For the last three years I have seen various travel posts regarding the interesting cuisine, friendly people, and drastic landscapes of a small Island country in Europe: Iceland. This past summer I was fortunately able to make it over to Iceland at the end of a teaching assistant position in Europe.
My plan was simple: rent a car, camp as much as possible, and road trip around the Ring Road (the main highway that circles the island) for two weeks.
For a college student like myself on a tight budget, a great way to save money in Iceland is by camping. As long as property isn’t clearly marked and fenced off you can pitch a tent just about anywhere.
For an island the size of Ohio, Iceland offers a wide range of incredible landscapes. From glacier lagoons, to black sand beaches and the endless waterfalls, chances are Iceland has something to offer for anyone who is looking to experience nature up close.
Iceland sits directly on top of two tectonic plates, the Eurasian tectonic plate and the North American tectonic plate. Essentially, Iceland has been formed by these tectonic plates over millions of years and has some of the most active volcanoes and hot springs in the world. As these volcanoes explode, the landscape is transformed over and over again, offering different and ever-changing scenery to visitors. Examples of this can be seen in the following pictures.
Another great way to see Iceland is through the multiple excursion companies located around the island. Offering a competitive price, these excursion companies will take you places you simply cannot get to on your own. For example, I splurged on a whale watching tour in northern Iceland. Frankly I didn’t want to get my hopes up and be disappointed if I didn’t see any whales, however to my amazement we saw an entire pod of Humpback whales, approximately sixteen of them.