Is it possible to do a complete trip around Iceland in 9 days ?
I'll prefer to spend he first 5 days at the southern coast ( Golden Circle, Skogafoss area, Vik area till Jokulsarlon)
and just drive around to any two spots in the northern side to reach back to Reyjavik.
Spend the last couple of days at Reykjavik.
Need your opinion whether it would be a good decision.
and maybe suggestion on two spots in the North of north-west Iceland which to cover.
We are planning on travelling all the way around Iceland in October next year with our two kids. At that time they will be 3 and 6 years old. We almost haven't been able to find anyone who has experience with travelling with kids in Iceland, so we hope that some of you has got some insight.
We are planning to do the ring road in 30 days, so we have LOTS of time, which we find important because we will make a lot of stops because of the kids, and also because of the unpredictable autumn weather. So we are in no hurry, and will have time to wait for better weather and road conditions along the way.
We hope to rent a 4WD camper jeep so that we will be able to sleep in the car at campsites. Our questions are:
- Will it be fine to sleep in the car, if it has got a heating system for the night times, or will it still be too cold?
- We know that a lot of campsites will be closed, but does this mean, that we won't be able to park there, or can we park the car in the area for the night anyway (even though all the campsite's services has shut down)?.
- Does anyone have experience with travelling the ring road with young kids? Any tips or recommendations will be much appreciated.
So my trip is fat approaching and I just remembered that I need to figure out a phone while in Iceland. I was thinking of either (a) getting new SIM card for my phone, or (b) trying to find a 4g wifi unit. I like the idea of the wifi unit just because it allows me to continue to use my regular phone number... making it easier for those form home to get in touch if needed. But, it appears that companies such as Trawire don't have anything available for my dates. So, where might I find a SIM card that I might be able to use for data, and for moderately priced calls home?
I have just stumbled across this fantastic board and am excited to read pages and pages of posts while I research!
It looks like I may be taking a solo journey to Iceland towards the end of October (around the 18th or so for about a week). I know that I'm pretty far into the shoulder season, but I was hoping to drive the ring road (or at least a good portion of it, as I know it is recommended to take longer). My main goal will be to just be out on the road driving, seeing Iceland, and filling up as many memory cards as I can. Unfortunately, my budget precludes group tours so I'll just have to see what is there on my own! I'm hoping that there may be some fall colors in the ground cover to bring a different look to my images as well. So maybe some clear nights, maybe some fall colors, but hopefully some solitude and travel.
With that in mind, are there any specific things I should be aware of? I'm generally a camping type of person, but realize that that is most likely not an option at that time of year. Might it be best to find hostels? Are many hostels open at that time of year? I'm a confident winter driver here in the States but realize that winter in Iceland is a different beast all together. Between possibility of snow and high winds, are there areas that you might suggest I avoid?
Any tips, pointers, thoughts, links to threads I may have overlooked would be much appreciated! Thanks.
I have heard that, though medical assistance is covered in Iceland through European Health Insurance Card, you will be charged a fixed amount with each service. Does anyone know how much is that fixed amount? Thanks for the answers.
Uses rental car - last week of October '16:
Day 1 - Land in Iceland and night stay
Day 2 - Keflavik to Seljalandsfoss Waterfalls, Reynisfjara and stay at Kirkjubæjarklaustur lodge
Day 3 - Kirkjubæjarklaustur to Jokulsarlon, Staftafell, hike to Skaftafellsjökull glacier and stay at Kirkjubæjarklaustur lodge
Day 4 - Kirkjubæjarklaustur to Skógafoss, Gulfoss waterfall, Strokkur Geysir and stay at Selfoss lodge
Day 5 - To Þingvellir National Park, Reykjavik and stay at Keflavik
Day 6 - Leave Iceland
Questions: 1) Weather is the one everyone scares us. Can the above itinerary achievable and what are the risks?
2) Food costs and availability of vegetarian also is one we are afraid of and trying to do some good planning - any advise
3) Petrol and Diesel availability - considering the above itinerary maximum travel we will do will be around 350 km in a day - hoping we are not going to hit an issue - any precautions?
4) We want to see Northern lights - read somewhere it comes only after 10pm till early morning - will it come earlier?
5) I am travelling with my wife and 2 children (aged 11 and 7) - is the trip looking too aggressive to cover?
Hi guys! I'm planning to make a solo trip to Iceland mainly for landscape photography and sightseeing & I was just wondering if it was a good idea to do so. I'm thinking of renting a camper van to sleep in, and visiting grocery stores for my meals. I'm also curious on how would I best handle my toilet/shower needs? Any help & additional information would be greatly appreciated! :)
We're driving around Iceland from 9/17 to 10/8 this year by our car.
Do we need snow tires that time?
We are traveling to Iceland around the end of september, and we planned on hiking for a week. Our route is close to the Katla vulcan. Does anyone know if the route around the vulcan is still accessible because of the chances of an eruption?
I am coming to Iceland (4th time) for Jólaþorpið í Hafnarfirði. I would like to visit all of the public pools (17) in the capitol area. I have already been to Vesturbæjarlaug and Laugardalslaug. If my idea does not work out which pools can I miss? and which pools must I visit? Klébergslaug, Varmárlaug, Lágafellslaug, Grafarvogslaug, Árbæjarlaug, Breiðholtslaug, Salalaug, Ásvallalaug, Suðurbæjarlaug, Sundhöll Hafnarfjarðar, Ásgarðslaug Garðabæ, Sundlaug Kópavogs, Álftaneslaug, Seltjarnarneslaug, and Sundhöll Reykjavíkur. By visiting the pools I will see different areas and see more residents than tourists.
Since I will be visiting Hafnarfirðar, those pools and the ones on the #1 bus line are almost certain.
1) Where is the best area to see the bright blue ice caves in Iceland in mid to late December? How long would it take to drive from Reykjavik to that area this time of year one way???
2) Do you have to hire a guide/do a tour to see them?
3) Is there anywhere close to this area to do a day ice climbing trip as well?
4) Any other tips?
Can someone tell me if there is a beach close to Reykjavik where you can swim with ice. We don't have enough time to travel to Jokulsarlon. I am a keen winter swimmer and would like to experience this aspect of Iceland. I have read about nauthólsvík beach - is there ice there in Winter?
3 of us will be travelling to spend a few days in Iceland (7th-10th Sep) and would really appreciate if someone / anyone with a bit more experience than us could take a look over our itinerary ( its our first time ). We have a camper booked via https://www.happycampers.is/ and would really appreciate if anyone had any suggestions our comments on the below. ( timings beside each is what we believe the distance from the previous location to be )
- Supermarket (for supplies)
- Bruarfoss Waterfall: 1hr 46min from Happy Campers
- Geysir, Haukadalsvegur. 15min From Bruarfoss Waterfall
- Gullfoss Waterfall 10min from Geysir
- Secret Lagoon 30min from Gullfoss
- Urridafoss 30min from Secret Lagoon
- Seljalandsfoss 40min from Urridafoss
- Skógafoss 26mins from Seljalandsfoss
- Dyrhólaey 30min from Skogafoss
- Vik 20min from Dyrholaey
- Stjornafoss 50min from Vik
- Svínafellsjökull 50min from Stjornafoss
- Stokksnes 1hr 47min from Svínafellsjökull
Pretty much open. Heading back towards Reykjavik to spend the night.
We will only be using the above as a guide and do not have to stick strictly to it.
Thank you in advance!
My son and his friend from Cardiff University are spending a year studying at University of Iceland and have just arrived there. Currently the only affordable accommodation is Keflavick - quite a way to travel in everyday to study. Their monthly grant is only about £600-650 and most of the accommodation in the capital seems to be about that and more which leaves nothing for food etc. Does anyone know of a website that has affordable accommodation. Unfortunately the University hasn't been able to help.
Hi! I'm gonna land in Iceland at the end of the season (26/8) and travel for 2 weeks.
I wanted to know what would be cheaper- should I book online,
or could I try getting better rates on renting a car when I land (because it's the end of the season)?
Do you know of any website or group where I can meet people traveling to Iceland? I am planning to go on a roadtrip for a week (September 21-28), but I am traveling with just one person and I would like to share the fun (and the expenses) with one or two more travelers. Do you happen to know where I can meet people to travel with?
Thanks for your help!
We have a flight from Toronto into Keflavik at 4:40 am on a Saturday, and need to catch another flight out of Reykjavik airport at 10:45 am the same day. What is the best way to travel between the two airports? I know they are 40-50 minutes apart, but all I can find for buses or shuttles seem to go to downtown Reykjavik (to the hotels). We will need to do the opposite trip 2 weeks later. Any help is appreciated. Thank you
Hi, We are planning a trip in the 3rd week of Sept for 9 days. I have an idea of the sightseeing to be done but would really appreciate if I could get some more information if I can save time on my routes. My day to day accommodation is mentioned below.
Day 1. Arrive KEF at 9am. Pick up car at airport and proceed. Overnight at Staður
Day 2 Overnight AKUREYRI
Day 3 Overnight LAUGAR
Day 4 Overnight SEYDISFJORDUR
Day 5 Overnight HOFN
Day 6 Overnight SKOGAR
Day 7 Overnight REYKJAVIK
Day 8 REYKJAVIK Blue Lagoon
Based on my accommodation above what will be the best way to go about sightseeing.
Thanks a ton
Hoping someone can point me in the right direction (or down the right roads!) for our upcoming trip to Iceland. We will be in Iceland for 4 full days and have booked accommodation as follows. Just hoping someone can tell me roughly how long (driving time) and directions from the Golden Circle to Vik and whether what I have planned as an itinerary is do-able and not too rushed! If there's anyting I've missed on Day 2 and 3, can you also let me know.
We are hoping to do the following:
DAY 1: Leave Reykjavik early morning and drive out onto Golden Circle Route (via Nesjavellir, Thingvellir, Geysir and Strokkur, and Gullfoss Waterfall) before heading to Vik (or actually the Mid Hvoll Cottages 10 km from Dyrhólaey peninsula).
DAY 2: Visit Reynisfjall Black Sands Beach, Dyrhólaey rock arch, Kirkjubæjarklaustur and Jokulsarlon laggon before heading back to Mid Hvoll Cottages.
DAY 3: Head back to Reykjavik, stopping at Vik, Seljaladsfoss Waterfall and Skogafoss Waterfall. (would we fit in a detour drive around Eyjafjallajokull and Solheimajokull glaciers?) before ending up back in Reykjavik for the night.
DAY 4: Around Reykjavik before heading out to the Blue Lagoonand then to the airpoart for an evening flight.
Thanks for any advice you can give me.
What will you take to keep yourself clean and healthy while go hiking ?
I'm going to visit Iceland in October with my family.Planning to take 4x4 and make a round CCW.
Would be glad to have your suggestions and tips
I also understand the weather could be a tricky part...
I am at the main parking lot. Both the left and right trails are roped off after about 150 metres, you can get as far as seeing the arch only.
Is there another entry way to take the hike up to the falls? I am thinking of getting back on the road and actually driving 20 miles in either direction to see if I find another.
Thanks as always...
I'm planning to visit Iceland (next week....), arriving in the night of 31st of july, rent a car, booked a room in Reykjavik for 4 nights (till 4th of august), I intend to spend one day visiting Reykjavik, then do a road tour to Golden Circle, the 2nd day, the 3rd day a road tour to Vik and Jokulsarion, then 4th day go to Akureyri to sleep one night, by road 41, then one day to do a road tour to lake Myvatn, Dettifoss... do you think my plan seems to be good ? and What do you advise me to do the next days ? have no idea... Hope my message is clear thank you for your help. Pat
I drove past it several times yesterday, but didn't stop because of heavy rains. I thought it was on 574, about 45 mins from Hellissandur, where I camping.
My Garmin Gps doesn't have it on there, my Google maps does, but keeps taking me through long and wrong ways.
Can anyone tell me the directions from Hellissandur?
Thanks for the help...
I am taking my first solo trip to Iceland and am wondering if there were month recommendations?
I'm looking in the March-May time frame to beat summer rates (as I am on a budget). It looks like April/May has better travel conditions but will I be better off going during another time?
- Also any recommendations about things I must see/places to go would be very appreciated, of course I am doing a lot of research but it's always helpful to hear some honest opinions.
Does somebody have recommendation about place for camping and day hiking/trekking?
We will visit Iceland from 5th to 21st August. And I will go around Iceland by rental car ( not 4x4).
I would like to enjoy day hiking/trekking from campgrounds. I already found some nice campgrounds as below.
Do you have any recommendation about other campgrounds? And could you advice day hiking/trekking routes near campgrounds? If you also share some map, gps or websites about themI would appreciate it very much!!
We will bring 3 seasons tents, gore-tex jacket and pants, sleeping Bag (comfort zone -2℃, low -7℃). Is it enough for camping in August?
Thank you for your advice!
I'm organising a trip in Iceland beginning of august (yes in 10 days...) with my son. I'm looking for a good hotel in the center of Reykjavik, could you recommend hotel to me ? Do I need a car to visit Reykjavik ? Is there a good network of bus, train ? Is Blue Lagoon far from the center, how could we go there ? Is there an hotel in Blue Lagoon that is really unmissable ? No idea then where to go, if I need to have a car... so your advise are welcome :o)
Planning to visit Iceland and travel the ring road via camper van in Oct (3-13). Wondering where we would be able to legally and safely park the car as it seems all campsites close for the winter.
Any help would be appreciated !
I am planning to visit Ísafjörður during Nov/04 to Nov/06 this year.
1.) Car rental company, I am planning to rent 4x4 and driving around the area as well.
2.) Place to stay.
Any other things that I need to be considered while traveling through this time Ísafjörður?
Thank you very much everyone for your information in advance.
Traveling the first two weeks of august with a campervan. Would like to try to see whales in the North of Iceland. Do you need to book a tour in advance? I'm flexible one or two days to look around for a tour. Thank you.