“Up to a 7 day free stopover.”
The text on the screen jumped out at me, though my skepticism interjected,
“There’s no such thing as free…what is the catch?”
I hadn’t really thought of going to Iceland before or even knew much about it, but after spending hours online looking for the perfect airline to transport 8 people on a family trip to the Netherlands I was willing to consider anything.
“I mean….it’s the same price as any of the other airlines AND we can stop over if we want. That’s like TWO vacations for the price of ONE airline ticket!”
That settled it. The more I researched the more excited I got about our whirlwind, two day stopover in the land of vikings, glaciers, and the most adorable fluffy horses I had ever seen.
Communicating would be no problem, as most everyone there speaks English, but every blog and travel book I came across reiterated the same warning; Iceland. Is. EXPENSIVE.
How expensive could it be? I mean, Americans are used to everything from gas to jeans being cheap – maybe it’s just a bit of an exaggeration.
(Spoiler: The blogs were right…to a point, but more on that in a later post.)
With the blessing of my in-laws and remaining travel party I booked our tickets; six months later as we boarded our IcelandAir flight.
If you have the opportunity to go to Iceland on a stopover I have one piece of advice – take more than two days! Though my idea of two vacations for the price of one was good in theory I was not expecting to have so many AMAZING things to see! We landed at about 7AM local time and after going through customs, getting our luggage, and picking up our rental car we arrived at our AirBnB in Reykjavik about 2 1/2 hours later. Our host, Viðar, was a kind man who offered us advice on where to walk, what to see, and the best restaurants.
“The fish here is absolutely perfect,” he insisted “And for eating out, not too expensive.”
He also told us about a more natural hot springs as opposed to the more touristy (and expensive) Blue Lagoon we could try on our trip the next day around the Golden Circle.
Armed with our maps, cameras, and sense of adventure, we were ready for our taste of Iceland!
If you’re interested in your own Iceland adventure, head over to my Iceland Reccomendations post for links and more information!