Traveler Feature: Kristine Ruivivar

  • November 13, 2019

Access Travel client Kristine Ruivivar talks about her trip to Iceland!

Why did you choose Access Travel and Tours?

We were satisfied with your services the first time so we came to you again this time.

What made you decide to take a trip to Iceland? How did you plan the trip with your friends?

We put into consideration the number of places we can visit based on how long we can travel. We’ve heard so much about Iceland and we think it’s a great destination.

Can you share with us some of your travel tips based on this trip?

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Instead of exchanging USD or PHP to local currency, you can withdraw to most ATMs there and get it in local currency. Bank charges may apply but the exchange rates are much better.

In terms of pre-departure, you should utilize the online check-in to avoid the long lines. You can also take advantage of this by pre-booking your preferred seats.

Another handy tip is to research about your destination’s weather, so you have an idea what kind of clothes you need to bring for your trip.

Please share with us some of your recommendations when traveling around Iceland, such as sights or tourist attractions, restaurants or what dishes to try, where to go souvenir shopping, etc.

Every place we went to in Iceland, from the capital of Reykjavik to the glaciers of Jokusarlon, was breathtaking and amazing.

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My top recommendation is to drive and head south taking the Ring Road. From Reykjavik all the way to Vik and Jokusarlon, you will see magnificent falls like Seljalandfoss and Skogafoss, and a black sand beach in Vik with its basalt columns. Don’t forget to drive up to Dyrholaey lighthouse for the most stunning view – you should catch the awesome sunrise, it’s the best way to start your day.

While heading back to Reykjavik, you should stop by the Geysir, Gulfoss waterfalls and the Pingvellir National Park. The Blue Lagoon is also a good spot for one last R&R before heading back to Manila.

What were your favorite experiences or moments from your trip?

I drove nearly 1500kms in the span of 5 days and it is the most awesome roadtrip I’ve ever been to hands down. I really enjoyed the whole trip, all 5 days are my favorite.

What are your travel essentials?

A pair of waterproof boots and a waterproof jacket. There’s a lot of walking involved with an Iceland itinerary, and the weather changes abruptly (one minute it’s sunny the next rainy then sleet then hail). You won’t enjoy the view if you’re wet and shivering. Carrying an umbrella is no good because it’s bound to be windy, so it’s better to invest in good quality outdoor gear that will keep you warm and dry. You should also bring some thermal underwear with you.

What’s next on your travel bucket list?

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I’m not sure yet. Maybe Finland and Norway as we were not fortunate to see any Northern Lights while we were in Iceland. My ultimate dream destinations though are Machu Picchu and Antartica. I know I need to prepare for these destinations, as I need to be physically fit for both – plus, an expedition to Antartica is super expensive!

Lightly edited for conciseness. Photos provided by client.

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