Flying into a place that looks like Mars, I expected it to be pretty difficult to get around from place to place without the help of aliens. Even on a map, it really only looks like there is one road that travels in a circle around the country, but we thought we’d put our trust in the internet and do what everyone else seems to do- at least at first.
I figure we can’t start talking about getting around Iceland without mentioning how we got TO Iceland for such a good price (in my opinion)! A huge reason we chose Iceland as our first destination was because it was one of the cheapest options for us to leave the States that we could find, and it a pretty common layover location as it is, so why not utilize that and make Iceland our first destination?
I’ll be posting a video later about all of the useful travel apps I have on my phone for this trip, but the one I ended up finding our tickets on is Skyscanner- THE BEST. If you don’t have it, you’re missing out on travel gold. We booked our ticket from Baltimore, MD as soon as we found out this trip was real life which was two months from our departure*
*I have found that booking tickets between two and three months in advance usually deliver the best deals.
- Flight to Iceland
- Airport to Hostel + Blue Lagoon
- Reykjavik Excursions
- Getting from KEF > Blue Lagoon > Downtown Reykjavik
- Daily [Short Distance]
- Smart Bikes
- Around the Country [Long Distance]
- Reykjavik Excursions
- Car rental
- Downtown to Airport
For my people that love details as much as I do… I got you covered.
- Reykjavik Excursions
- This is one of the main companies that provides transportation and tours/adventures around Iceland. In fact, the main bus station in Reykjavik has the company name stuck right on the front.
- The prices range depending on what you can afford.
- The tours range depending on how adventurous you feel that day, from soaking in the Blue Lagoon, to riding ATV’s and snowmobiling through glaciers.
- There is slight flexibility on the pace you want to go and how much control you want to have of the tour- such as choosing to take the Golden Circle Tour by bus [preset pace] to driving a car around the Golden Circle [at your own pace] which was our choice considering we stop every five minutes to take pictures and vlog. Guilty! Plus, you get the car for 24 hours and can go where you wish with it!
- This is who we booked our bus through to get back to KEF Airport, as well as the bus from KEF to our hostel.
2. Blue Lagoon
- You can book your admission into the Blue Lagoon directly from their website with a few selections of packages. This is only a better deal if you have found a cheap or free form of transportation (you’re lucky enough to know someone who lives in Iceland.. if so, lets be friends ASAP).
- Make sure to go up to the Reykjavik Excursions counter to get a paper copy of the bus ticket printed, they don’t take the digital version at the bus door.
- The transportation package from RE that included the Blue Lagoon admission was the most cost effective and user-friendly. We were able to hop on the first bus (or second if you miss the first one… ahem.) once you arrive to the airport, which takes you through Mars right to the front door of the Lagoon.
- Take as much time as you want at the lagoon, and the bus to go downtown comes 15 minutes after every hour.
- You can check each [big] bag in storage for about 4 USD and fit your smaller items in the lagoon lockers.
- Your hands will get prune-y.
- Once you get to the BWI bus station, individual vans take you to the front door of your hostel/hotel. Fancy.
3. Getting Around Town
- Reykjavik is a lot smaller than we thought, so it really was easy to walk around the town. It is such a colorful town as well, and we feel that we get to know the city a little better by walking it’s streets.
- The most thrilling and fun transportation we used was a $16.43 “Smart Bike” rental from Galaxy Pod Hostel. It is basically a mini-moped that you ride in the bike lane and can hit a whoppin’ 25 mph. We got these when we knew we wanted to make a longer trip over to a secret hot spring which we spilled our secret on our Iceland Overview blog post!
4. Renting a Car
- I know I previously mentioned in when I spoke about Reykjavik Excursions, but this is such a perfect way to travel at your own pace!
- Many travellers we have met mention that long periods of time in the small town of Reykjavik can make them feel trapped. Renting a car even for just 24 hours allowed us to get out of the town and into the wild side of Iceland!
- Our car had a GPS with the Golden Circle Tour built-in, and there is an option for a Wifi hotspot if you’re a backpacker who relies on Wifi to survive (guilty!).
- As bloggers, we had the freedom to stop every five minutes to vlog with wild Icelandic horses, stayed at Gullfoss as long as we wanted, pull off to set up our drone to get some footage, anything we wanted-because we could!
Overall, it was so much easier to get around Iceland than we imagined, and we tried so many different forms of transportation! They varied so much, and they all came with their own memories and adventures!