My Trip to Iceland - 2014

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Re: My Trip to Iceland - 2014

Post by hounddog » Tue Oct 14, 2014 12:15 pm

Looks like a fantastic trip Colin, thanks again for your excellent write up and photos .
I am, as I believe the expression is , well jel :mrgreen:

Every time you see a bottle of Sprite from now on I think you will be reminded of your time in the wilderness
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Re: My Trip to Iceland - 2014

Post by namtip » Tue Oct 14, 2014 7:20 pm

bth2bth2 wrote:thanks colin. great write up and stunning pics.
superb trip.
any chance of an idea on costings?
I had been resisting the temptation to work this out as I would probably keel over in shock, but you pushed me over the edge Brian! According to the bank account, the damage is thus:

Return ferry ticket Hirtshals Denmark to Seydisfjordur Iceland, couchette class (literally sleeping in the bilge ;) ), including 1 meal daily: £393
Eurotunnel return fare: £72
Fuel, food, beer, camping, sundries etc: £1370 :shock:

Last time I properly checked, my bike does 49 mpg at low non-motorway speeds. At motorway speeds however it has dipped to around 35 in the past. I did 3083 miles, the vast majority of which was motorway. UK and Iceland average petrol price is circa 128p per litre for the period I visited. So the total price of fuel I burned at 49 mpg is: £366. This rises to £448 at 40 mpg and £512 at 35 mpg. So who knows...

I did blow a lot of money on board the ship, buying many many beers at the bar over a total of 6 nights at £5 each, partly because I didn't bother checking the Danish Kroner rates etc - but mainly (and quite rightly) because of the "f**k it - I'm having the best holiday ever!" attitude which I don't have to justify to anyone! I also partook in one-off events like going in the blue lagoon (£20) and splurging on Icelandic delicacies in restaurants a couple of times (not cheap at all!), and buying souvenirs.

Camping at campsites is something like £6 a night. For that you get toilets, drinking water, hot showers, and even laundry facilities sometimes. You always get someone come along either in the evening or the morning who takes the money. They have ID and a card machine and always give you a receipt. If you're organised (not like me) you can collect all receipts and fill out a lengthy form back on the ship and get tax back. Sometimes nobody comes in which case it's all free.

Petrol stations are all automated in Iceland, meaning you use your bank card + PIN not unlike using a cash machine. I'm pretty sure my bank stung me good for that. Towards the end of my trip I discovered that you can buy pre-pay cards for cash - would have saved on bank fees on each fill-up.

So all in all not cheap. But 1000 times more enjoyable and rewarding than an easyjet holiday somewhere!
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Re: My Trip to Iceland - 2014

Post by namtip » Tue Oct 14, 2014 7:23 pm

HoundDog wrote:Every time you see a bottle of Sprite from now on I think you will be reminded of your time in the wilderness
Either that or I get the urge to empty it and fill it with fuel "just in case" :roll:
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Re: My Trip to Iceland - 2014

Post by pupster » Tue Oct 14, 2014 7:50 pm

..... Worth every penny...... :)
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Re: My Trip to Iceland - 2014

Post by namtip » Tue Oct 14, 2014 8:02 pm

MoscowJohn wrote:..... Worth every penny...... :)
Indeed! I'm all too aware of the fact that I could have bought a decent MT350 for what I spent on the trip. But what's the point of having an MT without taking them on an adventure every now and again?! (And I'm sure you know all about that, right John? ;) )
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Re: My Trip to Iceland - 2014

Post by noddy » Tue Oct 14, 2014 10:09 pm

What a fantastic trip. Stunning, thanks for sharing. Where are you going next?, it will be hard to top that trip! :D
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Re: My Trip to Iceland - 2014

Post by bth2bth2 » Wed Oct 15, 2014 7:09 am

many thanks for the breakdown colin.....id better get saving :?


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