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FAQs about Travel in Iceland


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Below you will find the answers to questions that our clients frequently ask us. Of course, we can't address every aspect of travelling to Iceland here; so, if you need more information, feel free to contact us.


1. What kinds of accommodations do you offer clients travelling alone?
We offer all kinds of Icelandic accommodations, from camping to 4 star hotels, even if there aren't enough of the latter in Iceland to count on one hand!

- In Reykjavik you'll find options from hostels to four star hotels and anything in between.
- In the rest of the country there is only one other 4 star hotel (between the villages of Hella and Hvolsvllur in the south), but there are many charming hotels where the services are well above average. There are also hotels of slightly lesser quality throughout Iceland. Then there is a vast selection of guesthouses and farmhouses. The welcomes here are warm and these accommodations are comfortable yet simple. There is an extensive network of hostels whose level of service and cleanliness is often above the international standard. Finally you can rent chalets in Iceland by the day or week.

- In the uninhabited regions of Iceland the only accommodations available are mountain huts that fulfil only basic needs. They are generally well-kept, clean and heated; some even have electricity and hot water, but they are still mountain huts offering no luxury and little privacy. You'll sleep in shared rooms with bunk beds that you may be forced to share. But in this wild natural environment, the mountain huts will seem like 4 star hotels!

- Finally there are campsites throughout the country. Most only offer basic comforts, often limited to running water and a simple bathroom.

2. How do you fix prices according to the different kinds of accommodations?
Based on your itinerary and the availability of accommodations, we place our clients in the accommodations with the best locations and highest quality of service which our previous clients have given positive feedback about. We aim for a similar quality in all the accommodations we offer but sometimes, based on region and availability, it can vary greatly even in accommodations of the same category.
In the majority of cases, based on the demands we receive, we establish our prices according to 4 categories of accommodations as following (in order from most to least expensive):

- Accommodations in countryside hotels, guest or farmhouses, with private bathroom:
All of these establishments include breakfast, and those outside of Reykjavik overwhelmingly have evening meals available, (you generally choose from 2 or 3 formulas of simple but quality local food). We don't count 4 star hotels in this category but will upon request establish an itinerary with accommodations in the best (and most expensive) establishments in Reykjavik and the country. Our prices are based on per person occupation of a double room. We will let you know the supplement for separate single rooms. Ask us if you need triple or quadruple rooms.

- Accommodations in a guest or farmhouse, with shared bathroom:
Here, bathrooms are shared with other guests of the establishment, often one bathroom per floor. The number of rooms sharing a bathroom varies from one guesthouse to another. All of these establishments include breakfasts and, those not in Reykjavik almost always offer optional dinners (generally you'll choose from 2 or 3 formulas of simple but copious and quality local food). Our prices are based on per person occupation of a double room. We will let you know the supplement for separate single rooms. Ask us if you need triple or quadruple rooms.

- Accommodations in mountain huts or hostels:
Outside of Reykjavk where your package will include accommodations in guesthouses without a private bathroom, our prices are based on nights spent in mountain huts or hostels small rooms or large shared rooms. Some hostels offer private rooms (upon request with supplement) but mountain huts never do. Besides the nights spent in Reykjavik, these accommodations do not come with breakfast. However, we do offer a hotplate for two, kitchen utensils, a cooler, a thermos for two, and a dish kit. Laundry service is never offered in mountain huts, nor is a sleeping bag. It is therefore imperative to bring your own or rent one from us. In hostels, you can generally rent sheets. Duvets and pillows are provided but you need to bring the duvet and pillow covers.

- Camping:
Outside of Reykjavk where your package will include accommodations in guesthouses without a private bathroom, our prices are based on nights spend camping. Besides the nights spent in Reykjavik, these accommodations do not come with breakfast. However, we provide a tend for two people, a floor mat per person, offer a hotplate for two, kitchen utensils, a cooler, a thermos for two, and a dish kit. We will also supply sleeping bags available on site and to be ordered before your departure. Note: Let us know if you intend on using your own equipment, and make sure that your tent is wind and rain resistant.

- Mixed accommodations:
Upon request, we can put together an itinerary of mixed accommodations. If, for example you wanted to stay for the most part in accommodations with a private bathroom but also wanted to spend a few nights in Iceland's interior in a mountain hut, or if you wanted to lower the price of your trip by spending a few nights in lesser category accommodations, this could be arranged.

- Other types of accommodation:
Upon request we can plan accommodations in a Reykjavik apartment or a chalet in the country for your trip. We can also rent a caravan for you.

3. When must I make reservations?
Unless you have chosen to camp, it is imperative to reserve as soon as possible if you intend to travel in July or August. Year after year, accommodations including mountain huts have been filling up earlier, making it difficult to secure specific establishments on late notice. These constraints are especially true in Reykjavik in the end of July and beginning of August as well as during the weekend of the Gay Pride festival and the Reykjavik Culture Night. Elsewhere in Iceland, the demand for accommodations often exceeds the supply in the villages of Vk and Hfn in southern Iceland (the area surrounding the Skaftafell National Park), as well as in the Mvatn region in north-eastern Iceland.
That being said, with only very rare exceptions, we are always able to come up with accommodations solutions for our clients, even for last minute reservations. But the category and location of your accommodations may then not be what you were expecting.

4. When will I receive the list of accommodations I will be staying in during my trip?
As soon as we have received your confirmation of our proposed itinerary as well as your 30% deposit, we will start booking your accommodations and all the other services agreed upon in your package (vehicle rental, activities and excursions, transfers, etc.). This booking process can take a few days. As soon as it is finalized, we will send you all the details of your confirmed reservations, namely the name and locations of your accommodations.

5. How to go about camping in Iceland?
If you choose to camp, you won't have to book in advance because campsites always have room. We have put together a voucher system that gives you the flexibility to choose where you'd like to camp based on the weather and your whims during your travels. The camping option is also very interesting financially, but cannot be undertaken in winter (from mid-September to the end of May).

7. Do you offer advice and insider scoops?
Doing business with a local Icelandic travel agency isn't just about making the organization of your trip easier. We want to share our knowledge of our country with you to the fullest, and give you access to information not found in books or on the internet.
In the travel folder we give you, you'll find a detailed road book with advice and recommendations to help you make the most of your trip and the regions you'll be exploring. More than just information on the main tourist destinations offered by guide books, this road book will give you practical and concrete information relevant to your trip. It lets you in on sites off the beaten track that travel guides don't always mention but that will be the hallmarks of your trip as you will be able to enjoy them alone far from the crowds of other tourist hubs. Whether it leads you to a swim in a hot water source in the middle of the wilderness, a detour along a breathtaking road, a unique hike, the discovery of an isolated fjord, or on an islet lost at sea, the information provided in your road book will allow you to live magical experiences that will reveal the real Iceland to you.
Our itineraries are more than anything else, made up of the things that we love most about Iceland. We have a great time coming up with itineraries and making every day different than the next, so that every time you turn the corner you will be surprised and enchanted and won't be able to help falling in love with this place that is our home!