Europe Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Comments Please re Iceland's Golden Circle Tour and Accessibility for Seniors

Jump to last reply

Our family trip to Iceland is fast approaching (11 Canadians of Icelandic descent; 3 generations ranging in age from 21 to 91!) and I'm horribly behind in my research. I've divided the trip into chunks and am researching each in turn so will post a few times over the next couple of weeks.

We stay in Hveragerdi (Hotel Ork) for the first 3 nights and from there will visit Thingvellir, Geysir, Gullfoss, possibly the Blue Lagoon (but most likely later in the trip) and I'm seriously looking at flying to Heimaey (Westmann Islands) for a day.

We have 3 seniors on the trip - 87, 89 and 91 (long lived, these Icelanders!) While they're all in amazing shape there are some limitations and I'm trying to get a handle on the conditions at the above locations. If you've been to any of the above could you please take a moment and comment about the visit from the perspective of a senior citizen? We will be traveling in our own cars. So, for example, what's it like when you arrive at Thingvellir? Is there a lot of walking from the parking lot? Is the terrain uneven? Are there rest stops along the way? How would you rank it on a scale of 1-10 (1 "not senior friendly" and 10 "very senior friendly").

Of all of the sites listed above Thingvellir is the most important visit (You know how the father in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" comments about the fact that all word origins are Greek? My father cannot *hear* the word Parliament without pointing out that the VERY FIRST Parliament EVER was in Iceland at Thingvellir!)

Yes....I'm a control freak, but I did a lot of similar preplanning for my trip to Paris with my 86 year old mother in law last November and it really paid off. We'll have to plan/pace our excursions in Iceland and every bit of advance knowledge will help - thanks for any help you can provide!

(Oh -- any and all restaurant recommendations are always appreciated!)

Regards

Elizabeth

4 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcement:
  • Writers Needed for Japan
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Mar 26, 15 at 02:38 PM
View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Bologna, Italy Apartment Rentals
  2. 2 2 week limit. Start in Barcelona and end in Paris. How to fill the middle?
  3. 3 France and Spain in 14 days?
  4. 4 Ideas on what to do for Granddaughter's 12th Birthday in London
  5. 5 700 die off Italian coast in boat accident.
  6. 6 Scenic drive from Ghent to Amsterdam
  7. 7 A week in Paris
  8. 8 Ibiza, San Sebastian, Sicily or Nice??
  9. 9 Bayeux tapestry
  10. 10 Trip Report A Very Brief Report of My Recent Trip to Paris
  11. 11 Train tickets and Theatre tickets: how far in advance to book?
  12. 12 Ice Bar at the Nordic Sea Hotel, Stockholm
  13. 13 Non-Crowded Europe in Mid-July
  14. 14 What's on your Paris wish list?
  15. 15 which mountain for snow experience for non skier - first visit to France
  16. 16 Camino No-No
  17. 17 Day visit to Terezin Memorial - Tour or on our own?
  18. 18 9 days in switzerland
  19. 19 Day trips from Budapest and Vienna
  20. 20 Traveling with 6 in the Netherlands & Friesland - car or train?
  21. 21 Bus ride to Positano
  22. 22 Paris or Rome in March or possibly September/October
  23. 23 Help! Overwhelmed by Italy Trip Planning
  24. 24 Critique my 3 week Balkans Itinerary + Budget
  25. 25 Taxi from CDG to Paris for 4. Cost?
View next 25 » Back to the top