I recently read an opinion of a traveller on a forum, who did not like Iceland as he/she found it too expensive, crowded with tourists and the locals to be unpleasant. What do you think?
Too many tourists?
So yes, okay, there are a lot of tourists in Iceland … in recent years, the popularity of the island has exploded and beautiful Iceland is now swarmed with tourists from all over the world. However, it seems to me that most of the travellers go to the most popular places, and thus expose themselves to meeting other travellers who, like them, marvel at what they have heard so much about.
I recently had two friends come to visit me and we had a little tour in the north of Iceland. There were many people in Mývatn; however, just fifty kilometres away, along the coast by the Highway 85, there was no one. Of course, there are no geysers or incredible sites on this route, but there is still an abundance of scenic beauty and Icelandic culture to experience. I lived in Paris, but never went to the Louvre and never climbed to the top of the Eiffel Tower. But I have really experienced the city by immersing myself in the culture. In Iceland, I have used the same approach by seeing, feeling, doing and embracing the wonders of the country with an open mind.
I appreciate the monotonous and dramatic landscapes and taking trips on the small winding roads … not only the volcanoes and the geysers! It is certain that if you only visit Jökulsárlón or Þingvellir, you will be disappointed … There are dozens of beautiful places in Iceland that are off the beaten track and are completely secluded.
Iceland is a beautiful country, and it cannot be argued that some have more rights to enjoy it than others. If you want to travel and enjoy Iceland without crowds of tourists, organise it yourself: choose a season and plan your itinerary to make the most of it.
So yes, Iceland is expensive. Cheap flights have made travelling to Iceland more possible, however, many visitors are not prepared for the high costs of living, once they arrive … To avoid spending too much, you must be well prepared, make reservations well in advance and do your research. It is a good idea to have a little margin in your budget. Being adventurous and opting to camp and prepare your own meals is not only cost effective but a great way to experience Iceland too. Find out more about the cost of living in Iceland. If you know what to expect, the (bad) surprises will be less!
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