This morning was the best weather we'd seen all trip. You could almost wear a t-shirt. We were tuckered out from the long trip but the good weather was invigorating.
We stopped at the Saga Centre on the way out of town, which was really cool. It starts out giving context for the sagas and has many artifacts on display then summarizes the Saga of Brennu-Njáll with text and images. Basically it's an escalating shepherd's blood feud.
The Saga Centre has some interesting artifacts and an adjoining art gallery, museum and restaurant.
After the Saga Centre we drove back to Reykjavik through the golden circle, stopping at a the Kerið Crater for photos, for which we still had good weather.
Later when we stopped near the ancient parliament gathering location for lunch. The weather had gone back to cold driving rain. Also on the drive we saw the region where the Atlantic and European tectonic plates are separating.
We stopped at a kebab house Tyner and Cynthia had found during their time in Reykjavik . It was delicious.
The rain had mostly stopped after dinner, so we took a circuitous route back to the hotel, stopping at several shops along the way.
Reykjavik is a fantastic city. In good weather and with lots of money, I could have a great time there.
Back at the hotel I asked the attendant about parking, then he overheard us mention Dominion, so I showed him the travel box Amanda's dad had made for us. Then we played a few games in the common area, and later he (Osker) joined us for a few games.
Back at the room I stress-packed most of our gear for the plane, and finally went to sleep after 1am. I'm still amazed that I managed to shove all that wool into our already full luggage.
Next morning we woke at 7am and lounged around before breakfast. Then I wrote up my journal. We walked downtown again and had a delicious crepe before driving to the airport. The rental car drop-off was achieved by leaving it in the airport parking lot, unlocked with the keys in the glove box. There was construction in the terminal which made it crowded.
After the trip I separated my gear into stuff not worth bringing (in some cases not even used) and the gear that mattered. I think about 75% of what I brought was useful. Here's the list.
Electric Outlet Converter Electric Razor & Charger iPad & Charger & Cable Toothbrush & Toothpaste & Floss Fitbit & Charger Ibuprofen Gel Capsules Camera & Charger Throat Lozenges Tissue Deodorant Chap Stick Shampoo Eye Drops Body Soap Nail Clippers Face Soap Face Cream Swim Trunks Body Wash Cloth Towel Plate & Knife & Fork Headphones Card Game Ear Plugs Eye Mask Wallet & Passport & Home Key Neck Pillow Travel Insurance & Passport Copy One Pair Long Underwear Three Pair Quick Dry Pants One Pair Rain Pants Three Merino Wool Long Sleeve Shirts One Rain Jacket One Pair Underwear /2days One Fleece One Pair Wool Hiking Socks /2days One Pair Quick-Dry Gloves One Pair Gaiters Walking Shoes Hiking Boots Day-Pack with Camel-Back Sunglasses Duffel-Bag
T-Shirts (too cold) Dress Shirts (too rugged) Cotton Shirts (too wet) Jeans (too wet) Pajamas (useless) Hats (use the hood of your jacket and fleece instead) Extra Long Underwear Extra Gloves Extra Fleece Extra Sunglasses Sleeping Bag (pay for linens everywhere) Walking Poles (useless) Headlamp (useless) Books (no time) Belt (wear fitted pants) Pen (useless) Hair-Gel (too rugged) Bracelet (too rugged)
It was a great trip. I highly recommend Iceland. I will go back. Just make sure you bring the right gear. Here's the full cost breakdown.
For two people on a trip with four people Total Cost: $6,956.25 Cost Per Day: $523 --- All Expenses --- ICELANDAIR $1,226.19 flight: ottawa-halifax-iceland, iceland-boston-ottawa (on person) ICELANDAIR $1,226.19 flight: ottawa-halifax-iceland, iceland-boston-ottawa (on person) SS Bilaleiga ehf Reykjanesb $1,513.86 rental car (four people, lots of bags, two drivers) WORLD OF MAPS OTTAWA $40.87 map and guide book TAXITAB OTTAWA $38.50 taxi to airport (three people, lots of bags) HMSHOST OTTAWA AIRPORT OTTAWA $52.44 sit-down dinner at D'Arcy McGees in ottawa airport (two people) HMS HOST- HALIFAX AIRPORTENFIELD $10.34 one sandwich from halifax airport 10-11 Flugstod Leifs komuREYKJAVIK $7.80 bananas, etc from 10-11 at exit of KEF airport (two people) The Laundromat Cafe Reykjavik $28.46 breakfast at The Laundromat Cafe in reykjavik (two people) BONUS LAUGAVEGI REYKJAVIK $53.74 groceries from Bonus in downtown reykjavik Tjodminjasafn Islands Reykjavik $20.89 admission to the national museum in reykjavik (two people) cash $8.60 $1000 ISK toll tunnel BAENDAFERDIR IFH REYKJAVIK8 $455.78 three nights in a farm house north of reykjavik (two people) MATSTOFAN EHF BORGARNES $38.44 dinner at a filipino restaurant in borgarnes (two people) cash $8.60 $1000 ISK toll tunnel N1 Kopavogur $87.76 $10000 ISK gas card (only 40isk shared, 87.76*40/100=35.10) cash $13.76 $1600 ISK cheeseburger combo and highway stop (one person) cash $5.16 $600 ISK entrance to rural church (one person) cash $8.60 $1000 ISK entrance to sod houses (one person) Flugleidahotel POS Reykjavik $101.08 one night in private dorm room in akureyri at hotel edda (two people) BAUTINN HF AKUREYRI $74.46 dinner in akureyri (two people) Edda Akureyri Akureyri $28.84 breakfast at hotel edda (two people) BONUS AKUREYRI AKUREYRI $25.06 groceries from Bonus at west end of akureyri OLIS AKUREYRI AKUREYRI $58.66 gas (filled then paid inside) at west end of akureyri Hlid ferdatjonusta ehf Myvatni $201.00 two nights private cabin in myvatn (two people) JARDBODIN VID MYVATN REYKJAHLID $55.93 thermal baths in myvatn (two people) cash $5.00 icecream and tea from thermal baths cafeteria Samkaup strax MyvatnssveiMyvatni $20.59 groceries from supermarket at south-east of myvatn whale watching $148.25 whale watching tour (two people) GAMLI BAUKUR EHF HUSAVIK $57.20 dinner in husavik (two people) OLIS HUSAVIK HUSAVIK $29.73 gas (filled then paid inside) in husavik GISTIHEIMILID STONG REYKJAHLID $160.27 one night in private room at stong farm (two people) cash $24.08 $2800 ISK four bottles local beer from Stong Farmhouse N1 Kopavogur $12.24 snack at gas station on the road BONUS EGILSSTADIR EGILSSTADI $36.78 groceries at Bonus in town where we petted horses Mj eyri ehf. Eskifj r`u $214.49 one night in Ferðaþjónustan Mjóeyri (4 people) cash $86.00 $10000 ISK great dinner (two people) cash $31.82 $3700 ISK glacial lagoon boat tour (one person) Ferdatjonusta Baenda Kirkjubaej $349.22 two nights in cabin at hotel laki west of glacier (2 people) glacier hike $284.91 glacier hike (two people) Samkaup strax Djupavogi/3Reykjanesb $43.29 groceries near hotel laki N1 Kopavogur $86.58 $10000 ISK gas card Kjarval Klaustri. Reykjavik $31.21 groceries in klaustur ELDSTOART CAFEBISTROPOTTEHVOLSVOELL $146.32 room in cafe house (2 people) ELDSTOART CAFEBISTROPOTTEHVOLSVOELL $57.57 dinner in cafe house (2 people) Kjarval Hvolsvelli Reykjavik $56.45 groceries (and wool?) in hvolsvöllur next to cafe house Atgeir ehf Hvolsvollu $12.99 entrance to saga center (2 people) N1 Kopavogur $8.27 snack at gas station on the road cash $5.16 $600 ISK entrance to volcanic crater (two people) FLOKI GUESTHOUSE REYKJANESB $155.06 one night in private room at floki in reykjavik (two people) Kebab husid Reykjavik $25.67 dinner in reykjavik (two people) IGS BISTRO ATLANTIC REYKJANESB $21.75 gourmet crepe in and coffee in cafe in reykjavik Skeljungur - 115 Reykjavik $36.73 gas (fill then pay inside) in reykjavik COSI - AIR CANADA E. BOSTON $5.19 snack at boston airport HMSHOST OTTAWA AIRPORT OTTAWA $11.92 tim horton's at ottawa airport OTTAWA TAXI NEPEAN $36.50 taxi home from ottawa airport cash $196.15 unaccounted cash Total $7,788.40 --- Shared Expenses --- SS Bilaleiga ehf Reykjanesb $1,164.51 days where rental car was shared (1513.86/13)*10 = 1164.51 TAXITAB OTTAWA $38.50 taxi to airport (three people, lots of bags) N1 Kopavogur $35.10 $10000 ISK gas card (only 40isk shared, 87.76*40/100=35.10) OLIS AKUREYRI AKUREYRI $58.66 gas (filled then paid inside) at west end of akureyri OLIS HUSAVIK HUSAVIK $29.73 gas (filled then paid inside) in husavik Mj eyri ehf. Eskifj r`u $214.49 one night in Ferðaþjónustan Mjóeyri (4 people) N1 Kopavogur $86.58 $10000 ISK gas card (near glacier) Skeljungur - 115 Reykjavik $36.73 gas (fill then pay inside) in reykjavik Total $1,664.30 Half $832.15 --- Calculations --- Expenses For Two People = $7,788.40 - $832.15 = $6,956.25 Depart Home: June 26th 3pm Return Home: July 8th 10:30pm Duration: 13 + (10.5-3)/24 = 13.3 days Cost Per Day: $6,956.25 / 13.3 = $523