Iceland: how to organize your trip

How many times have we seen a photo of Iceland and we are impressed by its beauty? His landscapes, the ice, the whales etc … And how often have we imagined walking along with his long roads like Walter Mitty on a skateboard? (Watch the movie is very beautiful) Deciding to go on holiday to Iceland is not easy, it took me a long time to convince myself and now I can say that it was worth 100%.

 

South of Iceland
South of Iceland

WHEN TO GO TO ICELAND?

There is no perfect season, depending on the type of tourism you want to do, if you decide to go trekking or hiking, maybe it’s better in spring/summer. In case you want to see the Aurora Borealis they suggest the coldest months from January to March, but the days are very short. I chose August for work reasons, but I do not recommend it for too high prices, especially for flights tickets. In return, the bright side is that the sunset is at 11 pm, so you have longer days to spend.

HOW MANY DAYS?

The first thing to consider is how many days, we need to know if we have a week, 5 days or less. Iceland is a 3h30 flight from London and Paris, allowing you to visit the island without wasting much time at the airport.

With only 3 days, I advise you to avoid Reykjavik and go directly to the south where you will find the waterfalls and geysers area, the Golden Circle.

If you have 5 days, you can stop a day in the capital and then go to Golden Circle, I do not recommend you get up to Jökulsárlón, it is 5h from Reykjavik.

In a week you have time to go safely to Jökulsárlón and make more stops in between.

With 10 days, which was my choice, you can go around the island leaving a day and a half to visit Reykjavik.

 

Reykjavik
Reykjavik

CAR RENTING?

I would say that any decision you make regarding the days, rents a car is mandatory, in fact, is the thing that will cost you more. If you can travel in a group the cost of the rental will be less aggressive.

I would suggest renting a car at the airport, they are open until late at night, as many flights arrive after midnight or early in the day. Do not take a navigator or a wifi modem, unfortunately, when I went there was no free roaming.

In case you have decided to take a camping holiday, when you rent, take into consideration the space for the tent and the various equipment.

 

North of Iceland
North of Iceland

CAMPING OR HOTEL?

I chose hotels, so many hour driving, I think is better sleep in a real bed. Even if there is no real hotels on the island, just b&b, schools turned into hostels. If you choose the combination hotel + August I suggest you book hotels as soon as possible, accommodation is scarce in Iceland or very expensive. My choices were:

NAME B&B LOCATION TYPE
Blue View B&B YES Klettás 21, 260 Keflavík, Islandia Family Room with Shared Bathroom
Stokkseyri YES Eyrarbraut, Stokkseyri, Iceland Appartement
Klausturhof Guesthouse NO Klausturvegur 1-5, 880 Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Islandia House
Litlabjarg Guesthouse NO Litlabjarg, 701 Hrafnabjorg, Islandia Family Room with Terrace
Guesthouse Sigtun YES Túngötu 13, 640 Húsavík, Islandia 2 double rooms
Húni Hótel NO Húnavellir, 541 Blönduós, Islandia Mixed Dormitory (no sheets and pillow)
Oddsson NO Hringbraut 121, Vesturbær, 101 Reikiavik, Islandia Single Bed in Mixed Dormitory Room

If you need information about camping, just leave a comment, I will do some research for you. 🙂

ALL ISLAND OR JUST THE SOUTH?

Drive around all the island are more or less 1500km, it is working in 9/10 days, but you have to choose immediately what you want to visit. The south side is more touristic and with so much thing to see.

What to visit in the southside:

  1. Reykjavik
  2. Blue Lagoon
  3. Gullfoss
  4. Skogafoss Waterfall
  5. Helka volcano
  6. Reynisfjara beach
  7. Fjallsárlón
  8. Jökulsárlón
Fjallsárlón
Fjallsárlón

What to visit in the northside:

  1. Myvatn
  2. Husavik
  3. Godafoss Waterfall
  4. Breiðavík
  5. Kirkjufell
  6. Deildartunguhver

 

MAP OF ICELAND:

 

Now where you wanna go?

Reykjavik (and his graffiti),
Blue Lagoon,
Golden Circle,
Southside,
Glaciers of Iceland,
Northside.

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