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Old 12-01-2011, 02:18 PM
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What kind of a vacation do you want? Alaska's awesome if you want to see scenery or do outdoorsy things (kayaking, hiking glaciers, etc). I don't know what Iceland is known for.

I will say that it's a little late to be booking Alaska. If you want to do any guided tours or anything (which you have to, for a lot of stuff--like helicopter rides or whale watching trips), the cruises are ridiculously popular and when ships are in port those things sell out with the top vendors a year ahead of time. If you're planning on staying inland or have no interested in a tour guide, then ignore that.

We looked into doing Alaska this summer, and I was shocked how expensive it is. We did 2 weeks in the Mediterranean for cheaper than 2 weeks in Alaska was going to cost. Airfare alone from DC was nearly $1000 each--Italy was only $800. And there were no deals to be had on lodging or tours either.

You may have a different experience from Florida in May compared to DC in August, but we're looking at going to northern Europe (Norway/Russia/Estonia) instead of Alaska because it will be cheaper.
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Old 12-01-2011, 02:46 PM
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I took out a couple on a trail ride this summer who were "practicing" for a 5 day guided horseback trip in Iceland. I asked if they would pack me in their luggage--I don't take up much space! LOL!
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Last year, flights to Alaska were only about $100 or so more than flights to Scotland.

For Alaska, the plan was to fly to Fairbanks and stay pretty much inland. May is kind of an "off" time of year for people to travel so I'm not too worried about having to book super far in advance.
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Expensive

Food is terrible

But it was the best vacation ever!!!!

If you like outdoors stuff and history it is the place to go.
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