Average temperatures for this time of year may be between -2 and 3 degrees Celsius. Although not quite as warm as England, at first thought this temperature is not too off-putting, but when combined with the northerly winds, it actually is likely to feel a lot colder (World Weather Online). For this reason, my suitcase will be packed with mostly thermals. Thermal socks, thermal vests, thermal leggings…thermal everything! I will also be taking my ski jacket and gloves for extra warmth and definitely a hot water bottle.
Talking to friends and family who have previously visited Iceland has also been extremely beneficial. I have collected several items including adapter plugs, a water proof phone case for the blue lagoon and guide books, all of which I will include in my packing.
I have also managed to get hold of a bus route map, which appears to be the most economical means of transport around Reykjavik city. Visitors can choose from using a touristic hop-on/hop-off bus route to key points of interest around the city, for around 3,500kr per day, or use public transport, where bus passes can be bought for 1,500kr per 24hours (Visit Reykjavik). Key places of my event-based interest, which include The Harpa, The Pearl and The Hilton, can all be reached easily using these bus routes.
Finally, my preparation focused on the financial aspects of the trip. Iceland is notoriously known for being an expensive place to visit, which can be traced back to the strengthening of their currency following the 2008 financial crisis (Johnannsson, 2016). With the cost of living 67% higher than in the UK (Numbeo, 2017), I have decided to take 35,000kr, which is actually only around £300!
Johnannsson, K. (2016). ‘Is Iceland becoming too expensive for its own good?’. Iceland News. 8th September. Available at: http://www.icenews.is/2016/09/08/iceland-is-becoming-too-expensive-for-its-own-good/#axzz4ZnhEq9Fd. Accessed 26th February 2017.
Numbeo. (2017). ‘Iceland Cost of Living’. Available at: https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/country_result.jsp?country=Iceland. Accessed 26th February 2017.
Visit Reykjavik. ‘Reykjavik city card’. Available at: http://www.visitreykjavik.is/city/reykjavik-city-card. Accessed 19th February 2017.
World Weather Online. ‘Reykjavik Forecast’. Available at: https://www.worldweatheronline.com/reykjavik-weather/gullbringusysla/is.aspx. Accessed 19th February 2017.