Iceland Transportation Tips by marielexoteria
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It's reliable, comfortable and punctual, not to mention that it's perhaps the cheapest way to go to and from the airport.
If you didn't buy your ticket online from their website, there's a ticket vending machine right next to the exit, and a Reykjavik Excursions booth about 10m away. On arrival to BSI bus terminal, there are small minibuses that will take you to your hotel or guesthouse according to their list (they happen to be the most popular places). From those places you get pickup to go back to the airport as well.
The best way to see Iceland at your own pace is renting a car and we enjoyed doing this. We rented the car from a Swedish travel agency that works together with Hertz and booked a Toyota Yaris. The cute, little car took us wherever we wanted to go with no problems.
When you rent the car (at least in our case), the clerks told us that we weren't allowed to drive this compact car on the Highlands or any F-highways, that we should check the car before we took it in case there were any damages that they might have missed, that we should return the car with a full tank and that if we return the car extra dirty, we'd pay extra for it. I've never rented a car so these rules were important for me to know. Inside the car there was a map showing where the car was NOT supposed to be driven at.
Close to Hertz there are 3 gas stations, including 2 in the same street. After we returned the car and they confirmed that everything was all right, they took us back to our hotel. They don't deliver the car to the hotel but can pick you up (according to the Swedish travel agency, they only offer the service to one person and for a fee). We used the Hertz office located on Reykjavíkurflugvöllur.
It's important to know that if you rent a car at one location and return it at another, they'll charge you a fee. Also, taking the car at Keflavik airport and returning it at Reykjavik won't cost you anything, except a so called airport fee of 2800 ISK (as of May 2008). See Hertz' price list here. I think all the other car rental agencies do the same.
Type: Car/Motor Home
Reykjavik's city center is compact, so you can pretty much walk everywhere. There are some maps with specific walks, covering some or most of the highlights of the city and these maps can be picked up pretty much for free at hotels and information desks.
Hafnarfjördur, one of the suburbs of Reykjavik region, offers 2 specific walk tours that might be of interest: one called the Hidden Worlds tour and another one called Sculpture and Shore tour (name taken from the guide Take a Break). The maps of these walks can be picked up at their tourist information desk at Strandgata 6, but be aware that the Hidden World tour costs 3000 ISK (as of May 2008) because it's run by
Horft í Hamarinn. However, by clicking on the link for Take a Break, you get the 2007 guide that shows the walks in the map for free :D
Reykjavik's bus system is effective and cheap. There's basically a bus to take you wherever your feet wont lol. We took the bus from Reykjavik to Gardabaer and vice versa on the same ticket. The tickets seem to be valid for 1h15.
Keflavik airport from the road
Keflavik is a no frills airport and the biggest one in Iceland. It's small compared to other international airports and it can be chaotic when there are several flights departing at the same period of time. However, it has some good shopping possibilities (if you still have money hehe) and some art pieces where you can lay your eyes on.
Unfortunately I don't think they have many eating options but the little they have is good.
To get to and from the airport you can either rent a car there, take the reliable shuttle or take a taxi.
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