travel tips for iceland? going this early july, 1.5 weeks. open to all recommendations!

travel tips for iceland? going this early july, 1.5 weeks. open to all recommendations!

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  1. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    go snowmobiling up on myrdalsjotnnar (however the frick its spelled), there is also an ice glacier cave up there, its really cool, and if you want to see the northern lights there is an app you can get showing your chances of seeing it.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      nah since i’ll be going in the summer there’s no chance of seeing the northern lights unfortunately

  2. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Visit Halgrimskirkja in Reykjavik
    The rest of your time should be spent in nature, contact the hidden people for a tour of the geysers

  3. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Reposting some old replies for Iceland trips:

    A while ago somebody made this map to help plan their trip. It has a ton of locations and sights, but it's a bit old and some of the stuff marked there may no longer be open. https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1BgXYOB_5zJr8nXzcyHqzQe9eb1A&ll=64.19061248987565%2C-21.577311970922484&z=10

    As a native I wouldn't recommend spending to much time in Reykjavik and rather renting a car and driving around the country. In the summer it should be fine but if you are not used to off-roading in gravel, well don´t go on gravel roads then. In Reykjavik you can take whale or puffin watching tours and then eat them in restaurants, see the Hallgrímskirkja and Harpa, visit the Einar Jónsson or national Museums etc, etc...

    The southern part of the country is by far the most accessible outside of Reykajvik, and it has a lot of great waterfalls and sights, such as Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Reynisfjara, Jökulsárlón, Þórsmörk, Gullfoss, Kerið Crater and Geysir.

    There are swimming pools in most larger towns and much more expensive bath houses that always call themselves lagoons to ape off the blue lagoon are dotted around the island. So bring a swimsuit.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      If you are looking for something more out of the way you can check out Sprengisandur which is a black sand desert in central Iceland or you can join a tour group for a glacial road trip. There's no end to the mountains desolate places to see so just take your pick.

      The aurora is random and depends on solar activity and cloud coverage and it is better to be out of the capitol city due to the light pollution. You can see the forecast here, https://en.vedur.is/weather/forecasts/aurora/#type=total the green on the map is cloud coverage and the aurora strength is in a table on the right.

      For uncommon or traditional food you can eat in Iceland: whale, fermented shark, rams testicles, sheep head, head cheese, rams testicles, harðfisk, horse meat, skyr, kleinur (which is just fried bread), hangikjöt, puffin and kjötsúpa.
      Iceland was isolated and desperately poor for most of it's history so our traditional food culture reflects that. But some of this stuff is actually really good. I´m not gonna tell you what though...There's also quite a bit of domestic candy, soda and alcohol products.

      Hope this helps!

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        https://i.imgur.com/Fo89HCN.jpg

        Reposting some old replies for Iceland trips:

        A while ago somebody made this map to help plan their trip. It has a ton of locations and sights, but it's a bit old and some of the stuff marked there may no longer be open. https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1BgXYOB_5zJr8nXzcyHqzQe9eb1A&ll=64.19061248987565%2C-21.577311970922484&z=10

        As a native I wouldn't recommend spending to much time in Reykjavik and rather renting a car and driving around the country. In the summer it should be fine but if you are not used to off-roading in gravel, well don´t go on gravel roads then. In Reykjavik you can take whale or puffin watching tours and then eat them in restaurants, see the Hallgrímskirkja and Harpa, visit the Einar Jónsson or national Museums etc, etc...

        The southern part of the country is by far the most accessible outside of Reykajvik, and it has a lot of great waterfalls and sights, such as Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Reynisfjara, Jökulsárlón, Þórsmörk, Gullfoss, Kerið Crater and Geysir.

        There are swimming pools in most larger towns and much more expensive bath houses that always call themselves lagoons to ape off the blue lagoon are dotted around the island. So bring a swimsuit.

        Are you concerned at all about future volcanic activity?

        • 3 months ago
          Anonymous

          A bit. Volcanic activity is restricted to certain volcanic zones/fissures (Pink in the figure) that are fairly static but can move and change over very long time periods (centuries and millennia). The current area on the Reykjanes peninsula is a part of the Eurasian and North American tectonic plate boundaries and was dormant for a long, long while until it recently woke up and made the town of Grindavík unlivable due to frequent earthquakes and the risk of a volcano popping up near, or in it. The town that had to be evacuated is tiny but in the worst case scenario is that the activity closes off the road from Reykjavik to the peninsula or even starts around Reykjavik itself. But this is very unlikely.

          Is this a worry for tourists? Not really. This activity is limited to a small part of the country and this type of volcanic activity doesn't produce the same ash as shut down air travel in 2010.

          • 3 months ago
            Anonymous

            It looks like Reykjavik could get fricked if those pink lines are off even just a bit

          • 3 months ago
            Anonymous

            How much of a warning would you typically get for something like this?
            Like, are there time periods where it definitely won't erupt that are safer to visit, or is it possible to be visiting a volcano for the hell of it and then you just get killed by it?

            • 3 months ago
              Anonymous

              I don't remember anyone getting killed by lava in recent times, so the chances of that are very slim
              However, if you fall in a big crack or breathe in toxic fumes from eruptions, that could end your life
              On the Reykjanes peninsula the eruptions have been preceded by the ground rising slowly for weeks or months and also earthquakes just before eruption happens, so yes there are warning signs and it can take lava/fumes some time to flow so one usually has ample time to get away in time before things go bad

              As was said, this is usually not much of a concern for travelers, unless roads get cut off by lava or closed off by authorities because of dangerous areas (If relying on the airport for travel in and out of the country)

        • 3 months ago
          Anonymous

          Fyi volcanoes in Iceland are pretty vanilla

          • 3 months ago
            Anonymous

            bruh grindavik literally getting fricked right now again

            • 3 months ago
              Anonymous

              Did any of Icelandic volcanoes ever blew up a whole island off the map? Cut off a peninsula? Create 10 miles wide crater? Burying a village or two without loss of life sound extremely vanilla to me.

              • 3 months ago
                Anonymous

                skaftáreldar killed about 10k people which was about 20% of the population at the time
                the volcanic activity here is not all "le ebin and touristfriendly" vanilla shit

              • 3 months ago
                Anonymous

                And caused the French revolution.

                >travel tips for iceland? going this early july, 1.5 weeks. open to all recommendations!
                Read a couple sagas starting now. Buy all of the insurance available on your rental. Rocks have a high chance of dinging your windsheld.
                I would go North from Reykjavik towards Snaefellsnes peninsula, Bogarnes for the Settlement museum, and the kitchshy Egils saga tour. Stay overnight in Budir at the location of their poet laureate's hotel (skylights over your bed) Beautiful basalt column formations and seals on the beaches along the way. Keep going around the peninsula.
                OR head to barnafoss, stopping at Reykholt

                Windshield insurance is mandatory in Iceland, do the rental companies really charge extra for it?

                https://i.imgur.com/tm7Xwvv.png

                travel tips for iceland? going this early july, 1.5 weeks. open to all recommendations!

                If you want to avoid tourists and do some interesting hiking in Europes largest desert go to Kjölur, visit Hveravellir and Beinhóll.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      are you on antidepressants? I heard Iceland has the highest antidepressant use and the highest unwed motherhood rate in the world.

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        Nope. I know at least two people that are taking them though.
        You will see no end of weird per-capita statistics when looking at data from Iceland. Stats about Iceland are often unreliable and taken from random outdated sources. This is then further skewed by the small populations. Iceland seems exotic and weird to people so they will believe all sorts of trashy "news" about it so there's a lot of fake news about Iceland.

        That being said I wouldn´t be surprised if these two examples were at least partially true. It's really dark here for a big part of the year with bad weather and a lot of people don't seem to handle it so well. Furthermore we actually have an ok healthcare system and people have access to medicine and diagnosis. If you think about how many miserable bastards there are in your own city then you would probably agree that some of them would be better off medicated, no?
        As for the unwed stuff, well, some people are living together without being officially wed. My parents only got married when they were having their third child. Marriage just doesn't mean as much to us.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      off roading in Icelands sounds like a dream tbh
      also, the country is so small that any rescue car is probably only 3 hours away.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        It's illegal to off-road in Iceland. It's a long story, just don't mess with the moss.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Yeah. Look up recovery costs and think a bit better
        Idiots needing resuced is causing a headache for locals, some who are volunteers
        And fricks things up generally for tourism

  4. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    I'm also going to iceland this summer, doing an tour of the island on some trail bikes
    Is it that illegal to camp anywhere in Iceland ? I don't really want to pay just to get the right to place a tent

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Is it that illegal to camp anywhere in Iceland ?
      Its not illegal, you may need permission in city or towns or if it's someone's back yard, better use the camp sites if its in or near towns or such. Otherwise you can camp wherever the frick you like and even make campfires (as long as you don't spread the fire and cause a wildfire)

      That said, it can be difficult to camp in Iceland if you're using a tent, because in a lot of places it gets very windy and the tent is likely to be blown away. It can also be cold and wet so be ready for that.

      I like Perlan in Reykjavik, it has nice observation decks and also an ice cave inside the building

      Alternatively if you are willing to go the distance and go to a real big ice cave in a glacier you could go to Langjökull, there are tours to go there;
      https://intotheglacier.is/

      Also about the volcanic activity, there is a chance that lava could go over roads and cut off the international airport from the rest of the country, but right now its not too likely to be completely cut off yet because there's at least 2 roads that connect the airport to the rest of the country

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        Thank you for the recommendations Anon. Went to Norway/Sweden last summer, I expect it to be as wet and rainy as it was over there. For the airport I'm not worried as I will be coming by boat

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        Perlan is pretty overpriced.

  5. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    I love Iceland. I go once or twice per year. Take the tours, but give yourself a day before your tour for weather. My first time there, some folks on the plane missed their tour because were stuck on the ramp. The winds were too strong for the jet ramp and the stairs. Pic mostly unrelated.

  6. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Take your budget for iceland

    Now double it

    Now you have enough to enjoy iceland

  7. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    >travel tips for iceland? going this early july, 1.5 weeks. open to all recommendations!
    Read a couple sagas starting now. Buy all of the insurance available on your rental. Rocks have a high chance of dinging your windsheld.
    I would go North from Reykjavik towards Snaefellsnes peninsula, Bogarnes for the Settlement museum, and the kitchshy Egils saga tour. Stay overnight in Budir at the location of their poet laureate's hotel (skylights over your bed) Beautiful basalt column formations and seals on the beaches along the way. Keep going around the peninsula.
    OR head to barnafoss, stopping at Reykholt

  8. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    I went to Iceland last Spring by myself and all I did was drive around the country and go hiking. Barely even talked to anyone and it was still a great time. Such a beautiful country. Just get a 4WD car and check the weather before driving.

  9. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    hold on to your fricking car doors when opening them

  10. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    avoid grayline for any excursions, if you do use one go for arctic adventures

  11. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    I am doing Iceland in June for 10 days then catching the ferry to the Faroe Islands and staying for 7 days.

    Anyone have any tips on the Faroe Islands?

  12. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

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  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I went swimming in Silfra around New Years two years ago. It was pretty cool. And cold. Would probably be great during summer time

  14. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Not op, but a few things ive gathered from this thread are;

    >Get gravel insurance
    >Maybe get ash protection insurance? (thoughts on this)
    >Its going to be expensive af (ive already paid for a camperhire with a rooftop tent, I am not going to book in any "experiences" but my main loss of income will be fuel, food, camping)
    >take the route north from Reykjavik first (initially I was going to head east but will be seeing the whole island) if I have to miss anything does the east have less to offer?

    My main concerns are the highlands not being completely open whilst there (ill be there start of June)

    Are there any places I could miss and any places I definitely should not miss? I really wanted to hike Hornstrandir but won't have the time.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Give me your itinerary by day and thoughts in general and I will get back to you with proper advice from someone who has done most of the island several times and is usually to annoyed by Reddt levels of iceland planning to reply to these threads.
      I'll give you proper reply if you take the time to post what you are doing

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Thats fair, I respect that.

        Day 1 (head east):
        - Land at KEF, pickup 4x4 vehicle with rooftop tent
        - Drive to Skeiofotur and see sights along the way (Seljavallalaug Swimming Pool, Núpsstaður, Fjaðrárgljúfur, Hafursey) and a stay at vehicle camping in the town.

        Day 2:
        - Drive to Hofn and stay at the vehicle camp ground (or possibly drive further)
        - things to see (Djúpavogskörin, Stokksnes, Sandfell, Papey Island?, Vök Baths, Glettingsnesviti Lighthouse?, Hafrahvammagljúfur Inland Gorge

        Day 3:
        - Drive to Hlid Cottages Mývatn OR Husavik Campground and camp
        - things to see (The Arctic Henge, Dettifoss, Mývatn, Grjótagjá, Goðafoss

        Day 4:
        - Drive to Hvammstangi to camp
        - things to see (The Herring Era Museum, Súlur (day hike), Hegranesviti Lighthouse, Hofsós Sundlaug, Hvitserkur, Illugastadir seal watching.

        Day 5:
        - Drive to Þingeyraroddi Camping Ground
        - things to see (Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft, Gvendarlaug, Hornstrandir, Arctic Fox Centre, Ísafjörður, Dynjandi

        Day 6:
        - Drive to Arkranes/camp
        Things to see (Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum, Saxhóll Crater, Arnarstapi Harbour, Lýsuhólslaug, Landbrotalaug Hot Springs

        Day 7: (Head to highlands):
        - Drive to Fjallabak Nature Reserve/camp
        - Things to see (Deildartunguhver, Barnafoss, Hveravellir, Kerlingarfjöll)

        Day 8:
        - Highlands

        Day 9:
        - Highlands

        Day 10:
        - Return car

        Day 11: Fly to FO
        - (Same earlier comment)

        That’s a rough guideline, things will obviously blow out time wise and theres a few places I haven’t mentioned as there is a lot of locations worth seeing. Keen to spend some days in the highlands and engulf myself in nature, do some hikes, and to do some swimming.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          There is a lot wrong with this logistically for time and distance and enjoyment.

          I will reply properly and read it again.
          But 2 things.
          Can you confirm where you plan to stay on the first night. Can't figure out that place name. Whats the original Icelandic

          What is your planned entry and exit point for Highlands?
          Also what do you expect from the highlights exactly. Have you a reference in your head from something you've seen

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            I assumed this would be the case.

            >picrel is first nights camp

            enter highlands north of Reykjavik/Mossfelsbaer then head east, I believe there is a lot of wild camping spots in the highlands so can use this to my advantage. Exit point? I am not really sure but ill just have to b-line it back to KEF.

            Highlands was recommended to me by a local I met overseas and said its not as busy as the ringroad and the scenery was the best.

            My goal of the trip is just to see the best scenery Iceland has to offer and go to some spots off the beaten track, if I am a bit vague its because its not 100% planned which is what I am trying to do now.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          I'm not kidding when I say this has to be the worst trip itinerary I have ever seen for Iceland. I have helped a few friends and online friends plan their trips but seriously this is so bad.
          Was it done via Chatgpt? And given the prompt to make it bad.

          In general, you are attempting to be "too cool" for Iceland and go offtrack, and in doing so, are missing the unique opportunity which is Iceland. How often can you go to 1 of the world's most beautiful Waterfalls, drive 30mins and step on a Glacier tongue for free?
          Iceland is not a race, and completing the ring road is no badge of honor except for those who are naive.

          Next the locations and sights you picked are really shit and the stupidest list I've ever seen, sorry to say this so bluntly but it's moronic.

          Are you socially recluse and afraid to meet people, is that why you have selected these places. You will not interact with many people anyway when exploring Iceland.

          You need (at a quite fast pace) at a minimum
          1-2 days south coast
          1-2 days east coast
          1-2 day north east coast
          2-3 days north
          3-4 days West Fjords
          1-2 days Sneafellsness
          1 day Reykjavik
          1 day Reykjanes penninsula
          Highlands - different beast. 1-2 just dipping in, 3-5 days to travel through.

          Your driving time is going to take all day, and you will have no time to actually enjoy the places you get to, and you will not even get to the places you said. I'll do a review of the day by day

  15. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >>Day 1 (head east):
    >> Land at KEF, pickup 4x4 vehicle with rooftop tent
    >> Drive to Skeiofotur and see sights along the way (Seljavallalaug Swimming Pool, Núpsstaður, Fjaðrárgljúfur, Hafursey) and a stay at vehicle camping in the town.

    You will spend all day driving without seeing anything. You are missing the highlights of South Iceland. Go to all the waterfalls along the way. Visit the glacier tongues. Seljavallalaug is dirty, not warm to swim in, awkward to get to and not worth it. It is for pretend instagram wankers. Skip it, this is something you would do if you lived in the area or had been to Iceland 10 times. And it will take you 2 hours to go in and out.
    Núpsstaður, just skip this, plenty of real turf houses on the south coast
    Hafuersey. You aren't going here, this take half a day to go and enjoy.

    >>Day 2:
    >> Drive to Hofn and stay at the vehicle camp ground (or possibly drive further)
    >->things to see (Djúpavogskörin, Stokksnes, Sandfell, Papey Island?, Vök Baths, Glettingsnesviti Lighthouse?, Hafrahvammagljúfur Inland Gorge
    This is a very bad day. Hofn is a boring place. The camp site is nice but you should be arriving here at night and leaving immediately the next day
    Djúpavogskörin is ok but i'd spend 10mins here as a joke. Its a rusted bath. Stokksnes, yes, Sandfell also when you're there.
    Papey - this takes 4 fricking hours. What are you thinking, you aren't even exploring iceland mainland and you want to jerk off on a ferry to a tiny random isle? If you want to see puffins go further north east

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >>Day 3:
      >->Drive to Hlid Cottages Mývatn OR Husavik Campground and camp
      Both are boring, if you want somewhere nicer go to Asbrygi cayon. Or go closer to Akureyri
      to see (The Arctic Henge, Dettifoss, Mývatn, Grjótagjá, Goðafoss
      Arctic Henge, this takes you hours out of the way and it is absolutely the shittest thing in Iceland. No one goes to North East Iceland unless you live there or have lots of time.
      Dettifoss, yes, if you go to Asbyrgi you can see the north side of the falls
      Myvatn is fine
      Grjotagja is literally the most tourist stupid area in Iceland.
      Go to the crater and other stuff when you are in this area. If you don't have time it proves you are travelling too fast

      >>Day 4:
      >->Drive to Hvammstangi to camp
      Why it is boring there is nothing there
      >> things to see (The Herring Era Museum, Súlur (day hike), Hegranesviti Lighthouse, Hofsós Sundlaug, Hvitserkur, Illugastadir seal watching.
      Herring Museum is right at the North and you will need to go that way to see Hofsos round the other side. You don't have fricking time, it takes a couple of hours to enjoy the musesum and also Hofsos pool. Sulur takes half a day
      the lighthouse, makes me again wonder where the hell are you getting these tips. You are missing so much other stuff in these areas. You dont even see the main things in the Northern Capital area of Akureyri

      >Day 5:
      >->Drive to Þingeyraroddi Camping Ground
      to see (Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft, Gvendarlaug, Hornstrandir, Arctic Fox Centre, Ísafjörður, Dynjandi
      You don't have time for this, you do not understand the driving time needed to go here. This is a 3-4 day trip on a quick pace

      >>Day 6:
      >> Drive to Arkranes/camp
      >Things to see (Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum, Saxhóll Crater, Arnarstapi Harbour, Lýsuhólslaug, Landbrotalaug Hot Springs
      nice area to see, boring area to be, id drop this day none of those things you said are interesting

      >Day 7: (Head to highlands):
      >- Drive to Fjallabak Nature Reserve/camp
      >- Things to see (Deildartunguhver, Barnafoss, Hveravellir, Kerlingarfjöll)
      >Day 8:
      >- Highlands
      >Day 9:
      >- Highlands
      >Day 10:
      >- Return car
      >Day 11: Fly to FO
      Highlands in general are fun, but alone it may be shit. It is empty and desolate for large stretches. Camping is not going to be wild, it is going to be limited to a few very specific spots and you are going to be with others.
      If you don't know the entry and exist point for the highlands you have no business going there tbh. Again this is for people who have already explored the Island. Chill out, explore iceland first and then try this

      >- (Same earlier comment)
      >That’s a rough guideline, things will obviously blow out time wise and theres a few places I haven’t mentioned as there is a lot of locations worth seeing. Keen to spend some days in the highlands and engulf myself in nature, do some hikes, and to do some swimming.

      Your itinerary leaves zero time for any hikes at all.
      It feels like a joke itinerary to bait a response friend.
      Seriously, cut your trip in half, slow down, park your 4x4 anywhere and start hiking. You listed thee worst stops ever. Instead, throw the guide out the window, and when you get there, having studied the map, see someplace you like and go get lost. there will be no tourists in a hike.
      Also if you want to see highlands, go to Landmannaluager trek, much more to see of highlands than the drive

      Cheers for the honesty, I just went on google/google earth and picked apart all of the sights etc and added them to an interactive map. But I will take these tips and use them. I have a lot of other things on my interactive map and was going to pick and choose on arrival.

      I just wish I had more time I knew the time would BTFO I guess which refers to my question If i need to skip some of the island due to time constraints I guess it would be the day 6?

      But mostly I think I would enjoy the Fjords so I guess ill head north initially?

      Thanks for the responses ill do an overhaul of the itinerary

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Yeah. Sorry to say
        Specifically to your question. You need to drop more than Day 6. The rest is a torture trip. What you have down as 1/4 of a day I've spent doing 3 days and still not enough time. It took me months to even see some of the stuff you listed.
        You get 1 hike a day and usually that means starting at where you camped. Use the sunlight to your advantage but as you're travelling alone. You have no one to break up the driving for you. If you over reach you will end up hating driving.
        In general:
        you're doing the right thing by exploring and asking. It will all circle into place in your mind
        Just forget the full loop which is a very reddt mindset and focus on what's in front of you

        Actually if Fjords are your thing. Just go to the Westfjords for 4-5 days. Or alternatively go right along the East fjords. Much less people there. Go right up to Borgofjordur and go hiking up there. You'll love it.
        Hvammstangi for example is such low tier even driving 2hrs there is dead time you could be doing more things which are popular. They are popular for a reason.

        Hornstrandir is a multiday hike you mentioned in the Westfjords and it takes a little planning with the ferry. You'll need a tent or huts along the way. Again, this is advanced stuff
        Start with something bit less taxing.

        Are you young?
        And gave you travelled much around the world?

        My other advice is try to open up a bit. Don't let the idea of it being busy get to you. There are other people trying to experience the wonder of the world just like you. They might be annoying and older tourists etc. But have a smile on your face, and it'll change your thoughts. At the least say hello to people when you pass them, Iceland alone is very lonely. Travel with others even for 30mins talking to someone else a day is much better. This is for every country in the world

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Yeah thats a good point, I guess ill start northerly and work my way around at a snails pace and just head directly back to KEF when I run out of time. I do plan to come back if I like it.

          I knew I wouldn't have been able to do Hornstrandir due to time and organisation but was hoping there would be a cheaters way.

          Ill be travelling alone, wanted to enjoy the complete solace.

          Yeah in my late 20's, I have only been to a handful of countries so not much traveling. Just have a fascination with Iceland & its the start of a long euro trip for me as I will be moving to Ireland from Aus after visiting a few countries.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            If you're going to Ireland FlyPlay has great offers from Dublin. Literally one of the closest countries along with Great Britain. So keep going back watch the country change over the year

            You sound like me the first time I went. I wanted a solo 4x4 camper and to be alone. Soon found meeting people was making everything better. That said I've spent days alone hiking.
            Iceland is the best country for your needs. It's "small", safe, has so much to offer.
            My other advice is research 4x4 costs. Consider gas cost and rethink.
            A normal car amd a tent is much better.

            You should also invest in a digital or physical book of hikes. Even if you went to the North I could tell you places to hike which would eat uo your entire two weeks, and you have it down as "red herring museum" look up the ranges from Akureyri to Siglofjordur for example. Then again in Bogorfjordur Eystri in the East

            I highly recommend thakgil, it's a detour but worth it. drive on the unpaved road (beautiful drive) to the campsite. You can camp there or rent a small cabin. Ask the staff there for hiking recommendations, they'll suggest a loop with stunning landscapes, a glacier and barely any people around

            This is a really good piece if advice and was going to suggest it for the south coast. Definitely not many people and the drive there, hikes around it and the campsite are great for a few days. If even you spent 5 days in and around this southern area you'd find endless solo places to be hiking.
            Iceland is your oyster anon

            I'll keep an eye out for these threads if you update your itinerary
            When are you going.
            Im also tempted to go there and meet you to help out. But I always assume 4chinners are freaks I wouldn't want to meet in real life. But you seen alright

  16. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >>Day 3:
    >->Drive to Hlid Cottages Mývatn OR Husavik Campground and camp
    Both are boring, if you want somewhere nicer go to Asbrygi cayon. Or go closer to Akureyri
    to see (The Arctic Henge, Dettifoss, Mývatn, Grjótagjá, Goðafoss
    Arctic Henge, this takes you hours out of the way and it is absolutely the shittest thing in Iceland. No one goes to North East Iceland unless you live there or have lots of time.
    Dettifoss, yes, if you go to Asbyrgi you can see the north side of the falls
    Myvatn is fine
    Grjotagja is literally the most tourist stupid area in Iceland.
    Go to the crater and other stuff when you are in this area. If you don't have time it proves you are travelling too fast

    >>Day 4:
    >->Drive to Hvammstangi to camp
    Why it is boring there is nothing there
    >> things to see (The Herring Era Museum, Súlur (day hike), Hegranesviti Lighthouse, Hofsós Sundlaug, Hvitserkur, Illugastadir seal watching.
    Herring Museum is right at the North and you will need to go that way to see Hofsos round the other side. You don't have fricking time, it takes a couple of hours to enjoy the musesum and also Hofsos pool. Sulur takes half a day
    the lighthouse, makes me again wonder where the hell are you getting these tips. You are missing so much other stuff in these areas. You dont even see the main things in the Northern Capital area of Akureyri

  17. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Day 5:
    >->Drive to Þingeyraroddi Camping Ground
    to see (Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft, Gvendarlaug, Hornstrandir, Arctic Fox Centre, Ísafjörður, Dynjandi
    You don't have time for this, you do not understand the driving time needed to go here. This is a 3-4 day trip on a quick pace

    >>Day 6:
    >> Drive to Arkranes/camp
    >Things to see (Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum, Saxhóll Crater, Arnarstapi Harbour, Lýsuhólslaug, Landbrotalaug Hot Springs
    nice area to see, boring area to be, id drop this day none of those things you said are interesting

  18. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Day 7: (Head to highlands):
    >- Drive to Fjallabak Nature Reserve/camp
    >- Things to see (Deildartunguhver, Barnafoss, Hveravellir, Kerlingarfjöll)
    >Day 8:
    >- Highlands
    >Day 9:
    >- Highlands
    >Day 10:
    >- Return car
    >Day 11: Fly to FO
    Highlands in general are fun, but alone it may be shit. It is empty and desolate for large stretches. Camping is not going to be wild, it is going to be limited to a few very specific spots and you are going to be with others.
    If you don't know the entry and exist point for the highlands you have no business going there tbh. Again this is for people who have already explored the Island. Chill out, explore iceland first and then try this

    >- (Same earlier comment)
    >That’s a rough guideline, things will obviously blow out time wise and theres a few places I haven’t mentioned as there is a lot of locations worth seeing. Keen to spend some days in the highlands and engulf myself in nature, do some hikes, and to do some swimming.

    Your itinerary leaves zero time for any hikes at all.
    It feels like a joke itinerary to bait a response friend.
    Seriously, cut your trip in half, slow down, park your 4x4 anywhere and start hiking. You listed thee worst stops ever. Instead, throw the guide out the window, and when you get there, having studied the map, see someplace you like and go get lost. there will be no tourists in a hike.
    Also if you want to see highlands, go to Landmannaluager trek, much more to see of highlands than the drive

  19. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I highly recommend thakgil, it's a detour but worth it. drive on the unpaved road (beautiful drive) to the campsite. You can camp there or rent a small cabin. Ask the staff there for hiking recommendations, they'll suggest a loop with stunning landscapes, a glacier and barely any people around

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