Check if it is cheaper for you to rent a car or travel by bus. Check out our comparison Bus tours/Car rental.
Car accidents and damages are very common in Iceland. Don´t save at the wrong end, if there is one place where you want to have a good car insurance, it’s iceland for sure. FairCar offers a ZERO Collision Damage Waiver (ZCDW) insurance, which covers pretty much everything, at a minimum price.
Check out Facebook groups for car sharing in Iceland.
Travel in a different time zone. With almost 24 hours of sun in the summer, you can easily go to the hotspots at unusual times and have the waterfalls just to yourself.
Check if your camping site offers cooking facilities and free showers. Some camping sites, like the one in Skaftafell, charge 6 USD for 5 minutes of hot water.
Free camping is allowed, but make sure you find the right spot. You can also get a camping card for 130 USD and get access to 41 camping sites for 28 nights.
Drink tap water. It might smell of sulfur, but it is the cleanest in Europe.
N1 gas stations offer refill coffee cups for only 3 USD.
Car companies offer mini campers for travelers looking to travel around Iceland sleeping in the car.
It might sound stupid, but bring as much canned food as you can. 8 USD for a can of meatballs can break the bank.
Before you start driving check the weather conditions at road.is.
Don´t risk your life: When Icelanders put “impassable” or “difficult driving conditions” on the road condition website, they really mean it.
Bring a sleeping bag or a small blanket. Most hostels charge extra for the bed linen (5-7 USD).
No Icelander uses cash anymore. Get a credit card without foreign fee and pay everything with a credit card. – I spent 10 days in Iceland and didn´t exchange money at all.
Travel in low season. Prices in summer can rise by up to 40% compared to April or May.
The blue lagoon is overpriced and a complete tourist trap. Visit other hot springs all around the country. The Reykjadalur hot spring next to Reykjavik is free!
You can visit every location in Iceland without booking a tour, except for the glaciers. Icelandic Mountain Guides offers glacier tours at all price ranges.
Get an Icelandic SIM card with internet for 10 USD as many guesthouses and camping spots don´t offer internet.
Some companies in Reykjavik rent out sleeping bags, tents, electricity converters (from 12V to 220V) and cooking equipment from 10 USD a day.
Weather is unpredictable in Iceland. Bring good waterproof hiking shoes and a rain jacket.
Before booking an accommodation, check if breakfast is included. Many guesthouses charge an extra 11 USD for breakfast.
Parking in Reykjavik from 6pm to 10am is free almost everywhere.
Check out more information on Iceland HERE.