seen car prices fluctuating a lot. SO do not forget to put alerts on different car vendors to track the prices. Generally , local vendors are cheaper than big car rental chains.
4) Restaurants are a bit expensive in remote locations, so I will suggest to stalk up some food from Reykjavik.
5) One of the cheapest way to enjoy this country is by making it as your layover rather than destination. Almost all flights to Europe specially Icelandair and WOW air have layover in Iceland , and if you dig enough you can find some killer deals on airfare.
6) You need not spend money buying bottled water. Drink from the tap and you will do just fine.
7) Buy alcohol from duty-free.
And now here is the itinerary .......