Join me on our 2014 trip to Iceland. This was a totally spontaneous trip that we decided on over only a couple of days after seeing an ad on Travelzoo. The attraction was the price, and the need to get out somewhere, anywhere(!) after a long Grey County winter! It was only 4 days plus two days for the flights, but it was a memorable adventure.
But before I get to the details of our visit I just want to say a word about how well organized this whole trip was. It was entirely booked through Icelandic Air, with one price for the whole package. You could choose which tours you wanted from a long list, and once we saw the list we chose to stay two extra days to fit in more tours.
Each day we gathered in the hotel lobby by 9, and the different tours started stopping by. A driver would come in and read off names, and off you went. The vehicles ranged from full-size buses down to vans and jeeps. It all operated so smoothly; somebody had obviously done a great deal of coordinating behind the scenes.
And yes, Iceland has a reputation for being expensive, but there is a short 'in-between season' in late April where travel is much cheaper. In fact this was advertised as being half-price. I kept watching for some extra costs to show up, but they never did. Everything except our evening meals out was covered - two flights, 6 nights posh accommodation, and all the tours - for about $3000.00 for the two of us.
With that introduction, let's move on to our first tour. It was the 'Golden Circle', a day-long tour that took in the three most popular sites in Iceland, and the Pingvallir was the first of these.