(Closed) Bees who have visited ICELAND in March/April!

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Post # 2
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Newbee

I’m not going to be super helpful, I visited in June and didn’t rent a car, but I was there for a month and absolutely loved it. My username is after the Skaftafell park, probably the most amazing place I’ve ever been. I can’t not chime in.

If you’re going to stay in Southern Iceland along the coast, you will be okay with a regular small car. If you want to travel inland off the ring road at all then I would definitely get awd. The inland roads won’t be very busy so you just don’t want to risk something happening and waiting hours/days for someone else to come by.

If you have any other questions or need suggestions for activities let me know! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 4
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Newbee

Have you checked the travel forums at Tripadvisor.com?ย  I’ve used them quite a bit for all of my travels (including a trip to Ireland this month) and they’ve been super helpful. Most of the location specific forums will have FAQ/sticky topics that address car rentals and other common questions, but if the Iceland forum doesn’t just post your question there and there are usually seasoned travelers or locals who can give you the answer.ย  I would have been lost in planning my Ireland trip without the help I found there.

Post # 5
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Helper bee

We rented a car in January from blue car rental. There’s a shuttle there from the airport or it’s a quick 5 min walk. We got an all wheel drive with studded tires at the time because it was winter and icy. We did buy the insurance. There’s a lot of gravel on the road that will kick up and knick the bottom of the car. Also be very mindful of the wind when opening the car door because it can blow it into another car. This happened to a friend of ours and the rental car company warned of it as well. We had no issues with blue car rental and would rent from them again. 

 

Also we drove all the way to Jokulsarlon and back to Reykjavik and never had to get on an F road at all. The max speed limit there is also around 55mph. Watch out for speed cameras along the roads. 

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Helper bee

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LadyJDAG :  I’m so glad you went with AWD! We saw a smaller car that spun out in the icy road and another jeep flipped completely on its side, so be careful driving! We had no issues. 

Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon is a MUST. It’s a far 5-6 hour drive but it was hands down my favorite place to see.

My second favorite was the blue lagoon. Buy tickets in advance online because their ticketing system is priced by demand and you choose what time you go inside. We bought the premium package with the robe, towel and slippers but it’s really not necessary. We kept the robe and slippers in the lockers the WHOLE time. If you can bring your own towel, I recommend the most basic package. Go to the blue lagoon either the day you arrive or the day you leave because it’s really close to the airport (20 min drive). 

The city of Reykjavik is very walkable. We dedicated 1 entire day to exploring it and I feel that it was enough. The harpa concert hall is free to look around inside and is pretty cool in terms of design.

Other attractions we went to: Gullfoss (waterfall), Pingvellir national park, Strokkur (geyser that still erupts) — these 3 make up the infamous golden circle tour that is very popular. We saw all of these in 1 day. 

 

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Helper bee

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LadyJDAG :  no I wore my swimsuit the entire time even when I showered before going in. They just asked that I wash my hair before going in and to leave a TON of conditioner in because the minerals in the lagoon will dry your hair out. Each shower has a stall with a door so no one will see you naked. The lagoon is heated naturally so in the winter it was wonderful! It’s like being in a jacuzzi with snow falling on your face. There’s also a separate steam room and sauna there as well!

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2017

We got engaged in Iceland so I will always have a special place in my heart for this place! It’s really incredible.  I went in June and September and rented a car both times, neither with AWD but both with every insurance possible.  In June, we just did the golden circle.  In September, we drove around the country on ring road and were fine (besides being scared out of our minds at some parts!) Our only trouble was a flat tire due to a sharp rock impaling one of our tires.  By some miracle, we happened to drive past an old man working outside of his autoshop at dinner time.  That man saved us! 

How long are you there for? The length of time can really determine what you can see.  

I second going to Gullfoss & Pingvellir for sure.  I also love Seljalandfoss Waterfall, which neighbors (7-10 min walk) a hidden waterfall that I would never have known about without Trip Advisor.  It’s really cool! 

I will never, ever forget Skogafoss.  Don’t be put off by the stairs.  Climb them all and then hop over the little easel looking thing and walk on! You’ll feel like you’re walking through someone’s farm or property but it is one of the most amazing things I’ve seen. Maybe I haven’t seen a lot in the world, but that walk/hike is something I will never forget.  We probably went a mile or two before turning back, but plenty of people continued on past that. And then we got engaged that night ๐Ÿ™‚ 

If you are wanting to do a hotspring/geopool/steam bath thing, I would skip Blue Lagoon and drive to Laugarvatn Fontana.  Blue Lagoon has the silica but we found Laugarvatn Fontana to be better.  

OH! You have to go to Reynisfjara, near Vik. Black sand beach that feels like you’re on the set of some creepy movie, but really cool to see.  It’s a quick stop.  

My fiance and I did all of the above while staying in Reykjavic in only 2 days. It’s totally doable.  When I went back with a friend in September, we did all of the above plus a few other short stops, including Jokulsarlon before continuing on the ring road. We did that in 5 days.  Obviously we didn’t see everything and couldn’t make it to the fjords, but that’s just an excuse for us to go back ๐Ÿ™‚ 

I’m so jealous you’re going!

Post # 12
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Helper bee

We went in March and rented a small car, which worked out very well.  We drove it from Reykjavik all the way to jokulsarlon and had no problems.  During that time of the year, the roads weren’t icy or snowy at all and once you get far out enough from Reykjavik the road is a super easy 2 lane road.  My favorite place in Iceland is the glacier lagoon…it’s seriously amazing and we caught the most amazing northern lights show there as well.  

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