Every guide book says, you have to visit Blue lagoon - the best spa in Iceland. RoughGuides says, that it cost 980 ISK. But it cost 3900 ISK and there were crowded. For example, there is a spa between lake Myvathn and Krafla, whitch is much newer a it looks pretty good and it cost just 2000 ISK.
Famous tourist trap, but worth getting caught.
Bláa lónið - The Blue Lagoon
Unique Suggestions: Evereybody says you gotta go there and soak up in the geothermal pools. So do I.
Fun Alternatives: All around Iceland there are plenty of public baths with geothermal heated pools, but the loaction of the blue lagoon makes this unique. There's rumours about natural hot-tubs, but these are well keept secrets.Related to:
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Canned Icelandic mountain air
This is the only tourist trap I saw on the little time I was there. You'll see this can in various souvenir shops. The one on the photo is at the Blue Lagoon's and costs 890 ISK.
Unique Suggestions: I don't know...take a picture for your records?
Fun Alternatives: Don't buy it! But if you did, you can always use the can to put pens in it at the office.
"Private Facilities" in the Room
Private facilities in the room sometimes means that the room is en-suite (with a proper bathroom), but very often it's not like that.
Sometimes, private facilities means only a sink in the room or a bit better case is that you have a shower next to the bed :).Related to:
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Travelled around the island for 7 days in August 07 and consider taking some canned food from your country as you will find prices too high and few places to eat or distant supermarket. Friendly People, weather can change easily in 12 h, enjoy the very beautiful landscapes like a little of Spain, Mars, Moon,... Dreamland ☺
Be careful when you rent a car and ask for all taxes and insurance. When you drive in a very long straight street where you think there is nobody and you want to speed over 90km/h: BECAREFULL!! Police will appear from nowhere ahead and will ask you for a fee.
Wear wool clothes in the morning..too cold; and at home leave your shoes in the hall.
Fosshotels - be careful
If you book a driving tour of Iceland through Fosshotels, please be aware that most of them are very basic hotels with few comforts, but there are a couple that are real dumps. For example, do not be fooled by the picture of the Hotel Nesbud. It is like staying at a bad summer camp for kids.
Unique Suggestions: You are better off staying in Reykjavik and driving the extra distance to tour the Golden Circle than staying at the Hotel Nesbud in the mountains. The Nesbud is a former barracks for workers who built the nearby power plant and it looks it. Avoid it unless you like camping out in the woods. Also, if driving around Iceland try to book at the Iceland Air hotels which are a big step up from Fosshotels, most of which are using boarding school facilities and are very uncomfortable.Related to:
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This town is known for geothermally heated green houses that grow a significant portion fo the vegetable Icelanders eat as its too expensive to import them. Only one greenhouse is open to the public and its only a gift shop with a "greenhouse with house plants for sale. It has nothing that shows how the actual cultivation of any crops. Total waste of time in my opinion.Related to:
ANIMALS ON THE ROAD
Animals are quite free in Iceland....and most of the times you will find them on the road.....They are quite used to cars (I guess)...nevertheless....reduce your speed while driving and you see animals.....Related to:
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While driving on Road n.1 (one of the few paved roads in Iceland), be aware of police patrols. They are nice and professional but very strict with your speed limit! So try to follow the signs about the speed limits and be carefull because it changes quite a lot along the roads.
Kaffi Reykjavik Ice Bar = RIP OFF
It cost $20 dollars in fall of 2005. You get a smock (not even warm) to wear in this oversized meat locker. The bartender doesn't even stay in with you. You get a a small vodka drink or a shot of Brennevin aka "black death" (it tastes like liquid rye bread)...and that's it. Locals don't hang out there. Tourists go in, pay the $20, have their drink , take a photo, then leave.
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Many of the guided tours stop in this little town coming back to, or leaving Reykjavik. The town itself is small and doesn't have much to offer tourists but is does have an abnormally large gift shop, one of the largest in the Entire country. You'll spend at least one hour there wether you like it or not
Unique Suggestions: The is one very interesting little spot in this town worth at least a snapshot. There are numerous hotspots in the surrounding area where you can see holes in the ground letting off steam. Sometime minor earthquakes can force these hotspots to shift or move locations. After one small earthquake a few years ago one such vent disappeared, only to resurface beneath someone's house. All thats left today is a part of the house's concrete foundation as it has long sice been boiled away.
Most car rental companies are very expensive. However if you use Budget rent-a-car you can get a 4x4 for a much cheaper price - about half the price of Sixt. Hertz, Avis etc in some cases. Their office is by the domestic airport.
Personally, I had not a very funny experience about this trip. 3 hours on a boat trying to detect even a small part of a whale and say ``there it is``;then when you approach it it just disappears and you have to spend your time again hoping for another one ... It is true that the sea was not ``absolutely`` calm (which was the ideal condition to have whales really close to your boat) but then they should cancel the trip or refund it, even partially (around 90euro).
Unique Suggestions: Well, try to enjoy the birdlife and the fiords view; also not bad, they plan a kind of fishing from the boat and some snacks.
Blue Lagoon Restaurant
While a tourist trap, the blue lagoon rates a must see tip in my book, the restaurant inside however was beautiful to look at but mediocre at best for the price....we ate here on the way to the airport after bathing in the lagoon and I was not impressed.
Unique Suggestions: get a seat by the window...
Fun Alternatives: Go in to Keflavik and eat at one of the cute little cafes
Eden at Hveragerði
Some (including my Lonely Planet book) refer to Eden as a tourist trap. They are right to a certain degree, since a halt there is invariably included in the guided tours of the area, not to mention the highlight of the stop is the shopping if you are not into exotic trees. (including the only banana tree in Iceland).
However, since our stop at Hveragerði occurred on the first day of our Ring Road trip, it made us aware of how little food was produced in Iceland and how much the country has to import from other countries.
Unique Suggestions: If your guided tour stops here, at least don't buy any souvenirs. Fruits, vegetables and seeds are to Iceland souvenirs what igloos would be to Morocco souvenirs.
It is a good idea to check out the trees, because you won't see many more during your trip in Iceland!
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Hafnarstraeti 67, Akureyri, 600, Iceland
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