Everyone wants to go to Iceland, but how can you go to Iceland on a budget and short on time?

It was 2017, my college Senior Spring was coming up and I wanted to do something fun for Spring Break. As an international student on full need-based financial aid, I usually spent most of my breaks on campus, but it was the last time I could do something different.

I  was looking up tickets prices to go to Europe when I ran into tickets to Iceland for around US$ 300. I think I just searched flights to “everywhere” on Skyscanner from airports close to New Haven, and ran into this WOW airline that I had never heard of with super cheap tickets. I went into their actual website, and they listed lowest prices of flights to everywhere from every airport where they operated in the US (convenient, huh?). Flights from Boston were even cheaper than from NYC, and I just needed to take a cheap bus to fly from Boston. 

So I quickly gathered some friends who were interested in going, and one of them for some reason looked into the Canadian version of WOW Air’s website. Turns out it was almost US$ 50 cheaper after making the conversion from Canadian dollars for the exact same price! That’s how three fellow female physicists and I ended up in Iceland for 4 days with ~US$ 280 round-trip tickets and had a blast. 

WOW Air is now defunct, but some other airlines still have very good deals to travel from the US east coast to Reykjavik, just keep an eye open and set a travel alert on Skyscanner or Kayak. 

Explore this budget-friendly itinerary to spend 4 days there. 

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4-day Iceland itinerary

“[…] we left our luggage at the reception and took that day to walk around, explore and acclimate.”

Day 1: get settled, walk around

We took a red-eye flight on what I’m going to call day 0. On day 1, we finally got to Reykjavik and took a Flybus shuttle to our hostel (I suggest you rent a car from your first day instead, but more on that in the tips section).

We couldn’t check in until 2 pm, so we left our luggage at the reception and took that day to walk around, explore and acclimate. 

After we checked-in, took showers and rested a bit, we went out to pick up groceries, cooked some dinner (which I recommend you do, because food in Iceland is expensive!) and went to bed.