Southern Iceland and Glacier walk

Southern Iceland and Glacier Walk with BusTravel Iceland

One of the main highlights of Iceland is the beautiful south coast, so consider taking an adventurous tour of the country’s epic waterfalls. However, you must not forget where these waterfalls are coming from and check out the slowly cascading river of ice that makes up the massive landscape of a glacier. They’re completely stunning and will leave you speechless. That’s why you should book the Southern Iceland and Glacier Tour with BusTravel Iceland.

We took our 6 year old McDonalds burger with us so he could experience Southern Iceland. He skipped the glacier walk but was happy with the sightseeing part of the experience.

Southern Iceland and Glacier walk

Walking on a Glacier is a MUST when you are in the Land of Ice. Let us explain to you how awesome it is to take this tour.

Aside from being an epic sightseeing experience it is a learning experience. The guides know a bounty of great tales, rich history, and fascinating geological feats of this land. They are always open to inquiries of the culture, the climate, geography and especially random, quirky facts about the country.

The bus will take approximately 2 hours to journey to the south. The first stop is to the Eyjafjallajökull volcano, where, if you’re lucky and the weather conditions are good, you will get a chance to appreciate it and take some pictures—the burger was really lucky. After a quick view of the volcano, the waterfalls will begin to appear. Skógafoss will be one of the highlights as you take in the breeze coming from the falls.

After viewing these awesome sites, you will head over to the Sólheimajökull glacier, the main feature of this tour. What you miss by skipping the black sand beach will be more than made up for by visiting the glacier, trust us.

Southern Iceland and Glacier walk

Once at the glacier, Arcanum Glacier guides will take care of you, so, let’s get ready! The guide team is charismatic and will always make you laugh. They are pros at teaching you how to use the trekking equipment such as the harness, helmet, ice picks and the crampons which allow you to walk safely across the ice. You’re more likely to fall down after the tour is finished and you remove your crampons, as many adventurers find out when they’re walking back to the bus.

Southern Iceland and Glacier walk

It’s a very special feeling being up on the glacier. Apart from enjoying the nature, you will learn a lot of things from the guides such as the fact a documentary on climate change was filmed here in addition to tons of geographical information.

Southern Iceland and Glacier walk

The walk may last 2 hours, but it’ll leave you with a life-long memory.

Southern Iceland and Glacier walk

After the walk you will be picked up by the bus and make some additional stops, such as at the Seljalandsfoss waterfall and the Queen Elf’s Castle, a curious place made in the stones that you have to see for yourself.

Southern Iceland and Glacier walk

Don’t forget to dress warm and enjoy! The burger’s been here, so why not you?

Go and book with BusTravel Iceland.

Southern Iceland and Glacier walk

Must-try (Budget) Icelandic food

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When it comes to travel, one of the first things that we think about is the gastronomy of this new place we are going to discover. Maybe you have heard stories of Icelandic dishes such as the infamous fermented shark, lamb soup, or the sheep’s head. These are just some of the traditional dishes you can find in town, and, just between us, you don’t have to spend a lot of money in order to try them.

Although in summer you will find a lot more of street food downtown, you CAN’T MISS trying the Icelandic hot dog. Downtown Reykjavik is home to the famous Bæjarins Beztu (a favorite with locals, presidents, and celebrities), a stand that has been open near the harbor since 1937. What makes them so special? The hot dogs are mixed with lamb and come topped with a few different sauces besides your standard ketchup and mustard. And for coming in at less than 500 ISK, it might be the cheapest meal out you can get in town.

Must-try (Budget) Icelandic food

If you are a candy person, you need to try PIPP, a chocolate bar that’s a staple in any Icelandic grocery or convenience store. They come filled with caramel, mint, or the ever-popular licorice! You will love it.

Must-try (Budget) Icelandic food

After Björk and volcanoes, one of the most Icelandic things is SKYR. If you’re already here, we’re sure you’ve seen it already. What exactly is Skyr? Well, it’s not exactly a yogurt, despite what your stomach might think. It’s more like a soft cheese made of pasteurized skimmed milk. It’s a really creamy, healthy snack, and it comes in many, many different flavors. You can buy it in all kinds of supermarkets for about 130 ISK.

Must-try (Budget) Icelandic food

A trip to Iceland isn’t complete without trying their famous drink Brennivín. Perhaps you know it by its nickname Black Death. You can ask for it in all the bars and clubs, but also in restaurants after eating a fermented shark (of course you can skip the shark). And the Icelandic way to say cheers? Skál (kind of like scowl)!

Must-try (Budget) Icelandic food

Icelandic cuisine may be very much different than what you’ve expected it to be.

Free Things to do in Reykjavík

Whether you’re running low on funds after exploring Iceland, or you just want a low-key day downtown, there are always cool and free things to do in this city. If you’ve got a couple days to walk around, here are some fun things you can do without spending money.

Explore the street art throughout the city

You probably already know Reykjavik is an enchanting little city of colorful homes, but have you noticed our street art scene? Large murals by local and foreign artists are all over the city; just take a walk downtown to discover these great art pieces!

Free things to do in Reykjavik

 

Visit the Museum of Photography

If museums are your thing, head over to the library in town, where on the top floor sits this museum. It has exhibitions with beautiful photographs that totally reflect the country’s unique spirit. Also, this isn’t the only museum that’s free. There’s a sculpture garden by Hallgrimskirkja, too.

Free things to do in Reykjavik

Go to Perlan

This landmark building offers you one of the best views of the city. Totally free, totally worth it. The photo at the top of this post is taken by Niklas Möller on the sightseeing deck at Perlan in early evening on a winter night.  It’s also a nice spot to watch the Northern Lights if the weather is in your favor.

Take a walk around Tjörnin the largest pond in Reykjavik

It has a park that surrounds it and of course, a lot of happy ducks that may ask you for some bread. After feeding time, head into the town hall to check out a sweet 3D map of the entire country.

Visit Harpa, Reykjavik’s concert hall.

You can’t miss this architectural wonder when you’re in town, but it’s not enough to just take pictures of the outside! During the day, Harpa shines with the natural daylight; however, during the evening, this hall is illuminated with dancing lights. And if you are lucky, you can search online and maybe get a chance to see some free events, like the Icelandic symphony rehearsals.

Free things to do in Reykjavik

Go to the Flea Market.

If you are in town during the weekend, visit Kolaportið down by the harbor. You’ll find all kinds of crafts, books and of course food such as fermented shark. If you do have some money left, or you’ve been holding out for an Icelandic sweater, this is the place to find the cheapest ones.

Concerts and pub quizzes!

There are concerts by jazz and indie musicians for free all over town every single night. Pub quizzes are also frequent, with the most well-known one being the movie quiz held at the Lebowski Bar on Thursday nights. There’s no cover charge or entry fee to join in, either.

These are just a few of the things you can do without spending money while you’re in town, and it just goes to show that you don’t need to buy something to go deep into Icelandic culture.

 

Now, no more excuses: Iceland isn’t only about Geyser and volcanoes, it’s city life, too!

P.S. Check out our blog on Nauthólsvík, the geothermal beach in town, and super close to the hostel! So free, and so awesome that it deserves its own post 🙂

THE BUS HOSTEL REYKJAVIK ARRIVAL GUIDE

 

We present the Bus Hostel Reykjavik Arrival Guide. We get a lot of the same questions so we decided to combine all the answers for you in one place. Voila.

Bus Hostel Reykjavik in summer

FIRST, SOME INFO ABOUT BUS HOSTEL

Bus Hostel is always open!
Check in is at 15.00 / 3PM and check out is at 10.00AM

Remember! Our dorms are sleeping bag accommodation, so duvets aren’t included. You can bring your own or rent one from us for a one-time fee of 1000 ISK. We can also rent out towels for a one-time fee of 500 ISK.

We have two kitchens for our guests to use. There’s enough fridge and shelf space for each room (or each guest). Each floor of the hostel provides many, generously sized private restrooms and showers.

We can store your luggage as long as you’re a guest with us! We have a secure luggage room which only staff members can open. You can also rent a secure locker to keep your stuff safe while you are out enjoying Iceland.

BUS HOSTEL BAR AND LOUNGE

After a long day of exploring the city or trekking through the Icelandic countryside, come and unwind in our cozy, atmospheric common room. Here, guests can grab a drink or some snacks from the bar, strum out a tune on the guitar, or browse through our bookshelf.

Our Happy Hour is from 5-9pm every day.

We offer a breakfast plate of a bagel, skyr, coffee and other goodies for 800 ISK. It is available from 8-10am.

THE BEST WAY TO GET TO THE HOSTEL

Taking the FlyBus or Airport Express are the best options. You can buy tickets in advance on their websites, or in the arrivals hall of the airport. Both shuttles can bring you directly to the hostel, and run according to flight schedules, so you’ll always be able to catch one.

You could also rent a SADcar from our partners at sadcars.com and pick it up at the airport or at our own front desk. As a Bus Hostel customer, you get a discount at SADcars! Just e-mail them at info@sadcars.com for details. There is plenty of free parking for our guests at the Bus Hostel Reykjavik.

BUS HOSTEL LOCATION AND SURROUNDINGS

We’re tucked into the corner of a residential area not too far from the city center. It’s only a fifteen minute walk up to Hallgrimskirkja or to Laugavegur. In the nearby area, we’re close to BSÍ bus terminal, Klambratún park, Nauthólsvík beach, Perlan, and Kringlan shopping mall.

On the below map you can see what is near to the Bus as well as basic information such as the nearest supermarket, ATM and money exchange. Some further information can be found in the below FAQ.

Location map Near Bus Hostel Reykjavik

 

Getting around Reykjavik

Bus Hostel Reykjavik is on a bus route to all directions, check out straeto.is or their nice app to plan your trip. BSÍ – the main bus terminal is within walking distance. Don‘t forget – we do lend you a bike for shorter errands (only during summer)!

Where is the nearest supermarket?

The closest shop is Sunnubúð. It’s a small market which closes a bit later in the neighborhood. It’s just a few minutes away from us.

The closest full sized grocery store is Bónus, and there’s one in the shopping mall Kringlan, and on Laugavegur.

Where can I exchange my money?

You can exchange your money in the airport, but if you don’t manage to, then there are several banks downtown where you can exchange your money as well as in the Kringlan mall. The banks are generally open between 10:00 and 16:00 on weekdays only. The Tourist information Center on Aðalstræti has longer opening hours and can exchange money.

Where’s the domestic airport?

We’re close by, but the entrance you need depends on where you’re flying to! If you’re flying with Air Iceland to Isafjordur, Akureyri, Egilsstadir or Greenland; with Atlantic Airways to the Faroe Islands; or with Air Arctic to Saudarkrokur, the entrance is by the University of Iceland. You can take bus 15 or a taxi there. Otherwise, it’s about 30-35 minute walk.

If you’re taking Eagle Air to Bildudalur, Gjogur, Husavik, Hofn and the Vestman Islands, then you can take bus 5 or walk as we’re only about ten minutes from this entrance.

Which swimming pools are there in the neighbourhood?

The closest one is Sundhöllin on Barónsstígur, just up the road behind Hallgrímskirkja. It has an inside swimming pool and outside hot tubs and small sauna. The hot tubs are nice in the evening.

Vesturbæjarlaugin is quite a bit further in the west of town but it is an outside pool, bigger, and has a fitness center. It could be combined with a trip downtown, especially if the customers are driving. It’s on Hofsvallagata.

Laugardalslaug swimming pool is by far the biggest pool and very popular with the locals. It has inside and outside pools, large and small waterslides, lots of hot tubs and fitness center. Take bus number 14 on Snorrabraut, go to the right out the door and over the bridge over Hringbraut, straight ahead at the right side of the road until you reach the bus stop.

TRAVELING IN ICELAND

If you plan to travel outside of the comfortable Reykjavik bubble we reccommend checking out the following sites.

Safetravel.is is an excellent source of information on how to stay safe in Iceland. Check this site out. There are a lot of dangers in Iceland. For real!

The Icelandic Met Office has weather station forecasts for the whole country.

They also have an Aurora forecast so if you plan to hunt the Northern lights, this is the place to start.

Finally, you can check real time info on road conditions at the awesome road.is site. Very useful if you have your own rental car (especially in winter, spring, fall and summer). Speaking of driving rental cars, our buddies at SADcars car rental have written a lot of blogs on that subject.

 

We are happy to answer any and all questions you might have.
We look forward to seeing you at Bus Hostel!
The Bus drivers.