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    atlbluecirce asked:

    Given the awesome flight deals to Iceland, I’m flying in early March to Reykjavik for a week. I searched for average temperatures, but am having trouble finding specific advice regarding clothing/backpacking advice/etc.

    I’m a female traveling solo, so I’ll probably just carry a pack. I don’t want to carry something too small, but the idea of lugging some giant 40 liter thing on my back for just 7 days doesn’t seem that practical, either.

    Does anyone have specific advice on types of clothing? Waterproof, windproof? Types of boots so I don’t slip and make an a$$ of myself and/or look like some horrid American cartoon?

    Besides the main hostel, any advice on best places to stay to meet other people in their mid/late 20′s? I’m ok with roughing it for a few days, but not sure about uncomfy beds and beer funneling all night. A quiet hotel may be a better option, but it’d be nice to meet some fellow travelers to hit the bars with for a night or two.

    Places to see besides Blue Lagoon? Best tours for Northern Lights?

    Any info appreciated…thank you!! : )

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    Published on March 26, 2010 · Filed under: Other - Europe; Tagged as: , ,

2 Responses to “Traveling from US to Iceland in March – Advice Please?”

  1. kittysue2000 said on

    You need to bring both waterproof and windproof clothing. Even if it isn’t too cold (though you never know, check the weather a few days before you leave) it’s almost always windy. You won’t need hiking boots unless you plan on hiking. If you will mainly be in Reykjavik and just doing organized day tours, any warm shoes or boots are fine. I have regular lug-sole black boots that I’ve worn, or sneakers.

    The Northern Lights are really hit or miss. I’ve been to Iceland more than 10 times, including in the winter, and still haven’t been lucky enough to see them. You need a very clear, very cold night, and it’s always been overcast when I’ve been there.

    The Salvation Army hostel is the best best for accommodations. Its clean, safe and right in the center of town. It’s a great place to meet other travelers. And because it’s run by the Salvation Army, alcohol is not allowed on the premises, so you don’t have to worry about wild parties at the hostel. But if you want wild parties, there are several bars/clubs within stumbling distance.

    Definitely do the Golden Circle tour – to see Geysir, Gulfoss (water fall) and Thingvellir. In town, be sure to go to one of the public pools – outdoor and indoor geothermal swimming pools and hot tubs. And also try to go horseback riding if you get a chance. Since you are going for a week, I’d try to go up north to Akureyri (fly or bus) and do a tour from there around Late Myvatn. Go to the tourist information office when you arrive – there are several tour companies doing Golden Circle so you can compare prices.

    I usually hit the Blue Lagoon on my last day. If your flight home is in the late afternoon, you can take an early bus to the Blue Lagoon, have a few hours there, then take a bus from there directly to the airport. This company is cheaper than the other Blue Lagoon tours for the same thing – bus trip + admission ticket.

  2. lostlures said on

    ya tooth brush fishing rod aussie beer or bundy rum oh and a good jumper or two happy holidays

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