I would like to ask for views on my plan for a trip to Iceland from 28 March to 5 April 2015.
There are four of us are going, and two of us have been before. In 2007 we did a 7 day self drive package tour of the Golden Circle and the South Coast as far as Höfn, staying in a new B&B or cottage each night.
This time we plan to hire a 4x4 and do some walking, and visit the Golden Circle and the South Coast again (eg Dyrhólaey, Skaftafell National Park and Jökulsárlón), but also visit some of the Western Region, like Snæfellsjökull and Kirkjufell (weather permitting!).
I thought this time we could stay in a self catering cottage for 3-4 nights in or near Vik or even as far as Kirkjubæjarklaustur using that as a base to do the South Coast. We could then use Reykjavik as a base for the rest of the trip.
Is there a reason that staying in only two places and taking day trips would be a bad idea? It seems lots of tours or itineraries suggest staying in a new place each night as you visit the sights - so is that a more sensible idea?
Also part of our stay includes Easter and I understand that many shops and museums will be closed for several days over the public holiday. Would it be better to be staying in or near Reykjavik in the first half of our trip and head into the countryside before things shut? Or should we stay in the city as the public holiday starts because at least some things will still be open there?
Thank you very much for any advice or suggestions!
Thank you very much for your suggestions. I'm sorry for taking so long to reply to thank you - I thought I posted a reply last week but it hasn't shown up!
I hadn't realised that it might be possible to travel all the way around the ring road and visit the sights at that time of year, so I will look into your suggestions.
Thank you too for suggesting Cars Iceland - I've read good things about the company so I'll definitely investigate hiring our car with them.
Regarding being in Iceland during the Easter public holiday, will many shops/petrol stations around the country be shut? I want to be prepared and plan around the closures if that is the case!
The celebration in Iceland of the week is not very special.
Many shops close on Thursdays and Fridays. Children receive a chocolate egg. Many families get together to eat and others decide to go on vacation to a summer house or abroad.
In Iceland the majority of the population is Lutheran. There are no large churches but I must make a special mention to the church of Hallgrimskjrkia in Reykjavik.