I always have a problem when it comes to ensuring that I am booking everything within a reasonable time frame. I think you have probably learned this by now. I have a tendency to leave some of these things until the last minute and I should probably stop doing that but, this trip was no exception to that behavior. We had every intention of booking everything early and really researching everything we wanted to do. This only half happened.
We booked a few of our excursions with Iceland Air. If you haven’t booked through Iceland Air or if you haven’t read about my previous posts about the last time I went to Iceland, this is a great to figure out what you want to do if you’re going there. I have to admit that I have a personal fear of getting stranded in the winter time if I were left to my own adventures of driving through a country so I like sticking with the preplanned excursions that are available through Iceland Air. And it’s great because they’ll work with you to tie it in with your flight package and the stopover.
We went through a little bit of a debacle with this because I got a bit over excited about the two excursions that we booked and ended up booking the wrong date forgetting that we would arrive the next day. Luckily, the travel agents worked with me and were able to change the dates for me without any extra charges. It was a little bit of a frightening experience because the excursions are pricey on their own and the thought of possibly having to pay for them twice was making me freak out a little bit. According to their fine print, they don’t make date changes for you and if you ask them to do that then you have to pay. Luckily, I realized my mistake literally within seconds (okay, maybe a minute) after I finalized our plans and immediately emailed them. Working with their customer service on the holiday add-ons is a little hard because they don’t have a phone line you can call. Trust me, they don’t. I even tried calling Iceland Air and they told me they couldn’t help and that I had to go through the email address. Luckily, they were great and helped me out by changing the dates.
After that, we booked our hotel night at the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort because I wanted to make sure it was taken care of before most everything else.
Other than that, we honestly stopped planning for our trip and left the remainder of the activities for much, much later. This included booking some of our hotels and transportation within a week or two of our trip and then even saving one of the hotels for while we were in Helsinki. It was probably not the best idea but it made for some great little adventures for our trip.