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Iceland July 2-6 2013. Looking for tips, advice, and adventures
Posted February 17th, 2013 - 11:44 pm by from Hamilton, Canada (Permalink)
Hello!

I'd like to take advantage of the extended layover offered by icelandair (airline) and I am very happy to get a chance to visit Iceland!

I will be flying from Halifax, stopping in Iceland for about a week and then flying into another to be determined country in Europe. I've been reading many posts about renting a car in Iceland to see the sights. Is this really necessary? I'd like to stay around Reykjavík, tour using public transportation, and do a bike tour around the city. What do locals (or people who have visited) think about a bike tour in July?

I'm very interested in seeing natural sites, are there many natural spaces around Reykjavík that I can visit without a car?

Thanks in advance for the feedback!

Posted February 18th, 2013 - 9:17 am by from Berlin, Germany (Permalink)
Don't waste your time hanging out an entire week in Reykjavik. The city is nice, but Iceland has much better things to offer.

The bus system is pretty good, especially in summer, so no problem to get to places. But a car of course is much more convenient, as many great nature sights are not next to the main road. Of course you can do the Golden circle tour, even as a (long) day trip, but you will be in the middle of tons of tour buses and tourists from all over the world. And to be honest, if you see Iceland's nature in "free space", you wonder why you ever liked Geysir & Co.;-)

I recommend Snæfellsnes peninsula, if you travel around that, you have seen a lot of nature stuff Iceland is so famous for. But you are definitely better off with a car there.

Biking in the city is ok, but going outside can be challenging, as sometimes roads are steep - and don't underestimate the wind in Iceland. But people do it, so with a good bike and quality outdoor clothes, it will be fine.

Posted February 18th, 2013 - 2:12 pm by from Hamilton, Canada (Permalink)
Alright, thanks for the advice :) and thank you for the recommendation about the Snæfellsnes peninsula, I will look into it!

Cheers.

Posted February 19th, 2013 - 1:31 pm by from Reykjavik, Iceland (Permalink)
Hey if you want to do something different, like glacier hiking then I recommend you to talk to this guy:

https://www.facebook.com/SimmiGuide?fref=ts


Posted February 24th, 2013 - 3:48 pm by from Hamilton, Canada (Permalink)
Thank you! This guy looks pretty amazing