Yazoo
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Reykjavik!

Wed May 01, 2002 8:24 am

I'm planning on making a short 1 day stay at reykyavik ( iceland ) anyone from them who would instruct me on how to get from the airport to the city, and finding some nice budget hotels withing the main attractions area ?
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RE: Reykjavik!

Wed May 01, 2002 9:00 am

There is a bus service running from KEF to the city airport, which is literally in the centre of town.

As for budget accomodation.... there isn't any. Unless you bring a tent, Iceland must be one of the most expensive countries on earth, though this is compensated by its amazing beauty. Make sure you do the "Golden Circle" or whatever tour... it can be done in half to a full day... you see some amazing things
 
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RE: Reykjavik!

Wed May 01, 2002 11:30 am

guess i'll be sleeping at the airport then  Smile ( is it comfy there by the way ? )
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RE: Reykjavik!

Wed May 01, 2002 2:22 pm

I just returned from a 3 night stay in Reykjavik last Sunday. It was a great time.

The FlyBus meets all incoming flights at Keflavik and costs 900 ISK for the 45-minute ride into town. It'll leave you at the Loftleidir Hotel adjacent to the Reykjavik (domestic) Airport. From there you can take a taxi to the more central hotels (figure another 800 ISK for a 10-minute cab ride).

Check your private email for some more info on hotels, etc.
 
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RE: Reykjavik!

Wed May 01, 2002 7:41 pm

Check the Lonely Planet travelguides (also see www.lonelyplanet.com ), as always, I once found a cheap but very decent hotel: in the center of Reykj. for only about eq. of $20 US.
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RE: Reykjavik!

Wed May 01, 2002 10:49 pm

If you stay at the airport you could take a cab to the Blue Lagoon. It is a geothermal pool (quite large) that people visit daily and is only a few miles for the airport at KEF.
 
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RE: Reykjavik!

Wed May 01, 2002 11:01 pm

The Loftleidir Hotel is also OK .. and you can get a room with view over the runway of REK - the city's domestic airport. If you like commuters and GA-aircraft that's not a bad deal ..

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RE: Reykjavik!

Wed May 01, 2002 11:09 pm

Staying overnight at Keflavik Airport is not allowed. There are signs around the airport stating this, mostly in German though! You can find some ok deals in the city. The Blue Lagoon is definitely a must (just remember to put conditioner in your hair before going into the lagoon if you don't wanna look like a sheep for the next few days!). Reykjavik is a great place to visit, if only for a day, it's small, very friendly and has a cozy atmosphere.
 
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RE: Reykjavik!

Thu May 02, 2002 12:19 am

if your going on the 10th-12th may with the airline society at EGCC i too am going, so hopefully ill b seeing you on the 10th at EGCC lol Rob  Smile-u cant miss me cos im only 18 and small lol  Smile
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RE: Reykjavik!

Thu May 02, 2002 2:10 am

With regards to not being able to spend the night in the KEF terminal:
In the winter, when there is little/no difference between daytime darkness and nighttime darkness, spending the day at KEF is the same as spending a night! (I write having experienced a 9 hour December layover ...arriving at ~6 a.m. local from BWI and leaving at 4 p.m. for LHR. There was maybe an hour of gloomy `daylight' at noon).
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Yazoo
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RE: Reykjavik!

Thu May 02, 2002 2:20 am

Thank you all for your answers really appreciate that !
USflt1778, i'm sorry man i didn't get your email because i switched email adresses ( the other one that was on my profile has been removed because the provider started charging money for it ) but i've just updated my profile, so hopefully i'll hear from you soon.
Planespotterx, i'm actually going sometimes in august ( around the 14-15 ) you have a great time there !

by the way, is there a visa process for US citizens ?
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RE: Reykjavik!

Thu May 02, 2002 3:44 am

Hardly anybody needs a visa to Iceland. As a US citizen you'll need a valid passport (and you might have to show your ticket back out of the country or something like that). July/August is the peak tourist season in Iceland, so book your accommodation early. Have fun in Iceland.
 
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RE: Reykjavik!

Thu May 02, 2002 4:38 am

just out of curiosity, can anyone post the list of countries that are exempt from the visa requirement to iceland ?
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RE: Reykjavik!

Thu May 02, 2002 5:33 am

I was in Iceland last October and I had great time.Yes it is a little pricey but if you know what to expect as regards prices this is not a problem.I stayed in the Hotel Esja in the city and it was very good it is owned by Icelandair.Hope you have a great trip to a great place EI 133
 
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RE: Reykjavik!

Thu May 02, 2002 6:28 am

Yazoo, as for Icelandic visa rules:

Iceland joined the European "Schengen Treaty" right from the start. So rules are the same as going to other western European countries.

I think that the UK and Switzerland are the only western European countries which are not Schengen members, even if their rules hardly differ from Schengen rules.

Everything else said on this thread is so right - wonderful country, great people living there, but pricy.

One more possible activity: Last July I was on a three hours whale watching tour on the Reykjavik Bay. Very interesting - we saw quite a few beautiful whales playing, and a couple of small islands which are completely flooded with sea birds.

Nobody mentioned the climate. We are all so polite.  Big thumbs up

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RE: Reykjavik!

Thu May 02, 2002 6:45 am

I think that we forgot to tell that in Iceland everybody talks a fluent English language (in addition to their native Viking language), most of them better than the Englishmen themselves, and certainly fifty times better than Scotchmen.
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RE: Reykjavik!

Thu May 02, 2002 7:16 am

Prebennorholm,

One small correction:

Ireland is also not part of the Schengen area.

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RE: Reykjavik!

Thu May 02, 2002 7:53 am

You are right Teahan, the list on non-Schengen W. European countries is Ireland, Switzerland and UK. Sorry for forgetting beautiful Ireland.

That will change in 50 years time when Switzerland - completely surrounded by Schengen countries - makes up its mind after having had roughly 25 referendums on the subject.  Big thumbs up
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RE: Reykjavik!

Thu May 02, 2002 8:28 am

Citizens of the following countries require only a valid identity card to visit as a tourist: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg and Switzerland.
Citizens of other Western European countries do not need a visa, nor are visas required for citizens of the following countries:
Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Dominican Republic, Fiji, Gambia, Grenada, Guyana, Hong Kong, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Republic of Korea, Lesotho, Malaysia, Malawi, Morocco, Mauritius, Mexico, New Zealand, Romania, Salomon Island, Seychelles Islands, Singapore, St. Lucia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, and the United States of America.
Nationals of all other countries require visas issued by an Icelandic embassy or consulate, and it is advisable to apply for visas well before the intended day of travel.

is this informations correct or has it changed since ?
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RE: Reykjavik!

Thu May 02, 2002 9:35 am

Also, if you're a citizen of a Nordic country (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Faeroe Islands etc.) and are arriving from a Nordic country, you don't need anything (driving license will do).
Nowadays, after Schengen came into force, visas for Iceland are issued at Danish Embassies around the world, even though there is an Icelandic embassy in the same city.