Iceland is one of the most popular tourist destinations, and with its stunning views and beautiful natural baths, it is easy to see why. If you want to discover Iceland but the prices of hotels and travel seem out of your price range, don’t give up yet. There are ways to travel Iceland on a budget and this includes knowing when to go and how to get around. Here are a few tips that will help you enjoy this amazing country without leaving yourself too out of pocket.
Food and Drink
The restaurants can be expensive and are nice for a treat but if you don’t want to be eating out every day, it may be a good idea to book a place to stay that offers self-catering. You could even look into hiring a campervan (see below). The cheapest places to eat out if you don’t fancy cooking are the fast food and street food stations. Iceland is known for its great fish and it’s definitely worth checking out the local cuisine at least once on your journey. Alcohol can also be expensive and so it is recommended to get alcohol from the off duty area of the airport if you fancy a tipple.
Where to Stay
One of the cheapest options for those who want to travel the country and take in many of its amazing sights is hiring a campervan. This allows you to see as much of the country as you wish and cook as you go. You can even rent a BBQ grill to take along with you on your travels and cook up delicious food before settling down for the night. Happy Campers provides many different types of rental for lone travelers, couples and families. The best time to travel in a campervan is low season, as you will get the best deals on a rental per day. If you don’t drive, Airbnb is another safe and low price alternative to hotels.
Things You Need to See
Whilst some of Iceland’s experiences may be costly, some are certainly worth the cost and are something you should save for before you go. The nature baths in Iceland are a must; this is a once in a lifetime experience and one that shouldn’t be missed. If you love adventure and thrills, snowmobiling through the snow covered hills will really get your adrenaline pumping. Again, for a snowmobile tour you are looking at spending around $200, so it’s worth saving money elsewhere if you want a true Icelandic experience.
When to Travel
Choosing to visit Iceland in the offseason is your best bet for saving hundreds of dollars on travel. Any time from September to May is considered off-peak, with January being one of the cheapest months to fly. Look around for the best flight deals using websites such as Skyscanner. Play around with dates and times until you find a price that you are happy with.
Traveling around Iceland doesn’t need to be out of your budget. Simply travel smart and save money where you can, so you can use the rest of your cash on the great experiences that Iceland has to offer.