I'm thinking of visit Iceland this year, but I want to know if this is a good time to do it. And what about the prices, what should I expect to pay at an hotel or restaurant?
Well I cant speak from experience but I have been following the news in Iceland quite a bit, if someone whos been there tells you something different to what im about to tell you, maybe take their advise. Id say yes it is a good time to go there. If your worried about the whole financial crisis associated problems there, I believe that the worst for now has come and gone. However they're holding their elections on April 25 and they're predicting some big power changes. Who knows rioting could kick off big time after the elections, but id bet that there would be a quiet period of a few months while the new government tries to fix some of the problems. Even if rioting does kick off again, so far its generally been just around the government buildings in rejkiawik and foreigners are not targeted. Anyway there are only 390,000 odd people in the whole country, how big can the riot really get?
Id love to go there now, see some beautiful nature plus witness history! Also their currency has gone down big time. Im not sure how that equates to actually buying stuff in the country but im sure it will be a hell of a lot cheaper now then before. over 10 years ago
I went there some years ago and the country was stunning. Check my blog for a couple of entries on Iceland if you are interested (www.travel-wonders.com). The waterfalls, natural scenery, glaciers, geysirs, lakes, strange rock formations and wildlife (birds like puffins) are superb. The people are friendly (though reserved). Swimming in the warmed waters somewhere is worth the effort (Blue Lagoon is popular and touristy). Reykvavik is a pleasant and quietish capital city with some interesting things to do for a day or two, but make sure you get out into the countryside. There is a simple tour called something like the Golden Circle whcih takes in some nearby waterfalls, scenery, the original parliament location (oldest parliament in the world at 1000 years old) and old turf-roofed housing. And it is half the price due to the weakened krona (though I suspect alcohol is still jaw-droppingly expensive). Drop me an email if you'd like to know a little more. over 10 years ago