Our rental car this summer in Iceland.
Our rental car this summer in Iceland.

This summer, to beat the heat, Jimmy and I went to Iceland. It ended up being an incredible trip, but also posed a unique challenge: Information about Iceland is harder to come by, less reliable, and more generic across various publications than we’ve seen for other European countries.

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After discovering that my go to guidebooks for Europe haven’t published anything on Iceland, I headed home and turned to the blogosphere. IMG_20150703_203304694Here are the six posts/websites I found most useful:

1. The Expert Vagabond has a concise and thorough one stop blogpost for traveling the Ring Road. This one post was more useful and efficiently organized than all the guidebooks I found on Iceland put together.

2. He also has an excellent post on The Golden Circle. Much of our itinerary was informed by a combination off these two posts.

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3. Extreme Iceland is a for-profit tour company that offers outdoor adventures and excursions in Iceland, but also has this handy itinerary for a self-guided 10-day Ring Road trip.

4. Guide to Iceland is another for-profit tourism company that also has a good list of attractions/pit stops organized geographically around the Ring Road.

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5. The Young Adventuress has a humorous list of anecdotal do’s and don’t’s of traveling the Ring Road. Although it’s light on the specific essentials, it’s a fun and short read that gives a feel for what to expect road tripping the Ring Road.

6. Brendan’s Adventures has a good basic post on the costs of Iceland, which prepared us for the prices and even gave a few tips on how to get the most bang for our buck.

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We also ended up getting the Lonely Planet book on Iceland in advance, and although it wasn’t super helpful in planning the trip — too much information, poorly organized and prioritized — it did came in handy while on the road.

Related reading: Learn more about Iceland’s incredible beauty and the strange experience that is 24 hours of sunlight.

— Laura Rowley

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Written by Laura Rowley

I am an artist, flight attendant, and travel blogger.

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