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.


Akureyri
AkureyriWe took a stop at the town of Isafjordur located near the creek at one of the fjords. Its dramatic landscape surroundings provided a perfect setting for a peaceful and delicious lunch. If not for our already planned trip, we would have definitely stayed here a night or two.We were once again moving as the way to Akureyri was long. During our journey, we came across some amazing landscape which we never encountered before. Iceland greeted us with bright sun, drizzle, thick fog, all on same day. It was as if we were in a fictional world. The drive was longer than we expected and we reached our next home around 1 am. We were on road for around 10 hours and soon retired for the day.The next morning was a quick one and we were once again on the road. The charm of exploring Iceland was insatiable and couldn't keep us away from the wheels for long. We had our breakfast at the outskirts of the city near a river under the perfect surrounding of mountains. Our next destination was Eskifjörður but we had many pit stops to take as the road ahead was filled with adventure and some exciting places to discover.
Vik
The Black Beach is in the village of Vik in Iceland. One needs to first go to Reykjavik and from there you can head to Vik, which is approx a 2 hour drive, to see this Black Sand Beach which has been immortalized by the song "Gherua..." in the Bollywood movie, Dilwale. But beware, high tides hit this beach often, so you may not be allowed into the water. Enjoy a walk on the beach and immerse in the beautiful surrounding cliffs around.Wish I could know more about the crash landed plane and what happened then? Interested? Shall I tell you more....?It was the year 1973 and a United States DC Plane was flying in the Sky. Everything was perfect, the whether was ok and all the engines were working fine. Why then did the plane crash? Silly it may sound, but yes, the plane ran out of fuel and crashed on the black beach at Solheimasandur, in the South Coast of Iceland. But there were no causalities and all the passengers were safe. Later it turned out that the pilot had simply switched over to the wrong fuel tank.
Stykkishólmur
Town is called Stykkishólmur and from the lighthouse on the hill, you will be able to overlook the whole town in a bird eye view! Not only that, you could also overlook the fjords and glaciers along Breiðafjörður, AND THE FLOWERS ARE BLOOMING! *insert heart shaped eyes* The entire journey(13hours) was so scenic! Totally understand why it is called Iceland in Miniature.

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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