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My budget for a 3 week trip to Iceland

Many of you reacted to my budget forecast article for my trip to Iceland. It is true that this country has been a lot of talk lately, and for good reason! What an absolutely beautiful place. I’m still all stirred by what I saw and can’t quite put it into words at the moment, but I promise you tons of photos. While waiting for my budget update for Iceland, here is reality versus planning, which will answer your classic question:

Is Iceland expensive? How much does a trip to Iceland cost?

Budget for Iceland

Kerid Crater - Iceland

Plane tickets

As I mentioned in the budget forecast article, my itinerary is special, because I left for Stockholm after Iceland instead of returning. Lucie, the friend who accompanied me, left for France. Everything was therefore booked separately as soon as the WOWair discounts came out. We knew we wanted to go in the summer so I watched the tickets and was lucky to grab some at $ 99 + luggage. I talk about it in this article.

Even if Claudia The Roadtripper proves that it is possible, I had no desire to leave with only 5 kg of luggage, so I paid an extra $ 59 to check in my backpack (up to 20 kg). The “outbound” portion therefore cost me $ 158 CAD (flight YUL-KEF).

To Stockholm, I paid $ 137.24 (including the 20 kg baggage) and, for the return to Montreal, a total of $ 483.64 CAD (Icelandair). Even though I paid $ 778.88 in total for my tickets, I’m sure you can find a plane ticket to Iceland for $ 400 round trip with the competitive spirit that prevails right now between Icelandair and WOWair for new direct flights.

Trick : Watch Yuli, Kayak Explorer, Skyscanner, Google Flights, Secret flight et cie so you don’t miss a thing.

Spent ISK GOUJAT
Plane tickets (remove a portion for Stockholm) 73,627.08 778.88
TOTAL 73,627.08 778.88

Land crusts - Iceland

Transport in Iceland: the Ring Road / Circular Road

To get around, we opted for GO Campers, in a camper or caravan. You will find here the reasons for this choice. It cost us $ 3,983 CAD for two, so $ 1991.50 per person for the two weeks.

We took the FlyBus transfer from Keflavik airport to the rental offices and left with our car afterwards. Back in Reykjavík two weeks later, the company drove us downtown and we did not pay for transportation until we left for the airport on a FlyBus transfer.

I had estimated $ 400 of gasoline per person, it was a little less, but we did a lot more mileage than expected. Here is our total transport budget for Iceland:

Spent ISK GOUJAT
Flybus transfer 4000.00 42.05
Reykjavik-Snaefellsnes Tunnel 500.00 5.26
Borgarnes essence 2030.50 21.34
Essence 2 Borgarnes 984.00 10.34
Stykkisholmur essence 2552.50 26.83
Essence card N1 Flokalundi 5000.00 52.56
Akureyri Essence 9128.50 95.96
Egilstadir gasoline 4480.00 47.09
Gasoline port 3511.00 36.91
GoCampers 188255.35 1991.5
TOTAL 220,441.85 2329.84

* As I got a social media consulting contract with GO Campers, we were upgraded for free in the Go big and did not pay the cost for the props.

Vik and basalt - Reynisfjara - Iceland

Accommodation in Iceland

The first two weeks were therefore on the road, we only had to pay once for the campsite for reasons of illogicality on our part, hehe! The last week we slept at the Loft Hostel in Reykjavík. I recommend it, it’s super modern and right in the center. The kitchen is well equipped for cooking and the lounge is really nice. If you are looking in another area and more for a hotel, I visited the Skuggi, among others, which was very beautiful.

Find accommodation to suit all budgets in Iceland on Booking or Hotels.com.

Spent ISK GOUJAT
GoCampers See above See above
Asbyrgi campsite 1550.00 16.29
Youth hostel 57190.30 605.00
TOTAL 58,740.30 621.29

Budget food - Iceland - langoustine soup

Food

Prepare your wallet for Iceland! We wanted to stay on a budget so we cooked a lot in the camper van. We packed some essentials like noodles, tea and soup bags, freeze-dried meals, etc. We were able to save a few dollars and eat out a few times.

Spent ISK GOUJAT
Groceries for 3 weeks 11,373.00 119.55
Restaurants and cafes 29571.26 326.98
TOTAL 40944.26 446.53

Activities and visits

The advantage of a budget trip to Iceland is that you are often outdoors and the great attractions cost nothing. This is where I was able to save a lot compared to other countries!

Spent ISK GOUJAT
Laugarvatn Fontana 3800 40.20
Phallological museum 1250 13.22
Shark museum 1100 11.64
CityWalk.is tip 1000 10.51
Hallgrimskirkja climb 900 9.46
TOTAL 8050 85.03
In the lupines - Iceland
East fjords - Iceland

Laundry and showers

I had not factored into my initial budget that I would have to pay for access to public swimming pools to take a shower or go to a campsite to do so. Also, I did a load of laundry in Reykjavík after washing my laundry by hand the entire trip.

Spent ISK GOUJAT
Showers / Swimming pools 3040 31.95
Laundry 825 8.67
TOTAL 3865 40.62
Hverir-Namjafall - Iceland
Jokulsarlon - Iceland - Jennifer

Souvenirs and postcards

I love receiving postcards, so I had to send some, but with stamps over two dollars for Canada, it goes up quickly! I also bought myself a souvenir book.

Spent ISK GOUJAT
Postcards and stamps 3923 41.24
Little Book of Icelanders 2791 29.34
TOTAL 3865 40.62

Budget for Iceland – 21 days

Reality? A trip to Iceland is expensive! I spent slightly more than I expected, but not in the same categories as I initially thought.

For example, I spent a lot more on gasoline and didn’t include showers and laundry or souvenirs in the estimate. On the other hand, I spent a LOT less on activities than I thought I would. So that’s balanced at the end.

FORECAST FORECAST REALITY REALITY
Spent ISK GOUJAT ISK GOUJAT
Plane tickets (withdraw a portion for Stockholm) 73,627.08 778.88 73,627.08 778.88
Transport 207,161.23 2191.50 220,441.85 2329.84
Accommodation 57190.3 605.00 58740.3 621.29
Food 42538.24 450.00 40944.26 446.53
Activities 23632.36 250.00 8,050.00 85.03
Showers / Laundry 0 0.00 3865.00 40.62
Cards + Souvenir 0 0.00 3865.00 40.62
TOTAL 404,149.21 4275.38 409,533.49 4342.81

Is there a way to make it cheaper? Absoutely! You can rent a smaller camper van, camp in a tent, hitchhike, eat only what you cook (unlike what I did in Reykavik), etc. Camping is relatively easy in Iceland. Does my trip represent luxury? Oh no, however! So I think this is a good example for a three week trip to Iceland (note that the big expenses were halved).

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In regards to Jennifer Doré Dallas

Jennifer Doré Dallas is behind the travel blog Moi, mes shoes, but she is also a content marketing consultant, presents travel conferences, does freelance writing and is the author of a dozen Lonely Planet guides and Ulysses. When she’s not exploring the planet on the lookout for new experiences, she travels to Quebec, to the four corners of her native province of Canada, to discover the land and the best places to sleep, eat and visit, from the Magdalen Islands to the Côte-Nord via Montreal, the Laurentians, Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Montérégie where she lives, to name a few! She loves to make those who don’t dare yet want to leave! Its philosophy or slogan: save where possible, spend where it matters most, regardless of your travel budget. In short, travel better, for less, more often or for a long time! Jennifer loves hostels as much as the occasional luxury, but the most important thing for her is getting the best value for her money while meeting great people! Obsessed with Ziploc bags and her SteriPen, she wholeheartedly hates umbrellas. The objects from which she cannot separate? His travel journal and his camera. His economical hobby: markets and grocery stores. She is also the founder of the community of 6 to 8 travel, of Voyage numériQC, specializing in content and networking between influencers and tourism companies and Chasing Poutine, an English travel blog about vacations in Quebec.

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