07-14 sep 2019
Iceland is one of the world's most incredible destinations, largely due to its jaw-dropping natural landscape. It has everything from lava fields to glaciers. However, visiting all the sights could take months and cost a fortune, which indicated several questions and you'll need some expertise to answer them.
BTS has the Answers
D1 — Arrival, hot river, and lava tunnel (100 km)
D2 — Geysers, waterfalls, and natural baths (230 km)
D3 — Basalt columns, canyon, glacier (180 km)
D4 — Icebergs, seals, and Scandinavian townships (140 km)
D5 — Fishing village, fjords, northern lights (420 km)
D6 — Bright blue thermal waters, a geothermal display, lava fields, and the north’s capital Akureyri (120 km)
D7 — Reykjavík (380 km)
D8 — Homeward bound (50 km)
Niceland– Vanlife Trip
ABILITY LEVELgood driving skills or no experience required for those who don't drive the campervan
BEST SUITED FORcouples, friends, families
MEETING POINTReykjavík airport / upon agreement in case of group travel
WEATHERchangeable, 8-13 ºC during the day, wind, rain, sunshine (anything can happen), 2-8 ºC in the night
ROAD CONDITIONSvery good quality concrete roads
vanlife equipmentssink with running water, refrigerator / cooler, gas stove + 1 gas bottle, cookware and kitchenware, sofa-bed, linen, duvets, pillows, high quality heating system, extra battery, GPS, table + 2 chairs
accommodationcampervan, capsule hotel in Akureyri, an iconic hostel in Reykjavík
FREE TIME/NIGHTLIFEnice local craft beer bars, thermal bathes, grill parties
HOW BIG IS THE GROUP?In one camp we can handle a maximum of 14 guests at the same time (7 vans)
what's included2 people Nissan NV200 sleeping van, required vehicle insurances (compulsory + stone chip damage), complete camping equipment, BTS tour guide with local-specific knowledge, camping and accommodation throughout the whole trip
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDEDplane ticket, gasoline, food, possible entry fees, travel insurance, other vehicle insurances
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTSdriving license for the one who drives the van
APPLICATION DEADLINEdependent on the available places
INSTALLMENT PAYMENT PLAN40% upon application, 60% 2 months prior arrival
DAY 01: ARRIVAL, HOT STREAM LAVA TUNNEL (100 km)Arrival at Keflavík Airport, picking up the cars. We head to Hveragerði, to the South-West corner of the island. After checking the bubbling mud-springs, we take a walk to a hot stream, where we even take a dip in the water. If you are brave enough, you can climb into the not so far away lava tunnel.
DAY 02: GEYSER, WATERFALLS, NATURAL POOLS (230 KM)The most famous sightseeing spots of Iceland: Geyser (the one and not only...but first discovered!) - all the geysers in the world were named after it, Gullfoss - the benchmark waterfall and last, but not least Skógafoss, which will be discovered by us inside out. The really energetic ones can discover the half-natural semi-built pool carved into the Seljavallalaug cliff.
DAY 03: ORGANS OF BASALT CANYON, GLACIER (180 KM)First, we will check the basalt columns at Reynisfjara on a pitch-black beach covered by lava sand. Later on, we will make a trip to a beautiful canyon and spend the evening in Skaftafell, at the foot of Vatnajökull Glacier.
DAY 04: ICE FLOES, SEALS, SCANDINAVIAN VILLAGE (140 KM)In the morning we will take a trip to the mountain and witness how the peeled off ice floes swim into the ocean, while seals are chasing each other around them. We spend the night in the camping of a small village, Höfn, where it is said to be the best crayfish in the whole of Iceland. Apart from that, they have a really cool swimming pool with hot water pools and slides.
DAY 05: FISHING VILLAGE, FJORDS (420 KM)We will have a long drive on beautiful roads. As we are getting closer to the Northwest part, there are less and fewer people. In the middle of the long journey, we will have a break in a small fishing village, which gives the exact feeling of a Wes Anderson movie. We finish the day quite far in the north, on the shore of the Myavtn Lake.
DAY 06: OPAL-BLUE THERMAL, FIELDS OF LAVA, AKUREYRI (120 KM)Before going to the thermal bath with beautiful blue water, we will have a visit at a surprisingly active volcanic valley, full of sulfurous eruptions, called Hverir. Here the world's biggest geothermal plant is working close to an already cooled down lava field. We spend the night in the second "biggest" city: Akureyri. We will experience the futuristic capsule-hotel feeling, well-known from Japanese sci-fis.
DAY 07: REYKJAVÍK (380 KM)We drive through the Northwest part of the island in a single burst, with an early afternoon arrival to Reykjavík. The plan is to check out the most famous spots, buying some souvenirs, having a lunch/dinner in a restaurant, listening to a good concert and trying some local craft beers for around 20 euros.
DAY 08: BACK HOME (50 KM)Taking the cars back and get on the plane.
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