Springtime trip around Iceland, 2010
February 16, 2010 2:54 PM Subscribe
My partner and I are planning an early spring honeymoon in wonderful Iceland. I'm looking for some 2010-era advice on currency, spring availability for excursions, etc.
posted by allisonrae to Travel & Transportation around Iceland (10 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
So my guy and I will be spending a couple of weeks in Iceland this spring (late March-early April). I've been there once before (one all-too-brief week in Feb. 2006 that centered on Reykjavík and southwest Iceland). There are a few items I remain foggy on – even after my research – particularly where currency is concerned.
To better frame the situation, the plan is to bus it from Keflavík to the Blue Lagoon to Reykjavík, then rent a car there. We'll then spend the next couple weeks circling the Ring Road.
Car. Would it be best to get a 4WD vehicle at this time of year, given our Ring Road route, or would it be overkill?
Time of year. My primary travel book, Lonely Planet Iceland, heavily focuses its information on the summer months. I am left wondering how much we're actually going to be able to do in terms of excursions (say fishing, horse-riding, getting out to places like Jökulsárlón, etc.) A couple of shutterbug questions I've not been able to answer in my Googling: will any plant life be green yet, and what are the chances of spotting some of those magically translucent blue icebergs (are they reserved for the meltier summer months)?
Money. Due to the unfortunate economic circumstances in Iceland, the exchange rate is far more favorable to the USD than when I last visited. A number of the hotels with whom I'm looking to make reservations quote the price in Euros. Is this typical that hotels/tour companies conduct their transactions in Euros, or will most places charge my card in ISK? Seems like that will make a major difference in our budget! Any other advice on currency exchange would be more than welcome.
Tech. We both have 3G iPhones, and it'd sure be nice to use them for email. It looks like AT&T offers international voice packages, but I assume that any data is going to be ridiculously expensive. What about Wi-Fi as an alternative? Outside of Reykjavík, how hard will it be to find Wi-Fi at hotels or cafés in smaller towns?
Thanks in advance, everyone! I've read past Ask MeFi questions about Iceland – any other tips as to must-see locales will be read with rapt interest!