Iceland, 10 days in June itinerary advice
Replies: 3 - Last Post: May 22, 2013 7:26 AM Last Post By: shahpesareh1
May 21, 2013 5:32 PM
Iceland, 10 days in June itinerary adviceHi, I am going to Iceland for the first time from June 2 to June 10. I'm going to spend the first three nights in Reykjavík and then I have one week to tour the country (I have a car hire).
For that week I'm trying to decide whether I should use it for a trip to the Westfjords and the North (Akureyri, Grimsey, Eyjafjorour) or if I should skip the Westfjords and complete the Ring Road?
For the Westfjords, does anyone have advice on whether it's best to go to Isafjorour and then head toward the SW or toward the NE?
Also, if I decide to visit both of these areas and I hired a compact car, is it possible to take Route 35 through the interior back to Reykjavik if I drive slowly so that I can avoid going all the way around the Ring Road or driving back the way that I came?
One other question on accommodation: Do I really need to book ahead for all of my accommodation each night. The concern that I have is that this will not allow me to be spontaneous.
Thanks for any advice you can give me!!
May 22, 2013 12:19 AM
1Itinerary - it's your choice, read a guidebook, see what you prefer. You aren't suggesting anything obviously inferior.
Car hirers do not permit you to drive highland routes such as R35 in a compact. The road may not even be open at that date.
Accom availability - hard to say. Some years ago in early June you'd have had no problem but the tourist season keeps widening. Certainly in popular areas like the southern shore I'd be worried. In remoter parts of the Westfjords, I'd have more confidence about playing it by ear.
May 22, 2013 3:00 AM
2There is no chance the road 35 will be opened earlier this year than usually, as a matter of fact, it might be later: http://www.vegagerdin.is/vefur2.nsf/Files/Opnun_fjallvega_en/$file/Opnun_fjallvega_en.pdf
I would advice you to go to Akureyri and the north - east, and even do the whole ring road, but skip the West fjords, it´s simply to cold until July up there, and this winter saw more snow than usually.
You need to book ahead to be sure to get accommodation where and when you want. Of course, if you like to be adventures you can try to wing it, but be prepared to spend lot of time to find accommodation, and even backtrack some times. There is a huge shortage of accommodation in the popular areas in summer.
May 22, 2013 7:26 AM
3Thanks to both of you, especially for the road link - that made my interior drive plan an easy decision. I would have really liked to see the Westfjords but if it's as cold as you say in early June, then it wouldn't be much fun. And thanks for the tips on accommodation - I guess without a tent, spontaneity in Iceland in June is at a premium :)
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