Iceland On A Budget
Traveling around Iceland can get a bit pricy. In this post I'll share how we minimized our expenses during our trip.
1. Book your flight in advance
Flight ticket to Iceland is expensive so make sure to book your flight in advance. The tourist peak season in Iceland starts in August till October. We decided to go in June so at least the weather is better and there's not a lot of tourists coming in yet.
2. Travel with a group
It's always better to travel with your friends or a group. Not only will it make the trip more fun, but you can also share the expenses with your group. Expenses like car gasoline, groceries, and hotels. It will also make your trip safer since you can look after each other or take turns driving.
I met with a couple of strangers online and we only saw each other when we got to Iceland. We met online by posting an event on the website https://www.couchsurfing.com/.
3. Don't stay in a hotel
We decided to just bring our tents and camp around Iceland's ring road during our trip and It's one of the best decisions we've made. One morning you'll be waking up with a beautiful mountain view, the next morning you'll be waking up with a view of an amazing fall. So don't be afraid to camp around Iceland, it's safe and you'll experience camping like no other. The paid campsites all have hot showers and a kitchen. You can also camp anywhere you want in Iceland as long as it's not private property. If you're budget-conscious, this might be a good option for you since hotels in Iceland are very expensive.
4. Bring a portable cooker
There are not a lot of restaurants outside of the city and if there is, It can get a bit pricy. We brought our own cooker with us and take a stop every now and then to cook our food. We buy our groceries at Bónus, Krónan and Víðir. This might sound frugal but considering there's nothing special with the taste of food in Iceland, It's a better option to cook our own food.
5. Rent a car
It will be difficult and expensive to travel around Iceland without a car. Taxi's are uncommon outside the city. Since time is money, it will be better to rent a car. You'll be able to cover more ground and maximize your trip. When renting a car choose the diesel option. Diesel is cheaper compared to unleaded gasoline. You can rent your car from https://www.sixt.com/.
Most of the sights and attractions are free in Iceland so most of our expenses are on food, gas and accommodation. Planning your route and being flexible on your trip can save you loads of money.
Hope this help. Have a fun trip!