Iceland may be the best-kept travel secret out there, I doubt this lasts for long though. Mountains, rivers, glaciers, & waterfalls await for you at every corner in this beautiful and tiny country. Iceland's population is about the same as St Louis, most of which is centered in Reykjavik. When I told my friend Chris that’s where I wanted to start our European adventure he was skeptical and even more so when I told him we’d be in a campervan the whole time. A $200 one-way ticket later, we were in the land of fire and ice.
We were able to find crazy cheap flight deals on Wow Air, a new Icelandic airline. Even if you're heading elsewhere in mainland Europe, utilize Wow to get over to Reykjavik for a long layover to see a bit of this crazy cool country. Most Iceland trips start and end in Reyk, we opted for a camper van rental so we can maximize time outside of the city.
What to prepare. The time of year you head to Iceland will totally change your experience. July & August are the most popular months, with long days and the best weather of the year around 60 degrees. September & October are also popular, less crowded and expensive, slightly cooler but a better chance to see the northern lights! Camper Vans tend to sell out a month or so in advance, we used Happy Campers and were very happy with our experience. Make sure to bring comfortable & warm hiking gear, a light rain jacket, bathing suits, and SOCKS. Don't forget good wool socks!
What we learned after one week in Iceland
- The food sucks. Seriously their national food is gas station hot dogs. Grocery store noodles & pasta sauce has never tasted better than out of the backseat of our camper van in front of a waterfall at sunset though.
- Just go man. The beauty of Iceland is spontaneously pulling over for exploration along the 2 lane highway known as the Ring Road.
- When asking for directions, you'll want a map. Unless you want to try and pronounce Seyðisfjörður or Ísafjörður
- You're going to lose track of time. The sun is out ALL DAY. It was only dark for 3-4 hours per day when we were there in July. Don't forget your Sendies!
- I would absolutely, 100%, undeniably, do this trip again.
Highlights for us we're The Blue Lagoon
Overutilizing TLC Lyrics in Instagram Captions
Our Nightly Dinner Views
Keeping it ICY
Random Signs of Civilization Along the Way
The Irresistible Urge to Cannonball into Geo-Thermal Baths
If you're heading to Iceland and would like our itinerary shoot us a note!