Conclusions, Practical Tips


Over 18 days we drove ca. 2500 km, had a wonderful trip and saw gorgeous places. The points of interest are: the waterfalls, the coasts and the fjords, the mountains and the lava fields, the volcanos and the glaciers. And sometimes the cloud formations in the sky are spectacular. Iceland has virtually no trees and no wild animals on land (except birds). Lots of people come for one week to Iceland which is too short. In this case you won’t see wonderful places like the West fjords, Thorsmork, Landmannalaugur which are definitely  worth to be visited. You can only drive along the ring road and make short stops.

Some practical tips

We started our trip on June 24 because it is not considered as peak season for the car rental company. This made our whole trip ca. 10% cheaper then starting 2-3 days later!

Check with your car insurance if you are allowed to drive on F roads.

In the mountains a lot of roads cross powerful mountain rivers and there are no bridges. The car insurance does not cover river crossings so you’re going to be taking a gamble when you do cross one. Even if you rent a 4×4 vehicle like we did, that does not mean you will be equipped for driving in Thorsmork or Aska or Landmannalaugar. The moment you drive into a river, your insurance automatically STOPS covering anything to do with the car you just put in the water.

When hiring a car please check the bottom. Like this we will avoid discussions when returning the car.

Do I need a 4×4 to visit the Westfjords? Basically no. However, there are a number of gravel roads of varying conditions, so I would recommend at least a mid-size car for comforts sake. We had a Dacia Duster 4 WD (whici is a very common car in Iceland) and felt very comfortable even on a strong rain on a very steep gravel road.

In the budget shops Netto and Bonus you can find everything you need during your trip. I was surprised to see how many fruits and vegetables they have. These shops are all over the island.