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Iceland by campervan: your guide to 10 must-see thing

Iceland offers stunning nature as well as cosmopolitan flair and a trip to the magnetic island is highly recommended. One way to discover all the treasures hidden away in this mystical gem is to rent a campervan. A campervan on Iceland is the perfect way to make good use of the time spent on the island and it allows for a good measure of freedom as well. The intrinsic flexibility that comes with renting a campervan while visiting Iceland is a sure-fire way to reduce stress as it allows you to avoid routines and schedules of for instance different day tours etc. It’s a cost efficient way to really enjoy all that Iceland has to offer regardless of for instance the notoriously undeceive Icelandic weather conditions. There are several camper rentals on Iceland as this has become a preferred way for many visitors to explore the island. It is possible to not only rent a campervan but also variations of campervans and other vehicles as well. Depending upon what the intention of the travel is, i.e. will you go exploring on the F-Roads (mountain roads) or will you stay in the city, you will need to match it with the vehicle you rent. Renting for instance a camper 4×4 in Iceland means that you have a bit more freedom when moving around in slightly rougher terrain whereas a smaller car might be preferable in the cities. Of course there is the option of joining scheduled tours on Iceland while you are visiting but renting your own vehicle really is much more fun. Ok, so now you have your own set of wheels, now what? Well on Iceland there is no shortage on finding exciting things to do. It might be a small country but it is big on adventure. That’s why it’s sometimes nice to get a heads-up on the must-see things!

10 must-see things

1. The one place on Iceland where it is possible to discover a multitude of treasures in just one area, and where the first 5 must-see things happen to be, is Landmannalaugar. It contains some of Iceland’s most popular sites and destinations and Landmannalaugar is a true testament to the wonder that is Icelandic nature as it contains desert-like places as well as large grass areas and everything in between. Commonly referred to as the highlands it is almost painfully beautiful and due to its location only accessible if the F-roads are open. Here it is advised to make use of the 4×4 vehicles mentioned earlier in order to not succumb the element of nature. Be brave and try as it is truly worth the trek. As such, the entire area of Landmannalaugar is the number one must-see thing on the list.

2. While in the area of Landmannalaugar it is recommended that you visit Iceland’s famous geothermal areas, which are the third largest on the planet. What is commonly referred to as hot springs is one of the major tourist attractions on the island and you haven’t really visited Iceland unless you’ve have a soak.

3. Also in the area you will find another of the more popular reasons why many people choose to visit Iceland. The hiking trails. With several such hiking trails the Landmannalaugar caters to all from experts to beginners. Take in the magnificent glacier lagoons as well as rivers and waterfalls while simply enjoying taking a breath.

4. If you are interested in geological formations, well then you have come to the right place as the Rhyolite mountains, consisting of volcanic material and magma are a majestic sight.

5. If having a soak in the hot springs is a must it might be rivalled by only one thing and that experiencing the lava fields. Formed after a volcano eruption in 1477, the “burning mountain” is a must-see if there was ever any.

6. The area also offers great solitude and peace of mind, perfect for relaxation as there literally is no one around for miles.

7. The Golden Circle, a route between three major attractions, Geysir, Gullfoss Waterfall and Thingvellir National Park. You will need about one day to finish the tour and it’s nice to start and end in Reykjavik.

8. The south coast, where it is possible to visit Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Seljalandsfoss Waterfall and Skógafoss Waterfall.

9. Ice caves and the Northern Lights, both stunning and something to never forget.

10. Reykjavik, the beautiful capital offers travellers a bit of modern in this ancient landscape.

Before you go

Iceland is beautiful regardless of time of year. The Ring Road will take you around the island and let you discover the suggestions mentioned here as well as a multitude of other incredible experiences. Just be aware of the weather whenever you do go. The Icelandic weather is notoriously unpredicted and its always good to check with the Icelandic Met Office before you start your travels. Once in your rented campervan, just enjoy the freedom and get going. Broadway Travel’s late deals, for example, are perfect for you to book and head over to this beautiful island.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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  1. Thanks for the article! Yes, definitely go see the Northern Lights. It is beyond spectacular and I consider myself privileged having been able to see it last year as I understand the lights can be somewhat “elusive” if you can call it that. There are no words to describe it!.

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