Caused by after Covid rental shortage and high season, the rental car prices were crazy we opted for a normal car and payed almost 1000 EUR for 9 days
Cheapest class was roughly 100 EUR a day. However, cars will always be more expensive in Iceland due to terrible road conditions. The wear and tear... In any case, get full insurance.
It is not just the roads you are not allowed with a normal car, that give you a hard time. Many roads outside the ring are gravel roads and simply bad.
The roads in question are F
(= Forbidden) Roads. Google maps may still steer you towards them. Check https://safetravel.is
to be really sure where you can go. Generally, F Roads may cross water and that can break cars.
Gravel roads can get pretty bad, too. We aborted a visit to a seal site on official roads as it was a constant chain of potholes. If you don't like the brown patina, bigger tank stations have car cleaning (water hose) for free.
If you travel alone, I would probably go for a tent. There are enough camping sites and they are cheap.
We travelled with a tent and some prebooked guesthouses (small rooms, community kitchen, community bath). Camping is really the only option if you want to stay flexible. I was hoping for cancellations etc. to open up hotels, but specifically between Vik and Akureyri, there were no options at all or only at super high prices (>300EUR).
Campsites were fine. Höfn was imho the nicest.
Höfn was the most expensive place. Avoid sleeping there if you can.
Bring a tent. Höfn was a very nice (and natural) stop over. The camp sites also have bungalows (that you need to reserve in advance), that are less pricey.
For breakfast and during the day, we bought food in grocery stores.
Food in Iceland was not good. At least not for the amounts I was willing to pay. You are best served by preparing food yourself.
Nan coordinated, that 3 of us (Nan, Clyde and me) travelled to Iceland at the same time to split the cost for Surtsey. I would highly recommend this if you don't want to pay the charter fee of 1200 EUR for the boat by yourself. The boat fits 12 people and if completely full the price for the 2.5h trip would actually be very reasonable.
You should build your itinerary with Surtsey as the main sight to see. The trip is cancelled if winds are too strong, so you need at least one replacement date.
A few corrections:
* SECA (Seabirds and Cliff Adventures) comes recommended.
* Boat has 10 seats. I think Els found a smaller boat (a bit cheaper option). Price is high, but on a per seat level okay.
* They can tell you like 3 days in advance how the weather is going to be. Problem is that unless you plan to camp, it's really hard to keep your itinierary flexible in Iceland.
* Last but not least, you can try to sell the remaining seats. We found 2 Americans at the harbour. So probably, if you arrive early and look around you could find copayers. The normal daily tours only go around the main island.
Every bigger settlement has a public pool. They are cheap and a nice way to relax after hiking.
Yes. Recommendation is to go to the public pools (10 EUR). They also solve the main issue with camping I have (hot showers and proper restrooms).