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I posted this question on the "Disabled" board & got 0 responses.  Thought I'd try here.

 

If all goes well & the Covid gremlins are under control next summer, I'm booked on a TA Princess cruise that makes 3 ports in Iceland.

I'm a "senior" w/mobility issues so I'll rent a scooter (as usual; yes, I have a HC cabin) & probably take my rollator (2-3 tender ports) too.  I'll be cruising solo.  [Yes, I know it's quite early for planning, but I NEED the distraction!]

 

Since I've never been to Iceland, I'll probably do only ship's excursions unless I can join some private tours from the roll call.

I would greatly appreciate any suggestions/advice you experienced Iceland-visitors can offer.

 

THANKS!

 
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Could you tell us what the ports are?

Reykjavik is a typical Nordic city.  Narrow streets and sidewalks, lots of shops and restaurants and people and cars.  A little bit hilly.  You can use Google Street View to see the quality of the streets and sidewalks for traveling on your scooter or rollator.

 

The other ports could be relatively easy or quite difficult to get around.

 

Natural Wonder sites in Iceland are why most folks go, and many of those places do not have sidewalks.  You can usually see the attraction from the parking lot, and the Geysir is well sidewalked, but it will be tough to get close to Gulfoss and many of the other waterfalls using wheels.

 

There are a couple tour companies in Iceland that offer tours for the disabled, while that won't get you access to sites that just can't be reached, they will have a better understanding of your needs and the ability to tailor your touring to your possibilities.

 

Covid is really hurting Icelandic tour companies, though, and ones that are around now may well not be around next summer, so although I encourage you to contact them, I'd wait until after the winter to make specific plans.  And make sure you have good travel insurance in case companies go out of business with your money in their pockets

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1 hour ago, DRS/NC said:

I'm considering the Blue Lagoon -- because it's there.

The Blue Lagoon is wheelchair accessible. Information on these sites:

https://curbfreewithcorylee.com/2015/10/07/blue-lagoon-wheelchair-accessible-iceland/

https://www.wheelchairtraveling.com/blue-lagoon-geothermal-spa-in-iceland/

Info on Akureyri:

https://disability-cruising.com/2019/12/02/disabled-cruisers-guide-to-akureyri-iceland/

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10 hours ago, DRS/NC said:

Now, if only the virus cooperates & my cruise "goes" next May/June!

I hope your cruise is a "go". 🙂

I neglected to add info on Isafjordur & Reykjavik. You can check the links below:

Isafjordur:

https://disability-cruising.com/destinations/europe-british-isles/isafjordur-iceland/

Reykjavik:

https://spintheglobe.net/dir/2016/09/13/wheelchair-accessible-reykjavik-iceland/

General information on Iceland's accessibility:

https://guidetoiceland.is/travel-info/iceland-in-a-wheelchair-adventures-accessible-to-everyone

https://curbfreewithcorylee.com/2019/09/18/why-visit-iceland-wheelchair-accessible/

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Isafjordur is a great town, and it has our favorite restaurant in the world, https://www.tjoruhusid.is/  Amazing fresh seafood buffet.

 

MUST make a reservation.  We've done dinner there but they also do lunch

 

We took a boat tour there with West Tours to Vigur Island, but I'm not sure that tour is "roller" accessible.  The town itself is flat and cute and easily covered in a wheelchair or similar.  There's an Arctic Fox Centre there that is cute, but I believe it has stairs and wasn't really memorable for us.  Great scenery all over the Westfjords, if there is a tour to Dynjandi Waterfall, I would take it.  There are stairs to climb alongside, but it is beautiful from the ground.

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On 9/27/2020 at 6:53 PM, DRS/NC said:

dogs4fun -- thank you!  just the info I need! 

Now, if only the virus cooperates & my cruise "goes" next May/June!

If you're cruise is cancelled (I think all the TAs were cancelled, but not sure as I'm not tracking those), you could try to book the roundtrip cruise from Southampton on Island Princess.  It goes to Iceland and Greenland in August.  Of course, there's no guarantee my cruise won't be cancelled, but at least it's further out and not subject to the CDC restrictions (less than 8 days through November).

 

If you do decide to join this cruise, please join our roll call as well.

 

Good luck and stay safe.

Donna

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