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Wow! Where to begin. There's so much to see and do in Iceland! We drove around the Ring Road. If you are doing a self-drive tour (which I think is the best way to see Iceland), I'll give you a list of what our top highlights... More
Wow! Where to begin. There's so much to see and do in Iceland! We drove around the Ring Road. If you are doing a self-drive tour (which I think is the best way to see Iceland), I'll give you a list of what our top highlights were. First: Have a good road map as well as a guidebook. For a map we used National Geographic -Iceland; guidebook -Lonely Planet - Iceland. Both were invaluable tools in identifying, and then locating sites and attractions. Accommodations: They vary widely, and once outside of Reykjavik, Iceland becomes very rural! We booked ahead using the services of an agency in Iceland called "Another Iceland". They arranged for our car rental (through Hertz), as well as all of our accommodations. They have several options available, and we were very satisfied with what they chose for us. I would definitely book your accommodations ahead. Top sights we saw: Waterfalls: There are many spectacular ones. Stop and see them all. Each is very different. We particularly liked Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss (with a hiking trail behind the falls!), Skogafoss (with a 500+ step stairway to view them from the top), and Godafoss. The Lake Myvatn area: several attractions relatively close together including a geothermal power plant, Hverir georthermal area (surreal and amazing), the Myvatn Nature Baths, and Dimmuborgir lava fields. Other attractions which we visited and enjoyed: Geysir (spouts every 10-12 minutes!), Pingvellur NP, Kerid volcano crater, Svinafellsjokull Glacier (you can get up close to the glacier), The Ice Lagoon Zodiac Boat Tour (not to be missed!), "The Cave" lava care tour and a whale watch in Husavik. I listed a lot of information for you which will hopefully help you to thoroughly enjoy Iceland, as we did. We found that, having our accommodations booked ahead by an agency that knows the country, we were able to plot our next day's adventures each evening using the guidebook and the map. Things to keep in mind: Gasoline -very expensive (equivalent of approx. $8./gal); Food - very expensive (for cheap snacks on the road, stock up at a Bonus supermarket); Credit cards are accepted everywhere - no need for much cash; MOST IMPORTANT - be prepared for changeable weather. Dress in layers, good walking/hiking shoes, rain gear, and winter hats and gloves, even in July. Enjoy your trip - I know you will not be disappointed!!