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 Post subject: Iceland 2019
PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:11 pm 
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For summer 2019 (mid-July to mid-August) I'm planning a trip to the south... well, south of our normal play area which is above the Arctic Circle. I've booked a ferry from Hirtshals, Denmark to Seydisfjordur (town in eastern Iceland) and hope to be able to drive around for about a month: camping, walking, swimming... maybe doing some fishing. Think I've persuaded the sandbag to come along for the trip out there and the brat (she'll be 14 and probably have her own ideas and want to listen to her own music - I might put her in the back :twisted: :lol: ) to join me for the return and we might meet up with friends in Reykjavik. Not sure if anyone has been to Iceland recently or going this year, but any "updates" would be welcome - if anyone is going next year it might be fun to meet up... or join forces (maybe we can book our very own fuel tanker delivery in the highlands :mrgreen: )

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:29 pm 
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So, anyone going to Iceland this summer? If all goes according to plan we'll drive off the ferry in Iceland on the 18th of July and leave on the 15th of August. I'll probably get a camping card and a fishing card, and it looks like fuel range won't be a problem (have three jerry cans) - but I've not figured out if there is such a thing as fuel discount card I could get hold of (if there is it'd quickly make sense).

I'll bring fluids for an engine/LT95/diff oil change, spare air filter and some parts, but hope to arrive prepped/serviced before getting on the ferry in Denmark - it all the depends on the logistics of the 1,000 mile drive south plus ferry from Norway to Denmark. I'll bring some bridging ladders, hi-lift jack, bottle jack, manual winch with straps and chain, only one spare tyre, a couple of manual foot pumps (I think they're smaller and more reliable than the small portable compressors and it looks like deflating for grip won't be a frequent exercise) and I'll probably leave chains behind as they're mostly good on hard packed snow. I'll have a fridge but figure on supporting the Icelandic economy by shopping locally - might arrive with the full alcohol allowance though! Might bring a portable wood stove for heating and cooking and wonder if it's possible to buy wood, or charcoal at the petrol stations - anyone know?

Aim to take it nice and slow, go walking a bit, spend some time fishing - if the weather is less wet and windy somewhere that's where I'll go... Might have company that'll want to watch whales, relax in the thermal pools and go horseback riding. If anyone else is going, it'd be nice to meet up!

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 Post subject: Re: Iceland 2019
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We went Sept/Oct 2011. We got a camping discount card but very quickly wished we hadn't I think because to use it meant not staying in the camp grounds you might otherwise have wanted to since it only covers some. So do we drive more to save a few quid with the card we paid up front for or stay where is more convenient and ignore the card. May have changed now tho.
In a nice big book shop in Akureyri we found a guide book to off road routes and another on hot springs from the same publisher. The hot spring one was particularly awesome, you would never find a lot of them otherwise. If I could remember where they were I'd post up the ISBN, they both made a big difference to what we did.
If you put "Island Vegaatlas ~ Iceland Touring Atlas Spiral-bound – 2015" into Amazon etc you get I think the current version of the road atlas we had which was really good, showed a lot of campsites too, and tarred/gravel/other roads to give an idea of travel times perhaps, gravel usually meant big pot holes.
If your ferry stops in the Faroes walk off for a Chinese nearby. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Iceland 2019
PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:33 pm 
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Thanks for the tips. I see the camping card is still pretty limited, which is too bad, be nice to think there was a way to save a few kroner... But I suppose it's Iceland, it'll be stupidly expensive! I went there in the mid-nineties and had the Icelandic price shock administered to me... then the country went bust and was nice and affordable, then it's economy recovers and prices for everything becomes totally irrational again... and in a stroke of brilliance I buy a ferry ticket forcing me to drive the single most thirsty vehicle I've ever owned (and I've had quite a few big v8s) through the county with the highest fuel prices in Europe to Iceland... Not sure how their fuel prices rank, but I think it's best I don't look. And now they're making a concerted effort to get everyone to use campsites where you have to pay, Blue Lagoon has become an expensive spa (instead of just a place to soak in geothermal waste water etc etc.). Anyhow, I just hope I get there, if I make the ferries and arrive I'll be happy whatever the costs!

I've managed to get a ton of maps downloaded on phones and tablets, and I'll bring some paper versions. Best map I found this time was a 2017 map made for bicycle tourists - it mentions ford depths, and has decent distance information together with camp sites etc. I'll look out for anything better when we're off the ferry in Seydisfjordur and finding the hot spring map would be a very big bonus - thanks for that tip!

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 Post subject: Re: Iceland 2019
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Hot springs guide is a book, I think by a local. It has been on Amazon but only one copy sometimes.
We extended our return ferry while there to the last vehicle ferry listed of the year. That meant only two campsites were in theory open but the one we tried wasn't anyway. Not only was water turned off at all of them we tried but the waste pipes were removed too, but therefore free anyhow! Washing machines would as likely be in a sports centre perhaps so as available without campsites.
I didn't realise prices had gone back up so much! :(
Of course there are lot of hot springs out in the middle of no where, one called Viti I think (there are a few Vitis?) is at the bottom of a small crater. Book photo shows about a hundred people in it, which is a long drive inland, then a fair scramble down the slippery muddy crater slope to the waters edge which I did, but then bottled out because just what exactly would I be standing on and how hot was that?! Or at roughly 1 or 2 o'clock on Vatnajokll (Kverkfjoll?) where a hot spring meets the cold melt water coming out from under the ice sheet, so you could sit in the ice tunnel in the stream where hot blends with cold and pick the temperature which suits while hoping the roof stays put :) But what is directly under the surface, especially with a heavy vehicle, doesn't really want thinking about, or the fact that there are three active volcanoes there which if one goes would remove the whole island. Mad.
Have fun and report on return please :)


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 Post subject: Re: Iceland 2019
PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:07 pm 
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I went with three others in 2004, (a convoy of 3 101s) and I'm really glad I did. When we went, we could catch the ferry at Lerwick on the Shetland Isles. Sadly, that stopping point was removed soon after.

When we were there, locals were saying that Hekla was some decades overdue for her eruption, and going from historical precedent, the longer between eruptions, the worse they were. They are still waiting!

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