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Iceland hotels and private drivers

Good Morning Everyone.
I hope all are doing well. I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions for me regarding a 2 day stay in Reykjavik before boarding a cruise. I am going to need a hotel for 2 days. I will need transportation to the hotel from the airport and then to the cruise ship. I would like to try to do a day tour before leaving on my cruise. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Have a safe and healthy day.

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As for hotels, there are so many to choose from. I like to use as I can see their map of where the hotel is, reviews, and exactly what is offered. We have used that in Iceland many times and so far it has always been great.

That said, three hotels that we have stayed at in Reykjavik include Hotel Fron (closest to the center), 4th Floor Hotel and Center Hotel Laugarvatn. These last two are directly across the street from each other. I would happily return to any of these, FWIW.

As for transportation, the Flybus is very easy to use and is inexpensive. A taxi will run your about $120 US dollars. On our last trip this winter, we used the Flybus upon arrival but took a taxi for our return trip and this is what it cost us.

As for day tours, there are lots of options. Look to Reykjavik Excursions or Troll Adventures. We have used both. We used RE back in 2015 on our first trip which was a quick 3 day stopover. We did the Golden Circle with them, and it was a great introduction to the country. There are some GC tours that include Fridheimer (the tomato restaurant) as well as the Secret Lagoon. I would try to get a tour that includes these. Then this winter on our 3rd trip, we used Troll and did a one day south coast trip. It was supposed to be a 2 day/1 night trip, but a storm was rolling in so they had to cut it to one day. It was a long day but still very enjoyable.

If it works for your day of arrival, look at the Citywalk "free" walking tour. You can book it about a week in advance and they do fill up quickly, but it is a great walking tour. We have done that twice on arrival days. This winter we did a food tour on arrival day and absolutely loved that! It was also a great way to learn about the country and to try so many foods. We did the tour at 11am and there was enough food for both lunch and dinner, so in essence it was very cost effective. We used Wakeup Reykjavik for that.

the roads are an issue in the winter, I was there in early march and we got caught in a blizzard on the ring road on our way back to reykjavik from akureyri...very scary. complete whiteout, but we were in a long line of cars with a plow at the head of us. It was by far the most dangerous snow conditions I've ever found myself in, and many other drivers were also tourists.
I would concur with you that in the winter the roads could certainly turn treacherous. My observations were based on clear, dry conditions in May. Although, I would probably say that if you're a tourist from a country that doesn't get snow, or large amounts of snow, it's a safe practise to not drive at all, even with a 4X4. Even here in Canada I usually don't drive when it starts snowing unless I have a good reason to do so.

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Agree that for any party fewer than four people to take the Flybus from the airport. Buses are easy to find right outside the terminal exit. I bought our tickets in advance on-line, but you can also buy tickets at their counter in the airport just before the exist. They do all go to a central terminal and then you'll transfer to a smaller bus to go to your destination.

You could do a one-day group tour of the Golden Circle or Reykjanes Peninsula or Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Nordic, Troll Expeditions, and Arctic Adventures all get good reviews. We found a private tour guide on Guide to Iceland; he was able to work within our time frame.