[A strategy for a five-day, four-night trip to Iceland that includes a single flight]
I have been back in Budapest for a week, and miss Iceland every day. I spent more than six thousand dollars while there and want to share my last one-man poor travel strategy with you!
Air plane tickets: I flew from Budapest to Wizz Air plane tickets (550 each way), very cheap, though now is not the peak travel season but early planning is still good to do.
Airport bus: outside of the airport, you can see Flybus self-service vending machines outside of the door. Sit on the bus for 15 minutes and arrive at your destination--very convenient!
City transportation: buses can take you directly to Skylagon and then walk for about 10 minutes--easy!
Accommodation: I stayed at two different hotels; both were clean and opened by Chinese people who like peaceful environments.
✈️ The Southern Double Day Tour at the Artic Hotel costs $450 per person and includes breakfast and dinner. We especially recommend this tour, and there's no single room rate difference! You can sleep with your companion. The local two-day tour route is much the same, but our guide has seen a little aurora borealis with us in the night, which is really great.
♨️The hot springs 400 yuan: the fourth day I was too tired, did not go to our original plan of the Golden Circle (it was not included in this tour), mainly also because of aesthetic fatigue from seeing so many waterfalls and other scenery. We went to a hot spring for a day; it was enough for me to stay for five hours.
👔Dress: if you're only bringing one dress then wear one that matches your skin tone best--white or black are best; wearing more clothes doesn't mean you'll be warmer because most of your time will be spent in the car (it's not very cold). As long as you wear waterproof clothes that block wind, you'll be fine!
📷 I don't recommend using a selfie stand in Iceland because the winds are too strong and it's difficult to carry around. The photos are mostly taken by shameless Chinese elves, like their team, like their Solo teammates.
Iceland is really a great place to chat with your friends if you like the hustle and bustle, or enjoy the scenery alone if you like the quiet. This is real freedom.
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