Iceland is well-known, and it is most likely the hottest (metaphorically) trip of 2017! Everyone is talking about the waterfalls, glaciers, Blue Lagoon, and puffins… But there were a couple surprises for me when I was there! So, here are all information on when is the best time to visit Iceland:
They Always Want You Half Dressed
It’s possible that I’m exaggerating on this issue, but it certainly felt that way. Every time you visit a thermal pool, you must shower naked both before and after your visit. I understand the need to shower before entering the pool, but naked?
But, speaking of locker rooms… There was a labyrinthine maze of changing rooms, each with two doors, but only one of them would close. There was an area with equivalent small lockers clumped in a room, and I was given a key with a number on it. I believe the two-door little chambers were an upgrade, which is why I could only close one of them.
So, I go around hunting for my phone number. I was the only one in there as it was about to close… There was only one woman who worked there. She was preoccupied with going around the only room with a person in it. Myself. That individual was me. Also Check: Is a Yosemite Elopement Roadtrip the Perfect Honeymoon?
Everything is costly.
I had heard it before I went there, but they didn’t really emphasize it. For those in the rear, I’ll say it again. ICELAND IS EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE! It’s all right! I get it! It’s a little-known island! However, I wish I had been better psychologically prepared! My brother and I visited Iceland, and his friend reported she paid $75 for a salmon supper! Insane! When my brother and I cooked for ourselves at the Air BNB Cabin, we saved a lot of money on food. To see what I actually spent in Iceland, read about my budget here.
Make sure you understand the currency conversion, as it may increase the cost of your purchase. For instance, when we stopped at a gas station, I saw some cute miniature pewter Viking ships that I thought were $2. That and a few other items were purchased. I felt great about myself for obtaining such cute souvenirs for only $8, unfortunately they were actually $80. A rookie error. It can happen to anyone. Right? Only me? Wow.
The weather is always changing.
My favourite example was when my brother and I went to see The Sun Voyager. It was blue skies for a moment, but as we parked and walked the 10 feet to it, it became grey. I shot maybe three pictures before it began to hail/sleet.
It will be fine one second, then fiercely snowing with wild 50 mph winds, and then it will all be over. “If you don’t like the weather, just wait 5 minutes!” residents joke in a couple places I’ve visited. This was undoubtedly true in this case.
Gas station discount cards are available.
I have a few hypotheses, but I believe it is only for locals. When Iceland’s economy fell in 2008, the entire country was like, “Alright, we’ve gotta bring the rich ones over here and collect their money!” Before that time, I honestly don’t recall hearing much about Iceland, especially not as much as I have in recent years. They’ve done a fantastic job at promoting their exciting country! Maybe they even raised the prices? So why not give the locals a small discount card?
Given the value of the discount card, this is most likely a ridiculous theory. My brother probably just received a cup of coffee the first time we used it. When I used it for the second time, the gas station attendant gave me less than a dollar in change. But, hey, it’s an option you should at the very least inquire about!