North or South?!
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Jul 28, 2013 1:14 PM Last Post By: ZuidWest
Jul 24, 2013 5:55 AM
North or South?!Hello travelers!
I have checked many threads in this Forum but none seems to fulfill my doubts so I had to make a new topic.
I am gonna travel in Iceland from the 13th of august to the 26th. We are three and we would like to check natural beauties, take good picture and enjoy hiking. We rent a normal car and we plan to stop wherever we want and start hiking.
Since 12 days seem to be too less time to explore the whole island nicely we decided to go south or north along the ring road. Starting from Keflavik, reaching the eastern bound of the country.
My question is.
Should we visit the north or the south?!
thanks a lot
Jul 24, 2013 7:04 AM
112 days going where a rented normal car can and is allowed to go, is plenty to go all around the island unless you are taking say 6 full day hikes. (It is not more than some 100km daily driving in average).
The driving distance going from west to east and back is also only marginally shorter than going all around -especially if visiting the north side. ( to/from Höfn on south coast 1000 km - all the way round 1400 km)
All together I think the experiences on the north and south sides are sufficient different that it is not possible to chose one as a general answer - especially not knowing your interests.
Jul 24, 2013 10:19 AM
2You are quite right that 12 days is much too little to explore the whole island. But by going around the ring road you certainly won't explore the whole island. But in 12 days you do have time to make some substantial detours and see rather more than just the ring road. Having got to the east, you may as well come back the other way, even though on the whole the N&W part of the ring road is less interesting than the S&E, mainly because you don't really get into W or NW Iceland at all on the ring road.
Spend some time with a guidebook working out where you'd like to spend time and be selective because there isn't time for everything.
Jul 27, 2013 9:16 AM
3In my opinion the south coast has many more interesting sites and is more easily accessible, the only downside is that the south coast is definitely more touristy. There is not that many great places deep in the interior of Iceland except for Landmannalauger which is a 5 day hike from the southern coastal town of Skogar and a bus can be taken to get back to the coast from Landmannalauger.
Jul 28, 2013 1:14 PM
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