Not only is Iceland one of the most visually stunning countries that you are likely to visit, but some parts of the country literally look like the landscape of another planet. No matter what anyone says, it’s definitely unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.
Although there are many ways to travel across Iceland, travelling in a campervan in Iceland is one of the best and most convenient forms of transport. Sure, there are other transport options, like renting a car, hitchhiking, a bicycle tour or even the public bus, but there is a certain charm to the campervan that is not found in any other mode of transport.
With a campervan, not only do you have the luxury of camping at many places, but you will be able to carefully plan and streamline your travel experience. And of course it’s much more comfortable than any of the other forms of transport, especially if you’re travelling with a big group of friends or your family.
For all those of you planning to hire out a campervan on your trip to Iceland, here are a few pointers to keep in mind :-
- Choose your campervan wisely: This is quite the important aspect, but it’s something that a lot of us tend to forget about. Also, trying to book a campervan during the tourist season without prior notice is unlikely to get you anywhere.
For all you clueless folks, there is nothing to worry about as there are a heap of companies to choose from. As long as you book on well in advance, (just to be on the safe side) you can be sure that you will get a campervan with a company that has great customer services and affordable prices.
- Make sure you stay clean: This pretty much goes without saying. For all you first-timers, fear not. In the case of most other places around the world, at times you have to worry about basic sanitary. However, it’s certainly not the case with Iceland. You don’t really have to worry about finding places to shower or good toilets as there are plenty in pretty much every single town.
- Decide the time of year you want to take your trip and where you want to go: This is absolutely essential. If you’re planning to go to the Ring Road, a period of 10 days (is recommended) with some really good weather would be the ideal trip for most people out there.
Since the high tourist season is from mid-June to August, So if you like your solitude and privacy, i’d recommend you head to Iceland either during autumn, or the onset of winter. During off-season, most campervans and accommodations can be easily procured for half the original price during.
Autumn is unexpectedly gorgeous in Iceland for a variety of reasons. First of all, you’re much more likely to see The Northern Lights in all their stupendous and jaw-dropping glory. Secondly, the overall greenery and vegetation tends to acquire a new variety of vivid colours such as red, orange, yellow and green.
A trip to the Black Sea Beaches as well as the Western and Eastern fjords is highly recommended. Only there, would you find the breathtaking scenery and comforting solitude that most travellers associate Iceland with.
- Pack lightly but efficiently: Seriously, resist the temptation of carrying a lot of photographic equipment around. Also, forget about huge suitcases, instead carry smaller ones. That way, you won’t have to empty out a gigantic suitcase just to get to the clothes you packed right at the bottom.
An essential first layer of wool, a pair of gloves as well as a single wool sweater/parka/jacket is a must. A muffler for exceptionally cold areas would also do you a world of good. Just remember – it’s better for you to wear excessively warm layers that can be taken off, rather than freezing simply because you didn’t dress properly.
Regarding to hitchhiking and public buses, you will not have that much freedom to choose where you would like to go and when. Let’s face it – isn’t complete freedom exactly what we look for while going for a holiday?