Based in Reykjavik for 8 nights, but I want to see further out??
I'm going to stay 8 nights in Reykjavik in the last week of May and will have a rental vehicle. Those 8 nights are already booked but are pretty cheap, so it's not much of a loss to spend 1-2 nights in another place if it allows me to see a lot more. Being based in Reykjavik for so long seems like it might limit how far out I can go and what I can see. I plan on doing the Golden Circle but that is only one day of activities.
So I've been doing research but I need advice from someone with experience with the roads and with this time of the year. Ideally, I would like to drive out in one direction, stay one night, see several things on the way, and come back (most likely on the same road).
Places that were mentioned online that seem reachable from Reykjavik in one day's drive seem to be Landmannalaugar (although this seems to be closed during this time in May, and even if it's open I might need a 4x4), Vik, Selfoss, Snaefellsnes, Lake Myvatn, Grundarfjorour, Westfjords, Akureyri, maybe Dettifoss if it's open.
The Southern places are 2.5 hours away at most, the northern places are 7 hours away at most, according to google. Is the estimated time from google really accurate or will it take much longer if I don't have a 4x4 or considering the time of year? (Late May)
What do you guys think about 1.5 days spent in the south, staying the night and coming back? Then a different day, driving north towards either grundarfjordur, akureyri, or westfjords and spending the night? The northern way will be ~ 5 hours of driving there and 5 hours of driving (assuming google is accurate) back the next day, but would it be worth it? I have 8 days in Iceland so that would be around 1.5 days for the south, and 2 full days for the north. Then I could do the Golden Circle in one day, leaving me with about 3 days for Reykjavik.
Thoughts? Suggestions? As a last resort I could cancel my reservation in Reykjavik, but I'd rather not do that because it's very cheap.
Re: Based in Reykjavik for 8 nights, but I want to see further out??
Thanks for the response! Hmm but one thing I'm not sure about I'd whether I would actually be able to drive the ring road in the last week of may? If so, would I need a 4x4? It looks like some roads will still be closed or at the very least will depend on the weather. I'd hate to cancel the reservation and make new ones just to find that the roads delay us or is impassable without 4x4 at this time of year...
If you aren't comfortable driving on snowy roads or in conditions that could quickly change I'd suggest getting a 4x4. They are a bit more but it's much safer, especially if you don't have a lot of experience driving that type of terrain. You can start your trip in Reykjavik and then move on from there if want to keep your reservation for the beginning half. It is a long trip to go up north and you'd want to stay as long as you can without feeling rushed to get back...you can also reverse it having the days up north first and then spending the last couple days of your trip in Reykjavik.