You’ll see when you get there that pretty much every interesting sight is right off Highway 1, so it’s very easy. Sorry I am not of more help. 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. -Roger. -Roger. I suggest using a site like for that. Based on your experience, would you advise to stay over near Vik and drive back to Rek the next day? Let me know if you have any other questions. Golden Circle Guided bus tour (8 hours) I’m not a big fan of museums or architectures. For one thing, you’ll need to rent a car or buy a bus pass to do the Ring Road, which I agree is the best thing about Iceland. A Ring Road passport will cost around US$400 per person, so for two people it's no cheaper than renting a car, even after fuel is taken into account, and for 3 or 4 people it's definitely cheaper renting a car. In addition to the Ring Road, I wanted to squeeze in the Snaefellsnes peninsula. Amsterdam So the price you were quoted should include the most important insurance. I hope you really enjoyed your travel around Iceland. Have yet to hear back since writing their website Roger, YOU ROCK ! Speaking of that, definitely check out the Blue Lagoon because it’s very cool, but save it for on your way to or from the airport. Your article is so well written that it gives me the thrill just by reading it. I love doing this sort of thing so I’m happy to help. For one thing, you’d never want to just stay in Reykjavik for a whole week, so you have to figure in transportation. You can go in and look around for free, but if you want to get a locker and swim it is kind of pricey (although worth it). What I’d recommend is driving on that day all the way to the town of Höfn, which would be about 5.5 hours away if you drove nonstop. Secondly, we’re vegans so food would be difficult so we have to manage in advance. Otherwise, I think you could see more interesting things on your way to Vik and back on your own. Samaná I checked via however, it is a bit pricey i guess the snowmobiling. So yes, you could go to Vik and back in one day, especially if you get an early start. The food can be a big variable depending on how willing you are to cook a bit for yourself and eat fast food the rest of the time, but it sounds like you’ve got that figured out. -Roger. Will you please suggest me an itinerary so that we can utilize maximum time of our stay. Have a great trip. The city of Reykjavik itself is nothing special and you can see the main sights in one day or so. On the other hand, those tourist buses will be filled with other independent travelers doing exactly what you are doing, so they should be enjoyable for social people. -Roger. It’s a very wide-open island and it would be easy to drive one on most of the main roads. Also, since so many people travel around the Ring Road or do other one-way trips like that, it appears that most visitors only stay in each guesthouse for one night. Or should I wait and go to Kasco Netto or even Costco? As discussed, Iceland is very much set up for the self-catering style of travel, especially for breakfast and dinner. Hornstrandir National Park look nice in the pictures I am seeing, but that is very far north. -Roger. Looking forward to eating a nice Subway foot long sandwiches, near mainland USA prices, just as I discovered in SPB.RU when I was there in 2011. I think you’d really enjoy that part of your trip, whether you stayed in Vik or just did a long day trip. Accommodation in Iceland can feel quite mysterious until you get there, so I was a bit stressed out by it as well. Yangon -Roger, I know that camping space is widely available(outside of city limits and after checking with land owners) however, I have been trying to find out if there are more formal campgrounds that will be open (with running water) between mid September and mid October. Also, it should be pretty quiet in March, so I don’t think any of these things will be sold out in advance. Roger – Many thanks for your response, this is very helpful. It’s really fun and a great way to meet people if you are interested in that. Also requested for apartment type accommodation with cooking facilities after reading how expensive it can be eating out especially with 4 adults. With that in mind, and it could be up to €400 per night really, it’s not such a bad deal. Take care, and please keep writing articles from your travels you are one of the best assistance helping travelers I have ever had the pleasure of reading about I had a SIM card and I had phone service almost the whole Ring Road, and there are tiny towns every 50 kilometers or so with petrol stations. Honestly, when I was there it felt like the majority of fellow visitors were staying in guesthouses and doing some of their own cooking. Reykjavik is a pretty cool city, but I wouldn’t want to spend more than a few days there. You could find prices on each individual item pretty easily, and if you really wanted to you could book most of these same things online. Do you recommend getting a car in Reykjavik too or can I manage that part with public transport? We are open to any suggestions We just don’t want to get out there on the first day of our 3 month adventure and be landed with lots of extra charges, and a possible decline of car hire because we didn’t sort the right information out. We had brought 3 boxes of granola bars we had from home for breakfasts and the occasional snack. We are fond of natural beauty like mountains, waterfall. I rented from Sixt (a very large agency based in Germany) and was happy with them. As mentioned in the article above, Iceland is all about the scenery, and you won’t be disappointed as long as you get out of the (relatively) busy area around the capital and airport. As an aside, does this famous Ring Road circumvent the island close to the shores or is it further in? In a ‘sleeping bag accommodation' (as it's known in Iceland) you'll get a bed with a mattress and often a pillow. I don’t remember the menus vividly at those gas station restaurants, but my guess is that your oldest son would have at least one or two decent choices at most places. If you didn’t want to do the Ring Road then I would focus your stay on the south coast, going as far east as Hofn and spending most of your time between Hofn and Vik and then head back towards Reykjavik for some of the more famous sights there. Also, how long do you think is a good amount of time to stay in Iceland if I am just interested in those two things plus a chance at the Northern Lights while doing all the other touring in my free time? In 2013 I spent 9 days in the country, always checking for prices and the cheapest ways of doing things, so below I can lay out how to budget and what to do to keep costs down. There is almost nothing between Keflavik and Reykjavik, by the way, except for lava fields. Rincón, And you could base yourself in Vik for a couple nights so you don’t have to find a new guesthouse every day. I believe I booked my rental car only about a week before I arrived. I haven’t been to Iceland in April, but I’ve been following travel advice and tips for the country for a few years ago and this is the first I’ve heard of that. From memory, those buses seem kind of expensive for the routes that they do, but at least they do go to most of the most interesting sights. In Iceland, the whole island feels like a national park, so everyone is there to appreciate the nature. So with even a cheap indoor sleeping bag, you'll be comfortable and warm while saving quite a bit of money. Oh, and the food situation in Iceland is quite unusual because there are very few restaurants outside of the bigger cities. Monaco To be honest, I didn’t see much difference between any other hot dog that I’ve ever tried before in different countries – but I must admit that Pylsurs were good. I believe there are also public buses, which would be cheaper, but they wouldn’t stop at the natural sights that the tourist buses do. I shall find out how cross country experienced the local flyers are once I meetup in Iceland. Good luck with whatever you decide. As I mentioned just above this, I was planning a solo trip to Iceland and I was trying to decide between renting a car on my own, and taking the public buses. No i think I will get a car and do the ring road. When you are driving on those gravel roads, the little rocks are flying around under the front of the car, and for me it was a nice feeling to know that I didn’t have to worry about potential damage. All rental cars come with a Collision Damage Waiver in the price, so even if you smash it up with no insurance, you'll only have to pay a relatively small deductible. -Roger. Should we choose a normal one or go for a 4×4 instead? Pasta is the ultimate convenient and versatile crowd-pleaser to stock your cupboards with. Hungary So with the insurance you can drive quicker and not worry, but without the insurance you’d have to crawl or be constantly worried about shredding the front of the car. Apreciate any advice. The views are nice, but I don’t believe there are any good stops along that road. That time of year there might be limited departures as well. I rented a car in Reykjavik, and didn’t actually leave the city until around 2pm. I was just wondering what a rough estimate of a week in Iceland would run me, not including food. 3.I’m a strict vegetarian. How easy is it to use Visa Debit and MasterCard Credit cards? On the other hand, I would definitely recommend a summer trip to Iceland for your first time because the scenery and sightseeing isn’t nearly as nice in winter. 3) Seven nights will be OK to see the most interesting places along the Ring? By the way, you’ll see people talking about the “Golden Circle”, which is a one-day tour of 3 sights that are relatively close to the airport. Thanks for all your helpful tips. Throughout Europe they tend to be quite cheap, which I think in part is due to government subsidies. And since the local restaurants are so expensive and rare, most people buy food at a supermarket and prepare something themselves at the guesthouse. In other words, most places empty out each morning and prepare for a whole new set of visitors each afternoon. Interestingly, most of the scenery is volcanic output in one form or another and there are almost no trees at all. So your options are to spend maybe 24 hours in Reykjavik and then hop right on the Ring Road for the other 6 days. Once you get outside of Reykjavik, most towns have maybe a couple of proper hotels for business travelers and such, and also a long list of smaller guesthouse-type places. My husband and I are going for 9 days late September. I will research cell phone/ sim card options so we can plan our days and make reservations while we are on the road. Next morning continue the journey: h) Continue down Rt. In a way that might sound so remote that it’s dangerous, but it didn’t feel that way. The easiest to reach sights are all along the southern coast between Reykjavik and Hofn, and particularly around the town of Vik in between the other two. My rental car company gave me a little fob that gave a very small discount on petrol at two of the chain stations in Iceland, and I think I had to go inside to use it to get the discount. 2)I plan to cover only the southern part of Iceland within a span of 4 days in a rented car. heading to Reykjavic for Champions League qualifier and want to know how long the bars are open, if they have happy hours and what is the price of a pint. My own trip and most of my research has revolved around trying to see as many different types of sights in a short time, which can be best done by car or bus. 2) I am more concerned with looking for sleeping bag accommodations along the way that will enable us to cook our own food. I ended up getting this coverage, also for peace of mind, and I think it cost me around US$8 per day. The guesthouses in Iceland seem to be very social and enjoyable places with shared kitchens and all of that. I went by myself and I was looking for affordable guesthouses, and I averaged about US$60 to US$80 per night for a room. For the Ring Road bus option, how many days do I need? Let me know if you have any other questions. I am struggling to find the location for a night stay over for Golden Circle Tour. Now, those first 3 full days on the road were pretty long each day in the car, but I had time to stop and see everything I wanted to and still make it to a hotel by around sunset. I’m like all of these people above got fascinated with your helpful, down to the earth article and the fact, that you’re still helping to answer their questions, even though you posted your article in 2013 for the first time! Or you could stay in the outskirts of Reykjavik at a cheaper hotel with larger rooms and easier parking. That’s what I did on most nights, and the kitchens are quite busy, and a good place to be social as well. I enjoyed Iceland so much that I love answering questions about it and also thinking about my own next visit there. (if scenery is not worth it, will skip this) One thing though, the famous Blue Lagoon (near the airport) is very expensive and maybe not worth it. The main city center is pretty modest and not very distinctive, and the outer areas are even more generic. My partner and I are planning a trip to Iceland for 2 weeks starting September 21, 2015. Singapore Many guesthouses close for the winter, but I’ve been told that enough stay open to accommodate those who travel off season, and rates tend to be affordable. I’d also like to visit a “farm” that makes Eider down products, but I’d assume that’s in the springtime. Not to say that there is really anything wrong with the city, it’s just that the rest of the country is so amazing that it’s a shame to spend a lot of time in its only somewhat crowded and charmless place. -Roger. Norwegian Air has very good fares and they are good for flights like this. We are travelling there for a week exactly the same time of the year as you did. Almost all of the other sights in the country are free. I envy your long stay, and I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful trip. -Roger, Hi Roger Otherwise, the challenge is that Iceland is just below the Arctic Circle, so the sun doesn’t really come up in early January. Added a day and are renting a car for 2-3 days. -Roger. Due to the isolation and harsh winters of an island nation, the national cuisine in Iceland ranges fro… Current exchange rate 1 USD = 113.30 ISK (exchange rate date 2017-01-08 Unfortunately, I have no first-hand experience of the Northern Lights scene. On my own trip to Iceland I spent 2 nights in Reykjavik and then 7 nights doing the Ring Road with my rented car. I hope this works out because hiring a car is definitely the way to see Iceland as long as it’s safe. We did also enjoy Ice Cream in Reykjavik at Valdís. I really don’t like to build itineraries from scratch, although I will comment on one that someone posts here if they ask. My recommendation (if you can’t drive) would be to book one of the bus passes for the tourist buses to go from Reykjavik to Hofn and back. And the scenery is so amazing that you’d want to stop often. Sorry for the slow reply as I just got off a cruise and the ship had dreadful wifi. I’m sure I will have many questions between now and May and so will be back in touch 🙂. So I definitely recommend going on your own as opposed to a bus, and it should be quite easy and stress-free. Copenhagen is also right on the way if you get a good fare through there. Nairobi The interior of the island will be more snowy and icy in April, but the sea-level areas around the edges are warm enough that they should be dry in April. Drinks are very expensive though, so the locals tend to pre-game at home before going out. So once you know, at, say, 2pm, that you are going as far as the next town 100km away, you can call ahead and book a place before you get there. -Roger. Reykjavik is like that big town and when you get there you’ll want to spend most of your time in the park itself. -Roger. So I think your idea of focus on the southern coast is wise. You have great info. The focus of my own trip and also of the research I’ve done was on seeing a wide variety of sights all over the island. 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. In spite of the fact that most things in Iceland's supermarkets are imported from far away, common food prices are typical of what you'd find in most supermarkets in the US or Europe. Denmark Thank you so much for your thoroughly detailed and interesting responses. As long as the operator looks reputable, I’d jump on that. If you try to book all of your accommodation in advance and you insist on en-suite bathrooms, you'll pay a fortune. Since you have 10 days there you’ll have plenty of time to do the whole Ring Road AND stay a couple days in Reykjavik. But there certainly are ways to save money and make it … 3. Another part of the equation to be aware of is that Iceland is NOT a foodie destination so there aren’t any local dishes that you need to try. I highly recommend that travel style, rather than trying to book into chain-style hotels and looking for sit-down restaurants everywhere you go. It’s obviously possible to just base yourself in one hotel in Iceland and try to do day trips, but think of Iceland this way: The island takes maybe 30 hours to drive around (on the Ring Road), and the amazing scenery is spread almost evenly all the way around. i) Skaftafell Nature reserve – worth a look? The Ring Road itself in that area is all paved, so you can move quickly. The guesthouses don’t have en suites, but they all have a community kitchen for cooking. Boston, I don’t think you’d be paying, say, US$2 for one apple, if that is what you are worried about. Finally, I have read a lot about the ring road but are more excited to get out and explore a few areas rather than try to see it all. There must be a way of getting one of those catalogues in advance, and I’d think they would produce a PDF version of it at this point, partly for environmental reasons. So I want to know that I am planning to visit Iceland in the month of June’17. You are allowed to bring up to 3 kg of food in your luggage. He’s suggesting a 4-wheel drive car due to the potential of us ending up in snow. I rented a sleeping bag in Reykjavik but I think I only used it 2 times on the Ring Road as many of the guesthouses provided linens at no extra charge. I believe there are normal buses for residents to get from town to town, though I doubt they stop at the waterfalls and national parks along the way. In my opinion, the waterfall isn’t too special compared to many others you’ll see on the Ring Road. 1. It’s not nearly as interesting as the amazing scenery, but at least it’ll be filled with people and it has some decent indoor sights. So wanting to make the most of this short trip, I am thinking hot springs, geysirs, waterfalls and potentially whalewatching plus the Norther Lights of course. I’m extremely glad I chose to rent a car as it became obvious that it allowed so much more freedom to explore where and when I wanted. It’s recommended for normal rental cars (which are much cheaper) that you mostly stick to the highways and drive at low speeds on some of the gravel roads, but with 4WD you can go just about anywhere. -Roger. Actually, from maybe 11am until 2pm it will be light enough to appreciate the scenery, but the rest of the day it will pretty much be dark. Melbourne, There is an amazing national park called Skaftafell, but that’s also over 4 hours from where you’ll be staying. One thing that most may not have much information on is the Icelandic horses that call Iceland home. If the total is much less than this price you might even want to just do it yourself. I will leave on Monday and get back to town on Tuesday. Thank you. Vancouver But that is probably the worst that could happen. I haven’t done proper research but the towns I have in mind are Hofn, Vik, Akureyri, Myvatn, and Reykjavik (happy to add or remove as per your suggestions). Would really appreciate your advice and your experience on travelling within iceland here~. I upgraded to an automatic instead of a manual transmission, and when that car was an hour late getting back to the office, they gave me a free GPS system for the week for the trouble, which was invaluable. Hi Roger, a group of us are heading to Iceland in February for a week for the first leg of our travels around Canada and America. On one hand, you could pre-plan all of your Ring Road stops and I’m sure you’d have a very good trip. So I highly recommend that first night in Reykjavik for a little look around. Hopefully you can get a more definite answer somewhere else. At this point even a simple hotel room with shared bathroom (most hotels in Iceland operate this way) is going for around €200 a night in the better locations. Thank you!! Honestly, my favorite thing was just the ever-changing scenery as I drove around, with virtually no other cars on the road. It’s very helpful for the great many people who only want to book a hotel on the same day, and I seem to remember that it showed sleeping bag options for many places. In fact, the entire island outside the capital area is sparsely populated. 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. 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. We are weighing the advantages of being able to stop as much as we like against the value of what we would hear from the tour leader on the bus tour. I’m glad the main article helped, and I’ll try to answer your questions below. You could probably do the whole Ring in about 5 days, but trying to go any faster and you wouldn’t really enjoy it because you’d be driving nearly every daylight hour (actually in November you might have to drive in the dark as well). It sounds like we should pack light. If breakfast is included in your accommodation, then go for it!

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