As a rising “it” spot for travelers around the world, Iceland has it all; breathtaking views, incredible and diverse activities to keep you busy, deep-rooted sense of culture and history, and an even better nightlife. It’s no wonder then that FlightHub Review along with many travelers are flocking to Reykjavik in droves, but FlightHub wonders: if Iceland a budget-friendly winter escape?
Getting to Iceland
Unless you’re already travelling through Europe or you’re willing to wait until WOW Air begins service from its North American destinations, getting to Iceland can get pretty pricey really quickly. FlightHub recommends using the national carrier, Finnair, as a means to get to the country and optimize on their layover feature. This will help save on costs
Drink the tap water, don’t buy bottled
Not only will you look like a total to(ol)urist, but you’re also going to break your precious piggy bank superfast if you insist on buying bottled water. Since the water is warmed naturally through geothermal springs that run underground, the water may sometimes emit a slight sulphuric odor. FlightHub doesn’t want you to be alarmed, the water is perfectly safe to drink and bath in. Make sure to bring your reusable water bottle with you whenever you venture out and you should be good to go!
Hostels vs Airbnb
FlightHub hates to burst your bubble, but hostels in Iceland are nowhere near as cheap as those found in Europe. Be prepared to spend upwards of $30/ night for a 4 bed, co-ed room. Though they may be expensive, hostels like Reykjavik City Hostel has won numerous awards for its commitment to green hospitality, which means you can sleep easier knowing that your global footprint is being minimized for you by the standards and practices of the hospitality industry in Iceland.
Airbnb’s are also a popular option, but like most things, the Icelanders know a good thing when they see one. Expect medium to high prices for lodging while in Reykjavik, but you get what you pay for. Most of the listings boast breathtaking views and usually full apartments. Though a great option for more established travelers, or those visiting the country in groups, FlightHub suggests opting for a hostel option if you can. If you’re feeling adventurous, camping isn’t out of the equation while you’re there! Camp grounds can be rented for $12 a night.
One of the main reasons why travelers flock to Iceland is for the country’s breathtaking natural landscape and views. From mountains, to oceans, to thermal spas, the diversity in the landscape is unparalleled. With a country as beautiful as this, Icelanders have developed insane ways to enjoy the natural beauty they’ve been given. Visiting famous spas like the Blue Lagoon, which is heated by the geothermal activity, is rich with minerals such as silica and sulphur and boasts healing benefits for those afflicted with skin conditions. But to use the spa can get pretty pricey: prices range from $43 USD for the cheapest option up to $213 USD for a full service package. Helicopter rides, Glacier tours and whale watching are just some of the options made available for tourists, at a price.
Beer isn’t cheap and neither is their food
“Toto, we’re not in South East Asia anymore,” is a usual response when seeing prices for food and beer in Iceland. Beer can run you up to $8 a bottle and are only available for purchase at government run outlets. Food is also quite expensive, so should you feel the need to grab a midday snack, FlightHub recommends purchasing a hot dog or sandwich from a street stands and vendors. Though expensive, FlightHub does recommend you going out at least once in Reykjavik as the nightlife is world famous.