I just completed 15 days travelling around one of the most picturesque countries; Iceland. A country that is every photographer’s dream. Whilst many of you would like to visit but fear the rather expensive prices of everything, I do hope that at the end of this blog post you will see that travelling around Iceland on a budget is possible.
I previously wrote an article about what it is like travelling the world with a Jamaican passport and how much this country has been a dream for me since I was a child. Might I also add that it is rated as one of the safest countries in the world and also with one the purest air and water.
After exploring the entire country; doing an 8-day “Ring Road” road trip, Iceland should be everyone’s dream; it is such a magical place.
Travelling Iceland On A Budget
Before visiting, I have read many articles stating that visiting Iceland is good for solo travelling mainly because it is so safe. As a solo traveller, solo-traveling-places are always on my radar. I am always looking for places I can travel freely without having to worry about ‘safety’ in the back of my mind.
However, visiting as a solo traveller might not be the best option if you are looking to travel on a budget. Personally, I think Iceland is better with a friend.
Here is what I recommend if you are thinking of visiting this magical place soon.
Rent A Car Or Camper Van
One of the most common ways to tour the country is to hire a vehicle from the airport city Keflavik or Reykjavik. You can go with a 4 – wheel drive car or better yet a camper van that would eliminate the costs of lodging; that would be even cheaper and a good thing if you travel a friend so you can split the cost.
No matter what, if you are looking to do a couple of days on the road, make sure to hire a 4-wheel drive. Our car got stuck in the sand, at the beach and had to be towed out— but that is for another blog post. A 4- wheel drive is crucial, the terrain changes and in addition is weather changes a 4- wheel drive is a good idea.
Carpooling In Iceland Is A Thing
If you will be visiting Iceland solo and still looking to do it on a budget, you can carpool in Iceland. You can find more travellers to split the cost and make new friends to share the experience with.
Dine-In Instead Of Dining-Out
Consider doing some food-shopping instead of eating at restaurants. Don’t get me wrong, whenever I travel, trying the local food and the different restaurants is a priority for me and I do recommend you do the same. It is a good way to connect with the culture and to get a good feel of the city/town. In fact, I remember having the tastiest lamb and Italian beef soup; I recommend trying the lamb when you visit. However, being on a budget is a little different. I spent a few days/nights trying out some of the restaurants, but, let’s just say food-shopping didn’t hurt my pocket as much.
Budget Accommodation Is Key
Since my visit here, I have received emails and messages asking about what affordable hotels do I recommend. I really do suggest looking for budget accommodations on hostelworld or Booking. Guesthouses and cabins are also available. Want a true Icelandic experience, try booking a cabin for a night or two.
Doing a road trip around the entire country has got to be one of my most scenic trips yet. I am hoping that with these tips listed above, more of you will able to visit and breathe in the purest air ever.
Iceland is special and I just think that everyone should have a chance to see the country through their own eyes.