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peter knight

Single woman student traveling in Iceland

by peter knight »

My daughter is bent on seeing Iceland on her return trip from Moscow (semester study). It will be mid to late December. She will be 21 yeard old in January and I am not so sure it is a good idea. She will be traveling alone and on a budget. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

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RE: Single woman student traveling in Iceland

by /bio/pheymont »

Iceland is full of young people traveling; it should be easy for her to find reasonable accommodations used by other student travelers. Since she's been living and studying away from home, she's not a total travel newbie!

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drfumblefinger

RE: Single woman student traveling in Iceland

by drfumblefinger »

There are northern light tours that leave Reykjavik every night if the weather is suitable.  Obviously on overcast nights they don't go.  I think this is what I'd recommend for her.  She could stay in the capitol, have lots to see and do and the chance to interact with other young people.  I think she'll enjoy Reykjavik.

If she wants to head further north I'd recommend that she fly from Reykjavik to Akureyri in Northern Iceland.  Akureyri is the second largest city in Iceland, but that said is still quite small and a walk towards the edge of town would allow here to see the northern lights displays if they're visible.

Seeing the Northern Lights is a matter of luck.  The environmental factors need to be in place, and the sky needs to be clear.  There are no guarantees.  Be sure your daughter knows this.

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RE: Single woman student traveling in Iceland

by /bio/warlord »

  Though the big issue with Iceland is it isn't exactly cheap.  I found it to be one of the more expensive European nations I have visited.  So it will depend on her budget.  

  But yes, the Northern Lights tours I have heard are very fun if you get the chance (which I unfortunately didn't do).  However most the tours there will give you a second trip if you go to see them and it's too cloudy.  So just because you miss out on the first try, they will take you back again for no extra charge to try and see them usually the following night or so.

  There are buses that go between Keflavík (Town near the airport) and Reykjavík as well as to the Blue Lagoon...

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marybj

RE: Single woman student traveling in Iceland

by marybj »

I've been to Iceland 3 times and have met many young travelers, including yourg women, and each has praised Iceland for its safety, friendliness, and beauty.  I agree wholeheartedly about Arureyri, and I would highly recommend the hostel there, which is right in the middle of town.  The hostels in Reykjavik are also superior.  Nearly all hostels in Iceland have private rooms available if that's a concern.  Public and tourist transportation within the cities and around the country is really quite easy and reasonable.  The staffs at the hostels provide excellent information on transportation, tours, sights, auto rentals, "budget" dining, etc.  If you want a more personalized, attentive, and always available travel service (tours and trips), contact Jon Gunnar at Iceland Unlimited.  I hope this is not poor form, but I recommend your doing a search for "Iceland Unlimited" on Trip Advisor.

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ksandness

RE: Single woman student traveling in Iceland

by ksandness »

In Response to Re: Single woman student traveling in Iceland:[QUOTE]

  Though the big issue with Iceland is it isn't exactly cheap.  I found it to be one of the more expensive European nations I have visited.  So it will depend on her budget.  

 

I was there in 2011, shortly after their financial crash. Before I went, the travel agent who arranged part of the trip told me that what had been a disaster for Iceland was actually an advantage for tourists, because the country was now more affordable than before.  For example, I was able to find a single room with a huge buffet breakfast near the main street in Reykjavik for $130. There is a youth hostel on the Laugurvegur, the main street, and that would be a great place to meet other young people.

Iceland is a very safe country with a small population, all of whom seem to speak excellent English. If I were sending a daughter overseas, I would worry more about Moscow than about Iceland. (The entire country of Iceland has a far smaller population than the city of Moscow.)

 

 

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chuck biscuits

RE: Single woman student traveling in Iceland

by chuck biscuits »

I echo the sentiments here in that Iceland is a very safe place. Crime is very very rare, and even then tends to be of a petty nature.

There may not be a lot to see outside of Reykjavik in December, limited daylight (it is still pitch black at 10am) and "challenging" weather conditions will be a deterrent, but Reykjavik is a fun city, particularly for a young adult. There are lots of people your daughters age studying, travelling through etc and I´m sure she´ll have a great time.

I´m always scepital about the Northern Lights tours, in my experience if you go looking for them you won´t find them, but I guess if they´re not too expensive it could be a fun night out. I would definitely recommend that your daughter packs her swimsuit, there are lot of fantastic outdoor heated pools in Reykjavik and visiting them is a must. (much much cheaper than the Blue Lagoon). 

I see people are recommending a trip to Akureyri. It is indeed a very pretty town but a LONG way from RVK.. (I´m thinking around 7 hours on the bus). Depending on how long your daughter is staying she may want to reconsider that. The flights will be crazily expensive.

 

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RE: Single woman student traveling in Iceland

by /bio/queenmadisonstar »

In Response to Single woman student traveling in Iceland:[QUOTE]

It will be mid to late December. She will be 21 yeard old in January and I am not so sure it is a good idea. She will be traveling alone and on a budget. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.


Posted by Peter Knight[/QUOTE]

First thing's first, Iceland is the safest place to travel you must read How Safe is Iceland to keep your worries away. If she will still be in Iceland on Christmas then expect her to have the greatest Christmas experience of her life. As CNN even listed Iceland one of the top 10 places to spend Christmas. For budget worries, Iceland have this winter season price cut off on accommodations. It drops to almost 60% on some hostels and guesthouses. Icelanders are very friendly and hospitable so she will be okay. :)

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