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1. Posted by kam30en (Budding Member 11 posts) 12y

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Hi, I'm new to this forum and had a question about Iceland. Well, I'm going to be travelling in August with a british friend to India, Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and China (a one-year tour). But before I meet him in Britain, I will be taking a stopover in Iceland. I have heard Iceland is very expensive, and no doubt, it is. But I am wondering, can it be done cheap. I plan to spend 7 days in Iceland and don't want to spend more than 200 US dollars. I will be sleeping under the stars and eating canned food from home, and maybe even hitchhiking (if anyone will pick me up). Has anyone ever attempted this? Is it worth it, or will my experience be warped?

2. Posted by bob flinn (Full Member 173 posts) 12y

Hi, Iceland, a web site to visit is and the turist board site is, tryt these two for local advice and links, if you want more help get back to me I will try to find other information. Hitchhiking doesn't seem to be a problem, care in any situation is alway advisable.
Enjoy the rest of your trip, when you get to Thailand go north to Chiang Mai and do a three day trek to the hill country, where you sleep over in native village, do an elephant trek and river raft. Got some photographs if you want to see them, and there are some of my pics on this site.
Bob Flinn

3. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 12y

Hi kam30en

i almost fell outta my seat - Iceland on a Shoestring!

I dont think its possible. atelast not enjoyable. I have been to iceland twice now and each time planned to spend as little as possible, but each time find out that its not goin to happen. The US dollar is so weak to Icelandic Kroner - that i cant afford to go anymore.

200 US dollars could go in 3-4 days easily. be advised. and also know that in August there are NO Stars to sleep under - atleast not for more than an hour or 2 - when their summer sees almost no darkness. So sleepin outside maybe tough in daylight.

4. Posted by backpackit (Full Member 45 posts) 12y


I've never been to Iceland, so maybe I don't know what I'm talking about, but I don't know why it COULDN'T be done. Why not? Let's say your $200 doesn't include transportation there and back (does it?), and you know you're going to be campin' it and sleeping outdoors, then why not? I'd say go for it. What's the worst that could happen? You miss a few meals? Big deal. You'll have a great time and have some stories to tell of your trip.