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Reviewed 12 February 2018 via mobile

Going to Iceland, book the FLYBUS+ (PLUS), They will drop you off at your hotel, cost is roughly $45USD per person for a round trip from the airport to hotel, back to the airport. BUY IT ON THE PLANE!!! It will save you roughly $40USD. Buying at the station outside will cost you an extra $30USD per ticket.

Apps to download: MAPS.ME will allow you to download and bookmark and can allow for directions in the event you don't have service in whatever country you're going to.

We used hotels.com, had the best rates four what we were looking for, on the 10th night you get a free stay wherever, so that was a plus for us.

We stayed at Guesthouse 101, its a Hostel, but we did it with a private room, was amazing... about the size of an oversized standard bedroom. The bathroom and shower were across the hall, the entire place was VERY quiet which was very nice. The kitchen has a hot plate burner, pans and utensils to make simple meals pending how creative you want to get. Bacon/Acacado are both imported, and come with a HEAVY imported pricetag $10USD for 2 Avacados, $19USD to $25USD for a small package of bacon with 8 to 12 pieces. As far as the hostel, walls are kind of thick so you don't really hear your neighbors, we booked the 31st, because we came in at 0450 am and absolutely nothing is open till about 8am, checking was super simple. Rang the bell, lady unlocked the door, informed where our room was key was in the room... and done. Got some bfast from down stairs the 1st day... $23USD per person roughly... eaaaack... but the food was amazing and buffet style. There is a mini mart across the street 1/11 Market... DONT shop there, wait until the BONUS (Iceland grocery store) opens at 10/11am till 7pm, everything is 1/3 the price. Also, the water here you can drink straight from the tap, so bring a ultra flask or save your water bottle from the plane ride and you can fill up from the sink, water taste amazing... everything is EXPENSIVE here, but everything is also very beautiful... the main strip is 5 mins walking from the hotel, there is a body of water you can walk to, but dress warm, it gets colder the closer you get. I wouldnt recommend going inside the water as its freezing temps but... thats me.

Booking Tours: Take transportation into consideration. If you're coming to see the Northern Lights, make sure you book that for the first night, we did, but due to the inclimate weather, the trip was postponed till the following day, then eventually cancelled.

N.Lights Pro Tip: walk down to the water at night, wherever its dark, it's the same sky and you can see the N.lights there without spending a dime for a "Lights Tour" also, they arent out EVERY night, so you have to catch them, there is aroura forecast you can check to see their availability. During the flight home, we flew through the N.Lights so that was pretty awesome.

Golden Circle: Tour was amazing, you get to see a variety of things with a guide, giving history the entire time. We went to the Kerid (Iceland crater), a Geiser, Spout it a few times which was cool, Gulfross Water fall which has amazing scenery!!! Stopped to take pictures with the horses, (a lot of wild horses in Iceland) Then the last stop was the fault lines. The guide who went by "FROSTY" had some great stories on the ride home, tour last roughly 7 hrs.

Blue Lagoon- Book EARLY, around 12 it gets packed quickly like a Vegas pool on a Saturday. If you're into that, then book at that time, the sun rises at 10am... thats when we booked, go for the basic package, all the frills aren't worth it. Its beautiful scenery for pictures, the water looks amazing, very cool, the skinny... its a large hottub full of salt. Can only spend an hour or two before you're ready to move onto something else. Its about 40 minutes from Reykjavik, we booked at 10am, was 80 USD instead of 60 USD, the time of day matters, sunset and sunrise make a difference in the price. But also with the crowds. Towels: BRING A QUICKDRY MICROFIBER TOWEL, can get on amazon for $10 bux for a large 57x29, will wrap completely around you and drys and soaks water in seconds. Must have in Iceland as most of the hostels don't provide towels.

Layers layers layers... it was 26 when we arrived, with the wind blowing at 10 to 15mph as it seems to do everyday here. Water proof and wind blocking clothes are very much needed. We brought waterproof sub 30 degree boots from Big 5 and tossed them after we left Iceland, they cost roughly $30USD, with the weight and size they werent worth the hassle to lug around for the remainder of our journey.

Stayed: February 2018, travelled as a couple
Thank Rickrivera23
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Reviewed 24 January 2018

We stayed here 4 times and we loved it!!!
We had a family room for 4 people (1bunk,2twin), sink in room, bathroom in the hallway and kitchenette for all guests to use. We left our groceries in the big fridge in a knotted up plastic bag, that way we could save at least one meal per day. Everything is in walking distance. You don't need a rental car since the public bus hub is right around the corner. Iceland is a relativ pricy vacation spot and with kids wanting to horseback ride, whale watching, golden circle, lagoon, shopping down town, saga museum..... Let's just say: the budget was used up fast.
The 101Guesthouse is offering breakfast but it is served in the house across from the hotel and it is not in the room price included. In the same building is a restaurant offering breakfast (more expensive) but they are NOT part of the Guesthouse.
The rooms are bright and most of them are to the street. Since this is a busy place it also is a bit noisy. It didn't bother us thought. We were to worn out to be bothered.
This would be a place i would want to come back to, when we travel alone. To spend a week for a music festival. Or just spend some time visiting the Harpa to see concerts and theater performances.
We just fell totally in love with Iceland,

Room Tip: If you want a less noisy room, ask for a room to the back when booking.
  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Thank Dagmar W
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

Like for the perfect location, just cross the road to main (shopping) street, close to Hallgrímskirkja church and restaurant. All local tour pick up point there and one convenience shop open 24 hours. Actually, room is tidy but something would be improved. Bedding is too soft, you may fall when lay down. Kitchen is big enough for 10 people stay but too noisy when all people there and poor manage for their food. Toilets and showers are separated but need to wait if full booked of the room since only one showers room is opened. Last, the passageway is very noise, sound insulation need to enforce.

Room Tip: It would be better if room does not close to kitchen
  • Stayed: December 2017, travelled with friends
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Thank JessicaTYL
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Reviewed 21 January 2018 via mobile

It does not look very good from the outside but the rooms are nice and clean. Comfortable beds, bathroom large enough, the breakfast room does not look nice and tidy but the choice of meals is rather good. Reasonable price. Near the center.

Stayed: June 2017, travelled with friends
Thank Jana V
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Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

We stayed in room 304. It was a perfect, clean and spacious room for a family of four. Close to kitchen and restrooms/showers. The hostel was very close, within walking distance to the shops and restaurants. Bus stop number 9 was across the street and number 10 was right next to the building. Would recommend to friends

Stayed: October 2017, travelled with family
Thank tina9481
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