Can you really visit Iceland on a budget? Like the rest of the Nordic countries, I had heard that Iceland was the least bit inexpensive. I don’t have the funds of Beyonce and Jay Z (yet), however I certainly did the most with what I had and attempted to do Iceland on a BUDGET…

How to travel there

We flew from London Luton using easyjet. A return flight cost us £61! I had then prebooked a transfer using Back to Iceland.
I’d recommend Back to Iceland for five reasons –

  1. Highly rated on TripAdvisor
  2. Reasonably priced (paid approx. £22 each way)
  3. Drop you straight to your accommodation even if you’re not staying in the centre
  4. Have WiFi inside their minivans
  5. Overall a prompt and convenient service

Lucky for us, on both journeys we were the only ones being picked up, so it felt like VIP service.

Where to stay

We stayed in a comfortable Airbnb about 15 minutes away from the centre of Reykjavik. Staying in an Airbnb not only makes you feel at home, but can be cheaper than staying in a hotel, as you can split the cost with your friends.

What to wear

We visited Iceland in November and the average temperature was around 1° and VERY windy. I’d recommend layering up, perhaps investing in a down jacket and thermals. Uniqlo and even Primark are great for thermal shopping on a budget. We got our snow boots from Decathlon, but I also got by wearing UGGs.

How to get around

We hired a car for two days using Thrifty. The cost for an AWD with WiFi split between the three of us travelling was very cost effective, considering we were staying a bit further out from the centre.

I decided upon this option, as the classic Golden Circle tours didn’t include Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls. With only a short stay, I was adamant these two sights were something I couldn’t miss. Hiring a car gave us the option to create our own tour and stop off where we wanted and for how long we wanted.

If you choose to drive, opt for a vehicle that has proper winter tyres and approach the roads with caution, as they can be icy and even covered in snow.

Where to eat

Ok so eating out in Iceland is not necessarily very budget-friendly, very much the opposite in fact, but check out A Foodies Guide to Iceland on where I recommend eating.

A few highlights…
DC-3 Plane Wreckage at Sólheimasandur black sand beach
Walk to the DC-3 plane crash
Icelandic Horses
Harbour in Reykjavík
Northern Lights!

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