Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Camping in Iceland - Campsites in Iceland

Camping in Iceland is not like camping in your home country. Therefore, today we are providing you with Iceland camping tips so you can prepare.

Camping in Iceland - Campsites in Iceland

What You Need

Money – Iceland does have credit card machines at locations that sell items. However, you still need to make sure that you have some cash on hand to make sure that you are prepared in the event that an emergency arises.

Camping in Iceland - Campsites in Iceland

Alcohol – The government is in charge of alcohol distribution in Iceland. This means that you are not going to find beer anywhere. However, there are some state alcohol stores yet they are only in major towns and they can be hard to find since advertising alcohol is illegal.

Therefore, before coming camping you need to make sure that you stock up.

Camping in Iceland - Campsites in Iceland

Food – Make sure that you have a cooler. If you plan to rent a campervan, they will probably come equipped with one. Having a cooler is going to save you money because you can fill it with the items that you need.

It is suggested that you purchase local food during your journey so you can have fresh food and support the smaller towns. If you get a craving for some junk food, you can always stop at one of the many gas stations that you will pass.

Staying Clean During Your Iceland Camping Trip

Bathing – When traveling in Iceland you can camp wherever you desire. This is nice because you are able to experience nature yet after a few days of doing so you are not going to smell so pleasant. The good news is Iceland has tons of geothermal energy, which enables them to pump boiling water out of the earth at a fair price.

Camping in Iceland - Campsites in Iceland

Iceland is also full of swimming pools/hot tubs. It is suggested that you go swimming daily when camping in Iceland.

Camping in Iceland - Campsites in Iceland

Doing Laundry – When at the campsites you have access to washing machines that can be rented for an affordable price.

Camping in Iceland - Campsites in Iceland

Closing Thoughts

If you are planning a camping trip and need to rent a motorhome/campervan in Iceland or have any more questions, read our article, which includes price comparisons for reputable companies.

Enjoy your camping trip in Iceland!

Mike, Iceland24
© 2014 Iceland24, October 2014

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Ice Climbing in Iceland

If you are in Iceland for a trip, it is quite difficult not to notice the asset of the country that is, glacier that extends to 4,500 square miles.

Ice Climbing in Iceland

Every year, ice climbing on these magnificent glaciers is being observed, particularly on the Svínafellsjökull and Sólheimajökull, which are located in the southern part of Iceland. In these locations, day trips are being offered from Skaftafell and Reykjavík.

Ice Climbing in Iceland

If ice climbing is not your forte, you may choose a better alternative, that is, hiking trips which can be availed of at the Vatnajökull glaciers (East), as well as the Snæfellsjökull glaciers (West). In all cases, ice climbing and glacier walking should never be attempted without the guidance of a professional guide. Walking tours on the glacier are often combined with other types of tours such as glacier lagoon boating, as well as jeep safaris.

Ice Climbing in Iceland

In winter time, when the waterfalls freeze, the place just turns into an endless winter wonderland where the place for playing grows ever wider along with the possibilities that can be enjoyed in the area.

Ice Climbing in Iceland

By taking advantage of one of the guided tours offered, you will get a chance to see first-hand, some untamed nature of Iceland. These different tours may be availed of depending on difficulty and expertise. Ice axes, as well as crampons, are readily available; however it is still recommended that you bring along with you waterproof trousers, light sweater, quick dry trousers, gloves, a hat and jacket. Additionally, you may find hiking boots for rent in the area.

Ice Climbing in Iceland

Among the most popular tours are the ones in Sólheimajökull, Skaftafell, Snæfellsjökull, and Svínafellsjökull.

Ice Climbing in Iceland

Ice climbing is a type of outdoor activity that is readily available all throughout the year in Iceland. When availing of a tour, you will receive a brief explanation to what ice climbing is, and get the opportunity to master some stints in ice climbing. There is no doubt that in no time, you will become a very good climber.

Mike, Iceland24
© 2014 Iceland24, October 2014

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Car Rental Iceland - Price Comparison Winter 2015

With public transportation being almost non-existent outside of the larger cities, like Reykjavik, renting a car gives you the freedom at a fraction of the cost when compared to the sightseeing tours sold at tourist information centers.

Car Rental Iceland

Despite being a big supporter of public transport I think the best way to travel around Iceland is by renting a car.

We recommend to pick up your rental vehicle at the airport to save money to and from the airport. For example, if you pick up your rental from the city of Reykjavik, you may incur an additional cost of about USD $25-35 / EUR €20-30 in shuttle bus fees each way to get to Keflavik International Airport. This is because the airport is about an hour from Reykjavik. However, planning to pick up your rental at the airport may save you from incurring the additional cost.

PRICE COMPARISON WINTER 2014-2015
November 30th - December 7th
Pick up: Keflavík International Airport / Drop off: Keflavík International Airport

Option A - New Cars:

CARS ICELAND *     BEST COMPANY WINTER 2014-2015
http://www.carsiceland.com 
Kia Rio diesel               314€
Dacia Duster 4x4         450€
*prices with all insurances included

HERTZ
http://www.hertz.com
Toyota Yaris                  416€
Toyota Rav4                 735€

REYKJAVÍK CARS *     BEST COMPANY WINTER 2014-2015
http://www.reykjavikcars.com
Hyundai i10                       333€
Suzuki Grand Vitara 4x4   459€

EUROPCAR
http://www.holdur.is/en
Volkswagen Polo         493€            
Suzuki Grand Vitara     874€

AVIS
http://www.avis.is
Hyundai i10                 696€
Suzuki Jimny               942€

SIXT
http://www.sixt.com/
Volkswagen Polo         555€
Dacia Duster 4x4         724€

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Option B - OLD Cars:

REYKJAVÍK CARS 
http://www.reykjavikcars.com
Hyundai i10                 303€
Hyundai Tucson 4x4    449€

SADCARS
http://sadcars.com/en
Toyota Yaris                412€
Toyota RAV4              590€

VIKING CAR RENTAL
http://www.vikingcarrental.is
Kia Picanto                  456€
Suzuki Grand Vitara    612€

ICELAND CAR RENTAL
http://www.icelandcarrental.is
Hyundai i10                 397€
Toyota RAV4               506€

ARTIC CAR RENTAL
http://www.arctic.is
Toyota Yaris                405€
Toyota RAV4               534€

SAGA CAR RENTAL
http://www.sagacarrental.is
Ford Fiesta                  435€
Ford Kuga                   560€

Car Rental Iceland

Tips for Driving Iceland’s Ring Road in Winter

1. Rent a 4 wheel drive vehicle and, if it’s an option, spring for studded tires. Studded tires help driving on the slippery, and often ice covered roads.
2. Bookmark the Vegagerdin.is website.
3. Download the 112 Iceland app. It sends a signal with your coordinates to Iceland’s search and fire rescue. Get the 112 Iceland app for Android and for iPhone.
4. Fill up when you see a gas station.
5. Maximize daylight hours.

Car Rental Iceland

What should I do if an accident occurs?

Don't move your car (unless it is in a dangerous position which might lead to another accident) and wait for the police to arrive. You can call them on 112. It is a legal requirement to carry a warning triangle and this should be used if necessary.

In the meantime swap insurance information and addresses with the other driver. If you have a camera handy take pictures of the accident for police and insurance purposes. You should give a copy of the police report to your insurance company.

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What are the seat belt regulations in Iceland?

All passengers must wear seatbelts. Having your headlights on while driving is also mandatory while it is illegal to drive while talking on a mobile phone.

What are the motorway signs?

There is one main highway in Iceland which goes from Reykjavik all the way along the coast. It is called the Route 1 Ring Road and you can't miss it.

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What is the alcohol limit?

The drinking limit is 0.05% and the minimum fine is ISK 70,000 or 386 Euros.

What documents do I need?

You need to have your driving licence, your passport, some proof of insurance (including third party fire and liability insurance) and your vehicle registration information.

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What phrases might I find useful when driving?

- Motor oil - motor olia
- Entrance - inngangur
- Detour - krokaleid blylaust bensin
- Diesel - disiloliaHospital - spitali
- Police - logregla
- Police Station - logreglustod
- Parking - bilastaedi
- Highway – hradbraut
- Road goes from being paved to Gravel - malbik endar (change your speed down accordingly)
- Unleaded petrol - blylaust bensin
- Gas station - bensinstod
- Exit – otgangur
- One lane bridge – einbreio bru (you should give way to cars already on the bridge)

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What are the speed limits?
  • 50 kilometres per hour in built up areas.
  • 80 kilometres per hour on open roads.
  • 90 kilometres per hour on highways. 90 kilometres per hour is the maximum speed limit and should never be exceeded in Iceland as the penalties are steep.

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October 2014
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