How to Budget Travel to Iceland in 2018

Iceland, one of the happiest countries in the world, definitely needs to be in your travel plan this year. Its fantastic sceneries are beyond beautiful! Perhaps being in the middle of Atlantic and the northern part of the world is what makes the nature so pure and exclusively amazing.

However, exclusive things tend to be pricey. Reykjavik a.k.a Iceland’s capital is one of the most expensive cities in the world. But hey, it must not stop yourself from enjoying it. There is a cheap option to travel this awesome land. Here are several things to inspire you.

How to Get Cheap Flights to Iceland

I budget-traveled to Iceland last summer. Summer a.k.a vacation season is a time of the year when the flight tickets go up so high like a rocket.

But did you know? I didn’t spend any penny to get my tickets to and from Reykjavik.

How did I do that?

Well, I got a kind friend. No, I mean I got a SUPER kind friend. She has a brother and her brother loves to collect credit card points and he often gets benefits from those points, One day, he sent her a bunch of tickets to fly with WOWAir. And guess what, guys, my super kind friend offered me 2 of those tickets, being my round way ticket to and from Keflavik airport.

For free.

Now, if you don’t have a friend who calls you in the early morning to ask you some help and after that offer you two tickets, there are still few things you can do to get cheap flights.

  1. Just like my friend’s brother, if you use the credit card, attempt to collect points that lead you to travel benefits.
  2. Diligently check the lowest airfare to fly. Usually, there are days in months when the round way ticket of Los Angeles-Reykjavik is lower than $500.
  3. I am not trying to be a brand ambassador here, but if you really want a cheap flight to Iceland, you can choose WOW Air. It’s a real budget flight where you only get what you pay. It’s not very comfortable but if you only enter the plane to fly and not for food or drink, WOW Air is a good option for you.

How to Get to Reykjavik City Center from Keflavik Airport

Very well, so after you touch down the awesome airport of Reykjavik, you need to go to the city.

Keflavik airport is located at the edge of Iceland and you can barely capture anything with your camera. In my first 15 minutes of a bus trip from Keflavik to the city, nearly everything I saw was rock, and endless ground, and rock, and tiny plants, and rock, and more endless ground. I felt like an astronaut who was traveling on the moon.

So, to transport yourself to the amazing spots of Iceland, there are several options.

  1. Flybus, a one-way bus service to your hotel (around ISK 3000) or to Reykjavik BSI Terminal (around ISK 2500)
  2. Reykjavik Sightseeing (around ISK 2990). A smaller shuttle to travel you straight to the hotel without switching any vehicle or stop in several spots.
  3. Straeto Public Bus System, bus no 55 (around 1760 ISK). The bus which takes you to Reykjavik main bus terminal. This is a pretty cheap option. But it might require you to wait because it only operates in particular hours.
  4. Rent a car (cost around $100 per day)

If you are between 25-75 years old, own a driving license, bring a smartphone with internet, and have a good driving skill, renting a car is a good option for you, especially if you bring your family or friends! This gives you the flexibility to travel. You can set your own time to drive and set your own destination.

P.S. Before leaving the airport make sure you have Icelandic Kroners in your hand. Some places don’t accept dollars or even euros. So if you haven’t got any of ISK, just proceed to the bank near the airport exit to exchange your currency.

How to Budget Travel the Inner Rejkavik

Unless you visit Iceland in a very cold season, you have a good chance to enjoy the inner Reykjavik by foot. It’s really a tourist city where you can find little aisles that are full of people. You can reach several impressive attractions and find comfortable cafe by walking the inner Reykjavik.

How to Stay for Cheap in Reykjavik

If you travel to Reykjavik for 2-3 days, you can pick dorm bed to sleep on. The rates are usually around $30-60 per person per night.

Another option is to find a budget hotel, hostel, or AirBnB room that you can get under EUR 100 per night.

Or, if you insist to get something cozy for cheap, then go to Iceland in the winter. The price is usually being ‘normal’.

Pssttt another hack to save your money…

If you arrive at Keflavik airport near midnight, you might think that go straight to your hotel would waste some precious money.

Let me tell you a  secret, Keflavik is a tourist-friendly airport. It’s a little bit small but you can find a lot of spaces to sleep or take some rest there. Right after you step out of the plane, go to the opposite way of the hall. Go to the waiting room which has glass walls and many lavatories. There are long chairs to sleep on and several sleeping chairs around the corner (with electric sockets, yeah!!).

And I’m not kidding when I say tourist-friendly because I have witnessed many people who fell asleep around the hall and the waiting room, and the security seem really okay with that.

I did that too by the way. I slept at Keflavik, the night after landing and the night before take-off.  I saved 2 nights of pricey hotel-booking. Do forgive my insane frugality.

Anyway, during your stay, buying a water is a waste of money since Iceland’s water is one of the purest and freshest water on the planet. So make sure you got a metal bottle from your country.

Affordable Tourism Places to See

  • The Blue Lagoon
  • Hallgrimskirkja. It’s a church but turns into a tourism place. You need to pay around 10 bucks to go up but man, the 360-degree view above there is worth the money!
  • Harpa, a concert hall
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Einar Jonsson Ar Museum and Sculpture Garden
  • Kerid
  • Game of Thrones Tour. If you are the big fan of Game of Thrones, you need to pay a visit to its shooting location in Iceland.
  • Whale-watching Tour

So that’s several things to consider if you want to travel Iceland for cheap. I hope it was helpful.

Thank you for reading my post and don’t forget to be awesome!


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