A Guide To Visiting Iceland For The Young, Budget Backpacker

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Selfoss
We were spending our next two days at Selfoss. Selfoss is the largest town in south Iceland; still it is a peaceful town with varied options for some good restaurants to try. Our entire day was already planned as we had booked a visit to the Langjökull Ice Cave. We had to drive all the way to the Klaki Base Camp. The drive to the base camp was nothing short of an adventure itself with rough roads and a weather which was windy and turning colder the closer we reached to the base camp. When we reached the base camp, we were in for a big surprise. We were just at the foot of the glacier and the wind was at its best. A big SUV was like a matchbox in front of the power of the wind and was shaking continuously. We had to take our gears from the camp which included shoes, complete pullover and pants, and gloves. The temperate near the base camp was freezing cold and luckily we had brought extra pair of jackets. We were then transported into a special purpose vehicle converted to be able to drive on the glacier. Our tour guide gave us some basic information on the Ice tunnel.
Borgarnes
In this video, we cover the 4th and last part of our travel. Having completed our round trip through the east-central part of the country, this time we headed north along the western coastal region. The sun was high in the sky with intermittent floating clouds - a perfect day weather wise. The drive was much more scenic. We took a short stop at Borgarnes for a quick breakfast/lunch before entering the mountainous roads.


Best Time to Visit Iceland

Peak season: June to August is the peak season to travel to Iceland, and hence, it's advisable that the bookings are done in advance. A lot of outdoor activities take place during this season, including the festivals.

Shoulder season: May to September is the time when there is occasional snowfall. Prices are low compared to the peak season. Fewer visitors travel during this period of the year.

Off-season: If you are interested in Northern Lights, October to April is the ideal time to visit Iceland. Skiing and other outdoor activities take place during these months. The winters are very harsh in this part of the world as the temperature can drop down to -25 degrees celcius.


Budget for Iceland

For Budget Travellers: INR 3000 - 4000 a day
  • Accommodation in hostels and lodges: INR 1200-1800
  • Food in local cafes and street eateries: INR 200-500
  • Public Transport INR 100-150
  • Sightseeing: INR 200-300

For Mid-range Travellers: INR 4000 to INR 8000 a day

  • Accommodation in mid-range hotels and homestays: INR 2000-3500
  • Food in mid-range cafes and restaurants: INR 700-1000
  • Local transport local taxis: INR 100-600
  • Sightseeing & Tours: INR 100-1000

For Luxury Travellers: INR 8000 and upwards

  • Accommodation in 4* or 5* hotels: INR 4000 and upwards
  • Food in upscale restaurants and bars: INR 1000 and upwards
  • Local transport in cabs: INR 400 and upwards
  • Sightseeing and Activities: INR 1000 and upwards

Visa Information for Iceland

Iceland comes under the Schengen visa agreement which is part of 26 members of the European countries. The Schengen visa allows you to also enter other EU countries also. Nationals of Schengen countries do not require a visa for a stay of three months. Iceland visa requirements and visa application process can be completed online with minimum efforts. Nationals of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and the USA do not require a visa for a stay of three months. Nationals of India have to apply for a Schengen visa to enter Iceland. Please click on the link for further details on the Iceland visa.

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