wow, what a trip! great country, great travel buddies. just great.
i had very high expectations for this trip and i was not disappointed! iceland has such great nature. everywhere you look is really beautiful, peaceful and mostly untouched. and the variation in landscape is just amazing. the pictures i took really don’t do it justice. that’s why you’ll have to go and discover it for yourself ;-)
yes, iceland is pretty expensive. i was travelling with 3 friends, so that makes renting a car and housing a lot cheaper. i’ve listed our expenses below so you can get an idea of what it might cost you. prices are per person, per night/day.
- housing: €40
(we stayed in guest houses, hostels & airbnb places)
- car rental: €24
(blue car rental. definitely recommend them.)
- gasoline: €6
- food & beverages: €20
(we mostly did groceries and cooked ourselves. think we ate out 4 or 5 times in total. we didn’t drink a lot of alcohol, so that helps too.)
- miscellaneous: €5
(shuttle to the airport, trains in belgium, tol road, etc.)
what to do
i’ve compiled a list of the things we did; what i liked (yellow pins) and what i think you could possibly skip (grey pins). we spent 9 days in iceland, so we definitely didn’t see everything but it’s a decent amount of time to explore the country. though 2 weeks might be more comfortable. and 3 weeks would be good if you also explore the western fjords (which we didn’t).
we decided what to see based on pinterest lists we each had, a lonely planet guide and just random things we saw along the road. in my opinion, it was a pretty good combo of touristy things and less explored/know sights.
each pin has some more explanation about what it is, so be sure to open up the full map and just click on every pin.