Another plug for Iceland... Since the bank crash a few years ago Iceland is less expensive than in living memory. It is extremely safe and very walkable. Prices for everything are all over the map. I bought hand knit mitts very cheaply and in other places factory knit and not as good quality ones re very expensive. Getting a place where you could cook your own food would be an excellent idea. I was fortunate enough to be able to stay with a cousin. Did I say the scenery is spectac? Picture below: white dots are Japanese tourists.