Hi, my boyfriend and I are going to Iceland from 12th - 17th March. We are staying in Reykjavik but want to hire a car to drive to the Blue Lagoon, Skaftafell National Park, Geysir and Gullfoss. Has anyone done this before and are the roads (and weather) good enough to make hiring a car realistic? We don't want to be stranded out in the middle of nowhere. Buses don't run to Skaftafell National Park in March, but I presume that is because it's not peak season.
Any help/advice would be appreciated.
You might be a bit weather depandant in March in Iceland. You will easily get to the Blue Lagoon and you will also most likely be able to drive to Gullfoss and Geysir. Skaftafell might be a bit more weather depandant. Regarding the roads here, it is very realistic hiring a car to visit these places. I regularly take foreign friends to to the Blue lagoon, Gullfoss and Geysir in my Toyota Yaris
You are also right about the reason why busses don't go to Skaftafell in march. It has nothing to do with roads or weather, it´s just not high season. Feel free to send me an e-mail closer to your arrival in march and I´ll check out if Skaftafell is possible.
Best luck on you trip to Iceland
[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]
To visit these locations, hiring a car would definately the best options. Roads to geysir, gulfoss and skaftafell NP are in excellent condition (tarred all the way) and driving is easy. You won't need more than a small car, I had a Toyota Yaris which was already pretty expensive (€50 or something). It might be cheaper now though with the Icelandic currency being over twice as weak as back then (sept 2007).
Don't miss Jokulsarlon, east of the Skaftafell NP, the road is fantastic, and so are the views.
Also, 6 days won't be too short at all! Base yourself in Reykjavik and Vik for example, some relatively affordable guesthouses over there (sorry, don't remember the name).
The weather...well, that is something you never know, but at the main roads should be open during most months. You can have winter-ish weather in July and some pretty sunny and mild days in winter.
Take some warm clothes
Thanks for that, my mind is at ease now. We'll just hire a small car and head out for a few days!