Hello all! I’ve just returned from my trip to Iceland, and let me tell you, it was amazing (despite all odds)! I admit, I was a bit disheartened because I broke my toe a week before leaving for London. I wasn’t too concerned about how it would impact my time in the city, but was very worried about being able to get through a week in London and then a week hiking in Iceland.
Rearranging a few things on my itinerary, I wound up spending the first half of my Iceland stop in the capital, Reykjavik. Expect a city guide soon because I absolutely fell in love with this northern capital!
That being said, I tried my best whenever I could to make my trip just a bit easier. Luckily, I was fortunate enough to partner with Kiwitaxi for some of my transportation while in Iceland.* Kiwitaxi is a booking service that will help connect you to local car and taxi services in your destination city.
Kiwitaxi actually arranges the whole service for you – you just send a booking request with information regarding your flight information, destination, and luggage and seat needs. Luckily for me, they have already expanded to Iceland and I was able to get a black car trasnfer from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik (door-to-door from the airport to my hostel!) instead of messing with the Airbus (public transit to Reykjavik from KEF).
Now, the one downside to Kiwitaxi is that it does tend to be more expensive than using whatever public transportation is available at the airport, or alternatively, booking a car or airport shuttle for yourself. However, if it’s within your budget, I would highly recommend booking through Kiwitaxi as it streamlines the process significantly. I simply made my request, and the service took care of everything else. Then before my flight, I received a text message from my driver confirming my transfer, with instructions for where he would be meeting me. And there he was, holding an iPad with my name in it! It doesn’t get much easier than that.
I imagine this would be especially helpful when traveling to a country with significant language barriers, which makes navigating other transportation services especially difficult.
What is more, my driver, Fridjon, was incredibly helpful and knowledgable. I received a bit of a history lesson of Iceland, from its original settlement, viking history, time under Danish rule, and even about the more recent use as both British and American military bases (which have left their mark on the island in the form of two international airports!). This was a very welcomed introduction to Iceland (and Fridjon also told me about the Secret Lagoon, which I will definitely have to tell you guys all about sometime soon)!
Even though the sun hadn’t quite set yet on my way to the hostel, it was still right around midnight when my flight landed. Needless to say, I was thankful for such an easy time getting to my bed to rest up for my adventure without having to arrange my own taxi from Keflavik Airport.
*This post was sponsored by Kiwitaxi in exchange for services. Opinions, as always, are my own.