Christmas 2017 – Iceland
We had always wanted to go to Iceland, so in 2017 we decided to look into making the trip. The planning started in June 2017, and we decided to fly out from London the 26th of December, and fly back again to London on New Year’s Day, so it was really a short trip.
I looked at flights using various online flight checkers such as cheapflights.co.uk and determined it would be cheaper to fly out to Iceland with Norwegian Air and return with IcelandAir. So I bought a single for each leg. Another cheap, no frills flight option to Keflavik would be with Wow Air. (Update 29th April 2019 – WOW air has been declared bankrupt and all flights suspended.) These cheap flights to Iceland are a steal, but look at various different add-ons they might try and get you to buy.
We used Booking.com to find the hotel we wanted to use the night before flying out from London Gatwick, as well as a hotel in Keflavik the night before returning to the UK due to the early flights involved. For our flight back to the UK, we decided to stay at the Aurora Star Hotel, which is literally next door to all the car rental places, and a 2 minute walk to the airport departures and arrivals.
Speaking of car rentals, we also used Lotus Car Rentals but also another option you might want to use for cheap car hire in Iceland is Budget Rent a Car. They came in as 2nd cheapest when I did my research and are a known brand.
Lotus Car Hire is situated right next to the airport, and we decided to use them as they allowed us to use a debit card to rent a car from them. We took the Gold insurance, and the total was actually rather cheap. We got a RAV 4 AWD from them, and did not have a lot of mileage on it. It gave us no problems and I was very happy with driving it. Just a word of warning if driving in Iceland in the winter.
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We also used HomeAway to eventually find the lovely Golden Circle log cabin that we stayed in. It was literally about a 2 minute drive from the Geysir visitor’s center, with the famous Geysir and Strokkur geysirs.
Here are a few pictures below:
We prefer self catering holidays, as we find it works out a lot cheaper, and with two children we can also give them the food we know they like to eat.
Read more about this in my handy FAQ about Iceland.
Some places we visited while we were in Iceland: Geysir, Gullfoss, Thingvellir National Park, Kerið volcano crater, Sellfoss, Secret Lagoon, Reykajavik and even the weird Icelandic Wonders museum in Stokkseyri