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How to Plan A Dream Iceland Road Trip on A Budget

So you want to know how to plan an Iceland road trip on a budget. Well, you’re in luck! Having done it before, I have a few practical tips to share that you might find helpful in your trip-planning. They’re all based on common sense, really, so I wouldn’t claim them to be mind-blowing. :-)

Airfares, accommodations, car rental, gas, and food are usually the costliest parts of a road trip. If you spend less money on those sectors, you could potentially stretch your budget a little further. It would in turn allow you to stay in Iceland longer so you could see more of this amazing country. Trust me, you want to stay longer!

We spent two weeks on our first road trip around Iceland and we still wished we could’ve stayed longer.
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Navigating Iceland: Helpful Tips and Resources

Navigating Iceland is not really that difficult. I’ve found the roads in Iceland to be very well-marked. We managed to find our way around Iceland (even took some detours away from the ring road) without getting terribly lost, and all we had with us was a copy of a good, old-fashioned, paper map of Iceland, which we didn’t even use that much.

Granted, we also had access to Google Maps on my tablet but we only ever used it to navigate our way around Akureyri and Reykjavik, two of Iceland bigger cities, which our paper map didn’t cover very well. So, here are some tips and resources that should help you navigate Iceland stress-free:
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Iceland Road Conditions and Weather

So you have a road trip around Iceland coming up but you’re not quite sure what the road conditions and the weather will be like (the weather part will also determine whether you need to pack your winter coat or not). The following websites are your friends and they will show you just what you need to know. We found them very useful during our visit.

Road Conditions

For road conditions, make sure you bookmark Vegagerdin (Icelandic Department of Transportation) website. This clickable road condition map is essential. Don’t hit the road before consulting it first. If that’s not enough and you need to know what road conditions are like in (almost) real-time, there are road web cams, ready for your perusal.
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Game of Thrones Filming Locations in Magical North Iceland

We did a tour of Game of Thrones filming locations in North Iceland by accident. We didn’t realise that the places we were visiting were some of the spots where they filmed the episodes located Beyond the Wall in the Season 3 of Game of Thrones. Only found out about it once we were back from Iceland.

There are a few tour companies that offer the Game of Thrones guided tour in North Iceland for a fee, but if you wish to do a self-drive/self-guided tour, all you have to do is pick up a copy of the Lake Myvatn attractions brochure from the visitor centre or the front desk of your hotel and visit the major attractions listed there. You’ll find yourself in most of the Game of Thrones Beyond the Wall filming locations!
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Iceland’s Golden Circle: A Great Day Trip

Touring Iceland’s Golden Circle was on top of the list of things to see and do on our first full day of our Iceland road trip.

After having our first Icelandic breakfast at the farm in Selfoss where we had stayed for the night, we received personal recommendations from our host on attractions around the area that are worthy of a visit. And then off to the Golden Circle we went!

Like most of the days we spent in Iceland, it was wet and windy. It was also a little chilly, but we’re Canadian. Anything above zero degree is not worth complaining about. ;-) I think the average temperature during our stay was around 6° Celsius.
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Iceland Attractions: Highlights and Recommendations, Part 1

After months of procrastination, I thought it was about time that I wrote something about my favourite Iceland attractions I came across on our first road trip around Iceland.

I had been putting off writing it down, partly because I didn’t think my words could do justice to the experience, and partly because I hated to admit that it was all over. I think my husband is tired of hearing me lament about how badly I want to go back to Iceland like I’ve been doing since the day we were back in Canada.

I don’t think I’ll be able to write every single detail of the trip, but I can surely recommend a few things to those thinking of visiting Iceland for the first time in the future or researching for a trip there. I had a lot of fun reading a lot of blog posts about Iceland while researching for our trip and I’m writing this hoping that someone out there will have as much fun reading my post. I’m going to write down my recommendations/favourite Iceland attractions in a few installments.
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