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1. Posted by pippaio (Budding Member 6 posts) 1y

Hi there.

I want make a travel through the Iceland this August. I've 15-18 days to spend there. I thought to take a car and visit the south-west of the island.
Someone has already been there and give me some tips? there is a particular place to visit?

I'm alone for now. Someone else is interested to come with me? :)

2. Posted by Alain13 (Respected Member 100 posts) 1y

I was there long ago. The tips: Protect yourself from sun, rain, wind and maybe snow :)
Great sites in SW are Gulfoss waterfalls, Thingvellir Park and Geysir. A little bit farer you could go to see the nice landscapes of Landmanalaugar, Thorksmörk or Snaeffelsness peninsula.
Have a look there: Iceland

3. Posted by pippaio (Budding Member 6 posts) 1y

Thanks for the advices!
I've never felt about Thorksmörk and Thingvellir Park. I must informing about this places!
I've heard that the life in Iceland is very expensive (sleep and food). You confirm this?

4. Posted by Alain13 (Respected Member 100 posts) 1y

It was more than 25 years ago so I cannot really give you prices indications. ;)
I just remember the food was expensive and not so much for sleeping as I was camping !

5. Posted by mapsandmoxie (Full Member 183 posts) 1y

15-18 days gives you a fair bit of flexibility, but timing will depend on what you want to see, and the type of vehicle you're taking. If you want to do a multi-day trek, it'll cut into your time.

I'd highly recommend doing the loop around the ring road (but get off the ring road too!) - it's a lot of driving, but should be doable with your time frame (I did that and more in 15 days in Sept). Skaftafell in the east is supposed to be one of the most beautiful places (and one of the only ones I missed, unfortunately). Landmanlaugar is amazing - worth a go, but needs a 4 wheel drive vehicle. What are you most interested in seeing / doing? Are you looking for hikes, the hot springs/pools, do you want to see the highlands, etc. The landscape there changes incredibly fast, and it's impressive the amount of diversity you can see in just a couple of hours of traveling.

The whole island has landmarks and information scattered along the route, so it's really easy to see different things, and if you talk to locals on the way (they're really, really friendly!) they tend to be more than happy to give yo advice.

Hope that helps!

6. Posted by Andyf (Travel Guru 649 posts) 1y

Yes Iceland is very expensive! About 3 times the price of things here in England.

As well as the good suggestions already, take a look at Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, Myvatn Nature Baths in the north near Akureyri (like the Blue Lagoon spa), and the weirdest attraction in Reykjavik is the Penis Museum!

7. Posted by hasbeen (Respected Member 609 posts) 1y

Quoting Andyf

....., and the weirdest attraction in Reykjavik is the Penis Museum!

Be sure to get the T shirt at the museum "This museum is not for pussies".


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9. Posted by EmmaDeCloet (Budding Member 3 posts) 1y

I would suggest doing your own itinerary. You want to be flexible to follow the weather. Spend you money on a car and save by either staying in Youth Hostels or if you are tough camping. Besides the price, the advantage of youth hostels is that they have a kitchen, so you can cook your own meals. Of course, if you have more cash you can upgrade to guesthouses, but there the breakfast is often at set times, which is not always handy

10. Posted by VintageRider (Budding Member 23 posts) 1y

If you want to see Iceland, I recommend you this travel blog:

Contains a number of photos, some facts, suggestions of destinations.

I've never been and I'd focus on warmer destinations, but the photos of Reykjavik are alluring.