Right at Reykjavik Airport, I picked up a newspaper with a huge headline, “Thank God it’s the end of summer.” I laughed a little, startled a little, and put on my cap. But when I read the article in detail, I found that it was just sarcasm. The Icelander wrote that he was glad it was winter because there was no summer.
Due to the warm Gulf Stream, there are no severe temperatures in Iceland during the winter months. Depending on whether you’re in the Lowlands or the Highlands, average temperatures range from -10 to 0 degrees.
The temperatures registered a low of -1 degrees in October, but it was still bitterly cold. Why? It doesn’t matter how cold it is outside; in Iceland, there is always a furious freezing wind, and the emotional temperature might plummet to -30 degrees.
Camping or not?
Yes, there are people who go camping in Iceland in October and November. But if they don’t have the right equipment, they talk about sleepless nights in the incredible winter and sleeping in heated toilets. If you drive in two and have a car, sleeping in the car is a possibility, you will be cold, but you will survive the week like this. I wouldn’t go for more days. I would really only reach for a tent with good equipment and experience with camping in winter and extreme conditions. And don’t take a sleeping bag with a comfortable temperature of up to -10 °. He won’t be enough for you anyway. If you decide to go camping, be sure to read the article by Radka and Ivar about the rules for sleeping in a car and camping in Iceland.
How “expensive” is accommodation?
Accommodation for four people can be obtained for 700-1000 CZK per person. We spent CZK 47,795 for four people for 14 days, ie. about 12 thousand per person. You will sleep in cottages, cheap hotels or hostels. You do not have to worry about hostels in Iceland, most of them were luxurious.
Even if I don’t want to save money, why make snacks?
Restaurant food in Iceland is three times (at least) as expensive as it is in our nation. If it’s not too much trouble, make sure you have extra food in your car. Restaurants are not available at every turn (or even every other turn), and in the winter, they are closed in less popular areas, which includes the majority of Iceland (yes, winter starts on October 1).
How much food costs in supermarkets
If you cook and prepare snacks, you can save quite a bit on your meal. There is no point in pulling too many things from the Czech Republic. In supermarkets, the prices are very similar to ours, only fresh food is much more expensive, but you still can’t bring it in your suitcase.
We were in the restaurant only once, it cost us CZK 1,195 for four people, the rest of the time we cooked and made snacks and the total cost of food was only CZK 6,636. That is CZK 1,659 per person (for 14 days), that is CZK 120 per person per day!
What is the most expensive in Iceland
Gasoline and car rental. In Iceland, be sure to reach for an ATV, especially if you don’t go here in the summer and want to go other than the main circuit. Yes, you will hear about people who drove a small car, but believe us, some roads are similar in quality to those in Uganda and it is not worth the risk. Renting a Suzuki Grand Vitaraa XL cost us CZK 15,493.
Gasoline in Iceland costs CZK 43-45, if you want to go around Iceland, expect 3,500 km. Gasoline totaled us at CZK 20,200.
So how much did it cost in total?
Iceland finally cost us 111 people for CZK 111,529, which is CZK 27,882 per person. If you are going to Iceland and thinking about how to save, we recommend going to as many people as possible. In four people you can sleep comfortably in hotels, hostels and airbnb and have Iceland even cheaper. Gasoline and a car are the most expensive.