Iceland is a magical destination. With its rich history, proud culture, and unique landscape, it is no surprise that more and more people visit the island nation each year. Thanks to the country’s isolated location it does have something of a reputation for being expensive. And while many day-to-day items are pricier than in the rest of Europe that doesn’t mean you can’t easily make the most out of a trip on a budget. With a little common sense and forward planning, you can enjoy a memorable holiday to this special place without breaking the bank.
Look out for happy hour
Like the rest of Scandinavia alcohol can be quite pricey in Iceland. Traditionally when Icelanders are on a night out, they have a few drinks at home before venturing out later on. This works to visitor’s advantage as many bars looking for extra trade operate happy hours earlier in the day. This is a great way for tourists to enjoy a beer or two in Iceland without it costing the Earth.
From the splendor of the Gullfoss waterfall to the Geyser National park, the greatest sights in Iceland are natural. That means they’re free for you to explore. Many of these sights are not far from the capital Reykjavik and served with regular bus services, so your travel needn’t cost a fortune either.
Go during the winter
Winter is the cheapest time to visit Iceland, and you are likely to find good bargains on transport and accommodation. Sure it’s dark and cold, but the incredible sunsets and stunning snow-covered landscapes are sure to offset the shorter days and longer nights. And anyway, you don’t go to Iceland for the heat.
Don’t be too picky at dinner
Iceland has some amazing restaurants and delicious, if occasionally unusual cuisine. But if you are traveling on a budget don’t be afraid to enjoy some street food. As with drinking, eating out is expensive in Iceland, so try to limit your meals out when you’re there. While eateries can be pricey, the country is well stocked with plenty fast food, so feel free to indulge. You’re on holiday after all!
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