New York and Iceland Itinerary (32 Days)

The main idea behind this itinerary was to focus on Iceland. However, we figured that since we had to layover in New York anyways, why not include upstate New York before going overseas as well as staying in the city that never sleeps itself when we return to the States? We timed this trip to sit in the height of Iceland's short Summer season, which also meant that we were visiting New York at some of its muggiest as well as slightly off-peak flow for its waterfalls (though they were still not bad in most cases). We also had the benefit of staying at a cousin's place for our last three nights in New York City, which saved a significant amount of money as New York wasn't cheap (even if it meant sleeping on the floor of her tiny apartment). Speaking of expensive, Iceland was very expensive during the time of our visit (which preceded the GFC when the Icelandic currency became de-valued).

For the entire part of the Finger Lakes and Iceland part of the trip, we were self-driving on our self-tours (by the way, we didn't need a car for our last three days in New York City). For New York, we rented directly through Hertz and for Iceland, we rented directly through Budget (though for reasons I'll get to shortly, I wish we went with someone else). That said, we had to deal with flat tires twice on this trip - once in Buffalo (which costed us money out-of-pocket since we didn't buy any rental insurance and it was deemed that we somehow caused the puncture) and once in Northern Iceland (which costed us time, but not money; the tires were well-worn at the time of hire). I think those experiences made us keenly aware that rental car companies tended to rent out vehicles with worn treads in the interest of saving on operating cost. This basically leaves it up to the renter to deal with these issues either in the field (a very unsettling thought the more I think about it) or raising a stink about it at the time of hire. Unfortunately, that latter option would result in more delays, especially if you consider that they might not even have a replacement at the ready! Anyways, I digress, but flat tires were pretty much the unforeseen drama that accompanied us on this trip. I think Julie also bought travel insurance as a precaution, but we couldn't make any claims against it regarding the flat in Buffalo anyways since the travel insurance didn't cover anything in the States.



Day Overnight Activity
1-2 Niagara Falls, ON
Fallsview Casino Resort
Travel, Car Rental Pickup, Niagara Falls
3 Niagara Falls, ON
Embassy Suites Fallsview
Niagara Falls (American Side), Cave of the Winds, Maid of the Mist, Journey Behind the Falls
4 Ithaca, NY
Econo Lodge
Lower Falls (Rochester), High Falls (Rochester), Chittenango Falls, Pratt's Falls, Upper Carpenter Falls, Lower Carpenter Falls
5 Ithaca, NY
Econo Lodge
Taughannock Falls, Buttermilk Falls, Ithaca Falls
6 Ithaca, NY
Econo Lodge
Lower Falls (Enfield), Lucifer Falls, She-Qua-Ga Falls (Montour Falls), Aunt Sarah's Falls
7 Buffalo, NY
Hilton Garden Inn Downtown
Upper Falls (Letchworth), Middle Falls (Letchworth), Lower Falls (Letchworth)
8 Reykjavik, Iceland
Metropolitan Hotel
Car Rental Return (flat tire), Travel, Car Rental Pickup
9 Reykjavik, Iceland
Metropolitan Hotel
Blue Lagoon, Hallgrimskirkja
10 Reykjavik, Iceland
Metropolitan Hotel
Glymur, Sjavarfoss, Thorufoss, Trollafoss
11 Reykjavik, Iceland
Metropolitan Hotel
Gullfoss, Geysir, Faxi, Thingvellir, Oxararfoss,
12 Olafsvik, Iceland
Hotel Olafsvik
Barnafoss, Hraunfossar, Glanni, Other Snaefellsnes Waterfalls, Bjarnafoss, Svodufoss, Klukkufoss, Djupalonssandur, Arnarstapi, Baejarfoss,
13 Isafjordur, Iceland
Hotel Edda Isafjordur
Other Snaefellsnes Waterfalls, Kirkjufellsfoss, Grundarfoss, Westfjords Ferry, Waterfall at Foss, Dynjandi, Other Westfjords Waterfalls, Waterfall in Tungudalur
14 Djupavik, Iceland
Hotel Djupavik
Other Westfjords Waterfalls, Djupavikurfoss, Strandir Coast
15 Vatnsdalur, Iceland
Hof i Vatnsdalur Guesthouse
Other Westfjords Waterfalls, Strandir Coast, Hvitserkur, Stekkjarfoss
16 Akureyri, Iceland
Hotel Edda Akureyri
Put on spare tire, Ketubjorg, Glaumbaer, Replace all tires
17 Akureyri, Iceland
Hotel Edda Akureyri
Aldeyjarfoss, Godafoss, Dettifoss, Selfoss, Urridafoss, Katlar, Rettarfoss, Holmafossar, Namaskard
18 Reykjalid, Iceland
Elda Guesthouse
Godafoss, Dettifoss, Selfoss, Hafragilsfoss, Urridafoss, Katlar, Rettarfoss
19 Egilsstadir, Iceland
Hotel Edda Egilsstadir
Krafla (Stora-Viti), Draugafoss, Vopnafjordur, Rjukandi, Lagarfoss
20 Egilsstadir, Iceland
Hotel Edda Egilsstadir
Hengifoss, Jonsfoss, Fardagafoss, Other Seydisfjordur Waterfalls, Seydisfjordur, Gufufoss
21 Skaftafell, Iceland
Hotel Skaftafell
Waterfall near Djupivogur, Hofn, Jokulsarlon, Skaftafellsjokull, Svartifoss
22 Kirkjubaejarklaustur, Iceland
Hotel Geirland
Foss a Sidu, Stjornarfoss, Systrafoss, Fagrifoss, Kirkjugolf, Fjadrargljufur
23 Kirkjubaejarklaustur, Iceland
Hotel Geirland
Ofaerufoss, Landmannalaugur
24 Kirkjubaejarklaustur, Iceland
Hotel Geirland
Dyrholaey, Skogafoss, Southern Ring Road Waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss, Waterfall by Holaskjol
25 Skogar, Iceland
Hotel Edda Skogar
Dyrholaey, Southern Ring Road Waterfalls, Gljufurarfoss, Gluggafoss, AEgissufoss, Arbaejarfoss, Skogafoss, Kvernufoss
26 Skogar, Iceland
Hotel Edda Skogar
Waterfalls on the Skoga River
27 Hrauneyjar, Iceland
Hrauneyjar Highland Center
Thjofafoss, Haifoss, Gjain Waterfalls, Stong, Hjalparfoss, Landmannalaugur
28 Reykjavik, Iceland
Metropolitan Hotel
Dynkur, Gullfoss
29 New York, NY
Cousin's Place by Penn Station
Car Rental Return, Travel, Times Square
30 New York, NY
Cousin's Place by Penn Station
Lower Manhattan, Statue of Liberty
31 New York, NY
Cousin's Place by Penn Station
Central Park, New York City
32 Home Travel



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