Five tips to travel around Iceland on a budget
Iceland is a fascinating country to explore. It is almost always there on the bucket list of every backpacker or vacationer. However, Iceland can be an expensive destination for many. Traveling to Iceland on a budget can be the trip of your lifetime if you know where to tighten your purse strings. You can travel around Iceland on a budget with the following cost-cutting tips and buying all your outdoor gear before you go.
1. Flying to Iceland: Look for flights which are economical. Discount carriers like WOW Air provide decent rates and flight packages. Try flying directly to Iceland or use Iceland as a stopover destination from Europe or North America. Carriers like Icelandair offer free stopover of up to 7days to tourists travelling from North America to Europe. If you are planning a budgeted trip, start with an economy flight and plan well ahead, so that you can avail of any good discount offers. These discount carriers are quite stringent on the weight limits of the luggage and cabin bags. So, pack cleverly and be better prepared.
2. Economical stay options: If you are a budgeted backpacker, then most hotels may be off your limits. However, Iceland has some good stay options which will not dent a hole in your pocket. There are a few good hostels which are comfortable stay options. Go the Airbnb way or look for typical Nordic paying guest accommodations or hostels like the HI Iceland or Downtown Hostel. Couchsurfing is a popular stay option and a great way to connect with the locals.
3. Say ‘No’ to alcohol in Iceland: You could save a lot of money, if you said ‘no’ to booze when in Iceland. Alcohol is very expensive in Iceland. So, turn a teetotaller in Iceland or try buying a few bottles at the airport where it is duty-free and tax-free. with your check-in baggage. Alternatively, you could look for the Reykjavik Appy Hour app which will direct you to the cheapest beer in the city. Reykjavik, reportedly, has the best night life in Northern Europe. But, if you are on a budget give the pubbing a miss and you will save yourself a lot of travel money.
4. Mind where you eat: Eating in restaurants may be very expensive in Iceland. Eating street food in Iceland, will make you sick, is only a myth. You can actually save money without falling ill if you choose local street fare carefully. But, the best bet to save on food expenses, is to look for accommodation which includes breakfast. A better idea would be to pack a few frozen meals which you can just heat and eat. Pack a few healthy snack bars and munchies to satisfy your hunger pangs when you are on the move. Shop at the local grocery stores for some fruits and other food options. Also, it helps to use a refill water bottle in Iceland. It is less expensive and the water quality is very good.
5. Utilise the free attractions by planning a few DIY trips: Sometimes, the best does come cheap. And, it is so true in Iceland. Some of the top attractions like the watching the Aurora Borealis or watching the glorious cascade of Gullfoss waterfall in the Thingvellir National Park can be enjoyed when you rent a car and drive on your own. You can save more, if you manage to fill your rental car with like-minded travellers or friends.
Planning is the key to a budget holiday in Iceland and remember that you are in Iceland to have fun and explore. Don’t miss the fun. Following the above tips could save you on the costs.
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I’m Sam & I love travelling. Every journey I undertake, is a journey towards discovering myself. And I blog at www.soarlegs.com because I wish to collect these moments and narrate a story to the world. Every time I travel, it seems to me that the story is different. My blog is my travel diary, a record of the places and experiences I wish that my readers would enjoy and keep in mind the tips before they go on an exciting journey of their own.