In the last in our short series of the best ways to travel through Iceland, guest writer Tess Miller shares her experiences of camping vs. staying in lodging accommodations.
Camping vs. Lodging
For me, camping around Iceland is the way to go. We rented camping gear in Reykjavik, which included a tent, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, and even a wifi hot spot. There are camping grounds all over the country that are safe and easily accessible. They all have bathrooms, showers, kitchens, and some even have laundry. There is a fee to stay at each campsite, but compared to staying in hotels or cabins, it is by far the cheapest way to go. Some campsites are in towns, others are in canyons, others near the beach. Camping adds to the adventure of traveling through Iceland and really allows you to experience the country.
That being said, there are many other lodging options, such as hotels, cabins, and Airbnbs. Lodging does tend to be a bit pricey and you should book these well in advance to your trip if you want to get the best rates during the right times of the season.
To sum up my experiences and preferences about traveling through Iceland, it doesn't matter when you go or how you do it. What really matters is that you do.
I would be remiss if I did not discuss the real reason you would visit Iceland, the amazing country itself. Below is a map with my favorite places I have seen in my three trips; once around the Ring Road, once across the South Coast and once to Snaefellsnes peninsula. All of the points of interest are marked with a road sign as you get off the highway. Everywhere you look is beautiful, and while the points of interest are amazing, the most beautiful places are off the beaten path. The more you explore, the more beautiful the country becomes. For example, don’t just go to the bottom of Skogafoss, make sure you hike to explore behind the waterfall; don’t just stand at the bottom of the Gerdeburg Cliffs, but climb to the top; take every trail you can to see as much as possible.
This map has towns/ cities as well as points of interest bookmarked with pictures to help you plan your trip around Iceland!
To view the full map with place names, click the link.
Thanks for reading along and I hope you feel more confident in planning your own trip to Iceland.
I travel and then I write about it. I hope you enjoy my experiences, and can learn from my trial and errors!