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1. Posted by Gianni.C (Budding Member 2 posts) 12w Star this if you like it!

Hello everyone beautiful people, my name is Gianni and l love to travel!
I'm planning a trip to Iceland next February 2022 and I needed a few info to start organising since it would be my first 1 week trip and I'm resuming travelling after almost 2 years.

Where and how did you hire a car in Iceland,and at what price? How do you suggest me to proceed?

Is it safe to drive during the cold winter months such as February? I'm worried about slippery roads etc

Are fully vaccinated people exempt from tests/ quarantine at the moment?

And last but not least,is it a travel wise to make alone? I usually travel by myself but l understand that Iceland is a expensive country to visit especially considering that it can't be visited in a week end, how did you organise your trip?
Is there anyone in this group who's interested to travel in the same period?

Thanks in advance for your help!

2. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 3675 posts) 12w Star this if you like it!

I can answer some of your questions.

>Are fully vaccinated people exempt from tests/ quarantine at the moment?

Yes, but there is a form to be completed before travel and, obviously, proof of vaccination is needed (see official link). There is no guarantee that the rules in place at the moment will be the same next February

https://www.covid.is/sub-categories/vaccination-and-antibodies

> Is it safe to drive during the cold winter months such as February? I'm worried about slippery roads etc

Whether it's 'safe' or not depends on a) the weather conditions (e.g. driving in a blizzard isn't very safe) and b) the skill of the driver. Main roads are of course cleared but if you have no or little experience in icy/snowy conditions you'll need to be very careful.

All Icelandic hire cars will, of course, have winter tyres.

>is it a travel wise to make alone?

Iceland is a very safe country imo. People are friendly and helpful and almost all have very good English.

>Iceland is a expensive country to visit

Iceland has a very high cost of living. I'm from the UK and I found many things to be roughly twice the price I'd pay at home. I bought supermarket food for some meals but the supermarkets are all/almost all in Rekjavik. The site below will five you a reliable idea of costs. To make a valid comparison, change the currency to your own:

https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/in/Reykjavik?displayCurrency=ISK

>how did you organise your trip

I was lucky enough to visit with a large group of friends from all around the world. An Icelandic couple organised 3 group meals and two daytrips so I just had to sort out my flights, hotel, transport and other meals. It was a wonderful experience but it certainly wasn't a cheap holiday!

The site below is an excellent resource (I know one of the Icelandic contributors: https://guidetoiceland.is/connect-with-locals/regina). It will answer many of your questions and give you itinerary ideas:

https://guidetoiceland.is/about-iceland

[ Edit: Edited on 29 Oct 2021, 08:54 GMT by leics2 ]

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5. Posted by Gianni.C (Budding Member 2 posts) 12w Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the infos shared they were all very helpful!

I have a few more:

If I'm to travel by myself and book a hotel in advance,what are the chances of organising daily trips in site? Is it easy to find groups to go explore right in the place?

Are there any sort of sightseeing bus or coach,if yes how do they work? Do they allow a little time for photoshoots?

I'm a skilled driver,my concern is mostly regarding the condition of the roads and if it's safe enough to assume that those roads will be clear from snow and ice despite the season so to allow me to drive independently across the Island in search of the best landmarks.

Still,if anyone is interested to travel there in the same period (February 2022) I'd be glad to discuss opportunities.

Thank you for your help!

6. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 3675 posts) 12w Star this if you like it!

>what are the chances of organising daily trips in site?
>Are there any sort of sightseeing bus or coach,if yes how do they work? Do they allow a little time for photoshoots?

Daytrips from Rekjavik run throughout the year. Private tours, or larger or smaller groups, by coach or minibus or car (plane, helicopter & boat if the weather's right), to lots of destinations. It's very easy to find options: just google 'Rekjavik daytrips' and you'll find plenty of operators.

Of course such tours offer time to take photos. Remember that Iceland only gets about 9 hours of daylight in February.

>mostly regarding the condition of the roads and if it's safe enough to assume that those roads will be clear from snow and ice despite the season

Icelanders have to get around as well...and there are bus services. Roads in rural areas (gravelled and F roads) may not be cleared well or at all but main roads will be safe enough with winter tyres...though if temperatures are near freezing you should *never* assume any road isn't slippery.