Iceland seems to be the place to go at the moment. For the last few months, every time I open Instagram, I've been bombarded with images of this beautiful county and it's a place which has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. Fed up of feeling jealous over everyone's trips to Iceland, I set myself a target; I would visit Iceland before 2018 but the price put me off. How expensive was Iceland? Luckily I found myself a fantastic deal with Secret Escapes and discovered that you can visit Iceland on a budget.
I've never considered Secret Escapes for a holiday before; although I know they are legit, there's something 'out of my control' I don't like about a package deal - normally, I much prefer to book my own flights and accommodation and organise where I'm going to visit myself. However, we had been researching a trip to Iceland for the February half term and flights had hugely increased in price. Then, I spotted a fantastic deal; a five day trip including flights, transfers, hotel with breakfast and four tours for £550. The tours alone totaled a cost of £280 when bought separately, so we jumped at the deal and took the risk.
The risk was worth it; we had an incredible holiday and I am now addicted to Secret Escapes! We stayed in a brilliant hotel on the outskirts of Reykjavik with was clean, simple and had everything we could need. The biggest bonus was that breakfast was included – Iceland is an expensive county, particularly when it comes to food, so I would really recommend staying somewhere with a breakfast option so you are guaranteed a big meal to start the day.
If you’re looking for somewhere cheap to eat in the daytime, my number one recommendation is Svarta Kaffid, otherwise known as the place that serves soup in bread. The menu is simple; you choose either meat or vegetarian and are served your chosen soup in a hollowed out loaf of bread. The queue down the street for this tiny café is worth the wait
We also filled up on the most delicious cinnamon pastries I've ever eaten from Braud & Co and, although I didn’t get chance to try it, Roadhouse was recommended to me by Kel from Let’s Go Somewhere Nice. If you want somewhere a little bit special, The Laundromat Café is a unique café with a fully functioning laundry downstairs and delicious cake – although four coffees and three slices of cake set us back £45 (I told you Iceland was expensive!)
Keep an eye out for my next post where I review the four most popular tours in Iceland and whether they are worth the price. And, for some other fantastic Iceland recommendations check out the following blog posts:
I'm Being Erica has some great posts about her trip to Iceland, including her tips for visiting the Blue Lagoon which I found so handy before my visit
Glitterbat has some amazing snapshots from her visit to Reykjavik
Mile in My Glasses has written this fantastic guide, detailed some brilliant places to eat for less in Reykjavik