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6 Ways to Travel in Iceland

6 ways to travel in Iceland, from the most benign to the hard core:

  1. ($$/*) Stay in Reykjavik the entire time.
  2. ($$$$/**) Stay in Reykjavik, take day trips with tour bus companies.
  3. ($$$/***) Stay in Reykjavik, but rent a car and explore on your own.
  4. ($$$/***) Drive all or part of the ring, staying in hostels and guest houses.
  5. ($$/****) Drive all or part of the ring, camping.
  6. ($/*****) Stay in the interior.

Some tips for staying in Iceland:

  • It is expensive. Plan for at least $50-100 per day plus lodging. Even if you are a savvy traveler it will still cost you this much just to leave your hostel. Cars start at about $100/day.
  • Spend time in Reykjavik during one of the music festivals.
  • Everyone speaks English.
  • Everyone takes a credit card.
  • Know the weather. Visit the Icelandic Weather Burough and check for temperature and wind. There are weather signs everywhere. Observe them.
  • Know the roads. Have a map and if you do not have a 4x4 stay off the F roads. It's just a rule of thumb but single digit roads are built up, double digit less so and triple digit even less. All roads have a sign which describes the roads ahead. Observe them.
  • You can camp pretty much everywhere there isn't a sign telling you not to.
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