Iceland Travel Costs (in 2003)
Iceland is expensive, but not impossibly so. If you're prepared to camp, to use buses and/or hitching to get around, and to cook all your food, you could spend a fair bit less than we did. On the other hand, if you stay in hotels, go on organised tours, and fly around, you could spend a lot more.
We managed to get return flights London to Reykjavik for 180 pounds, with IcelandAir.
Dividing shared costs by two or three as appropriate, in 14 days in Iceland I spent ISK 108,000 (ISK 88 = 1 euro; ISK 77 = US$1, ISK 52 = AU$1). The breakdown of that was:
- Transport - ISK 43,500
- This included my share of car hire (half of 57,900 for ten days) and petrol, and public transport Keflavik<->Reykjavik (flybus), Reykjavik<->Heimaey (bus and ferry), and Thórsmörk->Skógar (two buses).
- Food - ISK 32,000
- This included about 20,000 on prepared food of one kind or another (cooked meals, coffees, hot dogs, etc.) and 12,000 on food from supermarkets (fruit, milk, tinned tuna, etc.).
- Accommodation - ISK 18,000
- We spent five nights in Reykjavik in Anna's spare bed, three nights camping (one free, 2x600), one night in a hut (1300), and six nights in hotels or guesthouses (2x1800, 2400, 3450, 3500, 2350). All the latter came with linen - two had cheaper sleeping-bag options.
- I spent about 3,500 on maps (and Camilla spent a similar amount on bird information). I spent 1,000 on Internet access and another 1,000 having photos burnt to CD. And I bought 5,000 worth of Icelandic books at the end of the trip.