Skyline of Paris, from La Tour Eiffel
1. Elevator to the summit
2. Champ de Mars
3. La Seine
4. Jardins du Trocadero
HAHAHHAHAHAH i love this
Iceland - Accommodation / Tours
In Iceland, because I went here twice this year, I got to experience both at a hotel and apartment.
Hotels are definitely more expensive here; on my first trip to Iceland, we stayed at Natura Hotel which is a 4-star hotel because of all the facilities it provided. However, rooms were small and it didn’t have the same feel as a usual 4-star (because we expected luxury I guess). The breakfast buffet was included which meant we saved quite a bit on food and spent it on tours and shopping. The most annoying part of the stay was that it was located in the middle of nowhere and too far from the centre to walk, so we had to take a bus everytime we wanted to eat or explore; the bus pass was free and included in our hotel price.
My second trip, we stayed in Einholt Apartments which is next to the city centre (5 mins walking distance). Between my family of 4 we spent 1/4 of the price my friend and I paid to stay at the hotel. The apartment was what I considered a luxury apartment, with all facilities we needed for our travels (shared laundry, private kitchen/lounge) and we had two bedrooms. So opt for an apartment because they’re so cheap in Iceland surprisingly. I loved this apartment, you could make yourself feel right at home after a long day.
I got to do 3/4 different tours between both trips (some twice).
Don’t do the (paying) City Tour, as the city centre is quite small you could experience this on your own at your own pace. Yes you get to discover the history etc, but I’m assuming most travellers do research beforehand what they plan to see and so on.
This is great to do because you get to see all the famous sites including the Geysir, Gulfoss, Thingvellir and a few other sites. These are hard to get to on your own, unless your comfortable with driving on your own in crazy weather conditions (snow/wind/rain). Some parts of it were dull such as the stop over at the church (a historical site?) probably because I’ve seen too many churches to be able to appreciate another one. I did this tour with two companies Reyjavik Excursions and Gray Lines.
The Gray Lines was so stressful, we rushed all the major areas which are Geysir, Gulfoss and Thingvellir and spent more time at the smaller parts - which really annoyed me. But, Reyjavik Excursions was definitely more enjoyable and did the opposite to Gray Lines.This tour lasts all day, and there is the option for half-day but I’m not sure what it includes.
First time, we went with Reykjavik Excursions which included the bus fare and the entry ticket. Otherwise you can just book the bus fare which is cheaper than the Gray Lines. Gray Lines doesn’t have a package which includes the entry ticket. I think Reykjavik Excursions had a bus to and from every hour, Gray Lines is every two hours (from memory)
Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)
I’ve only been once on this tour and it was dissapointing because we didn’t get to see the lights clearly. You should book these tours on the day or a few hours before because the Northern Lights are weather dependant, so you may or may not see it even if the tour is on - if you don’t both companies allow you to go again for free. We booked this tour with our hotel package at the start of the year and didn’t even know it was weather dependant, we literally assumed it would be there everyday. You can also check on google the forcast of the strength of the lights everyday. My Icelandic taxi driver thinks that it’s best to see it in January/February, but like everyone says, they can’t promise you will get to see it. The tour lasts about 4-5 hours. Don’t forget your tripod!
For everyone who wanted to hear about food, here’s my post on Icelandic food:
Hoping for more scenes like this this year
I have a long flight back to Paris then a train to Brussels in a few days.
What would you guys like me to base my next post (on in the places I’ve visited preferred)?
- specific country
xoxo from Reykjavik, Iceland
Thanks for the replies guys…. Now, any specific countries to narrow it down ? Otherwise I’ll choose one tomorrow :)