For couples looking to take on a real adventure, Iceland should be on top of the list. While the country has become more and more popular over recent years, the land is so vast, you really still feel off on your own. The capital city of Reykjavik is a colorful and lively place to start the vacation. Here you can relax while watching a performance in at the Harpa Concert Hall, or really push your comfort boundaries by exploring the Leidarendi Lava Caves right outside the city. From here, you travel north to Budir, where a postcard perfect landscape begs you to explore. You'll be able to visit a glacier as well as a black sand beach. Traveling further north to the Siglo hotel is a time to get even more away from the crowd. The final destination is the Ion Adventure Hotel, which is right in the middle of the Golden Circle. Within the Golden Circle, you will see some of the most amazing natural wonders in Iceland.
This is not a plan that I am selling, but a post to inspire you to explore different vacation options. With that being said, you can take this idea and adjust it to fit your needs, maybe by cutting nights or even destinations. I list the pricing after tax (except on some transport), and the prices are for July, during the peak travel time. The trip is calculated for a family of four, but I do list what a couple should expect at the bottom. So let's get started. Below are a couple maps of the trip and total cost:
When looking at the transportation costs of this plan, you'll be flying into and out of Reykjavik. I've set a budget for airfare, $500 per person, for a total of $1,000. As usual, if you have points accumulated, that would be a great way to reduce the cost of this trip.
For transportation costs once on the ground, I recommend walking or taking an Uber/taxi while in the in Reykjavik, then renting a car when you get ready to head north. The car gives you the freedom of stopping at random sights along the way without having to wait for a ride. Of course driving in another country is always stressful for some (including me), but once you jump into the car and hit the roads, you realize it's just driving.
The hotels in Iceland are very unique. The Hotel Borg is a stately hotel that is located in the middle of Reykjavik, the Budir Hotel is a destination spot for many honeymooners, the Siglo Hotel is located on the banks of the northern shores next to a quaint village and the ION Adventure Hotel is a rustic modern destination in the middle of nowhere.
Itinerary and Activities
Above is an idea of what a possible itinerary would look like for this trip. Everything listed above is included in the price and covers all the activities that I have planned for the trip for four family members. So, again, if you see activities that don’t interest you, you could save money by skipping. Some highlights would be:
- Exploring the Hallgrimskirkja Church, which is the largest of its kind in Iceland. The building, which was modeled after a waterfall, is a Lutheran Church which you can explore at your leisure. You can take an elevator to the top for amazing views of Reykjavik.
- In Budir, you can spend the morning hiking around Snæfellsjökull National Park, especially Snæfellsjökull glacier. In the afternoon, relax on the black sand beaches of Djúpalón Beach which is near the park.
- In the Golden Circle, the Gullfoss Falls, a multi-level waterfall, can be viewed from a walking path just on the the other side of the River.
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