Our family trip. Two weeks in the Land of Elves.
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Europe14 days / July 2016
Highs & Lows
Totally everything in Westfjords
Blue Lagoon in Reykjavík - very touristy, quite expensive and packed
Initially I was planning a trip to Iceland only with my sister. After a bit of research, we figured it's the most cost effective to travel in a group of 4. This way we could split the cost of car rent, petrol, ferry tickets etc. We tried to find two friends who'd like to join us but there was always something, the timing was not right, someone didn't get time off at work, etc. So we decided to ask our parents if they were interested in joining us. That's how we ended up on a family road trip with my mum and dad. Family vacation. Just like we did in the 90's ;)
The user manual for Iceland is quite easy. Most people land in Reykjavik (or Keflavik), rent a car, jump on road number 1 and drive left or right. And that's not a bad plan because there are many good spots to see on the popular 'Ring Road'. But following that plan will make you miss out on that part of Iceland that looks a bit like a giant troll's hand with way too many fingers - Westfjords...imho the most stunning and unique part of the island. All those stories you've heard about driving in stunning wilderness and not seeing another human being for 2 or 3 days - that's Westfjords. Or the stories about ultra dangerous, winding and narrow roads on precipice - that's also Westfjords. Though these stories are a bit exaggerated. Don't get me wrong, roads on Westfjords are not the Texan Katy Freeway but they're not that bad either. But enough about the roads, let's see what Iceland is all about! :)
Q & A
What would you have changed?
Stay longer! ;-) And skip Blue Lagoon, unless you need that Instagram picture.
How was the food?
Fiskfelagid in Reykjavík for seafood. https://www.fiskfelagid.is/en/
What tips would you give a friend?
If you travel on a budget, bring some snacks, eg. nuts, seeds, protein bars. Iceland is generally quite expensive and so are groceries. If you have some free space in your backpack, take stuff you can nibble on on the road.
*Pack a swimsuit (to take a dip in all those natural hot springs) and a pair of sunglasses. *You will also need good, sturdy shoes and a lot of waterproof clothing. Jackets and also waterproof trousers are recommended. *High SPF is a must *Don't bother taking an umbrella, it'll brake sooner than you can open it
It's best to rent a car. You don't need a 4x4 unless you're planning to do an off road and cross rivers. I recommend to buy full coverage insurance.
There are hot springs almost on every corner so if only you feel like it, you could be taking a dip practically every single day. Oh, and don't expect changing rooms nearby, I'm talking about hot springs that are natural and open for everyone to enjoy while admiring the surroundings.
We planned and booked everything about 6 months in advance. Flights, accommodation, etc. For accommodation we mostly used this website https://www.hostel.is/ and airbnb.