Monday, 11 July 2016

Preparing For A Trip to Iceland

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If you are planning a trip to Iceland in the near future, then you’ll want to check this lists of do's and don'ts. Get your trip preparation on point to avoid any hassles while on the trip.


Do Research
Researching your chosen destination is not only fun, but it helps to crystallize your ideas of where you want to go and in what order. There are plenty of blogs and paper guides to use when you are researching your trip to Iceland. Try the Lonely Planet Guides or Time Out city article on Reykjavik to start.

When researching future travel locations, it's always nice to come across a very up to date piece that has some new things in it. The internet is awash with the top ten things to do in every location. But the real gold is when you come across an original suggestion that is a bit off the beaten tourist path. Try atlasobscura.com to get some out of the original activity suggestions like Elf School and The Viking Village.

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It's also a good idea to gets some background information on the natural wonders that you can see in Iceland before you visit. Reading about the history and causes of things can really enhance your trip. Check out theaurorazone.com to research the science behind the Northan lights before you go. Or this site explaining how the Blue Lagoon works in tandem with a geothermal power plant.

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Don't
Don't believe everything you hear on the internet about Iceland or any other place. Remember that some companies pay for positive reviews. On the flipside, some reviewers are particularly negative because they are trying to get their money back. Always read and compare 2 or more reviews to get a balanced perspective on where you will be staying.

Do Plan
Do practically plan your trip in a loose way before you go. It's unlikely that you know much Icelandic or have experience with the Krona. So. planning where to stay, eat and visit will help you budget for your trip successfully.

Don't
Don't be tempted to over plan your trip though and schedule every last second you have in Iceland. You need to leave yourself enough time to appreciate the majesty of the thing that you are going to visit. It's not much point if everything just goes by in a blur.

Do Make friends beforehand
As you know, solo backpacking can be stressful. If you find yourself in this position on your Icelandic trip, why not use technology to connect with other travelers? You can find people that will be traveling to the same areas as you at the same time with apps like wandermates.com. This will help you make new friends and break up the monotony of travelling alone.

Don't
Don't forget to take the necessary precautions when meeting someone you have made contact with online. Always meet in a public place. Let someone know where you are going and who you are going with.

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