3 full days in Iceland
I may be doing a brief (3 days, not counting arrival and departure days) stop in Iceland in August. Planning on renting a bike for those days - is it possible to ride the entire Ring Road in 3 days? If not, which would be better - heading west or east from Reykjavik? Thanks!
The circumnavigation is roughly 1,500 to 1,700 kms. So that would be quite a chase to do that in 3 days, albeit rewarding. The circular route is tarmac, so basically doable in such a short time.
Travelling eastwards from Reykjavik takes you past the volcano and glacier of Hekla and further on to the Vatnajokull, which is the largest glacier in Europe.
Travelling northwards from Reykjavik will bring you to the remote north-western peninsula, which is just as rewarding.
If you are prepared to do sandy dirt roads I'd suggest to do the "Kjoelur route" which goes past the Gulfoss waterfall right through the centre of Iceland to Varmalidh in the north and then travel along the westcoast back to Reykjavik.
So, whichever way you go will be interesting :thumbup1: But be prepared for very strong winds, rain and low temps :innocent: And if you intend to stay in a tent, choose a place where the wind won't pester you too much...
Thanks Hans :) Much appreciated! I'm good with rain and cold (I'm in Alaska...we have nothing if not cold and long distances), and can deal with the rest in exchange for a great adventure.
It is no problem to go around Iceland in three days.
When I do it I usually sleep in guesthouses with bed and breakfast.
I recommend Hotel Edda That is a cheap chain of hotels that can be found all around the circle road.
Bring your own sleeping bag and ask for sleeping-bag accommodation. That is that cheapest way to go. In some cases they will give you a made up bed for the price of a sleeping bag room due to the fact that they use the same rooms for normal and sleepingbag guests. the price per night is around 40-60$ Breakfast there is cheap too maybe 10-20$
There are plenty of gas stations around so you will find one at least every 150 miles or so.
If you do a google search you can find lots of different accommodation all around Iceland
Hope this helps
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