Iceland

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  1. mojo

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    We catch the ferry to Iceland from Denmark on 13 June and will be there for a month to take it all in slowly.
    Sure others have been there before us and I am looking for any helpfull advice.Have not booked any campsites, hope to wild camp and take things as they come.

    Thanks in advance if you reply
     
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    In the early 80's I was flying back to UK from Vancouver. The pilot made an announcement along the lines of, "I have good news and bad news". First, the good news. For those of you who have never been to Iceland you are going tonight. For those of you who have been to Iceland - you're going again."

    Admittedly, we just sat on the tarmac for 2 hours for refuelling. I'm sure it's a wonderful place - just had to mention my tale.
     
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    We went over last November to try and see the Northern Lights. We didn't, but had a fantastic time there, despite rain, snow and long, dark days (and only being there for four days).

    It's a really different place to visit, full of interesting places. We were in a hire car, not in the van, and in the winter they close some of the roads, but in summer I can't see there being a problem travelling around the island. I've got a feeling I read somewhere that they're not keen on people wild camping, but I could be wrong. There are certainly plenty of areas where you could potentially stop over.

    Highlights for us were the natural spa, the waterfall (southern part of the island), black beaches, volcanic landscapes reminiscent of a sci-fi movie, standing over the two tectonic plates, the old fish cafe at the harbour and the quirky architecture of the houses. The ubiquitous fish soup was good, not so keen on whale myself though. We'd go back again if there were not so many other countries we haven't yet visited...

    Jealous you've got a whole month over there.

    Steve :)
     
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    I went to Iceland the other day for some English sausages...

    JJ :cool:
     
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  5. mojo

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    Thanks for the jokes but hoping more for travel/camping info .Has anyone used their van in Iceland ?
     
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    Hi Mojo - You could perhaps appreciate the fact that few people seem to have travelled there with vans? I have seen on one of the motorhome forums that someone has been - so maybe worth you doing a bit more searching.
    My very limited experience of sailing to the Westman Islands and into Reykavik a long time ago - was that it was a very - very crime free place - Everyone seemed to speak perfect American and they were very helpful. Nearly all the tourists then travelled on organised tours around Iceland. Lots of swimming pools around even in the small towns - heated geothermally?
    Sure you will have the rough guide kind of books showing pretty much that the main road/s just go right around the coast.
    It was expensive beyond belief - making Norway prices look like poundland.
    The scenery in many places was something you would expect on the surface of the moon -
    For sure it will be a unique place to travel in your van - and will be very interested to hear how it goes and your experience of the ferry from Denmark.
    Steve
     
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    Love Iceland but have never been in a motorhome. Last time we were there the prices had come down a little so only one mortgage required :)

    I know there is an official campsite in Reykjavik as I walked past. It appeared to be well signposted, clean and tidy. There is a footpath / cycle track around Reykjavik and I walked part of it (back in the days I could walk a decent distance).

    Iceland's laws are such that you can camp almost anywhere. You must seek the permission of any farmer whose land you plan to camp on, and wild camping in national parks is absolutely forbidden.

    Hope that helps.
     
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    The cc club runs a tour to Iceland if you go on their website it gives you the route and I think the campsites. May be of some use, one of our friends it taking their caravan over in June or July so must be fine for travel
    Enjoy it
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    As said above i havnt been over in a MH but a fantastic place to visit

    Too late for Northern Lights but the Golden Triangle is good plenty of waterfalls to visit

    They have cheaper food shops that use a pig picture for their stores a sort of lidl shop

    Eating out can be as expensive or as cheap as you want Pizzas about the same as here and steak around £12 so similar to here

    I wouldnt travel too far off the main roads as the more inland roads seem to be just dirt roads if your lucky

    As said very little crime so can relax

    Hope you have a great time
     
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  11. Puddleduck

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    I think they are called "Bonus" or "Bonas". Cheap is a relative term in Iceland of course!
     
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    Lucky you. Please post lots of pictures. We'd love to go there.
    It's very expensive To get there, we've been told though. So we'd have to wait until we can spend more time there .
    Plus take lots of food , something we don't normally do.
     
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    Food limited to 6kg each so you have to use the shops eventually on a month tour
     
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    I always work things back to GBP and most of the items were on par with here :)
     
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    Yes, we noticed last time we were there that the relative prices had come to be more in line. Greenland was still expensive though :)
     
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    Ohh whats Greenland like, apart from cold :)

    Worth a visit?
     
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    Definitely somewhere to go at least once in a lifetime - but not with a motorhome as there are no roads outside of the settlements! Best way to go is probably by cruise ship but you don't get long in each place.... otherwise it is ship from Iceland I would think.

    First time we went back in 2005 it really was rather primitive but last time (2012) there had been a lot more investment and there were real jetties rather than a scramble up the rocks from the ship's tenders.

    If I get the chance I will go again - and again- and again!
     
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    Will have to look into this

    Wont be via cruise though we dont do boats well the wife doesnt :D
     
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    The international airports are at Narsarsuaq and Nuuk (Nuuk is the capital but don't blink for too long) - transfers are generally by small boat - no roads between settlements in Greenland!
     
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    Short boat trips are ok

    Cruises are a no no :)
     

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