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1. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5656 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I am thinking of bringing my own car to Iceland by ferry from Denmark.
Has anybody done this?
Some more questions:
Is end of may/beginning of june or end of august/beginning of september a good time to visit Iceland. Prices are much lower by ferry I saw.
Is there enough accomodation, so I don't have to make reservations?
Thanks, Michael.

2. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I can't comment on the ferry, but I know that accommodation on a budget is few and far between and is booked out a very long way in advance in summer. I was there in early June 2006, and the hostels were booked out for my dates 2 months in advance, and the cheapest of the "budget" accommodation was $91US a night. Lucky for me I found a really nice Icelandic couple who let me stay at their house in my time in Iceland which saved me a fortune on accommodation costs. If you are going to be travelling on a nudget, it would be a must to pre-book your accommodation well in advance unless you are prepared to sleep in your car on some nights. I'm not sure about August/September but that is probably the same. I know the icelandic couple I stayed with, were getting a lot of requests to stay with them from about May-October and then it quietened considerably with the requests. You'll want to have your whole life savings with you in Iceland if you plan on spending any length of time there, because it sure aint cheap for anything. Buying food from the supermarkets called "Bonus" gets big discounts of around 50% on a lot of the things they sell. Unless you have got no limits on money, you'll need to save where ever possible.

3. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

That is expensive.
I think if i go there, i wont stay, for more than a couple of days.


4. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

You might want to at least know about a few choices of accomodation because this is a pretty popular time to visit Iceland. There are 3 HI hostels in Iceland that have dorm room accomodation and the Foss hotel chain might be a good choice. Foss hotels also have a self-drive tour around Iceland with the accomodation included and that would save you a bit.

5. Posted by 617jetset (Budding Member 32 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I don't have any tips on the ferry as I'm from the United States and thus had to fly in. I went in March of 2006 for a day on my way to London, so I didn't have to pay for a hotel but I DID hire a car for the day so I could drive around an explore on my own (I travelled solo on that leg of the trip) and it was about $60 USD for the whole day with unlimited mileage (just fill the gas tank back up before you return it). Taxis are VERY expensive and the cost of a day's care hire is often much less than a one-way taxi fare. In fact, EVERYTHING in Iceland is very expensive ($9 USD for a doughnut, drink, and yogurt in the airport lounge and $3 USD for a candy bar!!!). Despite the expensiveness of the country, it is absolutely BEAUTIFUL and the Icelandic people are VERY warm and welcoming (and they all speak English as well without any attitude about it). Make sure to visit the Blue Lagoon whilst you are there and take a dip in the geo-thermal waters . It's like nothing you have ever been to before. Have a great trip! :)