A Travel Guide to Iceland by Campervan - Part Two: Planning

Updated: Apr 23, 2019

If you plan on taking an Iceland road trip by camper van, there's plenty to know. In our previous post, we talked about the advantages of doing a campervan road trip. If you're convinced, now it's time to start planning your epic Iceland adventure. There are several things to keep in mind when designing a route around Iceland by camper van. We'll talk about the different factors to keep in mind so that you can have the best trip possible.  Here are some questions to ask yourself as you prepare for your road trip in Iceland.

Iceland's Ring Road is perfect for planning an Iceland campervan road trip

What is the Best Time of Year to Go to Iceland?

This is a fundamental question and the one you want to answer first.  That’s because the month or time of year that you decide to go will have a direct impact on the types of activities you do in the places you will visit.  Peak season for tourists are the summer months June, July and August. It's important to keep in mind the prices will naturally be higher on everything from accommodation to restaurants to car rental to excursions.  You’ll also need to book things pretty far in advance you come during the high season.

Things heat up during this time of year, and the country comes alive with outdoor summer festivals, lush green landscapes, and the seemingly endless daylight of the Midnight Sun. The benefits of visiting Iceland in the summer are twofold. Not only do you leave behind the snow and the cold of winter, but you also have nearly 24 hours of sunshine per day. This leaves plenty of time for outdoor pursuits like hiking Skógafoss waterfall or exploring the Golden Circle route in depth.

By contrast, if you come during off-season or shoulder season, prices are lower and the types of activities you can do change. On one hand, you’re finally able to see Iceland’s Northern Lights. Due to lack of darkness in the summer, they are only visible from mid-September to mid-March. So one of the benefits of coming to Iceland and winter is the Aurora Borealis. A major