Campervan on the ring road
FIRST OF ALL, ICELAND IS ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!
My husband and I spent a total of 11 days traveling around Iceland. Every second of everyday was beautiful. Hands down one of the most mesmerizing places to travel to.
We arrived at Keflavik International Airport on May 4th at 7am. If you are planning a trip to Iceland, I highly recommend doing all of your online bookings prior to arriving. We took a bus from the airport to the infamous Blue Lagoon where we enjoyed soaking in the geothermal pool. We booked one night at the Blue Lagoon Silica Hotel and although it was a bit pricey, we both agreed that it was a once in a lifetime experience. The booking process for the hotel was different than most; you have to send them an email stating how many guests and how many days, along with your credit card information, (you won’t be charged for the room until you arrive). Since most flights arriving in Iceland are in the morning, be prepared not to be able to check into your room until at least noon. The hotel is located about 800 meters from the main lobby, but don’t worry, you’ll be able to relax in the warm blue water regardless of checking in. You can however, head over to the hotel and drop off all your baggage in a locked closet and then you will be given a voucher to the main lagoon if you don’t want to stay at the smaller private hotel lagoon. Walk the 800 meter pathway back to the main building and you’ll most likely have to stand in a rather long line to be given your wristband (your credit card will be linked to it if you decide to make any purchases at the lagoon bar) You’ll also be given some flip flops, a towel, and thick but scratchy robe! If you’re body shy, you better get over it! Because hygiene is a big thing in Iceland and every swimming pool and geothermal hot spot REQUIRES full nude showers before entering the water (of course there are separate locker rooms for men and women, Icelandic people are clean- not pervs). Most bigger places provide soap and shampoo (like the northern version of the blue lagoon, the Myvatn Nature Baths or the Secret Lagoon, located on the Golden Circle). After a much needed relaxing night at the Blue Lagoon, my husband and I hopped on the same bus (make sure to purchase the ticket that takes you from KEF-Blue Lagoon-Reykjavik) and was dropped off at Hótel Hafnarfjordur. The bus makes stops at different hotels and locations so make sure you know where your heading! Now, my husband and I did not plan on staying at this hotel, it just happened to be the closest drop off point (14 minutes walk) to GoCampers. We rented a campervan, and that served both as transportation and our home for the next 10 days! If you’re traveling Iceland on a budget than getting a campervan is the way to go! It was perfect size for two adults and it included pots, pans, utensils, all necessary cooking tools (along with a stove). Iceland is expensive so going to the local grocery store is your best way to save some money on food! (Bonus and Netto are good places to shop at) We basically lived off of oatmeal, hotdogs, and canned foods for breakfast and lunch. Don’t go completely cheap on your travels though, splurge and try to taste the local foods at dinner time! Delicacies in Iceland include langoustine(icelandic lobster), fish soup, whale, shark, puffin, and HORSE! Yes, you can ride and eat some icelandic horses.
We did a clockwise drive, sticking mostly to the Ring Road, but venturing off to explore the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and the eastern fjords. Great thing about getting a campervan is that you can park almost anywhere you want for the night! You don’t have to stick to a schedule and book a million hotels. Just be aware of signs that specifically state no camping/overnight parking. I highly recommend getting the Lonely Planet book on Iceland, it really helped out while planning the trip, as well as driving around the Ring Road because it gives tips on sites and streets.
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