Traveling to and In Iceland

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If you book with us we will write out a complete itinerary that tells you the details - Where you'll be met,,
how to get around in downtown Rekjavik, what roads you'll take, what there is to see and do, where to get the best chocolate.
Vouchers are used as payment for accommodations, transportation and activities, and the vouchers list the services or accommodations and phone numbers.

For traveling you'll need a passport and Government issued Photo ID (for most of us this is our driver's license) to clear airport security. If you don't have a passport yet you can apply at County Clerk's Offices and, in smaller towns, the Post Office can handle it. Americans and most European citizens can visit for a month without visas.
After you land in Iceland gather your luggage and pass customs you are met by your outfitter in the lobby or you step out the door and onto the "Flybus" that delivers travelers to hotels and guesthouses in Rekjavik and Hafnafjordur, and you'll have a voucher to pay for this. Or if you're remting a car and picking it up at the Keflavik airport that desk is just past the customs and immigration door.When you're finished with your time in Iceland and have had all the fun you can stand you can take the Flybus from Rekjavik to the airport in Keflavik. It picks up in Rekjavik at various stops in town at around 2 PM and the flights to the US all leave between 4:30 and 5 PM. You land at one of the US airports at 6 or 7 PM. Driving tour clients can plan one of several ways to leave off their cars and depart.

Iceland is a surprisingly short distance from North America. It's 5 or 6 hours from the east coast of the US.. It's only a few hours from most of Europe. Americans and most Europeans don't need visas, (you do need a passport, though).

We are over there several times a year traveling into favorite and new-to-us places. We can help when you're thinking of a trip but have a few questions. When we're there we spend time with guides and outfitters but we spend much of our time as tourists, discovering and exploring and doing. We keep the traveler's perspective and we work hard to make that outlook the basis for our services to our clients. We look at the quality of lodgings, the knowledge of tour guides, the routes between attractions, the birds, the glaciers...

  • Before you go exploring yourself we can explain the regions of Iceland, the types of tours, the weather, the roads and the horses
  • We've visited and stayed in most of the accommodations we suggest and can match travelers to lodgings
  • If you're interested in riding treks we've ridden many dozens of our outfitter's horses on many miles (kilometers!) of Iceland's trails - we can help you through the process of picking a riding tour to fit your interests and skill level.
  • Our travel package contains not only your airline tickets and vouchers but clear and thorough instructions, on how to get to where you have be. Travelers using our itineraries leave for Iceland and Greenland with some confidence, and often return with a "Thank you!"

We'd like to help set up your trip. And we can give you the information you need to make your trip easy, You can just have fun and explore.

The scheduled flight time from Boston is less than 6 hours! JFK, BWI and Minneapolis / St. Paul all have flight times of just over 6 hours. From the US all flights to Iceland leave in the evening between 7 and 9 PM. Some airports have afternoon flights.

We include airfare, taxes and fuel surcharges in most of our tours. On some Iceland Adventure guided coach tours, the cost of everything is included except for a few meals. Check the individual itineraries for the specifics, or call us 888 686-6784. On driving tours of course gas and lunches and dinners are your responsibility. Breakfast is almost always included as part of the previous night's lodgings.

When you use our services to advise you and arrange your trip you'll get our guidance both before and during your trip. We hear from our clients that our itineraries have been very reassuring and have given them just the sort of directions they needed.

  • On either a simple trip -
  • Just getting off the plane, going right onto an exciting tour and then coming right back home on the plane
  • Or if you're taking a four week trip that involves horses, buses, planes and cars, and side trips to mainland Europe ---
  • You'll have everything you need to know - what, and where, and who, at each step.

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Travel to and from the European Mainland

SOME OF THE DETAILS

We write out complete itineraries that tell you the details - where you'll be met, some tips on exploring in downtown Reykjavik, where to get the best chocolate. We make every effort to get this into your hands as possible so you can go over maps and guide books - planning and anticipation can be part of travelling to some of us! Here;s

Vouchers are used as payment for accommodations, transportation and activities, and the vouchers list the services or accommodations and include phone numbers.

After you land in Iceland gather your luggage and pass customs you are either met by your outfitter in the lobby, get the keys to your rental car, or you step out the door and onto the "Flybus" that delivers travelers to hotels and guesthouses in Reykjavik and Hafnafjordur. You'll have a voucher to pay for this transfer.

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DRIVING IN ICELAND

Drive on the right, keep your headlights and seatbelts on at all times and enjoy the freedom of the open road. All roads are easy to follow and are numbered. The signange is quite good for interchanges, etc. but only Icelanders can read the names with any speed and clarity. At highway speeds we usually just refer to the first few distinctive letters of our destination as we navigate. Highland routes are also signed but some have unbridged rivers and need extra care and should not be attempted alone! Only 4 wheell drive vehicles are permitted on the highland roads. The roads in Iceland are sometimes on embanknents for drainage and snow removal, and there are few areas where you'll find the broad shoulders that are common in the US.

AGE AND DRIVING LICENCES

The minimum age for driving a hired car in Iceland is 21 years and 25 years for a jeep. All European and US licences are valid in Iceland. Visitors from other countries should check with their local motoring organisation.

ROAD AND TRAFFIC REGULATIONS

International road signs and regulations apply. Many rural roads are gravel and are not suitable for fast driving. The general speed limit is 50 km/h (33 mph) in urban areas; 80 km/h on gravel roads and 90 km/h (about 55 mph) on hard surfaces. Watch out for sheep, horses and blind hills in the countryside. There are severe penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol and the limit for blood/alcohol is very low. Icelanders who act as "designated drivers" have NOTHING at all to drink.

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After we have worked out most of the details of what you want to do and we have reserved your spaces on tours, airline tickets, lodgings, etc. we require a $500 deposit for each traveler. Payment can be by check or credit card, with a discount for check payments.

We don't need immediate payment for airline tickets and our contract with the airline for tickets offers a little flexibilty. We can often alter travel dates to accommodate availability or some unforeseen change in plans, if circumstances allow and it's early enough.

Sixty days before your departure date we will expect the balance of your payment. We won't automatically charge anything without communicating with you to see how you want to pay.

We require that you sign waiver if you DON'T buy travel insurance, eaither through our preferred company (Travelguard, from whom our clients have gotten good treatment) OR your chosen insurance company. We think insurance makes sense for a large investment like travel.

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FLIGHT TIMES COMING BACK TO THE US

When you're finished with your time in Iceland and have had all the fun you can stand, you take the Flybus from Reykjavik to the airport in Keflavik. The Flybus picks up in Reykjavik at various stops in town at around 2 PM and the flights to the US all leave between 4:30 and 5 PM. You land at one of the US airports at 6 or 7 PM.

If you have a rental car in Iceland we can set it up for return at the airport. A popular way out to the airport includes a stop at the Blue Lagoon and we can set up a couple of activities around that, or you can just drop in. DON'T relax into missing your plane! (Actually no one's done that, yet)

Duty free shops don't seem to over-charge, at least on little things. If you buy any packaged food to bring home check for the latest expiration dates.

Get home, settle down, put your photos up where you can show them off, and start gloating to your friends. It'll be easy.

FLIGHT TIMES GOING ON TO EUROPE

If you've chosen to go on to Europe after a time in Iceland (easily arranged) you sometimes have a choice of an early morning or an afternoon flight. The early flights are around 7AM (for which you get on the Flybus in Reykjavik at 5 am!), afternoon flights are around 5 PM.

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