Iceland: before you go

Iceland’s tourism industry is growing every year, with more and more tourists visiting the small country. If you are also planning a visit, make sure you are aware of these key points.

Iceland black beachEverything is expensive in Iceland. The food and accommodation costs can drain your budget in a heartbeat. Luckily, there are ways to minimise the impact.

Take food with you to Iceland

You can take any non-perishable food with you. It will help you a lot, as food, especially meat, is expensive at the supermarkets. Some of the food we have taken with us are:

  • Tuna
  • 3-in-1 coffee
  • Thermal flask for coffee along the road
  • Cucumber
  • Onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Wraps
  • Rice cakes

The more you can take with you, the less you have to buy there. Also, buy all the alcohol you need at your departure airport in the duty-free section.

Iceland rented carGo as a group of people

The cost per person for the accommodation and transport will be less if your group if bigger. If you are only two people, it is unaffordable to rent a house in the countryside. You are going to have to settle for a room somewhere in a hotel in the capital. If you are four or more people, you can rent at big house that have self-help facilities and maybe even a jacuzzi! The rental cost of a car will also be cheaper if you can make the whole car full of people. Your options are just so much more when you are more people.

Iceland big carsTake warm clothes

Even if you go in summer, it is still a good idea to bring warm clothes. The most important are the following:

  • Rain jacket and wind breaker
  • Footwear or waterproof shoes
  • Waterproof pants
  • Thermal underwear
  • Scarf
  • Gloves
  • Fleece jacket to wear under your wind breaker.

It can start raining any time, so it is always good to have a raincoat nearby. Comfortable shoes are also essential, as most of the sights are a bit away from the parking.

Have you visited Iceland? Was there something that you think would have helped you a lot if you knew about it before you went? Please share it in the comments below!

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