I was in a van down by the river in Iceland & it was gorgeous!
Iceland is a blast and an extremely safe country to go to if traveling solo!
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What to Bring:
Passport – duh.
SIM CARD for wifi << This was super helpful. I cannot take a day off, therefore this was extremely beneficial for me to be able to work on TeamJesBon.com while Mike (my super sexy boyfriend) drove. (some vans include WIFI – if it doesn’t get your SIM card in the capital when you land)
Bring CDs like its 1999! – when you get to the south side of Iceland there will be hardly any reception and the radio will not work – if you enjoy pure silence for 6 hours – cool – if silence for that long drives you bonkers bring CDs!
Large Water Bottle
Lighter for your Grill
Packable Quick Dry Towel
Roll of Toilet Paper to keep in car (get ready to drop it low in the wilderness) Side note – don’t leave your toilet paper outside that’s not a nice thing to do to the locals – bring a ziplock bag to put your TP in it and throw it away when you reach a garbage.
Selfie Stick (mine has a tripod on it which was so nice to have)
Cash: I recommend brining 200 Icelandic$$ and your credit card
Food is VERY expensive in Iceland (we’re talking $30 per plate and nobody’s got time for that)
I brought a shit ton of food – this is what I brought:
What to Wear:
RAIN GEAR! Jacket and Pants
Good Hiking Shoes
Comfy Tennis Shoes
Flip Flops for Community Showers at Campgrounds
Warm Tall Socks
-flannel the more lumber-jacky looking the better
-light down jacket
Durable Pants (yoga pants may be too cold)
Swim Suit – don’t worry about looking cute, I wore a one piece that gave me a wedgie the size of Texas.
Step One: Buy Your Plane Ticket to Reykjavik Iceland
I flew with WOW air because the tickets are very cheap. However, you have to pay for your bags and also you have to pay for food and drinks on the airplane. Another thing to keep in mind is that baggage is 20 kilograms NOT 50lbs. 1 kilo is 2.2 lbs.
WOW air flies out of Boston, Los Angeles, Baltimore, and Washington DC.
Step Two: Get your rental car. (do this before you land)
I got a VW Sleeper Van from Rent Nordic rent.is GoRent
There are campsites around the island where you can shower along your journey. This was very convenient.
Note: In Iceland you cannot park and sleep wherever you want. You need to sleep at a campsite. They started enforcing this rule after tourists started abusing the privilege and driving over beautiful landscape. Don’t be that guy. No one likes that guy.
The rental place is roughly 400 meters from the airport. Grab your bag and walk it. You can see it from the airport exit.
If you cannot drive a stick shift vehicle – time to learn J
Also – If you are a decent driver I would do the basic coverage package for insurance (yes they will charge you for insurance on your vehicle ONCE you get there) If you are paying attention to where you are driving Iceland is a very comfortable safe place to drive.
-Drive through Tingvellir Iceland
-Check out Reykjadalur Hot Sping
-Go see Gulfoss Waterfall
850 Hella Iceland
-Solheimasandur (wrecked D3 airplane on Black Beach) 3 mi walk one way
- Selijavallalaug Zwembad HotSpring Near Vik
Vik is Super Small as you are driving through you will see it on the left side
-Drive to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
-Stop and see the waterfalls and other glaciers along the two hour car ride
-Head Back To Reykjavik stop and sleep half way if you need to
-Check out the city of Reykjavik
-Eat puffin at a restaurant!
-Hit Up the Blue Lagoon with is Super Close to the Airport
If you travel my route let me know how it goes and #teamjesbon along the way! I would love to check out your journey!