From Reykjavik you are able to visit maybe 20% of Iceland on day trips, but because it’s the most densely populated area those places are all the most crowded as well. Otherwise, you’ll want to get your free copy of the sort of catalog that lists most of the smaller guesthouses and inns in each town. -Roger, Hey Roger ! It’s an interesting question because most things in Iceland are quite expensive compared to elsewhere in Europe. From Reykjavik you can rent a car (in the city or at the airport) and go as far as Hofn in the east. It’s a very party-oriented city center so I’d imagine that they’ll stay open even later if an event is still going on. Given that i have 8 nights – here is how i plan to break-up my trip. In other words, you’ll have 10 or 12 good hours to linger wherever you want, and only about 3 additional hours of driving that day. Cost wise we have established that the diff between car rental and motorhome for the time isn’t that much? Outside of Reykjavik the “nightlife” consists of a small and expensive pub in a few small towns. We were thinking of 12 days of sightseeing on the road followed by 2 days in Reykjavik. Have a few questions: Feel free to ask other questions if you have them. Pokhara Also, the Blue Lagoon is definitely worth a visit, but it’s close to the airport and far from the city. For that reason I’d highly recommend doing the whole Ring Road and trying to visit for 7 or even 8 days. The food thing is kind of interesting compared to most other destinations, as I mention in the article above. -Roger, This is so useful, thank you! Recently I got a similar question about year-round campgrounds and I found that a Google search came up with a very helpful map. I’ve never been in Iceland and now i have an offer to work at the Keflavik airport.The think is i don’t know the costs for living there.They offer me 12-13 euros per hour and 200 hours or more per month.I know that Iceland is an expensive country so i’m afraid.It will be enough that salary? The main roads are pretty well traveled and well maintained, so if you stick to those you should be fine. From what I read, it’s extremely safe and normal there. You can get cheaper fruits and vegetables if you buy frozen as they are easier to import. -Roger. We are travelling there for a week exactly the same time of the year as you did. You can do a lot of sightseeing based there, but I’d still hope you can afford maybe 2 nights on the road. When you find yourself on a gravel road, which could happen a lot, your choices will be to drive at a snail’s pace and pray that you aren’t shredding the front of the car, or drive at a moderate pace knowing you aren’t liable for damage. The Golden Circle consists of a waterfall, the Geysir hot springs field, and a national park that includes the Continental Divide. Reykjavik is a pretty cool city, but I wouldn’t want to spend more than a few days there. We really have only one full “non travel day”, so I had to be a little regimented in planning, but I was hoping for a bit of advice. I’m considering a holiday to Iceland and found your review really helpful, thank you for sharing this information. Hi Roger, -Roger. If breakfast is included in your accommodation, then go for it! I admit to say that i have learned so much about this country just from this side and mostly from the comments people post below. Would you recommend going on a tour to do the golden circle and northern lights? We would like to be based in Reykjavik and join day tours from there to explore the countryside and sights around the capital. I didn’t make it all the way to the western fjords, so I can’t offer much help with that part of Iceland. Your info re car hire is great, but I’m gonna be on a budget after all that riding expense (approx â¬100 ++ per day) Consider the gravel coverage if you are doing the Ring Road because you’ll be driving off pavement at times and the rocks really do fly around if you are going more than a crawl. Golden Circle Guided bus tour (8 hours) Thank you for the information in the article! There aren’t many notable attractions in that stretch, so it’s another pretty easy drive as long as you start early. I assume that you’d be okay bringing your own sheets and blankets instead of an actual sleeping bag. Many of the visitors that time of year are in search of the Northern Lights, so you might consider that as well. Outside of those places, there aren’t many hotels in that area. We are heading to Iceland end of April. I am all inspired by your knowledge now I am very much clear to d9 it all by myself for a great adventure. And as for stowing your bag at a hostel, that shouldn’t be a problem at all. I have all the other warm gear but didn’t want to be left with jackets that wouldn’t be worn again. There seems to be close to zero petty crime in Iceland, and actually zero violent crime. I travel all over the world and only in New Zealand and Iceland have I decided to rent a car. CuraÃ§ao, But if, like me, you are driving around the Ring Road all the way, you will encounter several sections of gravel roads that might last 50 or even 100 kilometers. When I returned the car to the airport location, I was a bit worried that they’d find some other small damage that I hadn’t noticed, but the guy barely looked at the car before driving me to the terminal in the thing. I really wish I knew more about the winters there. Barbados I guess it depends on how much more the 4WD costs, and how much you guys can afford. 2. Otherwise any collared shirt and jeans would be fine. Yours is probably the same. I was told as well as read articles driving in Iceland during winter can be hazardous and dangerous and decided not to hire car instead and inquired with local Travel agents. There aren’t many notable museums there, so you can just look around and then take in the view from the top of the cathedral. I stayed in Hofn on my fourth night, and there are a few gravel patches of the Ring Road along the coast, so that one can be a bit slow. Paris Santa Ana But in April you could get an even better deal. Good luck with it. But if you spent two days in Reykjavik and then two more days touring the southern coast of the island, you’d regret not spending 3.5 days touring the southern coast. Hong Kong I wouldn’t want to take much of value with me while hitching…. We want to try and see as much as wee can. Going east from Vik, you could go all the way to a town called HÃ¶fn and there are great sights all the way. Weirdly enough, fruit is often cheaper in Europe than in the US. Retail alcohol is a far better deal, even though the government keeps a monopoly on sales through the country. We are doing the ring road clockwise so the third day we will be staying at Akureyri. Antigua, Honduras So you’ll have many opportunities to hike when the weather looks good and you are in the mood. I believe I booked my rental car only about a week before I arrived. Montreal, Excellent blog and very informative so thanks. I rented a car in Reykjavik, and didn’t actually leave the city until around 2pm. As I’ve mentioned before, I did the whole Ring Road in 7 days, but I could have pretty easily done it in 6 days because I spent the whole last day fairly close to Reykjavik, and those sights are the least impressive when you’ve done the whole island. Then stay overnight in hopes of catching the Northern Lights at the lagoon. My understanding is that those buses go only once or twice per day, so you have to go on their exact schedule. Hoi An, Even as a lifetime public transportation fan, I'm very glad I gave in and rented a car to tour Iceland, even as a solo traveler. It’s very easy and low stress because there is basically one well-maintained road, and very little traffic on it. Having a beer with your dinner can add an extra $10+ to your bill. Do one or the other, but I wouldn’t recommend ONLY stay in or near the capital the whole time. Faro, -Roger. More natural sceneries, merrier it’d be. In almost any other European country you can stay in the largest city to make day trips and you get the best of both worlds (big city services and nature sightseeing). Latvia TIA! Every gas station in the country has the same prices, which don't seem to change much. Check for the best rate and then check the policy at that company. In other words, I don’t think you’ll have trouble at all finding washrooms and showers in September. And I’m confident you’ll agree that avoiding the sit-down restaurants is a great way to stay on budget. La Romana, Look forward to hearing from you. As for the Iceland car rental, my understanding is that a general Collision Damage Waiver is mandatory for all rentals in Iceland, but that one has a deductible of â¬1,500 (I believe). I hope this helps and let me know if you have any other questions. Our grocery bill for 11 days was $125 for two people.. which would have only gotten us 2-3 meals out at a restaurant. Have a great trip and let me know if you have other questions. In the end I didn’t see any noticeable gravel damage on my car, but still I felt it was worthwhile and I’d do it again. She would be renting a car. -Roger, Hi Roger Great article. Sorry for bombarding you with all these questions in a very abrupt manner. Even though the sun technically “rises” at 10am or so and sets before 4pm, it’s not very dark before and after that. If you could stay 7 days or if you wanted to rush a bit and do it in 6 days, I would rent a car at the airport and skip visiting Reykjavik altogether or perhaps just on your last day. I haven’t been to Iceland in April, but I still think I can answer the question. Roger – we are going to be in Iceland for 7 days in late September and plan on doing the Ring Road. One wonderful thing about the Ring Road is that most of the best sights are literally next to the Ring Road, or down a short road that is well marked. I’d guess that it would be later than October. For dessert, a chocolate swiss-roll from Bonus. In one place I rented a small cabin with its own kitchen, but all the rest had communal kitchens. The famous attractions close to Reykjavik (except for the Blue Lagoon) are among the more disappointing compared to those around the rest of the island. I booked the Iceland Airwaves music festival, package w a Hilton Hotel Nordica as a base camp, great hotel rate, and will be mostly out of the hotel in the rental car hotel on wheels car camping, sleeping bag, showers will be swimming holes and food at the local grocery store as you have thoroughly documented as affordable. Thanks again Thanks once again for your efforts to so patiently answer so many travelers’ questions! Arrival 19:00 2-Jun and Departure 01:15 7-Jun ( 4 full days). My questions are.. 1. There are some areas where you can go maybe 80 KPH, but much of it is very windy and also very scenic, so there are long stretches where you can’t drive or wouldn’t want to drive faster than 40 or 50 KPH. Washington D.C. Argentina 4. I’m glad the main article helped, and I’ll try to answer your questions below. I’m not sure about the snow though.. is there snow in Iceland during this period? I took mostly main routes, but still there was one 20-kilometer stretch that was unpaved and covered in gravel. One weird thing about Iceland is that much, if not most, of the accommodation is not found or bookable online. Any other recommendations on things to do would be greatly appreciated. And I’d spend at least 2 nights based in the town of Vik, which is a small town that has good tourist infrastructure in the middle of the south, and then 1 or 2 nights based in Hofn. I do plan to rent a car as well. Caracas. I’m hoping you could help me with some quick questions though…. Between Reykjavik and HÃ¶fn you’ll find literally dozens of excellent sights, including waterfalls, national parks, lagoons, volcanic fields, and things you just won’t believe until you see them. I would go as early as you can since the days start getting shorter and it gets cooler pretty quickly. It will be a bit confusing getting onto the highway leading out of town, but after that it’s a breeze. I pretty much freestyled it around the Ring Road, starting clockwise and trying to get the longer driving days in first so I’d have more time to slow down on the more populated southern coast. Fast food meals start at around US$10, so not too much more expensive than elsewhere. Barcelona, Recommendations? There are some bus companies that connect the main tourist sights, especially along the southern coast, but their schedules are fixed so you have to be ready to catch the bus when it comes each day. We’d like to see as much places as possible in the cheapest possible way. That said, my guess is that a local can probably spot a tourist from the other side of the room, just like everywhere else that gets so many tourists. If you have phone service while you are there, or a way of sending email, you should be able to find and book places as you go pretty easily. We will be going end of May to early June. If you rent a car at the big airport, which is an hour’s drive from Reykjavik, it’s even easier. I’ve never heard of anyone seeing the Northern Lights in August, although I suppose it’s possible. Weird as it may sound, those places are officially called “Sleeping Bag Accommodation,” when they offer rooms with no linen or blankets. While groceries in Iceland might be a bit more than you pay at home, it is still so much cheaper than eating at restaurants. Beirut Next day picking up hire car and driving to Hohn, staying overnight then heading to Reykjavik. 1 to Seljalandsfoss waterfall, consistently rated high by travelers. I hope this helps and let me know if you have any other questions. Select city in Iceland: Do you live in Iceland? It was absolutely delicious and very filling. Bonaire, As I am a lone traveler, what is the best way for me to travel around the country. I don’t know much about the best way to see the Northern Lights in Iceland, but a few people have mentioned those tours that include hotels and transportation to the best viewing spots. 2. Where ever I travel I bring a mini blender with me so I can make smoothies every day. There are many sandwich shops among the choices at the petrol stations, and they always have a veggie sandwich or two on the menu. Hopefully you can find a good source for information on how to see the Northern Lights on your own. But I did meet many families in the guesthouses where I stayed, so I’d imagine that quad rooms are pretty common there. So there was more than enough to see with a 2WD. I am going in November too. So I think it’s wise to trust the other online reviews and general opinions that you’ve read. I donât intend on going up any mountains so Iâll stick with a regular car. 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