The High Cost of Being Beautiful
As I mentioned previously, little about Iceland is cheap beyond the airfare. This is certainly not meant to dissuade anyone from making the journey, but serves as a heads-up for what you can expect once you arrive. Consider the fact that it is a rather small island nation of a few hundred thousand residents and one begins to understand why prices would be so much higher than Britain, the European mainland, or the United States.
Fuel was consistently a few Krona on either side of 200 a liter. Filling up the Rav4, when on its last eighth of a tank came in somewhere around 8700 or around $80. While Iceland is small it still takes a considerable amount of fuel to get from Reykjavik out to the glaciers and waterfalls along the southern coast each day. I just considered it a tax for all the beautiful things we were seeing and didn’t think about it too much.
One of our favorite things to do is to try new foods or restaurants. While eating at places with $25 plates is normally an extravagant evening out reserved for anniversaries and similar rare celebrations that price point seemed to be normal or even low by restaurant standards in Iceland. What it meant for us was grocery shopping at stores and eating out at fewer locations. Living in Boise has been a great way to be spoiled by happy hours. Across the city, restaurants offer 2 for 1 cocktails and food for under $5 (Juniper is our favorite!). Similar to the food in Iceland, alcohol was significantly more expensive with cocktails frequently seen priced at $18 and up. The cheapest we saw was house wine at happy hour for 800 Krona a glass (roughly $8).
All this is just a way of saying to make sure you include the real costs of staying in Iceland when making your trip budget. There’s nothing worse than the sticker shock on the first day of realizing you are woefully unprepared for the bills coming your way on your vacation.